January 20, 2005
How to Pray for a President
2 Timothy 2:1-6
As Christians, we have a responsibility to pray for those in authority - fathers, pastors, and all kinds of leaders. However, we must say more than "God, please bless the President" or "Lord, help the pastor preach a good sermon." To pray effectively, we must pray specifically, namely that he will . . .
1. Realize his personal sinfulness and daily need of God's cleansing power.
2. Recognize his personal inadequacy for the task and therefore depend upon God.
3. Reject all counsel that violates spiritual principles and then trust God to validate him.
4. Resist pressure from individuals or special interest groups that would have him act in violation of his conscience.
5. Work at reversing our country's trends of socialism and humanism, both of which dethrone God and deify man.
6. Be ready to forsake his political career and personal ambition for the best interest of the nation.
7. Rely upon the Word of God as his source of strength and key to success.
8. Be used to bring dignity, honor, trustworthiness, and righteousness to the office of the presidency.
9. Be a good example to the fathers and sons of the nation.
10. Be reminded daily that he is accountable to Almighty God for his attitudes, actions, and motivations while serving in office.
On Jan. 2, 2005, Dr. Stanley begins a ten-week series entitled "Landmines in the Pathway of the Believer" that identifies and helps you disarm the spiritual landmines in your life. For more information, including television listings and airtimes, visit www.landminesofthebeliever.com.
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