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Commanded to Pray

Yesterday, President Obama was inaugurated into his second term as president of our country. This has caused a lot of discussion, unease, and tension for many people, myself included. I will be the first to admit that I voted for Governor Romney and was upset on election night when the votes played out the way they did. I was frustrated and so was my family, but it's not my job to be frustrated. It's not my job to complain about the direction President Obama is taking this country, and it is not my job to speak ill of him and his leadership. It is, however, my job to pray for him.

"I urge then, first of all, that requests, prayer, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone- for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good and pleases God our Savior." - 1 Timothy 2:1-3

God had His hand in this election, so who I am to question the result? God commands us to pray for those in power and to submit to authority. This next verse is the one that really did it for me:

"Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God." - Romans 13:1

Republican, Democrat, Independent, etc. We are all commanded to submit to authority. President Obama is the authority Americans have been instructed to submit to and obey. It may be trying at times, but pray for this leader and for our great nation, and take comfort in the fact that God is ultimately in control.

Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgement." - Romans 13:2


Unknown said...

This is such a great post! Thanks for reminding us what is important!

Chelsea Phelps said...

Thanks Linds! The verses really captivated me so I wanted to share! :)

Kirst Semler said...

My mom and I just had this conversation a few weeks ago! More people should read this!


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