Should we pray for the President?

“Should we pray for Trump?” asks The Washington Post Saturday Opinions piece by Colbert I. King.

While it’s well worth the read, we draw your attention to After Presidential power shifts, Episcopalians ask: How should we pray? which looks deeply within a single Christian denomination for a look at the meaning of prayer for the President in this time of deep national division.

Over the last eight years of ministry in a Presbyterian (USA) local church, we often used the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer‘s Prayers of the People. It became our practice to pray for the president, governor, and mayor by their first names, not because we voted for them, liked them, agreed with them, or approved of them, but because the public trust was in their hands; they, like us, were human – weak and frail, and in need of guidance; and, even though we may have despised one o them, we were called to pray for our enemies.

Increasingly I sense beneath our new President’s bravado a deep insecurity and fear, a deeply troubled, as well as troubling man. I see a lonely little boy desperate for approval playing with some very big toys. I’m doing my best to pray for him even as I pray for the world. I cannot pray for the world without praying for him. In the end he’s just Donald, and I’m just Gordon, and only God is God. God, help us all.

  • Gordon C. Stewart, Chaska, MN, Feb. 11, 2017.



6 thoughts on “Should we pray for the President?

  1. I will continue to pray for Mr. Trump, just as I will continue to pray for those outside our country who want to do us harm. I refuse to live in fear because I know God is in control; however, that trust in God does not release me from the responsibility of following what is going on in our country and speaking out when I disagree with what I see and hear. (I live in NC, so I get a lot of practice!) I believe Jesus taught us by word and example to question authority. I enjoy your blogs. You always give us food for thought.


  2. I have been thinking a lot about this recently. God’s blessings often come in unusual packages so I can certainly be assured the President couldn’t be in better hands than Gods. That goes for our country also, both need a shaking up from or Lord so I have “Fear Not “on my refrigerator.

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