Praying for President Obama

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In the New Testament, First Timothy tells us that we must pray for our leaders, but some Christians are finding it difficult to pray for newly-elected President Barack Obama.

Millions of people across the country have been praying for President Barack Obama.  From Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in California who gave the inaugural prayer saying "we now commit our new President and his wife, Michelle, and his daughters, Malia and Sasha into Your loving care."

To Rev. Andy Stanley of North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Ga. at the 56th Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service who prayed "grant to Barack Obama, President of the United States and to all in authority, Your grace and good will."

Some know exactly what to say in their prayers. 

What Should You Pray for the President?

But others, especially those who may not have voted for him, are not so sure. They know they should pray for the President, but they're not sure what to pray.

Prominent conservative evangelical Pastor Joel Hunter of Northland Church in California says Christians should pray for two things.

"The one he always requests is pray for his family," Hunter explained.  "For a dad and a husband that's always what you cover. Secondly, pray for his relationship with the Lord. He's very serious about his relationship with the Lord."

And many other religious leaders agree.

"I pray for security for his security for he and his family," Bishop George Brooks of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Greensboro, N. Carolina said. "I pray for wisdom. I pray for our congress. I pray for our senate. I pray that he always remembers why he's there, who he serves and who he has to report to."

And some say with everything going on -- especially the worsening economy - God's hand is going to have to be present.

"Heaven is going to have to help the white house," Pastor Tony Evans of Urban Alternative said.  "Heaven is going to have to direct him."

*Originally aired February 12, 2009

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