Tim Tune on How to Pray for the President and Other Civil Leaders

Tim Tune is a freelance journalist based in Fort Worth, Texas. His work has been published by Baptist Press, as well as the Dallas Morning News, the Fort Worth Business PressArlington Today magazine and other North Texas publications. The views expressed in this commentary do not necessarily represent those of BCNN1.

Have you ever prayed for the president of the United States? That’s any president, not necessarily the current resident of the White House or any specific commander in chief.

And – a little closer to home – have you ever prayed for your state’s governor or your city’s mayor, police chief or the superintendent of your local schools?

These are just a few of the many civil officials who hold elected or appointed public office in our communities, states, regions and nation. Their significant responsibilities, influence, authority and resources touch your life and the lives of family members (and pets) living with you, your home and other property, maybe your workplace or business, church, and friends and neighbors.

And even though you have the power to vote and the means of voicing your concerns directly to public officials, the influence you have as an individual over civil authorities can seem limited. But there is one way anyone can powerfully influence people and circumstances.

According to the New Testament book of James, “… The prayer of a righteous person is very powerful in its effect” (James 5:16, Christian Standard Bible).


Not only is the Bible encouraging about the powerful impact prayer can have over our circumstances, scripture also specifically promotes prayer as an essential activity for supporting our civil authorities.

Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 2, urging “… that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority. … (1 Timothy 2:1-2a, CSB)

Paul was calling on Christians to use this powerful tool on behalf of government leaders’ efforts to provide safe, secure and peaceful living conditions. But he also connects these prayers to their hoped-for potential outcome: “So that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good, and it pleases God our Savior” (1 Timothy 2:2b-3, CSB).

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