A Prayer for Repenting of Political Cynicism and Unbelief

     Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor. 1 Pet. 2:13-17

     I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, 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 Tim. 2:1-3

Dear heavenly Father, these Scriptures convict me—they expose my unbelief, my lack of prayer and my bad attitude. I stand convicted of how little I’ve prayed for our past presidents and how very little I pray with faith for our sitting president. Forgive me, and by the power of the gospel, give me a better attitude.

I confess, I’ve been more of a cynic than your servant with respect to supporting our government. I haven’t been living with the confidence that you set up and sit down kings, presidents, premiers, and governors at your bidding. At times, I’ve been more irritated by the Oval Office than comforted by the occupied throne of heaven.

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A Prayer about Politics and My Bad Attitude

     Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. Rev. 1:4-5 

     Glorious Triune God, the more I think about the American political process, the more I find a cesspool of irritation and cynicism brewing in my heart—a sure indication that I need your grace and fresh repentance. No matter what’s going on outside of me (in the White House or anywhere else), it doesn’t justify a cancerous attitude. So I begin this day reminding myself of exactly who you are and what you’re up to in your world… as revealed in this one Scripture, alone. Nothing has greater power to convict me of my sin and help me regain perspective.
     Sovereign Father, I’m greatly encouraged (and humbled) to remember that you are timeless in your engagement with your creation and your people. You always have been, you presently are, and you always will be the God who is working all things together after the counsel of your will. You never need a holiday, you never suffer from ADD, and you always bring your “A game.” You are constantly doling out grace and peace, grace and peace, grace and peace, to your children. Hallelujah!
     God the Holy Spirit, in your sevenfold perfection, you are constantly executing the …

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A Prayer About American Politics and My Bad Attitude

     Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. Revelation 1:4-5

     Glorious Triune God, lately my attitude about the American political process has been brewing and spewing a cesspool of irritation and cynicism… a sure indication that I need the gospel to settle and center me. So I begin this day reminding myself of exactly who you are, and as I do, I’m going to deeply inhale the rarefied air of heaven, which constantly exudes the grace and peace I desperately need. I do my best repenting by remembering who you are. So as I pray this Scripture, restore me to gospel-sanity.

     Sovereign Father, I’m greatly encouraged to remember that you are timeless in your engagement with your creation and your people. You always have been… you presently are… and you always will be the God who is working all things together after the counsel of your will. This very Labor Day morning, you are working in all things for the good of your people. You never need a holiday, you never suffer from ADD, and you always bring your “A game.”

     God the Holy Spirit, in your seven-fold perfection, you irrepressibly execute the will of the Father concerning all things… from feeding sparrows and clothing flowers… to revealing and …

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