How not to pray for our leaders


I had breakfast this morning with my three boys and The Wall Street Journal. We took a couple days away to escape the “June gloom” marine layer of Oceanside in favor of Palm Desert, where the ambient temperature is approaching that of Mercury.

As we chatted over coffee, we discussed a short column with the headline ‘Prayer’ Sparks Furor. Evidently, at a conference of “prominent Christian conservative activists” (I’ll resist commenting on the dripping irony and inconsistency of that description) Sen. David Perdue (R. GA) made a joke about praying for the President.

He is quoted as saying, “I think we need to be very specific about how we pray. We should pray like Psalm 109:8 says: It says, ‘Let his days be few and let another have his office'”. Hilarious right? No. Read the rest of the Psalm. If you take a verse out of context and use it as a joke to mock the leaders God has appointed, you deserve all the bad press you get. There is nothing Christian about it.

I asked my son what the Senator should have done instead. He told me the better plan would be to genuinely pray for the man’s salvation, wisdom for his advisors, and a heart to do God’s will. Amen.


Here’s the online version:

Politico adds even more detail:

2 thoughts on “How not to pray for our leaders

  1. I have a good friend and believer tell me he cannot bring himself to pray for the President. I asked him how he racionalized this because the bible is clear. He said he would pray for the country but not the president. I’m afraid that view is held by many. There is a saying that we get the political leadership we deserve. Perhaps we have a president that we refuse to pray for.

  2. It seems like no one really takes the time to think about the flippant jokes being made at other’s expense (especially leaders who we may or may not like). I appreciate your sincerity in the matter, and calling it to your children’s attention – imparting wisdom and not foolishness (A fool mocks at sin.)
    Dad/son times are so valuable on so many levels!

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