While some Christians have supported Donald Trump since the beginning of his campaign, many more have had their doubts about his presidency.
The last few years have been a time for many Christians, this author included, to consider what we ought to look for in a leader and what our duty is in the political realm.
At the end of the day, however, we know who our King is, and we know that every political leader will stand before Him one day and take account of all they’ve done.
So what does the Bible ask us to do for our earthly leaders, especially those who appear to want to make sure our lives on Christians can be peaceable on this earth?
The Apostle Paul’s instructions in his first epistle to Timothy were simple:
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 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 Timothy 2:1-3
Last year, after attending a GOP retreat, one congressman and his wife felt led to minister to the President in this way, and they were stunned to see how their small-scale plan to send prayer cards to the White House had an immense impact on the President.
CBN News reports:
When Tracy Bost, wife of Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL), first set up a PO box for people in her district to send prayers to the president, she was hesitant to go back and check it fearing no one would send anything. But to her great surprise, hundreds of prayers poured in.
“That was really a blessing to me and then I knew that God was doing something bigger than I ever imagined,” Tracy told CBN News.
Mrs. Bost said that after attending the retreat in 2017, which was met with large-scale protests, she had been discouraged to see all the ugliness and hatred. She just wanted to do something positive for the President.
“I just kept praying, ‘God what can I do? What can I do?'” she says. “The prayer card came to mind. That we could just have people in my life, friends and family members, send a little prayer of encouragement to the president.”
She could not have imagined just how successful the campaign was, however.
They set a goal of 100 prayers and asked people to send them on 3×5 notecards. Six weeks later, they had received almost 300. Her husband asked a White House liaison to deliver them to President Trump.
“I handed them to him and said look, we don’t want any [thing], just give them to him okay?” Rep. Bost explained.Advertisement - story continues below
A couple of months later, Bost joined a few other congressmen in the Oval Office for a bill signing.
“The president looks at me and goes ‘Bost. Bost.’ He said, ‘prayer cards!’ and I said ‘yeah, Mr. President. My wife did that and circulated prayer cards.’ And he said, ‘We use those.’ And I said, ‘Good I’m so glad, that’s wonderful,'” recalled Bost.
The president then asked an aide to grab the bag of cards off a shelf so they could take a picture.
“He said, ‘understand, we use these,’ and I turned and when I turned I ran, honest to goodness, chest-to-chest with the Vice President and he goes, ‘Mike he’s not joking, we use these,'” explained Bost. “‘They’ll be times we say okay, and we reach out and we grab them. It’s amazing that people are willing to put these together.'”
It is certainly a powerful and inspiring thing to know the President regularly refers to the prayers of those who were willing to take the time and write some down.