Posted by: AJ the Irish Lass | February 26, 2013

Does Praying for Government Leaders in Church Mean an Endorsement?

This wasn’t submitted as a question, but I thought I’d address it because it’s seemingly a “dealbreaker” for one unchurched person I know. He could not understand why the President or any government leader should be prayed for, and also made the incorrect claim that the President is only prayed for when he is a member of a certain party.

The simple answer for why we pray for the President, along with other world, national or local leaders, is because we are directed to do so by Scripture. (1 Timothy 2:1-15). God’s Gospel message of healing, redemption, peace and justice is for all people, not just those who may share the same political views.

Second, praying for the President is hardly anything new. It’s part of a tradition that goes all the way back to the first Book of Common Prayer, when the leader being prayed for was the King of England. Since The Episcopal Church received its independence after the Revolution, every President has been prayed for, regardless of his party or religious affiliation (or lack of).

Logically speaking, government leaders should be prayed for. They have difficult jobs and have to make a lot of decisions, with a lot of pressure. In cases of leaders that some may feel aren’t being Christlike, what better way to help the situation than through prayer? Jesus didn’t act like a pundit during his earthly ministry, so why should we? (see 1 Timothy 2:1-15 for an example) 



  1. When it is your political adversary, I guess it sometimes might feel like a “love your enemies” kind of thing.

    • That’s a good point, underground, nice to “see” you here again.

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