Who would’ve thought that in 2009, we’d not only swear in the first African-American president, but that the controversy would peak…not over the homosexual Episcopalian bishop who prayed the day prior, but over Rick Warren, the purpose-driven, evangelical, conservative pastor who prayed at the inauguration.
According to 1 Timothy 2: 1-3, we are supposed to pray for all people everywhere, including kings, rulers, and other leaders. Today is a good day to revisit Warren’s prayer and pray for our President, his cabinet and co-workers, and other leaders. Rather than quibble over bits and pieces of it, why not follow his example and pray for our leaders?
The entire prayer is below.
Almighty God, our Father: Everything we see, and everything we can’t see, exists because of you alone. It all comes from you, it all belongs to you, it all exists for your glory. History is your story.The Scripture tells us, “Hear, O Israel, the LORD is our God, the LORD is one.” And you are the compassionate and merciful one. And you are loving to everyone you have made.