In I Timothy 2:1-3 we are told to “pray for all men”, but especially we are to pray for “kings, and for all that are in authority”, especially in authority over us. That means we should pray for our president, our governor, senators, our pastor, even our borough council, that they will do the right things in their places of authority over us, even if we don’t like them. If we do, vs. 3 says that is “good and acceptable in the sight of God”. If we pray for our leaders and God blesses and gives them direction, it is us that will benefit in the long run. So, we should pray for our leaders, even if we didn’t vote for them or even like them. How encouraging it was to see all the prayer at our new president’s inauguration! Six clergy prayed, which I’m told is a record. Timothy Cardinal Dolan, the Catholic Archbishop of New York prayed first for wisdom for our president. That’s a good thing to pray for. Rev. Samuel Rodriguez next prayed the Beatitudes in his prayer. Rev. Paula Cain White concluded the invocation, praying for the president to know God’s will. That’s another good thing to pray for our president. The prayer was appreciated by me. During his inaugural address the president then quoted scripture, and quoted it right, unlike how I saw President Obama twist it in the past. And I loved the references to God he made, especially the statement that “we will be protected by God.” Wasn’t that refreshing? I’d love to see us get back to saying and believing our national motto, “In God we trust”! He concluded his remarks by publicly thanking God. Jewish Rabbi Marvin Heir then began the benediction, followed by Franklin Graham, who noted that it started to rain when the president came to the platform, saying that in the Bible rain was a sign of God’s blessing, as he prayed for God to bless the president. I hope that really will be a sign of God’s blessing. Bishop Wayne Jackson then concluded the ceremony praying that God would give the president “the wisdom of Solomon, the vision of Joseph, and the meekness of Christ.” That should be our prayer for him. And it sure was nice to hear most of those prayers prayed in Jesus name, something others have been bashful to do in the past. All in all, I liked what I heard. The next morning the National Interfaith Prayer service was held at National Cathedral. It was attended by both the president and vice-president. I was not near as thrilled by what I saw and heard there. I especially disliked it after I learned that president Obama’s favorite iman was praying! The president and vice-president both looked uncomfortable while he was praying, for good reason. I didn’t know why at the time, but I have since learned why. This guy is one of the top leaders in the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States, Mohamed Magid. The first Muslim who prayed was a Sudanese Sunni iman associated with a terror linked mosque. The 2nd guy, he was the one with the bow tie if you watched it, was who we really should have been concerned about. Believe it or not, in that service he tried to use prayer against us. What he read from the Koran, from Sura 1, I’m told is recited in every Friday prayer service in every Muslim mosque. I couldn’t understand him when he read it, but I have since learned the translation. He said, “I seek refuge in Allah from Satan. Thanks be to Allah the merciful one. Guide us on the right path. For those whom you blessed (Muslims), not the paths of the ones you are angry at (Jews) and the ones that went astray (Christians).” He in essence was cursing the Jews and Christians right in front of the president and the whole country, which is what they do in mosques all across our country, and he didn’t even pray for our president! No wonder the president and vice-president looked uncomfortable, for they must have known what he was saying! So, prayer is great for our leaders, but not that prayer as it was cursing them and us, as well. So, you can see what our new president is up against. Whether you like him or not, he’s our president, and from what I can see so far he’s the best chance we’ve had in a long time for some real, good change in America. So, I would encourage you to pray for him every day, as the Bible tells us to do. If he doesn’t succeed, I sure don’t want it to be because we in the church didn’t have the sense to pray for him! If you don’t know how or what to pray for him, would you pray the same things that those who prayed at his inauguration prayed for him. If our prayers are answered, it will benefit us all with God’s blessing. But don’t pray like that Muslim prayed the next morning at the National Prayer service.