First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior. — 1 Timothy 2:1–3
Most Christians would agree that they want to please God. In 1 Timothy, the Apostle Paul teaches that praying for all people, including kings and those in leadership, is good and pleasing to God. Last Sunday, June 2, 2019, Franklin Graham called for a special day of prayer for President Donald Trump. Many believers, especially those who do not endorse Trump as president, disagreed with Graham and thought that his call to pray was more political in nature. Some churches opted to not address Graham’s call to pray. When David Platt, pastor of McLean Bible Church in VA prayed for the President during an unscheduled visit at his church on Sunday, he prayed for the president by laying hands on him. This simple act of praying for President Trump upset some members of his church and he had to write a letter to his congregation concerning his prayer because Pratt’s prayer for the president was viewed as his endorsement of the sitting president. To clarify the concerns of many he wrote, “My aim was in no way to endorse the president, his policies, or his party, but to obey God’s command to pray for our president and other leaders to govern in the way this passage portrays.” He then made an apology for hurting some members and asked for grace. As a pastor, I respect and admire David Platt’s ministry. However, I do not think he had to apologize for obeying Scripture. Whether we endorse our president or not, we are called to pray for him. The Well Church, would you join me in praying for our president that he may know Christ? It is good and pleasing to God.