A Prayer for our President

As we celebrate Presidents Day, I want to encourage you to be in prayer for our president. There is no denying that the political atmosphere in our country is contentious at best, but Christians are called to pray for our political leaders regardless of our own political views—or theirs. God can change your heart by praying for those who you consider unworthy of prayer. There are ways to pray for leaders you don’t agree with without compromising your beliefs. So regardless of your political views, please join me in praying for our president.



Father God, You are the God of Wisdom and the desire of nations.(1) You are the King of kings and the Lord of lords;(2) it is through your grace alone that our nation has been established.(3) May your name be praised throughout the United States.

You have commanded me to pray for those in authority, saying:

I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.(4)

To fulfill your purpose, I lift up the President of the United States in prayer. I ask for your hand of protection to be upon President Trump, his wife, Melania, and their family. Place Your heavenly armies around the White House and our nation.


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A Prayer for Independence Day


Mighty God,1
You are to be desired by all nations,2 yet chose to make America great. With celebration for our nation’s birth, I come before You with thanksgiving for the freedom bestowed on me each day anew. Praise be to the Lord who granted and preserves our independence! From our earliest days, You have made us a nation of strength and compassion because we sought your favor. John Adams was right when he wrote of Independence Day, saying: “It ought to be commemorated, as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.”

Have we forgotten that you are our deliverer, refuge, and fortress?3 It is You alone, our Creator, who endows us with the right to the life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness our Declaration of Independence speaks of. True freedom is not granted by a piece of paper, but through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, our Savior:


It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. (Galatians 5:1 NIV)


Let us be forever watchful of our hearts, that we may not blindly fall into the slavery of sin and pride. Instead, let the skies above our land be a reminder of your hand in creation.4 Let their beauty direct us, with thankful spirits, toward Your will in America. Let us embrace the words spoken by Samuel Adams as the Declaration of Independence was being signed:


“We have this day restored the Sovereign to Whom all men ought to be obedient. He reigns in heaven and from the rising to the setting of the sun, let His kingdom come.”


On this Independence Day, we do not celebrate our own accomplishments, but Yours through us. May you receive the glory for America’s greatness, and may we be faithful stewards of Your gospel to the nations.



1. Isaiah 9:6
2. Haggai 2:7
3. Psalm 18:2
4. Psalm 19:1-4

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Independence Day Giveaway


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As Independence Day approaches, it’s important that we learn how to pray for our nation. We’d love to build a relationship with you as we grow together in that spiritual discipline.

So in honor of Independence Day, and to encourage prayer for our nation, we’re excited to offer a huge giveaway contest.


One winner will receive:

  1. One signed copy of American Psalms: Prayers for the Christian Patriot by Joshua J Masters
  2. A second signed copy of American Psalms that we’re asking you to give to an active service member or veteran.
  3. And (drumroll, please.) a $50 Amazon gift card.

ALL eligible entries will receive:

  1. A Special Independence Day Prayer download from American Psalms on July 4, 2017.


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A Prayer for Memorial Day

Comforter and Councilor,1

We turn to you in our time of grief; our help comes from the Lord, maker of heaven and earth.2 Since the Civil War, we have set aside a day for remembrance, and our hearts are broken for the men and women who have been lost while serving our country.

Neither national liberty nor eternal freedom comes without a price. You paid for our eternal salvation with your own son,3 and you feel the suffering4 of parents who’ve lost their children defending America’s freedom. You have heard the cries of spouses, children, siblings and friends. You have collected their tears5 and will be their comfort: (more…)

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How to Start Praying for America


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Today is the National Day of Prayer, but with all the negativity swirling around the politics of our country, many aren’t even sure how to get started.  The first step in praying for the nation is committing to do so. I’ve often pondered how important it is to pray for America, but I wasn’t actually doing it. I had a ton of ideas on how others should be praying, but planning a prayer life for someone else is as effective as calling football plays from your couch. Decide you’re going to get off the spiritual bench and do something yourself.

The most important element in developing a spiritual discipline is making a commitment to the process of letting God change you. Once you’ve made that commitment, you want to be sure you remain accountable. Make a covenant with God to pray for the nation, then ask other Christians or your small group to keep you accountable. Here are a few things to keep in mind when praying for America: (more…)

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How to Pray for a President You Can’t Stand.

Can’t bring yourself to pray for our new president? Perhaps you can, but can’t fathom the idea of praying for the president who just left office?


Today is President’s Day or Washington’s Birthday (observed), a federal holiday celebrating the birth of our first president, George Washington. It’s also a state holiday throughout most of the country with slightly different names and definitions, but it’s traditionally a day for honoring those who have served as president. As Christians, it’s a good day to remind ourselves that the Bible calls us to pray for all those in authority over us, regardless of whether we voted for them or not. Consider these two passages:


I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. (1 Timothy 2:1-2 NLT, emphasis added)


Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. (Romans 13:1 NLT)


For those who like the heat of politics, these verses can be what Vice President Al Gore might have called an inconvenient truth. Regardless of your political views, we are called to pray for our president and other leaders. My original intent was to simply post a prayer for President Trump today (and you can still find my prayer for him HERE), but given the political climate, I felt led to reflect on these verses. To that end, I want to share this excerpt from my first book, American Psalms:



“The primary weapon Satan uses against us is pride, and the greatest temptation when praying for our leaders is to pray with partisanship. Remember, God has a purpose for the life of our leaders—even when we don’t agree with their policies… While the command to pray for our leaders is clear, the motivation is sometimes lost. We are called to submit to the authorities over us (Romans 13:1) because the way we interact with the government is a witness to Christ’s work in our lives. We must always be respectful of the office, even when we disagree with the policies coming out of it. Here are some additional tips to help:

  • Ask God to reveal your motives; be sure you’re praying for God’s will in the lives of our leaders and not your own.
  • Concentrate your prayers on their protection and family lives. That’s not to say you can’t pray for policy, but remember that you’re praying for your God-established leader, not your enemy.
  • Purposefully pray for politicians who serve outside your own political party.
  • Never engage in negative talk about our leaders. Discussing policy is one thing, but disrespecting our leaders dishonors God. Though we hear pundits do it all the time, never refer to our president or representatives by their last name alone. There’s technically nothing wrong with referring to “Bush” or “Obama” from a news perspective, but we’re called to be more than technically accurate. Show respect for the office by always including the title of the individual—President or Senator.

Remember, prayer is never about changing someone else; it’s always about allowing God to change us.”

(American Psalms: Prayers for the Christian Patriot by Joshua J. Masters, p. 60)


If you find it impossible to pray for those in authority over our nation, consider how Daniel respected and even worked with Nebuchadnezzar’s government (while still honoring God) after Babylon took the Jewish people captive (cf. The Book of Daniel). Consider the respect Jesus showed the Romans. (cf. Matthew 22:15-22). Although they forcibly conquered the land of Israel, they were still the governing authority and Jesus submitted to them.


It would be difficult to find a single person who loves the policies of both President Obama and President Trump, but we can pray for both of them. On this President’s Day, what if we agreed to pray for God’s blessing and will in the lives of ALL our living presidents and their families: President Donald J. Trump, President Barack Obama, President George W. Bush, President William J. Clinton, President George H. W. Bush, and President Jimmy Carter?


There are, undoubtedly, circumstances that require the followers of God to stand for certain unwavering principles. We see that in the lives of Daniel and Jesus as well, but if you can’t bring yourself to pray for our leaders, then you should ask God what He wants to change in you to make that possible. In fact, that might not be a bad prayer when it comes to our politics in general.


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Joshua J. Masters is a pastor, author (American Psalms), and speaker. He has been featured on CBN, HIS Radio, and the Light Radio Network.  As a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), Josh has also worked both in front of and behind the camera in the film industry.  He lives with his wife, Gina, and their dog, Franklin, in South Carolina where Josh serves as a care pastor.



© 2018 Joshua J. Masters and Kingdom Knight Productions. All rights Reserved.

© 2018 Joshua J. Masters & Kingdom Knight Productions. All rights Reserved.