Editor’s note: The following prayer was composed by Chuck Garriott, executive director of the PCA’s Ministry to State.
Our Father in Heaven,
We humbly come before your sovereign throne. You alone are King of kings and Lord of lords (1 Tim. 6:15). You have made from nothing the world in which we live, and every nation upon its surface is as dust to you (Is. 40:15). You are the ruler over all and you deserve our honor, praise, and glory. You have demonstrated your great love and mercy to us through your only Son, Jesus Christ.
Today we pray for Joseph R. Biden, the president of the United States of America, as your Word instructs (1 Tim. 2:1-2). Our lives are in your hands, as is his election and installation on this day, Jan. 20, 2021, as he takes his oath of office.
We ask, O Lord, that his heart, mind, and will would be directed towards you alone. You remind us that the “king’s heart is in the hand of Lord” (Prov. 21:1). In the months and years ahead, he will have enormous responsibility as he directs the affairs of our nation. Provide him wise (Prov. 3,13,14,17) and prudent counsel from Vice President Kamala Harris, his cabinet, advisors, and friends as he discerns the proper course and path in which to lead this nation.
Please give President Biden a great hunger for truth and justice (Prov. 31:8-9) in every sphere of life and work. May those who serve him be people of moral integrity who seek the good and welfare of our land. Instill in him a deep desire for an open and transparent administration that is averse to division.
You are the God of reconciliation. We ask that President Biden, his cabinet, and administration be agents of peace in a nation of great diversity. Our differences and divisions should be appreciated and used as a means of establishing a strong and healthy country. Please give to this president the leadership skills to promote harmony and peace in every sphere.
O, Lord, we pray for the president’s family. Thank you for his marriage to Dr. Jill Biden, his children, and grandchildren. Protect and enhance their love for each other. May this marriage represent in every way your relationship with your Bride, the church.
May this administration, which belongs to you, bring you praise, honor, and glory.
In the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ, we pray,