If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

2 Chronicles 7:14

On Monday, February 20th, we celebrate and honor the presidents of the United States, leaders who have helped to shape the history of our country, and in many cases, have advanced the Kingdom principles of freedom and justice. I encourage you to set aside time today to remember the legacy of those leaders. I also encourage you to pray for current leadership, to be blessed, to encounter God, and to use their influence to promote godliness and righteousness in our land. When they are blessed, you will be blessed!

Abraham Lincoln: A Man of Justice

I want to share with you the legacy and testimony of one historical president who has left a powerful imprint of reformation on our nation. Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States, and a leader during one of the most tumultuous times in U.S. history- the Civil War.  As a history aficionado, I have read half a dozen books on the life of Lincoln, his presidency, his values, and his legacy of social change in our nation. He was a man who I believe was transformed over time by the hand of God to bring light and truth to the nation during a time of great darkness and division.

During the beginning of Lincoln’s presidency, it’s not evident that he had a strong Christian faith. However, his writings during his presidency indicate that God was moving on him. In 1863, Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, which changed the legal status of more than 3 million people enslaved in the South from “slave” to “free”. God used Lincoln to make one of the most dramatic legal decisions in our nation up until that time, to begin the process of the eradication of slavery.

When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice. But when the wicked are in power, they groan. Proverbs 29:2

I am passionate about seeing those in authority transformed by the power of God and guided by biblical principles in order to advance justice and righteousness in the nation. Lincoln was a man used by God to bring great change to America. I believe we can look to him as an example of one who was changed over time, even during his presidency, to bless our nation.

Blessing Our Leadership

Everything rises and falls with leadership.– John C. Maxwell, Leadership expert and pastor

When the leadership of our nation is blessed, we will be blessed. Imagine that those with influence and authority make every decision guided by the Holy Spirit. Our families, our neighborhoods, cities, workplaces, and schools will be penetrated and transformed with the Kingdom of God!

How then can we bless our leaders? As believers in Christ, we have the responsibility to pray for all those in governmental authority. Political leaders are not put into office to pastor us, but just as the Scripture says above, when the godly are in authority, the people rejoice. Let’s pray for our leaders to know God and be guided by the wisdom and power of the Holy Spirit!

1 Timothy 2:1-2 says: I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be offered on behalf of all men for kings and all those in authority, so that we may lead tranquil and quiet lives in all godliness and dignity. My wife Sue and I consistently pray for every president, whether or not we agree fully with the leader’s political platform. I encourage you to faithfully intercede for the leaders of our nation, that they may have wisdom, godliness, and righteousness. Their blessing will overflow to you!

Jesus Rules and Reigns

Jesus is Lord over all the kings of the earth (Revelation 1:5). We are made kings and priests by the blood of Jesus (Revelation 1:6), and we are seated in the heavenly realms with Him(Ephesians 2:6)! God gives us the authority to pray for our earthly leadership in order to advance His Kingdom. Let’s partner with Him in praying today:

Father, we thank you for your rule and reign. We ask that your Kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven, and that justice and righteousness would be fulfilled in this generation. We ask you to rule and reign over our lives, and over the lives of the rulers of this nation, all to your glory. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

going deeper

Here are some resources to encourage you and equip you on the subject of social legacy, and on prayer.

  • I believe we can gain great wisdom and insight from history! Team of Rivals is one of my favorite books about Abraham Lincoln, highlighting his incredible leadership skills that ultimately helped shape one of the significant presidencies in the history of America.
  • We are in a season of transformation and shift in our society. Watch my message on Kings and the Reformation of Society to learn about what the Bible has to say about authority, and how we as believers in Christ can partner with God to see His Kingdom come.
  • Jesus’ disciples asked Him to teach them how to pray. Let’s grow and learn how we can intercede with faith and effectiveness. Intercessory Prayer, by Dutch Sheets, is an excellent resource on the power of intercession.