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Today is not my best day. I feel asleep in grief and woke up in grief.  This has been a week of deep pain and the days ahead are uncertain at best. My heart aches, my body moves slowly, and as I inch on my body is full of sickness because of the heaviness of my soul. A good friend of mine passed away unexpectedly last Thursday. On Sunday we celebrated her life. Yesterday I voted for the next president of the Nation that I love and at 3 am today President Elect Donald Trump gave his speech.

I am from Republican land - Alabama - and so as I write, I realize I have many, many friends who do not share the grief in my heart. I am writing in hopes of helping those evangelical Christians who do share my vantage point. I am writing to those who are heavy hearted today, feeling overwhelmed and at a loss with how to pray for a leader you do not stand with.

I said something scary to my husband as we were snailing through our morning routine. I muttered, "Today, my identity as a woman and as a Latina feels louder than my identity as a daughter of God." Yikes. I was all anger and no prayer. I didn't even want to turn to God. I've had many fellow believers write words of consolation, peace, grace, and dependence on God while I have spent the day in grief, in tears, and in fear. I fear for women. I fear for Latinos. I fear for the marginalized. I hate bullies. No, let me correct that: I murder them in my heart. This is not noble. This is against God's law:

Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him.
— 1 John 3:15

My response to breaking God's law is one of pride. I think, "He is not a brother." Then I hear God's voice say:

But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers,what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?
— Matthew 5:44-48

So, I am writing this list of prayers to correct my own heart. I write this in hopes that the brokenhearted find words to lean into, and leaves the day remembering their lot is with God - not with the way of this world that is passing away.


How To Pray for President Elect Donald Trump

  • WISDOM

I pray that God's spirit of Wisdom resides on President Elect Donald Trump. I pray that President Elect Donald Trump uses godly wisdom when working to unify our country, identify and protect the marginalized, and interact with our friends and foes abroad. I pray that President Elect Donald Trump would not be wise in his own eyes, but would fear the Lord (Proverbs 3:7). 

"But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere." - James 3:17

  • COMPASSION

I pray that President Elect Donald trump operates with compassion in all of his dealings. 

"To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." - James 3:17

  • SALVATION

I know there are many that believe President Elect Donald Trump is a follower of our Christ. Even so, I pray that he encounters the love of God in a miraculous way that would cleanse, renew, and rebirth him from the inside out. 

"I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge — that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God." - Ephesians 3:17-19

  • FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT/ FRUITS OF SALVATION

As we become followers of Christ, we become more and more like Christ. I pray that President Elect Donald Trump manifest the fruits of the Spirit, which are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect." - Romans 12:2

  • VISION THAT HONORS GOD

I pray that as President Elect Donald Trump builds a vision for our country's future, he would do so with the will of God in mind and seek to honor God in all that he does.

"In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps." - Proverbs 16:9

  • INTEGRITY

I pray that President Elect Donald Trump would become a man of integrity. That he would treat all people, of all creeds, with human dignity and respect. I pray that President Elect Donald Trump would guard his words, and become more mindful and aware that the tongue has the power of life and death. 

"For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of man." - 2 Corinthians 8:21

"The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy." - Proverbs 12:22

  • HUMILITY

I pray that President Elect Donald Trump would become a servant of the American people, valuing their lives above his own. I pray that President Elect Donald Trump recognizes his shortcomings and his sinful nature. 

"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves." - Phillipians 2:3

  • UNITY

I pray that President Elect Donald Trump works hard to unite the American people, and that we live in peace. 

 "They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it." - 1 Peter 3:11

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