Column: 7 Traits to Pray for our Next President

In November, our country will elect the next President of the United States of America. We live in a dangerous world, one that many of our forefathers would have never imagined. America has veered from the roots that made her great, and this election matters. The book of James tells us that Elijah was a man just like us. In hard times under corrupt political leaders, he prayed and God answered: the effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much (James 5:16-17). Here are seven traits to pray for the next President of our country: 1. A leader who is able to lead – that means capable of leadership ability. Someone who knows how to lead more than how to work the crowds, be a GQ man, act cool, or win an election. We need a leader who has a plan for dealing with problems. 2. A leader who fears God more than man – they have a Judeo-Christian work ethic and moral code. We need someone who understands what President John Adams understood: Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. We need a leader who will stand up to the secular progressives who want to drive the Judeo-Christian value system, which made our country great, out of this nation. Pray for a President who values religious liberty and vows to protect that liberty. He or she recognizes that wisdom comes first from humbling oneself before the Lord of Creation. 3. A person of truth who tells the truth. Many politicians today run on lies, lies, and lies. Discernment is needed to see past the rhetoric and look at their record. Pray for a person of truth – someone who loves truth and stands on it. Someone who walks in integrity and has a track record to prove it. The word integrity means to have the same quality on the inside that you claim on the outside. 4. A person who is not covetous - not hungry for power and control. They serve people. Their leadership flows from a motive to serve more than building their own legacy. They don’t bully people. They have a record of kindness, respect, and humility. The people who work around them can testify of being treated honorably by this person. They primarily build up the people around them rather than use them. 5. A decisive leader who understands the need for a strong, effective military and police force. We face threats to our national security today not experienced since Hitler’s regime and the Cold War. We have real enemies who want to come to our soil and butcher us. America needs a strong military Chief who will build our military in force and morale, encourage our police force, stand up to our enemies, and make America safe. 6. A leader who believes in American exceptionalism. We need a leader who understands that America is unlike any nation in the history of the world. We are a great, God-blessed nation. We need not apologize for that. And we need to return to the principles that made her great. 7. A person of wisdom, discernment, and character. He or she has a moral center. They don’t have long trails of scandals following them. They don't flip flop on core issues. They lead not primarily to please people but to do the right thing. They don’t lead by opinion polls but moral character and, hopefully, spiritual fortitude. They have a history of faithfulness – moral, sexual, and fiscal. Let’s ask God to raise up these types of leaders in America once again. (Rhett Wilson pastors The Spring Church in Laurens. His blog, Faith, Family, and Freedom, can be found at He enjoys doing life with his wife Tracey and their three children.)

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