Of Princes and Prayer

3 Do not put your trust in princes,
    in human beings, who cannot save.
4 When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;
    on that very day their plans come to nothing.
5 Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
    whose hope is in the Lord their God. Psalm 146:3-5

Several days ago the United States elected Donald Trump as the next President of the United States.

Many party faithful believe he is another Ronald Reagan in his views and governance.

For the last eight years many followers of Barack Obama strongly believed he would be a savior of sorts.

Many Hillary Clinton followers (and the media) believed she would be a great leader.

The same could be said about John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton.

These leaders, however, are fallible. They don’t always make the best decisions. This is why the psalmist would tell us not to put our trust in princes. In other passages, the writers tell us not to trust in the weaponry of a nation to save that nation.

These writers knew instinctively that even the best leaders fail.

That’s why it’s critical to pray for those in leadership and not to hang on their every word. It’s even more important to pray for them especially if you don’t agree with the direction they are taking.

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