Yesterday, President Trump visited McLean Bible Church where David Platt is the pastor. Platt’s prayer was a beautiful gospel prayer.
Here is a transcript of the prayer as reported at The Gospel Coalition:
O God, we praise you as the one universal king over all. You are our leader and our Lord and we worship you. There is one God and one Savior—and it’s you, and your name is Jesus. And we exalt you, Jesus. We know we need your mercy. We need your grace. We need your help. We need your wisdom in our country. And so we stand right now on behalf of our president, and we pray for your grace and your mercy and your wisdom upon him.
God, we pray that he would know how much you love him—so much that you sent Jesus to die for his sins, our sins—so we pray that he would look to you. That he would trust in you, that he would lean on you. That he would govern and make decisions in ways that are good for justice, and good for righteousness, and good for equity, every good path.
Lord we pray, we pray, that you would give him all the grace he needs to govern in ways that we just saw in 1 Timothy 2 that lead to peaceful and quiet lives, godly and dignified in every way. God we pray for your blessing in that way upon his family. We pray that you would give them strength. We pray that you would give them clarity. Wisdom, wisdom, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Please, O God, give him wisdom and help him to lead our country alongside other leaders. We pray today for leaders in Congress. We pray for leaders in courts. We pray for leaders in national and state levels. Please, O God, help us to look to you, help us to trust in your Word, help us to seek your wisdom, and live in ways that reflect your love and your grace, your righteousness and your justice. We pray for your blessings on our president toward that end.
In Jesus’s name we pray. Amen.
The responses on social media to the prayer have been dramatic from some Christian leaders. Here are a few examples:
We do not know all the reasons why the President went to Platt’s church but he did. The president and his team obviously knew the nature of David Platt, he is no partisan. David Platt is as similar to Franklin Graham as Hawaii is similar to Mars. Could it be that President Trump actually wanted prayer and believed he needed it? Could it be that on this Sunday, as he played golf, his soul ached for connection, wisdom or hope? Not to be snarky but Christians are commanded to love and love believes the best. This is what I choose to do. And even if the president’s motives were completely partisan, God’s aren’t. Jesus is wooing the President to himself.
The prayer of David Platt is the gospel message. It is the embodiment of 1 Timothy 2. The bold, radical pastor prayed the gospel over the president. He beseeched the heavens for our leader. Love Trump or hate him, he—like all of us—is in desperate need of Jesus. Praise God this pastor shared it plainly and boldly. May all Christian leaders be bold evangelists more than acting like political analysts.
Finally, Christ’s church is the expression of God’s rule on the earth. God’s kingdom rules over every nation and leader. The church is to honor those in authority and submit to them for now but the church endures forever as the bride of Christ. The bride shares in the authority and ruling of Christ. Yesterday, was a state visit of two kingdoms, one temporal the other eternal. One has unlimited authority and power while the other is subjected to the eternal king. One day, the United States will dissolve into the sunlight of eternity, the church, Christ’s bride, will rule with her husband forever. The president is wise to humble himself to an eternal ambassador and future ruler with Christ.
I am deeply committed to the reality that the church is of a different kingdom and partisan politics have no place in church. At the church I pastor, we have Democrats, Republicans, and everything in between. I am thankful for our diversity. We are committed to not being a “mouthpiece” of any political agenda. That being said, if President wanted prayer in a service, we would make room to pray for the most powerful person in the world. In fact, he or any of our state and national leaders are welcome at Calvary. We will make time to pray for you. May our prayers be as gospel saturated as David Platt’s.
So, give David Platt and President Trump a break for giving and receiving prayer. We are the church. If anyone should being praying, it ought to be us. I for one learned from David Platt how to pray for our leaders, even the ones I may, at times, disagree with.
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.”
1 Timothy 2:1-2 ESV