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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.  This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.  (1 Timothy 2:1-4)

I hope that all believers will take this admonition to heart.  Those of us who voted for John McCain should pray as sincerely and affectionately and fervently for President-elect Obama as we would have for John McCain.  Brothers and sisters, are you with me?

In his election day post, Al Mohler asked all Christians to pray (among other things) “that Americans will be prepared to accept the results of the election with respect and kindness.  This will be no time for rancor, condemnations, and conspiracy theories.  Instead, we must pray that God will settle the hearts of the people.  May Christians be ready to respond with prayer, respect for office, and a gentle spirit.  Others will be watching.”

Finally, there is purpose in this prayer.  Good government should always provide the opportunity for Christians to “lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.”  That is one of the proper functions of government.  But it’s not an end in itself.  We want to be able to lead a godly life so we can freely share the gospel, which is the only way people will “be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

Those are my pleas to every believer this morning.  Pray for Barack Obama.  Passionately share the gospel.