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Dear Holy and Righteous God,

We come to you today through the name of Christ our Lord. Thank you that because of His sacrifice on the Cross, our salvation is firm. Thank you that our eternal “citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20).

God, we come to you today as earthly citizens that live in the United States of America. For some, this came through birth. For all, it is according to Your sovereign will. We acknowledge this not as entitled people but as those who recognize who we are and where you have placed us. Consequently, we are responsible to live here as good stewards in the likeness of Jesus.

As Christians who bear Your image and the name of Your Son, you call us to pray for our leaders. As the Apostle Paul states, “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim 2:1–4).

So, today, on the day of the Inauguration for President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and those transitioning to new administrative posts, we petition You on their behalf.

We pray that

  • You would be a real and abiding presence in their lives, and that they would look to You for direction.
  • You would surround them with men and women that provide godly council.
  • The decisions they make and how they lead will honor You and demonstrate care to a world in need. 
  • They would pursue peace and model civility in their words and actions. 

Lord, we also pray that all people will strive to find common ground anchored in love for You and one another. And may Christ-followers in these United States wholeheartedly commit to praying for our leaders as your Word instructs. Help us to be people of prayer. Help us to be peacemakers. Our Father, please help our leaders.

We pray these things in Jesus’s name, Amen.

About the Contributors

Mark M. Yarbrough

Dr. Mark Yarbrough serves as the sixth President of Dallas Theological Seminary and is a professor of Bible Exposition. He has been in a variety of positions during his tenure at DTS: Research Assistant to the President, Executive Director of Information Technology, Associate Dean for External Education, Vice President for Communications, Academic Dean, and Vice President of Academic Affairs.

His undergraduate degree is from Dallas Christian College, where he was named Valedictorian and received the Delta Epsilon Chi Award. At DTS, where he received his ThM in 1996 and PhD in 2008, he was named Who’s Who and was a SCEC scholarship recipient.

Mark has co-authored and recorded multiple songs/albums and has presented at conferences on biblical and pastoral themes. He speaks at places such as Camp of the Woods, Maranatha Conference Center, Mount Hermon, and the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove, Word of Life, and has been published in various magazines. Mark has written several books including How to Read the Bible Like a Seminary Professor and the recently released Jonah: Beyond the Tale of a Whale .

Mark also serves as an elder at Centerpoint Church. He enjoys spending time with his family and following the Cowboys, Mavericks, and Rangers. He has been married for twenty-nine years to his high school sweetheart, Jennifer, and they have four adult children and one son-in-law. They reside in Sunnyvale, Texas.