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An Inauguration Prayer from a Metro NYC Pastor


By Pastor Dave Watson

Lord we come to you today to pray knowing that it is the greatest privilege we have and the most important thing we can do. When Solomon became the 3rd King of your people Israel he prayed. He asked You not for riches or success. He asked You for  “an understanding mind to govern your people that I may be able to discern between good and evil” saying “who is able to govern this your great people.”(1 Kings 3:9)  With that same humble attitude Solomon for himself and his sons or David for Solomon wrote this Psalm (Psalm 72). Its tone is for the  inauguration of the leader(s) of a nation. We pray it to You Lord today for the incoming President, Joe Biden and Vice-President, Kamala Harris and their administration. We know that good government is a gift from You and a blessing to Your people so we are praying that they will govern wisely and in a way that please You.

Psalm 72:1-2

 1 Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to the royal son! 2 May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice!

O God, our God , we ask that You would  give our new President and Vice-president, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris and their administration Your justice and Your righteousness.  What they can bring on their own is not good enough. They need, as all of us need, to be enabled by You. Help them to decide what is right or wrong regarding Your people with righteousness and regarding Your poor with justice. Lord these people are You people. They are not the government’s people. May our elected officials and may we always see them that way.

3 Let the mountains bear prosperity for the people, and the hills, in righteousness! 4 May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the children of the needy, and crush the oppressor!

May prosperity and righteousness extend to every part of our nation. May this administration take up the cause of the poor. May they rescue the children of the needy, even the unborn, and may they triumph successfully over those who oppress and exploit both the poor and the needy, especially the unborn.

Psalm 72:5-7

5 May they fear you while the sun endures, and as long as the moon, throughout all generations! 6 May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass, like showers that water the earth! 7 In his days may the righteous flourish, and peace abound, till the moon be no more!

     Lord, may President Biden and Vice President Harris fear You above anyone or anything else. Because of their reverence for You may this nation  as a whole have an enduring fear of You. May that reverence be renewed and last through the generations. Because the administration and the nation fear You may their term in office be like a needed rain that refreshes the land. In their days may those who are righteous, those who are trying to please you, flourish and may peace, Your shalom,  multiply in our homes, our places of business, our neighborhoods, our places of worship, our cities and our streets for generations to come.

Psalm 72:8-11

8 May he have dominion from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth! 9 May desert tribes bow down before him, and his enemies lick the dust! 10 May the kings of Tarshish and of the coastlands render him tribute; may the kings of Sheba and Seba bring gifts! 11 May all kings all down before him, all nations serve him!

Lord, we know this part of the Psalm will only fully come to pass when Your Son  and our Savior the Lord Jesus comes and rules. In the meantime, please help President Biden and Vice-President Harris to export Your values from the Atlantic to the Pacific and from this nation around the world. Your kingdom culture is good for all. May our leaders and our nation be respected in all the continents across the globe. May they want to work with us because of our integrity and our values which come from You.

Psalm 72:12-14

12 For he delivers the needy when he calls, the poor and him who has no helper. 13 He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy. 14 From oppression and violence he redeems their life, and precious is their blood in his sight.

May President Biden and Vice President Harris and their administration deliver the needy when the needy look to them to do so. May they rescue the poor because there is no one else to help them. May they be compassionate on those without strength and save their very lives. May they do so because the lives of all, the born and the unborn, the poor, the rich, the black and the white and every hue in between is precious in their sight because they are precious in Your sight. May they redeem their lives from oppression and violence of any form. That is the job of government, to protect the innocent. May they do just that.

Psalm 72:15-17

15 Long may he live; may gold of Sheba be given to him! May prayer be made for him continually, and blessings invoked for him all the day! 16 May there be abundance of grain in the land; on the tops of the mountains may it wave; may its fruit be like Lebanon; and may people blossom in the cities like the grass of the field! 17 May his name endure forever, his fame continue as long as the sun! May people be blessed in him, all nations call him blessed!

May their legacy continue throughout generations. May they be rewarded in this life as well as the next. May this President, this Vice-President and this administration be prayed for and have Your blessing  pronounced over them because they are blessable all the day long. May the tops of the mountains overflow with blessings. May there be incredible abundance in this nation with which we bless the world. May those in the cities flourish as well as those in the country. May this President and this Vice-President and this administration be so good in Your sight that their name and their fame continue long past their earthly lives. May the nations bless them and our nation loudly because we are right with You and doing what is right in Your sight.

Psalm 72:18-20

18 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things. 19 Blessed be his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory! Amen and Amen! 20 The prayers of David, the son of Jesse, are ended.

Lord we bless You  and Your name because You alone do wonderous things. We put all our hope in You today. We look forward to the day the whole earth is filled with Your glory. Until then please make America blessable and please, God bless America. Amen and Amen.

Dr. David Watson is the senior pastor at Calvary Chapel Staten Island. This article was reprinted from his blog,  https://nycshepherd.com/.