The "Federal Executive" category of government officials to pray for, on the Monthly Schedule of Authorities, (which is on Monday, August 1), has finally been updated to reflect the main official Presidential nominees, Donald J. Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Gary Johnson, instead of, "and all candidates!", which I adopted last year because of the nineteen total Presidential candidates at that time. (There were seventeen Republicans and the two contenders for the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton and Bernard Sanders.) Gary Johnson was added by the Libertarian convention in May and Dr. Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate, even more recently. (I did not omit Dr. Stein because I don't want anyone to pray for her, although I think she and Johnson are wasting their time and a lot of other people's money in a futile pursuit.)
There are going to be supporters of each of the tickets who consider themselves Christians and want to pray for their candidate in particular. Again, I have my views, I have a candidate that I support, but promoting my personal views and convictions is not the focus of this website. (Some will want to point out that my choice is reflected in which ticket I put first. Of course it is. I could go a lot further than that but choose not to.) The purpose of this website is to promote prayer, as the Holy Spirit did through Paul the apostle, for ALL who are in authority.
Whatever we think of particular persons who are in office now or who are seeking office cannot be much worse than some of the Greek or Roman government officials who ruled in Paul's day. While the term "barbarian" came from what the Greeks called anyone who didn't speak their language, some Roman officials were true barbarians in any sense of the word. Paul still said to pray for them.
The reason the Monthly Schedule does not list candidates by name for Senate seats or U.S. House of Representative seats, or state legislatures, (unicameral or bicameral), is that these will be different in each of the districts of each of the fifty states. The Presidential tickets are the same for everyone in America.
This promises to be a hard-hitting, hard-fought election. Both major candidates, (Trump and Clinton), are questioning each other's fitness to be given national security briefings. If the Obama White House excludes anyone, it will not be Clinton. So I believe we need to pray that this idea is not pursued at all.
One last thing: I have referred frequently in this blog and in the main pages of this website to a promise that I have believed was contained in this passage of Scripture: being able to live peaceable and quiet lives in all godliness and reverence. I have re-examined that verse and admit that, in itself, it could refer only to the effect that a prayerful life will have upon our own behavior, that we will live peaceably and quietly. It might not be a firm promise that the government will leave us in peace. Even if that is the case, it is essential for Christians throughout America to provide a godly example and a God-honoring lifestyle to those around us and an improvement in our collective testimony would be a good thing. God is real, God is powerful, and Jesus Christ is someday coming again and people need to believe that is real. Too many Christians today are too hard to tell apart from the world around them. If that is all that the verse is promising - an improvement in us rather than in our circumstances - it is still worth pursuing. However, I'm not going back and deleting my references to this verse as a promise. As has been said many times, "Context is king," when interpreting Scripture. The immediate context about praying for people in authority, and other Scripture such as where Proverbs says, "The heart of the king is as rivers of water in the hands of the Lord," indicates to me that there is a promise there. The historical context of what had been happening in Ephesus shortly before Paul wrote to Timothy indicates the tremendous concern and interest the Ephesian believers would have had in living peacefully again. Whatever this passage is promising is something we should want.
A Christian man living in Southeastern Pennsylvania, USA. Came under conviction in 1978 or 1979 to begin believing the Bible is the inspired Word of God. Came to saving faith in Christ in October 1982 by confessing I was a sinner by nature and only Christ could save me.