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Prayers for Trump by Charles M. Garriot

Garriot, Charles M. Prayers for Trump: Petitions for the 45th President. Washington D.C., Riott, 2017. 95 pp. $18.99. Purchase at Amazon for less.

Introduction

I have reviewed Charles’ previous book, Prayers for Obama. With a new President comes a new round of prayers. You can find out more at MinistryToState.org.

Summary

Divided into 12 chapters, Garriott offers a devotional-esque commentary on a passage of Scripture and then offers a written prayer for the President specific to the topic of the chapter. For example, there is a chapter entitled petition for truth and another entitled petition for family. By the end of the book you will have prayed for most every area of the President’s life public and private and will have done so from the Book of Proverbs.

Review

This may be a dangerous book to write today given our current political climate. Garriott is not concerned with that perception, however. His overarching concern is that we pray for “kings and all who are in high positions.” While President Trump is not a king, he is most certainly in a high position. As Christians, we are commanded to pray for our secular leaders who have been put there by God (Romans 13:1).

Garriott offers objective, Biblically informed and saturated prayers for the President. For that, we should be thankful. Not only do these prayers become a sound starting point for praying for the President, but they become a diving board from which you can also jump into deeper prayer for the leader of the USA.

Recommendation

Regardless of your political leanings or whether you like the man who is the President of the United States, as a Christian, you are mandated to pray for him. Charles Garriott is concerned for Biblical fidelity over and above political affiliation. Every Christian would do well to read this book if they struggle to pray for the President…especially if they struggle because they disagree with him.

Obama Prayer by Charles M. Garriott

Garriott, Charles M.  Obama Prayer: Prayers for the 44th President. Washington, D.C.: Riott Publishing 2011.  96 pp.  $18.99.  Purchase at Amazon.

Introduction

Do religion and politics mix?  In many quarters they do not.  Certainly in my extended family they do not!  Charles Garriott, on the other hand, feels that they must mix out of sheer necessity.  With many commands throughout the Bible to pray for kings and leaders, we are to apply that to today which means that we are to pray for our president (even if we vehemently disagree with him on most issues). You can learn more about the book at ObamaPrayer.com.

Check out this 2 minute video by the author:

Summary

Divided into twelve petitions (chapters), Garriott looks to what the Bible says regarding prayer for leaders.  Each chapter begins with a quote from the book of Proverbs and ends with a sample prayer.  In between, you will be shown biblically why and how you should pray for the president.  You will be challenged to go before the throne of God on behalf of President Obama specifically, but also the office of the President generally for petitions such as direction, wisdom, words, family, mercy, and friends to name a few of the chapters.

Review

Confession time, I was not looking forward to reading or reviewing this book. As a reviewer, it is easy to fall into the trap of judging a book by its cover, title, or subject matter. Quite honestly, I did that on all three accounts with Obama Prayer. What I read was not politically charged rhetoric laced with a good dose of Bible. Rather, I read a book written by a man who 1) believes in the power of prayer and 2) puts his belief to action.

You will not find a political rally cry from either side of the aisle. If you find yourself trying to figure out just where the author lands, you have completely missed the point. This alone makes the case for your needing to read Obama Prayer. It is short. It will take you maybe an hour to read though it will take you much longer to come to grips with what was written.

Recommendation

I think what I liked best about the book is that there never was an appeal to 2 Chron 7:14 which is so often ripped out of its context and crammed down our throats. It was simply an exhortation, based upon Scripture, to be praying specifically for President Obama as the leader of our country. Again, I must confess that I was challenged greatly in not only how I pray for President Obama but the frequency in which I do pray for him.

Pick up your copy today and be challenged to put into action what you claim to believe.