Along with millions of other Americans, I spent the morning watching the news coverage and the inauguration of President Obama, the 44th President of the United States of America. I was intrigued and enthralled by the pageantry of the day. We are relatively young country, and as such, we don’t have many occasions with long-standing traditions where we see our leaders at their finest.
Today was the exception. I too was interested in what Mrs. Obama would wear, how the girls would react, what music would be played, and what poem would be read. It was a beautiful and dignified occasion. Praise be to God that we live in a country that experiences such a peaceful exchange of power from one president to the next.
And yet, with all of the pomp and circumstance, for many reasons that have been enumerated elsewhere, today was also a solemn and significant day for Americans. I began the day by reading a prayer written by Dr. Mohler – a prayer for all of the days to come as President Obama begins the enormous responsibility of leading our country:
Our Father, Lord of all creation, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ: We pray today with a sense of special urgency and responsibility. We come before you to pray for our new President, Barack Obama, and for all those in this new administration who now assume roles of such high responsibility.
We know that you and you alone are sovereign; that you rule over all, and that you alone are able to keep and defend us. We know that our times are in your hands, and that “the king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord” [Proverbs 21:1]. Our confidence is in you and in you alone. We come before you as a people who acknowledge our constant need for your provision, wisdom, and protection.
(Read the entirety of Dr. Mohler’s prayer for President Obama here.)