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"Prayers for Trump" by Charles M. Garriott. A Review
Prayers for Trump: Petitions for the 45th President
Charles M. Garriott
Riott Publishing, LLC
3731 Van Ness Street NW
Washington, DC 20016
ISBN: 978-0-9762004-5-1; $18.99; March 2017
5 stars of 5
There are sparks and censures on the one side as well as
applause and admiration on the other. And in between are oodles of worried and
baffled looks from those in the middle. But if one claims to be a Christian,
there is one thing for certain, no matter how one voted or didn’t vote, we have
a biblical obligation to pray for the President, whether we consider him our
President or not. And that’s the well-reasoned premise of Charles “Chuck”
Garriott, Presbyterian minister, founder and director of Ministry to State, and
accomplished author, in his soon-to-be published 96 page hardcover, “Prayers
for Trump: Petitions for the 45th President”. This nonpartisan
compendium is meant to be useful for pastors and parishioners alike as they
seek to navigate their Christian responsibilities through the days ahead. As
the author explains, “This prayer book
is a call for every thoughtful Christian in our land to respond to this administration
as our Lord has intended. Christians may not get their political way. But they
are expected to represent the gospel in every sphere of life. Thoughtful,
intelligent and persistent prayer for our leader is part of what it means for
us to be salt and light in a needy world” (13-4).
“Prayers for Trump” is the second in a series
that began in 2011 with “Obama Prayer: Prayers for the 44th President”. After
the prologue, Garriott walks the praying reader through 12 biblical features that
we should pray for no matter who is in office. The qualities covered are
prayer, reverence, direction, wisdom, words, favor, family, truth, protection,
integrity, justice, and friends. Each short chapter is a thoughtful, devotional
and biblical précis on each specific aspect that covers around three
pages apiece. Then once a particular facet has been developed, the author wraps
it up with a fitting prayer for the President. In all there are twelve prayers
that go along with the twelve qualities, and the publisher has even given
permission for these prayers to be used in their churches (95).
The tone in
“Prayers for Trump” is civil and courteous, as was the previous volume in this
series. Garriott has provided pastors and parishioners with a valuable tool to pilot
them through some of their responsibilities in the days and months before us.
Our assignment from our Lord is to pray for this administration, as we should
for each presidency. I encourage every Christian minister to obtain a copy as
soon as it’s off the press, and employ it personally and pastorally. I gladly
recommend the book!
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