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Will you pray for Donald Trump?

Will you pray for Donald Trump?

Donald J. Trump becomes the 45th president of the United States on Jan. 20. Will you pray for him?

That's a question many Americans will be facing — especially the millions who voted for someone else in November. Surely, we all want what's best for the country. But, after such a contentious election, are we willing to pray for Trump as his administration takes power?

Whatever the answer, and whether it is voiced silently in private or publicly as a faith community, the question speaks to a larger issue: Should we, as Jesus famously instructed in the Gospel of Matthew, love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us? Should we pray for colleagues we...