Who is "Peaches Geldof"? Is there a reason why this person in particular has inspired this thread?
Ok, so I'm not the only one wondering. Is it bad that my first thought was "Who in the hell is Peaches Geldof?"
Don't think there's anything inherently good or bad about not knowing who someone is...
But, isn't there a distinction between praying for the salvation of a named individual like the Queen, a PM or a President and generically asking that one's leaders be blessed...Do we not want God to bless our lands and to offer wisdom , patience, charity and good will to our leaders? I can't articulate this specifically, but I think the "strict" view is an unrealistic, unnecessarily legalistic interpretation of the Canon.
I'm sure God knows what we mean if we say we're praying for the Queen or our president/prime minister/Dear Leader whether by name or by office. I agree (I think I know what you mean) I think the distinction is a false dichotomy.