As our nation enters an election season, many people look to the church for direction. Some people are stressed by the decision, others are anxious about the future, some may be contentious and opinionated. The 40 days of prayer (and fasting if you so choose) is both a call to pray for the most defenseless and vulnerable among us, the pre-born, as well as a call to trust in the sovereignty of God during the electoral process.
Max Lucado states that, especially during the election process:
“It’s easy to get cynical. Even easier to grow fearful. The global economy is fragile. National morality is in a downward spiral. Does anybody know the next step? The right path? Can anyone get us out?
Yes, God can.
The believer looks at politics through a different lens. We believe, first and foremost, that God is the God of the nations. Washington doesn’t call the shots; God does. The congress doesn’t direct the future; God does. The Bible is chock-full of moments in which God manages the hearts of monarchs.
“First of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” (1 Tim.2:1-4)
We ask God to use them to facilitate a haven for quiet lives and peaceful worship. Why? Because God wants “all people to be saved.” The government then is a tool of God. Its leaders are servants of God.
“There is no authority except that which God established. The authorities that exist have been established by God…for [the ruler] is God’s servant to do you good.” (Rom. 13:1,4)
It is not always ours to understand the why and how of this verse. Why does God permit evil dictators to occupy office? How does he use them? We aren’t told, but He does.
Our job is to pray.
Would you take this job seriously? Would you pray for forty days for our country? For the unborn?
Only God can unite the nations. Let’s ask Him to do just that.”
Dear Heavenly Father,
You have given us this promise: “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)
So, we pray to you. We turn from evil and look to you, our God. Please:
Appoint and anoint our next president
In the name of Christ we pray,
I humbly ask you to share this prayer request with as many of your family and friends as possible, so that the almighty power of God will show mercy and guide and heal our nation.
“You people who remind the Lord of your needs in prayer must never be quiet.” (Isa. 62:6)
An Urgent Request