01 Nov “Praying for our Nation- 3 Prayers for the Coming Election” by Lindsey Dowiot
I hate conflict- I’m a people pleaser. Because of this, I also hate talking about politics. I’m sure many feel the same way! But let’s face it, next week is a big week for our nation. I’m not going to get into my own political views, or get into the major issues that we’re all wrestling with. I want to remind us all as Christians, regardless of our stance, that we have a huge responsibility—prayer.
“I urge, then, 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.” 1 Tim. 2:1-2
There are so many things that we should be praying for with this upcoming election, but here are 3 areas that really stick out to me.
The Election Process– Pray for a safe and fair election. Ask the Lord for protection from those that would seek to change or alter the outcome. Pray for a great turnout of voters that have asked God for His wisdom in their decision making.
The Candidates– Pray for the salvation of our current and future leaders. Ask God that those in leadership would not seek their own selfish ambition. James 3:16 says, “For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind.” We can also ask God to surround our leaders with Godly advisors. We just heard in our Big Church series that we should be praying big prayers, and know that our God is big enough to change the hearts of those in power.
The Church– Pray that the Spirit would move in such a way that there would be a dramatic change in our culture, and that we would be a nation that puts its hope in the Word of God. “the people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned.” Matthew 4:16 Pray that the Church in America would rise up and be bold in preaching the gospel, but also be a safe place of healing and comfort.
And when it’s difficult to even know what to pray, we can trust these words as a place to begin, “The Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” Romans 8:26