Praying for the Elections and the Church

I must confess that a part of me has dreaded writing this post for a few reasons. For one, I feel like everything has already been said/prayed by people far wiser than me. Second, I’ve rarely seen prayers for a national election prayed with a Kingdom mindset, which is what all our prayers should be prayed out of. The biggest reason I’m nervous about writing this post, though, is because I have never seen so much division among the Body of Christ over an election in my lifetime, and the last thing I want to do is contribute to that with anything I write. Therefore, my prayer as I write this is that I would fast from my opinion and help us seek the Lord together.

There is no command in the Bible to vote nor does it tell us how to vote. Yet we do know God commands us to be wise stewards of our blessings, and He has blessed us in America with the right to vote. One of the blessings that has come out of this election season for me is that it has caused me to pray for and really seek God’s will through His Word, and I’m tempted to simply leave you with a list of the Scriptures that have ministered to me in recent days and weeks regarding the elections.

One final note: Let’s also remember that we aren’t just voting for a president; there are also state and local elections that we need to pray for and be informed about as well.

Daniel 2:20-21 – 20 Daniel said, “Let the name of God be blessed forever and ever, for wisdom and power belong to Him. 21 “It is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men and knowledge to men of understanding.”

Job 42:2 – “I know that You can do all things, and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.”

Matthew 6:33 –  “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

I Timothy 2:1-4 – “1 First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. 3 This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

Eph. 4:1-6 – 1 Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, 3 being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all. (emphasis mine)

Lord God, we bless Your name forever and ever. Wisdom and power belong to You. You cause all things to happen according to Your perfect will, and no purpose of Yours will ever thwarted. It is ONLY by Your hand that nations and leaders are raised up and brought down.

We confess that we try to limit You and put You in a box. We confess our priorities get out of order so quickly, and we forget that You want us to be about Your Kingdom first and foremost. We confess that we have become arrogant, fearful, anxious, angry, and divisive. We are not making Your name great. We have become deceived to think Your kingdom is to some degree confined to our nation. We have forgotten how to live in light of eternity.

Lord, we pray that You would use this election process to make Your name great. Let Your kingdom come and Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. We pray that our next president and our other elected officials as well as appointed officials would have a fear of the Lord that guides their decisions, their actions, and their speech in public and in private. We pray that You would make us obedient to pray for those who gain office come next Tuesday. Do not let us compromise the name of Christ by slandering or speaking against those who are elected nor against those who voted differently than we did.

We desire the ease and comfort we have enjoyed in this country for years. We think that if we had more freedoms, more ease, less taxes, then it would help us advance the Gospel more. Yet, when we look at all of history, Your Church grows best under the worst persecution. So Lord, let Your will be done, and if Your kingdom is advanced here through things becoming more difficult, we pray You would give us the grace, the strength, and the faith to persevere and to overcome. Teach us that maybe tranquility can come in the harshest of circumstances because it’s a tranquility of the spirit and the mind knowing we are obeying the will of the Lord and submitting to His plan for our lives and for our nation’s life.

Most of all, Lord, we pray for Your Church to diligently pursue the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Forgive me, personally, for engaging in debates and conversations that have not promoted or facilitated peace with brothers and sisters in Christ. Give us the grace we need to love each other even when we disagree. God we cannot do it on our own, so please give us the supernatural ability to walk in a manner worthy of Your calling, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, and showing tolerance for one another in love. You are the God and Father of all, and You are over all and through all and in all. Amen.

 

Election Day Praying

Today is Election Day. What a tremendous privilege and responsibility we have to select our leaders! As we vote today, we should be mindful of an even greater privilege and responsibility to pray for those who lead us and hold political office. I Timothy 2:1-4 says, “First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” So let’s pray together now.

Heavenly Father, You are our God and Savior. Isaiah 46:9, 10 tells us that You are God and there is no other. There is no one like You. In Your Sovereignty, You declare the end from the beginning. Your purpose will be established and You will accomplish Your good pleasure. So we praise You, Lord God, for Your Sovereign grace over us.

It is by Your hand that leaders are established and removed, and yet You’ve given us the incredible privilege of joining You in that work through political elections. Forgive us for taking it too lightly or for thinking that it by our own will and power that anyone is established in leadership. Cause our perspective to be lined up rightly with Yours. And first of all – most of all – cause us to be faithful to pray for those in authority over us. Cause us to pray rightly: humbly, graciously and according to Your Word. Forgive us for declaring our own opinions and calling it prayer. Forgive us for sitting in pride and judgment over those we disagree with politically. Not that it’s wrong to take a stand, but we choose to stand on opinion and ideas instead of on the Word of God. Thank You, Lord, for Your forgiveness.

So we lift up our leaders today to You today, Lord – for the ones who are currently in office as well as the ones You have ordained to be elected to day. We pray Isaiah 11:2-4 for them, that the Spirit of the LORD would rest on them, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and strength, the spirit of knowledge and fear of the LORD. We pray that each man and woman in leadership would delight in the fear of You, to not judge by what their eyes see or make a decision on what they hear. Cause them to rule in righteousness and justice. For Your honor and glory, for Your name’s sake we pray these things.

Remember to go vote today, and remember to pray every day for those we’ve selected. What Scripture does the Lord lead you to when you pray for our political leaders?