Seven weeks from today America will have a new president. Those who voted for the winner will be happy. Those who voted for the loser will realize that their candidate was defeated, and their hope is gone. Others have had no hope in either one. These may remain confused and uncertain about the future of our country.
These seven weeks are crucial to the campaigns of the candidates. They are also crucial for us as God’s people. We, His children, who have an inheritance in His kingdom, have much at stake. We will never lose our legacy to that eternal kingdom, but we face the possibility of losing the freedom to continue to worship and express our faith here in this nation.
God, our Father can do all things without us, but He delights to include us in His campaign.
While the candidates and their supporters continue to rally, what should we do? We need to be aware of God’s will for each of us, not simply to say, “the will of the Lord be done.”
We Must Rally Around the Throne of Grace
“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16
It is by His grace that we are able to pray to our heavenly Father, as we seek His kingdom and His righteousness for this nation. We are called to pray in all circumstances, for His will and His glory.
If you have not already planned or been led by your own pastor for a six-week prayer and fasting vigil, we encourage you to suggest it for your church. Don’t wait until after the election to pray. Don’t wish later that you had prayed. We’ll still need to pray, afterward, but we will know that we did all that our heavenly Father wanted us to do at this crucial time. After the election, we can rejoice and praise the Lord that His will is done, regardless of the outcome. We can live in the hope and trust that He still rules and reigns over all; no matter who is president of this nation.
Consider the Psalmist words, as we look to our only hope.
“Do not put your trust in princes,
Nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help.
His spirit departs, he returns to his earth;
In that very day his plans perish.
Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, Whose hope is in the Lord his God,
Who made heaven and earth,
The sea, and all that is in them;
Who keeps truth forever,
Who executes justice for the oppressed,
Who gives food to the hungry.
The Lord gives freedom to the prisoners.
The Lord opens the eyes of the blind;
The Lord raises those who are bowed down;
The Lord watches over the strangers;
He relieves the fatherless and widow;
But the way of the wicked He turns upside down.
The Lord shall reign forever—
Your God, O Zion, to all generations.
Praise the Lord!” Psalm 146:3-10
Dear Father, draw us to your throne of grace as you campaign for your kingdom’s rule in our hearts and lives. Bring us to examine our faith and know that our hope is in you alone. Let us praise you always, regardless of the circumstances of this life. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
For a guide to prayer for the next six weeks, please consider our last post ~ A World in Crisis.