For all the turbulence our country has endured for the past 18 months with the 2016 Presidential campaign, it’s a relief to know that this election cycle is finally over! As is the custom with every American presidential election there is a winner and a loser.
This election cycle had so much discourse about the Democratic and Republican candidates with a seemingly endless influx of negativity. For anyone paying attention and trying to keep up with daily events it would often have the effect of drawing battle lines between the two sides as each side determines the other’s misgivings and failures. It was a systematic demonizing from one side against the other that typified the conversation through all the media outlets, although it well known that the national media has always had a bias to one flavor of governance.
I was one who started to feel a battle line sentiment because I was so sure I KNEW who was the best candidate. In my mind, information was clear about my candidate’s opponent and it was so obvious how evil this person was. After all, who can argue with “facts”?
However, when I realized my prayers were for a specific candidate and for a specific outcome it was then that I was convicted of my error and realized that I was trying to tell God what I wanted. I had sinned against my God. I was putting my political god ahead of the one true God.
Daniel 2:21 NIV He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.
My prayers changed immediately and suddenly the other side didn’t seem so demon possessed. After all, aren’t we all sinners? There was a change … a re-learn if you will … that my prayers about the election changed from my dictation to Him and returned to my offering to Him.
Romans 3:23 NIV for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
It was far more settling in my heart as I prayed to remember that God is in control of who will be in charge over us. I was able to pray for both candidates in view of whomever the Lord wanted to be over us.
Hebrews 13:17 NIV Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.
As I reflected back upon my prior prayer requests that there wasn’t the same sense of peace after prayer as compared to now! I am reminded once again that my part in this journey is to just believe and to continue being open to the leading’s of the Lord through prayer, reading and meditation of the Word.
Although this change happened for me some time ago, I’m writing about this now because it’s been a few days since the conclusion of presidential election and the country is in desperate need of hope. There are protests happening and for those who are exercising their constitutional right to protest they are showing that their hope shattered. It is imperative we consider others who are in need, even though we may or may not agree with what they are protesting against or abdicating for.
2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV 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 I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
The message of Christ is peace with God and with people. We have the directive to seek the needs of our brothers and sisters and to try to meet them as best as we can.
Romans 12:18 NIV If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
Leviticus 19:18 NIV 18 “ ‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.
Luke 10:27 NIV 27 He answered, “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ ; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ”
Let’s all consider remembering who’s in control and why it is we need to pray for our country and those around us. Not just at milestone events like an election, but continually with each new day like we do with all the other prayer requests we have. Our country’s leaders need the covering that prayer brings just as much are those we pray for each day. Let’s submit our daily task list with prayer first. Then we will be ready to meet the day with the peace of God with us.
Philippians 4:4-9 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
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