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I have to admit that this election cycle was one unlike any other I’ve ever witnessed. This is the eleventh election that I have had the privilege to participate in as a registered voter and I’ve never been so taken back than I was this year by the two candidates who ran for the office of the Presidency. And that’s putting it in the nicest way I can.

Well, now it’s all over. We have a new President-elect, new governors, new senators, new office holders and the work of leading our country is just beginning for those who have been elected and those that serve with them as they lead. Our leaders have crucial, new responsibilities now thrust upon their shoulders as they seek to fulfill their obligation to the people. But you might be surprised to remember that the biggest burden really doesn’t rest upon them as much as it does the Christian, people like you and me. Our prayers make a huge difference. I heard that “Amen”.

As believers we have the responsibility/privilege, to pray for our leaders.

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 1 Timothy 2:1-2 (ESV)

Could it be that our nation is in the mess that it’s in because Christians have forgotten to pray for our leaders? I mean after all, the Word says, “First of all”. In every language I can think of, including the Greek, it means this is number one when thinking about living our lives and loving our country. But you say you don’t really like the leadership we have, you didn’t even vote for them. It really doesn’t matter now because they are our leaders and no matter what kind of leaders they are, if God’s people will pray, He will take care of us. That’s why I believe the greater burden rests upon the knees of God’s people as we humble ourselves and pray. Have we forgotten what the Lord has said?


“if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 (ESV)

Whether we voted for them or not, they deserve our prayers and they need our prayers and we dare not sin against God by failing to do so. We should pray for our leaders and all that surround them. We should pray to God and ask Him to:

  1. Save their souls and teach them to depend upon Him
  2. To teach them humility, for pride comes before the fall
  3. To fear and respect the Lord God, it is the beginning of wisdom
  4. Protect them and their families
  5. Give them strength and wisdom
  6. Give them patience and understanding
  7. Guide their decisions
  8. Lead their plans
  9. Develop their character
  10. Allow them to be a blessing to our nation

Additionally while in prayer regarding our nation you can ask the good Lord to have mercy on our nation. That’s a quick list of ten but I’m sure you will be able to add to or develop further your own list, but the greater burden is indeed upon followers of Christ to pray for our nation and our leaders. Make the Master proud.


“Make the Master proud of you by being good citizens. Respect the authorities, whatever their level; they are God's emissaries for keeping order. It is God's will that by doing good, you might cure the ignorance of the fools who think you're a danger to society. Exercise your freedom by serving God, not by breaking the rules. Treat everyone you meet with dignity. Love your spiritual family. Revere God. Respect the government.”1 Peter 2:13-17 (MSG)

There are many decisions and actions that will be taken by others in our nation that are outside of our reach on a daily basis, but they are not outside the reach of our Lord and our prayers. Our prayer is the action that we can make while trusting and leaving the results to Him.

And while we pray for our leaders we might be like those who have gone before us...like Daniel, who prayed for the forgiveness of his people.

“So listen, God, to this determined prayer of your servant. Have mercy on your ruined Sanctuary. Act out of who you are, not out of what we are. 18 " 'Turn your ears our way, God, and listen. Open your eyes and take a long look at our ruined city, this city named after you. We know that we don't deserve a hearing from you. Our appeal is to your compassion. This prayer is our last and only hope: 19 " 'Master, listen to us! Master, forgive us! Master, look at us and do something! Master, don't put us off! Your city and your people are named after you: You have a stake in us!'” Daniel 9:17-19 (MSG)

With a nation as divided as I can remember in my lifetime we can be a part of the solution...through our prayers. It’s not all we can do...but it is supposed to be number one. Do something that really matters...you can start immediately...now is the time for prayer...it must not be shoved to the back burner...it must be what we make first...because we want to, not because we have to. It’s all a part of engaging our culture while loving God and loving people. May God Bless America!

 

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After what seemed an endless time of political ads, mud-slinging, scandal, debate, disappointment and disgust, it's over and the United States is electing a new president. As the results start to come in are you happy? Are you distraught? Are you surprised?

Let me tell you who isn't surprised; God. Our God is in control and knew all along what the outcome would be, and where it would lead us.

Isaiah 46:9-10 “Remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,

Sometimes, His purpose doesn't exactly agree with our wishes:

Isaiah 55:8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD”.

As Christians, we shouldn't be overcome with a feeling of hopelessness, or hopefulness. We mustn't put all our hope in any person; our hope should be in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

I know what you're thinking ~ “But what if laws are passed that I don't agree with? What if Supreme Court Justices are selected that will rule in favor of evil and wickedness?”

Well, the Bible gives us several examples of how to deal with “rulers”. For example take Daniel, who as a young man, was taken captive by the Babylonians and was forced to serve on King Nebuchadnezzar's court. He wasn't alone, he had three companions; Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.

During his life, Daniel served under kings Nebuchadnezzar, Evil-Merodach, Belshazzar, Darius, and Cyrus. All during that time, Daniel was faithful to the Lord. He used his skills and abilities to be useful, and as a result he was honored and respected. Did he and his friends always obey the King's laws and decrees? No!

The first problem they confronted was being expected to eat the King's meat and drink the King's wine, which had been offered to idols. They refused and proved to their “caretaker” that they could thrive on vegetables and water.

Then, King Nebuchadnezzar made a golden statue of himself, and ordered everyone, at the sound of a trumpet, to bow down and worship it. Daniel, must have been away from Babylon at the time, but Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused, and were thrown into a fiery furnace (from which, God rescued them).

Later on, under King Darius' reign, the king's counselors advised him to make a decree that anyone worshiping any other God than the King (for the next 30 days), should be thrown into the lion's den. It was Daniel's practice to pray from his window three times a day, and of course these “counselors” caught him in the act, and told the king. The king had no choice at that point, but to enforce the law he had signed, and so he had Daniel thrown into a den of lions (but God saved him from the lions).

Daniel, and his three friends used their wisdom, knowledge, and skills to the best of their ability. They obeyed the king's decrees as long as they did not conflict with God's laws. Daniel summed up his viewpoint like this:

Daniel 2:20-23 “Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him. I thank thee, and praise thee, O thou God of my fathers, who hast given me wisdom and might

As I've said many times, I don't believe things happen “by chance”. Our Great God is in control, and we are here for His purpose. Remember, we were never promised a “rose garden”, BUT, we are told:

2 Corinthians 4:15-18 “For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal”.

So, regardless of the outcome of this election, hold on to God's promises; such as:

Isaiah 41:10 “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness”.

Isn't it great how the Bible gives us instructions for any circumstance? For instance, “what are we to do”?? As Paul told the Thessalonians (who were suffering persecution):

1 Thessalonians 5:16-23 “Rejoice evermore.

Pray without ceasing.

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ

Jesus concerning you.

Quench not the Spirit.

Despise not prophesyings.

Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

Abstain from all appearance of evil.

And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ”.

Titus 2:11-14 “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works”.

Remember, we have a “hope that is within us”, and God's word to support and sustain us, and we are aware that our Redemption is drawing near. So, put your hope and trust in the Lord, do His will, let your light shine, and He will take care of the rest.

Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose”.

God Bless,

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