These words were written by Paul to Timothy (I Timothy 2:1-2). Clearly, prayer for authority is urgent. Today is the day to begin praying with fervency for the future leaders of our country, and for the process of them getting to their appointed positions. Here are several ways to pray for the remaining election season.
1. Pray for unity. Mark 3:25 says “If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” The primaries have thus far demonstrated that the nation is sharply divided. This is true within political parties, and sadly, within the church. The church must unite in prayer and present herself as collectively concerned that each of us hear clearly from God about His purposes for this election.
2. Pray for an increase in respect for authority in our nation. Romans 13:1-2 tells us that “…there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.” We, as Christians, must rise above the temptation to add to the disrespect shown to those with whom we disagree.
3. Pray for people to pray and vote as God would have them do. Many people get caught up in their own political analysis of the candidates. The press is not objective, and we can not know all that God knows. We must pray to hear from Him. Proverbs 14:12-12 warns us; “…The house of the wicked will be destroyed, But the tent of the upright will flourish. There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” We must understand that many people will vote in ways that seem “right” to them. We must pray that they are praying the way that will result in our nation flourishing.
4. Pray for wisdom. We will be asked, by people around us, how we are voting. We need to have an understanding of God’s purposes and plans and should be able to articulate our decisions should be decide to discuss the elections. James 1:5 promises that “if any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”
5. Pray that God’s people will be humbling ourselves before God and will be praying for our country. The promise of II Chronicles 7:14 is an election year clarion call; “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.”
6. Pray for the safety of the candidates and current authorities, as well as peace at all public gatherings. I Peter 5:8 reminds us that the enemy is always waiting to pounce; “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” He does not want God’s choice for leadership in office.
7. Pray for our future leaders. Pray that God would be preparing them for their future responsibilities, and that He would even now be shaping their characters. Their is a battle raging for our country. As intercessors, we have an important role in paving the way for His Kingdom to come to earth.
We are privileged to have the right to vote, and we should be thankful. But even more than that we should be grateful that Jesus made a way for us to intercede for our country. God has asked us to pray, and we must, for our influence in this way is more than we all may understand or appreciate.
Election Prayer List
- For unity
- For increased respect for authority
- For people to pray and vote God’s way
- For wisdom
- For humility and prayer for God’s people
- For safety of candidates and authorities and peaceful gatherings
- For our future leaders