Your personal and corporate prayers could significantly influence what happens in the Presidential election in November, and then in what ensues next. If you aren’t earnestly praying for our nation, consider that your prayers could sway what happens in the future of our county. If you are praying, then be encouraged; God is calling His people to rise and take action through prayer! You are part of a rising army!
Many Americans are frustrated that neither candidate reflects their Christian values. Their prayers are concentrating on choosing the right candidate, and then praying that candidate to victory. This is certainly an important way to pray. Prayers are also needed, however, for what’s going on behind the scenes. A lot is at stake, and more than two people are ultimately vying for increased power. Only God knows what’s going on behind the scenes, so He must guide our every prayer.
God will give each of us important prayer assignments that will all fit together intricately and effectively.
The current President, and the two candidates who are running for President, were chosen by the people who voted for them. In I Samuel, the people got a king because they asked God for one, even though God knew this wouldn’t be best for them.
“But when (the elders of Israel) said, ‘Give us a king to lead us’ this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord. And the Lord told him: ‘Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king. As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you. Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will claim as his rights.’”–I Samuel 8:6-9
Getting a good guy in to replace Saul was no small task. Because Saul didn’t follow God’s ways, Samuel said to Saul, “But now your kingdom will not endure; the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him ruler of his people, because you have not kept the Lord’s command.” (Samuel 13:14)
The ordeal that David endured to take His anointed seat lasted over a dozen years. During that time he was a fugitive with a price on his head, pursued by a man who had become a truly evil King. The instability of this newly established monarchy was not what the people had envisioned, despite prophetic warnings that all would not go well, from Samuel.
God listens to His people, and not all who win elections are His first choice for the job! There are many jokes passed around that “The candidate who can get the most people to pray, wins.” This is true, to some degree. What is not said is that some prayers have more weight than others. If you are walking with God, are seek to live in righteousness, your prayers pack a punch!
God listens to His people, and not all who win elections are His first choice for the job!
In Ephesians 6:11, we are told, “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” Someone needs to take a stand against the devil’s schemes! This passage in Scripture explains the armor in detail, making it clear that battles should be expected, and preparation is necessary. Nowhere does it say that if it looks bad, accept it, give up or look the other way!
After we put on the armor, interestingly, we are told to do one main thing; “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”(Ephesians 6:18) Once we are endowed and protected with God’s armor, our battle is prayer!
In 2 Chronicles 7:13, God speaks of a time of drought, locusts and plagues. He is speaking of dire situations, when people have shut Him out, and He has responded by removing His hand and blessings, due to their not keeping the Lord’s command (I Samuel 13:14).
The next verse is 2 Chronicles 7:14, which is going around a lot these days. It talks about God’s people rising up in humility, repentance and prayer. From the previous verse, we see that it works even when things are bad, God has removed His hand, and we are desperate for God;
“ 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.”
Knowing our prayers are disproportionately effective, we should be highly motivated to utilize our prayer power.
Jeremiah 17:7 says, ”But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.” Our confidence should be focused on God, not on people! It’s important to pray that the actions of His church will align with His will. We must pray that all of His people will pray as they are lead by the Holy Spirit and His purposes. Matthew 6:10 gives us Jesus’ model to pray at this time, “your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
Even if the “ideal” candidate were running, we must never put our trust in any candidate. Jeremiah 17:5 says, "Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the LORD.” This doesn’t mean that we can’t trust anyone. It means that we can’t trust in anyone. Following this commandment keeps us safe from the deception that any one person should be looked to as a god in any way.
When we trust in God, we are not as frustrated by the fallibility and fickleness of any politician. We are also then aware that any leader operates under God's grace. Regardless of who we vote for, we must remain committed to pray for that person. God can and will answer the prayers of His people, and every leader needs prayers to sustain them in their positions.
Praise God, it is God who ultimately decides who will do what, and our prayers influence Him to act and intervene.
Praise God, it is God who ultimately decides who will do what, and our prayers influence Him to act and intervene. Proverbs 21:1 says, “In the LORD's hand the king's heart is a stream of water that he channels toward all who please him.” The most pompous politician is created and directed by God, regardless of whether he or she acknowledges that fact.
Romans 13:1 tells us, “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” David came to power after the people were dissatisfied with their own choices. God chose Him. Godly authority comes when His people overwhelmingly ask for it.
The only way darkness will have victory is if God’s people refuse to invade the darkness with their light.
The only way darkness will have victory is if God’s people refuse to invade the darkness with their light. Matthew 5:15 says, “Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.” We must have confidence that our presence, and prayers, will result in change. Then they will.
God’s people must first draw a line in the sand, saying, “This far you may come and no farther” (from Job 38:11) Then we must start pushing back darkness with our light, and with our prayers. Revival happens when many individuals turn to God. Our prayers change people, and people change governments. What may seem like little, insignificant prayers will change the world.
It’s the eleventh hour, and we must PRAY. The elections are just weeks away. It’s our prayers, prayed in the guidance and wisdom given by the Holy Spirit, that will change our nation’s future. Your part is vital. God bless you as you accept and execute your assignment!