Three prayers and a promised blessing!
By Doug Cox
Next Tuesday hopefully, a four year battle and struggle for power over who will sit in the highest office of our great nation will come to an end. One of four choices on the ballot, will be chosen to become the next POTUS. We all know there has been extreme controversy, to put it mildly, over the sitting president, even before his inauguration. If you can trust polls half the country loves him, and half hates him. I’m sorry, maybe the use of love and hate doesn’t describe everybody. However, there does seem to be plenty of hatred to go a long way. My first prayer is that there will be a ‘decisive answer’ to who gets the honor of holding such an important office.
Next, there is no question that there will be great disappointment and anger on the side that loses, that is, unless there is an overnight revival and hearts are turned to a Government that is higher than what man can come up with. The Lord Jesus (emphasis on Lord) said we are to pray “His kingdom come His will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” (Matthew 6:10) That’s my second prayer. Not specifically for an overnight revival but ‘for people who know God to let Him govern them in this next phase of transition.’
That leads me to some interesting statistics published by Pew Research. They claim that of the two major parties, 73% of one and 55% of the other, absolutely believe in God. It is not specified that they all are Christian, but my personal experience is that when a person says they believe in God, they also believe in a higher law than the law of the land. I also think it’s safe to say that the majority in these numbers would claim Christianity as their belief system, even though there may be disagreements between believers about their faith. The point is they all recognize the Kingdom of God as a higher, unseen government that is meant to influence man’s everyday life and actions.
My third prayer is that ‘all who claim Christianity will submit to God no matter who is elected.’ I know the story line of both major parties is that if the other person is elected, it will be the end of democracy as we know it. It’s a scary claim and could be closer to the truth than we think. I guess time will tell. We can be sure that whoever is elected will sign legislation we don’t like. It will be upsetting but in that process it’s up to all believers to follow God’s mandate to love and pray for one another. Besides, according to Daniel 2:21 our nation’s survival is up to God. “…He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings.” No doubt, bad laws and bad leaders can play a part in the fall of a nation, but if we treat each other right and follow the process of law, things can be turned back around. Galatians 5:15 warns “…if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another!” 1st Timothy 2:1-2 says “…I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.” And finally, Jesus words from Matthew 5:9 promise that “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”