Election Thoughts and Prayers
October 28, 2020
The United States election is just days away. Historians say it is the most rancorous in American history. The tension in the presidential election is so great that most of the other elections are not very important in the minds of the majority of people. Half of us are anxious for the election to be over, hoping it will bring an end to the hostilities. The other half is certain it will not; whichever man is elected, the other side will react badly, and our nation will be even more deeply divided and volatile. What can we do?
Of course, we can and must vote. It’s not that there is one person for whom all Christians must vote for. There are flaws in each candidate and party, and equally sincere Christians can make a case for their candidate being the biblical choice as we see things through our own filter. What we really ought to do is seek God’s wisdom for ourselves, not some “convincing” post on social media to persuade others to our side.
Back when Paul was writing to Timothy, the times were far worse than they are today. Yet he faced the tough circumstances without despair or predicting disaster. He intentionally chose his actions, words, and thoughts for himself, and then what he urged others to do.
I’m writing to encourage you to pray with gratitude to God. Pray for all men with all forms of prayers and requests as you intercede with intense passion. And pray for every political leader and representative, so that we would be able to live tranquil, undisturbed lives, as we worship the awe-inspiring God with pure hearts. It is pleasing to our Savior-God to pray for them. He longs for everyone to embrace his life and return to the full knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:1-4 TPT
The most profound thing any of us can still do is pray. Following the guidelines in 1 Timothy, I’m going to pray for…
- God, give me wisdom so I can see as You see and do what You say. Help me see beyond a party or my traditional views; beyond what is best for me to what will serve God’s purposes and the people best. Help me be gracious and kind, no matter what the results are. Help me neither gloat nor despair. Help me remember that I am primarily part of a kingdom that is not of this world.
The Election Process
- Pray for wisdom for voters. May they speak kindly and calmly. May the rules of the election be followed honestly and fairly. May the election workers, candidates, and voters be safe. May election day be characterized by self-control and discipline.
The Candidates and Leaders
- Pray for the spiritual condition of those who are leaders of our nation. Help our presidential candidates, senators, representatives, and judges fear God and hate evil. May they seek justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.
- Pray for a spirit of humility in the church and love toward those who are different. May we be loving toward those who disagree with us. May we love everyone as Jesus has loved us. Help us be agents of healing, not magnifiers of conflict. Whatever the election results, may we be humble, kind, and Christlike.