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Monday, November 7, 2016

Pray for election 2016

2 Chronicles 7:14 (ESV)
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.

On the eve of one of the most important elections in the history of the United States here are some thoughts the Lord brought to me through study and prayer.

We as Christians face the responsibility to vote, not only as citizens, but as Christians who seek to honor and follow Christ in all things. But, beyond the vote, we also bear responsibility to pray for our nation.

We should pray that God will bless America with leaders better than we deserve.

We should pray that Americans will be motivated to fulfill the responsibilities of citizenship, yet also that we will be stripped of an unhealthy and idolatrous confidence in the power of government to save us.

We must pray that Americans will vote by conscience, not merely on the basis of celebrity or emotion.

We must pray that Americans will vote to defend the least among us — and especially those who have no vote.

We should pray that God will prick the conscience of the nation on issues of morality, righteousness, and respect for marriage as the central institution of human civilization..

We should pray that God will protect these candidates and their families.

We should pray that the election is conducted with honor, civility, respect, and justice.

We must pray that Americans will be prepared to accept the results of the election with respect and kindness. 

We should pray that this election would lead to even greater opportunities to preach the Gospel, and that the freedom of the church will be respected, honored, and protected.

We must pray for the church, praying that the church of the Lord Jesus Christ would be strengthened in the truth, grounded in the faith, and empowered for witness and ministry.

Dear Lord, You knew before time began whom You would appoint as our 45th president. You ordained that this person might be a tool of Your judgment, holy and merited, or a gift of Your mercy, wholly undeserved.
Like Israel of old, America today, is a life marked by pride, selfishness, murder, idolatry, hypocrisy, greed, lust and every form of moral perversion. 

We as a nation have called evil good and good evil and have turned from Your face to our own treasured wickedness. We repent. We need You now, alone and together, as much as at any time in our fleeting history.

We ask for Your spiritual discernment endeavor to elect our next President, that You might direct our path, and that Your will might be done on this earth, as it is in heaven. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

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