One more week...

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

"I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone-- for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth."
~ 1 Tim 2:1-4

For the last two weeks, my small group has been fasting and praying every Tuesday leading up to the election. Every week we talked about how concerned we were for the country, the economy, and the decisions faced by our leaders and citizens, but a few weeks ago we decided to finally put our money where our mouth is.

We haven't been praying a certain candidate would win or for one political party over another. We've simply been praying for our current president and vice-president, for the presidential candidates and their families, for our Congressmen as they continue to make decisions until the end of the year, for the Congressmen that will be elected and take office in a few months (and additionally, for those who will lose jobs in this election), for the cabinet members as they still have a hand in decisions yet to be made. We've prayed for the troops and our military leaders. We've prayed for those on Wall Street, CEOs, small business owners-- those that have a hand in (positively or negatively) impacting on our economy. We've prayed for our citizens as they too are faced with the decision of electing new presidential and congressional representation. We've prayed for unity in our country.

"Look at the nations and watch— and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told."
~ Habakkuk 1:5

Regardless of our personal political preferences, someone will be in office in January. A president, a Congress, a new cabinet. Someone will fill those seats, make decisions, govern, lead, represent. Pray for them. Pray for integrity. Pray they would be burdened to lead with dignity, honesty, integrity, with the sincere desire to represent their constituents, not to lead for their own political interests or selfish gain.

Someone will win on Tuesday and someone will lose. Either way, a lot of people in this country will be disappointed in the outcome. Pray that our new leaders would be respected by the American people and given a chance to govern. Pray that those new leaders would seek to represent the interests and desires of everyone. And pray that our country would demand to be accurately represented by our leaders.

I sometimes think, what difference is this really making? Does this really matter? Amidst all that is going on, amidst the millions and millions of people in this country who contribute to this political landscape, do my prayers alone really make a difference? I doubt... But then I believe. Sure, I don't alone control what will happen next week and in the months to follow, but I feel like I contributed, like I have upheld my end of the bargain as a Christian and as a citizen of this country.

And I sincerely tell you that these last few weeks of fasting and prayer have made a significant impact on my view of this election. It has calmed me. It has given me peace and confidence in the outcome, whatever it may be. I trust, I don't fear.

Please feel free to join us on election day, our final day, if you are so inclined. And even if you don't, let's try to be respectful of our new leaders NOW, regardless of whether or not it's who we're voting for. Let's not name call. I know it's difficult when we're bombarded with angry campaign commercials all day and the voice of the pundits on the news all night... We can all be zealous in our political beliefs and fight for representation while maintaining our own personal integrity and the respect of our future leaders.

"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 will forgive their sin and will heal their land."
~ 2 Chronicles 7:14

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