Pray, Vote, Pray
11/05/2016 03:45 PM Filed in: Prayer | Devotionals
Please take the time today to read this article from one of our team members here at BOJF concerning this upcoming election and how we as Christians should approach politics from a biblical perspective.
To every Christian in America,
I normally don’t do something like this, but this is so critical that it needs to be done.
It is that time of the year, elections.
No doubt there are many questions right now, but I think there is one that stands out from them all.
How does one respond as a Christian to all that is going on in this country?
The answer really is simple, pray, vote, and pray.
The most important thing every Christian can be doing for our nation is pray. Our nation is so far gone and there is no political party or candidate that can turn this country around. There is only One who can save and deliver us, and that is God Almighty.
I am reminded of the verse in 2 Chronicles 7:14, “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.”
Let us truly apply this verse in our lives and follow the four steps outlined for us.
- Humble ourselves - We have become a very prideful nation and even as a Christian I find myself struggling with pride on a regular basis. Pride is our greatest hindrance to fully depending and relying on God. (James 4:6) May we humble ourselves before the Lord so that He may lift us up! (James 4:10)
- Pray - Prayer can move mountains. When we pray we acknowledge our total dependence on God and our desperate need for Him. Prayer is looking to Him for our help and strength and realizing that with man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26)
- Seek God’s face - We need to be intentionally seeking the Lord in our everyday lives. If we really believe the verse that says “Better is one day in Your (God’s) courts than a thousand elsewhere,” (Psalm 84:10) we should be seeking the Lord wholeheartedly in every aspect of our lives. If we say “I want to know Christ” (Philippians 3:10) then that desire should be evident in our lives. Is Christ truly enough for us? Or are we like the Israelites in Jeremiah 2:10? “My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken Me (God), the spring of living water and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.”
- Turn from our wicked ways - How can we expect revival when we ourselves still harbor sin in our hearts? For true revival to happen, it needs to start with me. May we cry out with the Psalmist, “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23-24)
If God’s people truly and wholeheartedly applied the four steps above to their lives, we would see revival in this land. Why? Because it is a promise of God and God never lies or fails to keep His promises. We are assured of this in Numbers 23:19. “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should change His mind; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”
The second thing that you can do for our country is to vote.
It is estimated that 20 to 30 million evangelical Christians did not vote in the last election.
Every election is important and you should be voting in every single election, whether that be in the primaries, local, state, or national.
Please hear me out, I am not a political activist. I am a Christian and my desire is to see the name of Jesus Christ honored and the gospel proclaimed throughout this world. It doesn’t matter who is in office, my mission doesn’t change. I am still called to follow Jesus and proclaim the gospel.
By God’s grace that is what I am going to do whether it is “legal” or not in the eyes of the government. (Acts 5:29)
This country was founded on biblical principles. The reason why America became great was because of our dependence on God. Apart from God, America will fall. (Psalm 33:12)
I am not going to tell you who to vote for, that is between you and God. Your job is to prayerfully consider who to vote for, then do so.
Finally, to the Christians who don’t believe we should be involved in politics, I would like to point you to someone that we are very familiar with from the Bible, Daniel.
Daniel served as prime minister under two different pagan kings under two different empires. Because of Daniel’s bold stand for God, both kings under whom he served proclaimed that Daniel’s God was indeed God throughout their entire empires! (Daniel 2:47, 4:34-37, 6:25-27)
Imagine if Daniel had chosen to shy away from his culture instead of engaging it. The results would have been far different and think of all the people who wouldn’t have been impacted by Daniel’s testimony, including you and I. Praise God that he didn’t do so! He no doubt saw that light was needed in the corrupt government of his time and instead of shying away, he chose to stand in the gap.
And that is just one example of many that I could cite from the Word of God regarding God-fearing people who served in governmental positions or were active in what we would call politics. And it was all done for one reason, to glorify our God and see others come to a saving knowledge of Him! (Genesis 41:41-49. 2 Samuel 2:4)
Thank you for taking the time to read this! Now I would like to challenge you to do two things having read this.
Number one, pray, then vote, then continue to pray for our nation.
Number two, please forward this post to as many people as you can! It is time to fight for America!
Thank you and may God bless you!
For the glory of God alone,