"I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty."-1 Timothy 2:1-2
"Are you a Democrat or a Republican?" I am sometimes asked. I usually refrain from labeling myself as either, though at least 95 percent of the time I do vote for the candidate of a particular party. Which one is not relevant to this article. The bottom line is I am more driven by my personal convictions than by a political party.
Some people really get worked up about their political party affiliation. They donate large sums of money and volunteer countless hours to their party. We can't get a lot done in Washington because too many of our politicians tend to vote along party lines instead of what's best for our country. Sometimes this political warfare can get really ugly--The Bush vs. Kerry fight for the White House, for instance.
But if our candidate does not win, we dare not withdraw ourselves from the process. Like any other voter in America, the candidate of my choice does not always win. Once a winner has been declared, however, I am committed to praying for him or her whoever the person might be. I know that being a politician-whether on the local, state, or national level--is a tough job, and our leaders need God's help and guidance. I also know that my life is directly affected by the policies and laws our leaders hand down.
So I am not as committed to a political party as I am to being a member of God's army. He cares about our country and its people. He is the one who came up with the idea of civil leaders. Through the power of prayer God can change the hearts of ungodly leaders, expose corruption, and grant us new godly leadership. The end result is that we can live more peaceful and godly lives. And shouldn't that be one of the ultimate objectives of the political process?
Dear Lord, I pray for our political leaders. Give them the direction, the courage, and the fear of God to do what's right. Touch and change the hearts of ungodly leaders. Give us the resolve to choose men and women whose hearts pant after yours. And shield their families from the overwhelming pressure of public service. Amen.
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Amen Frank! Yes, it is our job to pray that God will back the best man for the job, for He is truly the one who knows. I do not look to a party either and if we do then we are so lost, for it is God through men and through circumstances,who can restore our value system. We need to vote however,and back the candidate that stands best for our values. Blessings, Sharon
Amen. I have felt more strongly about this now, then ever before. Whoever is elected, I feel should be prayed for, now more than ever. I hope everyone reads this and takes it to heart.
Dear Lord Heavenly Father and our Lord Jesus, please impress upon our hearts how important it is for the elected leaders of this country to follow your will. Please help us to pray as you would want us to for our elected leaders. We want to be led by You through them.Amen