With this election behind us, both winners and losers now face a certain reality. My wife, an elected poll official, said her polling place was busy all day and evening. This is not the norm for interim elections, but certainly good to see an interest among constituents.
You’ve had to listen to all the political rhetoric before the election and we’re hoping it doesn’t follow the election so we can get on with our lives, so to speak. For those elected, to get to work representing those who elected them and those who did not. But, what can we do now for those who are elected? How can we serve them as godly persons?
We can pray! I would like to share a few guidelines for prayer for the newly elected and the ones remaining in political office. The scriptures admonish us to pray for these persons and we desire to obey that word so clearly spoken. That means, even if the elected official is not one whom you voted for, you are still admonished to pray for them.
Specifically, what can we pray that also aligns with God’s word?
- Pray for a revelation of the love of God. Knowing God’s love and responding to that love affects every aspect of personal and public life. (Romans 5:5, 8; I John 4:9, 10)
- Pray for a revelation of God’s truth. It is the word of God and the Ten Commandments that initially created our foundation for law. Pray that this same Word is seen as truth as it was with our forefathers. (Proverbs 30:5; Hebrews 4:12)
- Pray for a revelation that all humanity is of value and created in the image of God. (Genesis 1:27; John 3:16, 17)
- Pray for a revelation of life – life in the womb and life at every stage of life. (Psalm 139: 13-16; Jeremiah 1:4, 5; Isaiah 44:2)
- Pray for a spirit of wisdom and humility with high moral character and integrity to lead this nation. (Psalm 25:9; Proverbs 10:9; 11:3; Isaiah 66:2)
- Pray for a revelation of the fear of God; it is the beginning of wisdom. (Psalm 111:10)
- Pray for a heart that seeks after God and desires His will and not their own. (Matthew 6:10; Hebrews 10:9)