Devotional # 171. 1/8/16. 1 Timothy 2:1-2. Political Prayer Preparation
It is exactly 10 months until the United States will vote in our new President. We’re being told what party to vote for, what candidate is best and who will bring the most impactful changes. But there is something you can do that is more powerful than a vote, a candidate or a party.
1 Timothy 2:1-2 tells us, “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.”
The truth is that we should be praying for our future leaders right now, not in 10 months but right this minute. If we truly believe that God can impact our nation for good, in a way that He’s never done before than we start now. Although I don’t fully dismiss petitions and picketing, I don’t see anywhere in the Bible where that is our best course of action. So often we let the “works” aspect become our foundation, the rock that we stand on because it feels good to make signs, or go door to door and collect signatures. And I believe these things have their place, in fact in 2013 I headed up our church’s effort on collecting signatures for Proposition 8 and the Co-ed bathroom bill. Specifically for AB 1266 (co-ed bathroom bill) we collected 620,000 signatures when only 504,760 were required. However, California’s election officials dismissed 131,857 signatures and drove the bill into law. It was never put on a petition where voters had the chance to agree or disagree. This, along with many other things, has shaken my faith in the men and women upholding what is right and lawful and best for our cities, states, countries and the world. But the thing that has never swayed is God. If I pray to God about these things He promises to answer my prayer. That doesn’t mean that it will go the way I want it to (which I’ve found to sometimes be a good thing since I have a finite mind that only sees a limited sphere). But He will answer in one of three ways: 1. Go (“Yes, that is My will”), No (“It is not my will”) or 3. Slow (“It is not My timing…YET”).
Today, I encourage you to pray for our leaders: present and future. Keep in mind the November 8, 2016 Presidential election coming up. Pray that God would raise up a man or woman that would do His will in leading our country and that they would appoint other godly women and men into offices that can impact not just the United States but the world for Jesus. I would also ask you to pray for spiritual leaders. Whether they head up a big church or small church, a local ministry or a global organization they need prayer. Pray that they rely on God in making decisions and that they hold to the tenants of the faith in these times of the Church being “tossed to and fro” (Ephesians 4:14). I encourage you to pray that these spiritual leaders would impact the political leaders on a personal scale, loving them to faith in the one true and just Judge and Ruler.