In spite of how you might feel about the current situation in Washington, D.C., I believe there are some significant steps you can take to help bring this nation to repentance. The first is to pray for our president and congress. Ask God to grab their hearts and turn them to Himself. Pray that the Lord will burden them with the situation we are in and show them the need for repentance. Pray that God will give them the courage to stand up and call for that which is certainly not politically correct in our current environment. Pray also for our political candidates, from local to national levels. Pray that those whose hearts are not yet set upon Him would encounter Jesus.
Another important step is to vote. Absolutely we must vote for those who stand upon the word of God. If that choice does not exist at any level, we must seek God for wisdom and discernment. Can we put our trust in God rather than in leaders? Absolutely! Who our leaders are does not matter as much as Who our God is! Pray, understand where the candidates stand on the issues and what the consequences of not voting will be.
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There is one more aspect to repentance that is unique to the United States. We are a group of united, regional governments that we call states. Might not the God who desires to pour out mercy and not judgment listen to the call to repentance of a governor and legislature of a state? It is certainly easier for Christians to make an impact on a state level than on the national. Once again, we must pray for governors and legislators in our states and be sure that we are involved, at the very least, in every single election for those offices.
Father, give me a renewed heart to pray for the President regularly, whether I agree with him or not. May his heart be filled with Your wisdom and righteousness, and may he lead this nation according to Your Word. I pray also for the governor and legislators in my state, and for the judges on local, state and national levels. May each one base his or her decisions upon godly principles. Guide those who are running for elected office in this season. Stir Your people to vote at every level, Lord. May we not sit back complacently, but be involved in the democratic process that we are privileged to have in America. Give us Your wisdom to make right choices, knowing that You are ultimately the One reigning over our nation.
–adapted from With One Cry: A Renewed Challenge to Pray for America by David Butts. This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.
Give praise to the one by whom all things were created, the one in whom all things hold together, the head of the church (Col. 1:16-18). Thank God for giving direction and purpose to your life in this day. Confess those times in the past few weeks when you’ve tried to take over the direction of your life. Commit yourself completely to Christ’s leadership in this week. Ask him to help you find the time to listen for his voice at the beginning of each day.
Intercede for the leaders in your congregation, that they may find the wisdom and courage to follow Christ’s plan for your church without hesitating.
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