As we move into the height of the election season, there’s no doubt you’re going to witness flagrant partisanship and campaign rhetoric. Be careful not to get caught up in the hype, but be educated and informed. You have a right and responsibility to vote and in doing so take an active part in representative government.
But more than just voting, I think Christians bear another responsibility for their government – prayer. We have a call to pray for our leaders. We’re called to pray for local, regional, state, and national leaders. In fact, we’re called to pray for leaders in other nations. Regardless of your political persuasion, I have a couple of thoughts on how to pray specifically for leaders.
- Ask God to work through the leader to accomplish His will.
- Ask God to protect the leader from negative or ungodly influences.
- Ask God to put people in the leader’s life for positive influence.
- Ask God to give health to your leaders.
- Ask God to give strength to your leaders.
Don’t ever loose sight of the power of prayer. Be a people who seek His face, perfect will, purposes, and intercede on behalf of others (leaders and nations). There’s something more powerful than a campaign contribution, vote, or lobbyist – it’s called prayer. Prayer influences (even changes) hearts, conditions, circumstances, outcomes, movements, standoffs, politics, candidates, and even the one praying. Our greatest national movement won’t be in riding the coattail of the popular candidate, but in touching the hem of the Savior’s garment (Luke 8:44). Pray.