Election Day 2016 has indeed “come to pass.” The individuals we’ve elected to national, state, and local offices will now enact laws, policies, and programs that will have an impact — for good or ill — on our society. But from heaven’s perspective, even the latest election “winners” will, at some point, become “former” office holders. In the end, it is the Lord Jesus Christ who shall “reign forever and ever.” (Revelation 11:15)
Thank the Lord for the leaders He has put into office and praise Him for how they will be instruments in bringing HIS plan to pass.
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior…” 1 Timothy 2:1-3
Pray our leaders will seek God’s wisdom and appoint wise, godly people to govern us.
“He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding…” Daniel 2:21
Pray for those who defend and protect us in law enforcement and the military. Pray that the Lord would protect them and draw them to Himself.
“Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle; he is my steadfast love and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield and he in whom I take refuge…” Psalm 144:1-2
“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.” Romans 13:1-7
Pray for community leaders asking the Lord to give them refreshment, courage, and hearts to seek His wisdom.
“Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf…” Jeremiah 29:7
Pray the judges and the court system-especially the Supreme Court-that they will be filled with the Holy Spirit’s wisdom and act on behalf of truth and justice.
“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
Pray that as our leaders seek God’s wisdom, He will guide their hearts, decisions, and actions.
“The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will.” Proverbs 21:1
Pray that the Lord will cleanse our nation’s government of corruption and wickedness at every level.
“But it is God who executes judgment, putting down one and lifting up another…All the horns of the wicked I will cut off, but the horns of the righteous shall be lifted up.” Psalm 75:7, 10
Pray for the churches in our communities- that they would be filled with the Holy Spirit, have a hunger for studying and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, have godly unity amidst diversity, equip their members to love in their neighborhoods and workplaces, and be beacons of light and hope throughout each city. Pray for the protection of the church and for its strength and courage in these times of persecution.
“To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power.” 2 Thessalonians 1:11