Phew, we made it! The ballots have been cast and we are officially out of the debate and pseudo SNL debates of this historic Election 2016. So now what? Well, we pray 🙂 We hope you receive from a beloved pillar of our house, Lee Brooks, as she shares her wisdom on how we pray, why we pray, and what faith looks like in these next 4 years. Lee is a seasoned warrior in intercession and carries a specific anointing for prayer. You can join her movement and see what is stirring in her heart at When Women Pray The Movement
After The Race is Over
After The Race is Over
The people of the United States have voted. There is now a president-elect, to be sworn into office during January 2017. Many are celebrating victory. Others are disappointed, perhaps angry, or just let down. I pray for emotions and hearts to be healed. I pray for the peaceful transition of power from the current administration to the next. But honestly for the people of God, the work is just beginning.
As I prayed about what to write for this post, I kept being reminded of Acts 17:26: “And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings . . .” Once more I heard that phrase that always points to destiny, “For such a time as this!” You and I have certainly heard this before. Yet, the Spirit is reminding us right now – we have been called for such a time as this! God purposed for you and I to be critically important to the election process but more importantly, the upcoming presidency! For such a time as this . . .
You most likely know the account (if not I invite you to read the book of Esther – it’s fascinating!) when God used the young and newly-crowned Queen Esther to save the Jewish nation. She had been preappointed to approach the king and speak out boldly on behalf of her people, the nation of Israel.
Once again and centuries later, God wants to work through a people He preappointed to dwell in the United States and predestined to be the 21st-century Church, and to see us step forward before the King and speak boldly on behalf of a nation, the United States of America! Just as King Xerxes extended his scepter toward Esther indicating his favor, the King of Kings is extending His royal scepter toward the Bride in this season, and we have favor to step into His presence to present our petitions with boldness.
So let’s go before the King on behalf of our new president. You may be wondering, Exactly how do I pray? This may be especially true if the one elected was not your choice. Well, good news, there’s always an answer to be found in scripture! Let’s consider the words of the Apostle Paul to young Pastor Timothy: “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.” (1 Timothy 2:1-2) Timeless wisdom right there.
So loved ones, let’s purpose to do this better than we did during the past decade, because if we, the Church, don’t pray, who will? I certainly want to live a peaceful life in godliness and reverence to our Lord, don’t you? If you agree, then we will have to pray for righteousness to supersede the darkness in the highest office of our nation. We must pray for our president to be surrounded by godly men and women, but most of all that there be many divine encounters in the Oval Office.
We will have to invite the Holy Spirit to bring conviction when there is wrong, and for conviction to lead to contrition that draws to repentance and correction of what is not right. We pray our president will kneel in prayer when answers are needed, or divine counsel is necessary to make decisions that affect the entire world. We pray the Holy Spirit will do as He always does – point to the One who alone can save! We pray that our president surrender to the King of Kings and serve Him from today throughout eternity!
We pray the favor of God upon the Church be extended to the White House, the Capitol, the halls of the Supreme Court, the “situation room,” and every building, room, or other location where national and global negotiations take place. Jesus be the Center!
As the Apostle instructed, may we give thanks often for the blessings afforded our country and for our president. My personal prayer is that we each pray for our hearts to hold reverence for the office of the president regardless of our personal feelings, to speak highly of the office, and teach our children the same. There was a time when all respect was given to the president, pastors, parents, and teachers. I never heard my parents speak harshly of any president.
Perhaps military families understand this best. They recognize the president is the commander-in-chief and to be given all honor due the office. If I could see one thing change it would be respect for authority to be revived in our nation, then taught and modeled in the home.
Finally, I pray that we who are His and part of His Kingdom, remember we live under the prophecy fulfilled from Isaiah 9: “Unto us a Son is given and the government will be upon His shoulder . . . and, of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end.”
And it is so in the kingdom.