On our knees: the only way to approach this election

A diverse group of Christian leaders proclaims that America's problems will not be resolved by the White House, Congress or the Supreme Court. They say there is another way ...

BY: Rob Kerby, Senior Editor

 

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Prayer and Bible reading at the nation’s Capitol

“This requires an educated electorate who will examine the issues and the candidates and vote in a way that is best for the nation, not just their own well-being. Much prayer is needed for this critical process. Pray today for voters in the United States, that: ‘Wisdom will be sought from God; (James 1:5); Self-interest will be laid aside for the common good; and that discernment between truth and falsehood will be clear.”

Third, the PrayerConnect guide calls for prayer for the candidates: “In the early years of our nation, it was thought to be in bad taste to even be seen wanting an office, much less actually campaigning. Oh, how things have changed! Now candidates for public office, especially at higher levels, put themselves and their families through a rigorous process that brings every aspect of their lives into public view. It has become so intense that many good individuals have chosen not to endure the sort of public scrutiny that is an integral part of the campaigning process today.

Praying inside the Connecticut state capitol

“Praying for candidates does not mean praying just for those you agree with or support. All are leaders and potential leaders in our nation – and as such, all need our prayers.

“Pray,” suggests PrayerConnect, “for candidates for office in the United States, that: They will take brave stands for righteousness, even when it may not be well received; their families will be protected from harm and unnecessary scrutiny;  they will surround themselves with godly advisors; and that they will focus on the issues we face as a nation and not on personal attacks on other candidates.”

Fourth, advises PrayerConnect, Christians should pray for the media: “In our day of 24-hour news coverage, the media have taken on a huge role in our election process. Handling media correctly sometimes seems to take precedence in a campaign over actually dealing with issues. The media themselves often forget their role of informing and reporting and have become endorsers and supporters, even while they try to deny that role. Increased prayer for the media is an essential way for Christians to impact an election.

A prayer vigil at the Arizona state capitol

“Pray today for the media in America, that: Truth in reporting and election coverage will become a high value; media bias will disappear; Christianity will receive fair coverage in all reports; and hope will become a part of the message of the media.”

Fifth, PrayerConnect asks Christians to pray for “The Impact on the Nations.” What is that?

“In our rapidly shrinking world, what happens in one country has an effect on others. This is especially true for the United States. The individuals who hold the presidency and Senate and congressional seats will make decisions that impact the rest of the world. Whether those decisions help or harm the people of the world is largely determined by the choices that Americans make at the polls. We need to pray that our choices will serve to bless the world.

Cleveland, Ohio, kids at a See You at the Pole prayer circle

“Pray today for the election and its impact on the world, that: Voters will consider the foreign policies of candidates and how they fit with biblical principles; the activities of other nations will not have an undue influence on our elections; the result of U.S. elections will serve to spread the gospel around the globe; and the U.S. will stand firm in its commitment to Israel’s right to exist as a nation.

The sixth area in which Christians should pray, says PrayerConnect, is “Spiritual Warfare Surrounding the Elections.”

“Nothing is achieved in the Kingdom of God without warfare. That includes the election of righteous individuals to the leadership of one of the key nations on the planet. As we pray, we must expect the enemy to attack in many ways. There will be attacks on candidates and their families, on the media, the Church, and perhaps the nation itself.

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