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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.

Some will be clearly spiritual, while other attacks may have physical manifestations. Our call is to have great discernment as we pray and stand in the strength of Christ’s victory.

A pro-life prayer service on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court

“Pray today around the spiritual warfare issues involved in the election, such as: Great awareness and discernment for the Lord’s praying people as they pray over the election;  physical protection for all candidates and their families throughout this campaign season; a strong hedge of protection around the nation itself during this time of decision; and the unleashing of the sword of the Spirit throughout the nation, judging the thoughts and intents of the heart, according to Hebrews 4:12.”

And the final and seventh area in which Christians should pray for the election, says PrayerConnect is for “The Purposes of God.”

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