Well here we are, a little over 40 days until Election Day. Everyone in the United States knows that no matter who wins, the US will never be the same. Marxist and Communist are in positions of power and influence and openly run for high offices in a land where once the very mention of communist affiliation brought the possibility of imprisonment. Our youth has been successfully programmed away from the Lord God and the higher moral convictions of the Christian faith that founded this once great country. Now as atheism had taken over, we have lost our innocence from our youth, way too soon. History has been re-written and heroes of our republic have been removed and replaced with Marxist icons. We here stupid remarks form the “educated” college elites like, “History is written by the victors”. This is a quote once made by Winston Churchill which is essentially vade ad victor spolia, to the victor go the spoils. In using this quote, they mean to say that the ones who have lost in the great struggles of society have been cheated their voice and should have recompenses made of it. This is their war cry to tear apart society. Yet their very atheistic views concerning “survival of the fittest” demand that no such recompense be made. But that is another matter we can discuss another time.
Our moral compass has been misled by the strong magnetism of the atheist and their misleading and often untruthful sciences. We replaced the truth of God with the unproven theories, and speculations of mere men. We have stopped trusting in the truth of God for the known lies of men. In doing so we have lost our identity. We who are created in the very image of God and crowned above anything else in creation have succumbed to a lie that we are no more important then the animals that serve us for food, or entertainment. We have replaced the natural love of our children for the unnatural love of an animal. Many cherish their pets above their own children. In many public places in Europe and the US it is more tolerable to bring your pet to diner in a fine restaurant than it is to bring your children. You may think it funny when you see those commercials that depict this very thing on the television, but what you fail to see it the truth of what it shows. You also fail to see that you are being taught what this world system wants you to be.
With this new ideal of the lack of uniqueness of man, we have opened the door to the atheistic views of “survival of the fittest”. We no longer need to show compassion to anyone. Rather we can live to satisfy our own selfish desires. Since there is no God then there is no moral law giver. With no moral law there is no one who can judge me. If no one can judge me then no one can hold me accountable. If no one can hold me accountable, then no one can punish or reward me. I am the only one who can reward me. I am free to seek my reward at the expense of anyone around me because I answer to no one.
This is the society we have fallen to. No longer a society of care or concern for one another but one that is only concerned with what I can get out of others, and who can pay my way to fill my gluttony. It used to be that when we went down the highway and saw a vehicle disabled, that we would stop to render aid. Now we dare not even slow the car down for fear that we may get shot. Greed and violence has filled our culture to the point of brokenness. How far has sin taken our country, that we cannot even have an election without widespread mayhem. So, with all of this you may be asking what can we pray for concerning this election?
I think we may consider the words of the psalmist in Psalm 85 as a place to start. Bring us back, O God our savior, and stop being displeased with us! Will you be angry with us forever? Will your anger never cease? Make us strong again, and we, your people, will praise you. Show us your constant love, O Lord, and give us your saving help. (Psalm 85:4-7)
We can cry out to God with all our hearts and plead with him in our distress. We can cry out to the Lord to bring us back to the culture that sought after his face. Bring us back to being the ones who listened to the counsel of his Word. We can beg his anger to be withheld. We can pray for peace between us, the United States, and with Him, the one who first established our nation when it fled tyranny. We can seek his mercies to keep us from returning to a different tyranny.
We must start with a prayer of repentance. Today there is no one who takes responsibility for their own actions. There is no one who recognizes that God is the one who establishes the rulers of the land, and who gives them wisdom to rule. (Daniel 2:21) We must fall on our faces before God. I mean, lay to the prone and in great urgency, beg the Lord on behalf of ourselves, our neighbors, our churches, and our government in repentance. We must seek the forgiveness of the Lord for the idolatrous worship of the creation over the Creator. We have loved money, power, influence, sexual immorality, and ourselves more than we have loved Christ. I am speaking to the church. We would expect such behavior from the unsaved, but not from those who profess the name of Jesus Christ. We must be the first on our knees, and to lay prostrate.
We must plead as the psalmist, “Bring us back, O God our savior”. Jesus in the garden prayed in anguish to the Father, “Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” (Luke 22:42) We must pray and seek the will of the Lord. We can pray for this election and the events that may come from it. We can pray for the will of God to be accomplished in this election. We can also pray for our acceptance of his will. We must understand that he is in charge and his will, is what will be accomplished. We must be in acceptance of that will.
Looking again at Psalm 85 we can look forward in hope. It says, “ I am listening to what the Lord God is saying; he promises peace to us, his own people, if we do not go back to our foolish ways. Surely he is ready to save those who honor him, and his saving presence will remain in our land.” (Psalm 85:8-9) Isn’t it amazing! The Lord has an answer for us. We must listen to the Lord God! We, his own people, in Christ Jesus, are to be separate from the world. Not returning to the things that we were once delivered from.
The Apostle John writes a warning from God to us, “Nevertheless I have [somewhat] against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou are fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.” (Revelation 2:4-5) We then should remember from where we have fallen, who we left behind, and turn away from those behaviors which led us astray. We are to return to the first works. The first works are those that have supreme importance.
The first commandment is to love the Lord your God above everything else. In Matthew 10:37 Jesus explains how deep our love for him should be. He said that if we love our closest family members more than we love him, then we are not worthy of him. That is the kind of love that the Lord desires from us. Then we are to love one another. We are to love one another in truth. We are to love one another sacrificially just like Jesus loved us. That means that we love genuinely. Genuine enough to counsel one another and yes… warn one another when we see that another is falling into sin. This is not a hypocritical judgement, but something that we are mandated to do in scripture. We are also commanded to love one another by praying for one another, encouraging one another, providing for one another. That is to freely give to one another the things that are needed with no expectancy of return. So, one of the first works is “love”. We need to return to an active love of God and of one another. Supporting one another with more than just words; making real sacrifices for the kingdom of God and one another.
Love of God is our supreme motivation and our first work. I know you are wondering, “why have you gotten so far off topic?” Well I needed to make sure that we are starting from the right place when we pray. Prayer is also one of the first works. I we look in the book of Acts when the Holy Spirit was given to the church, they were in earnest prayer. Looking through the gospels we see that Jesus was in constant prayer. When the early church made any decision on church business, or mission, or even in correspondences they prayed. This is a first work; pray. Many believers today in America do not pray on a daily basis, much less in continuously. Remember when you first got saved? Remember how you could not read enough scripture, or talk to God enough? Don’t you miss that time with God? We should return to consistent, unending prayer and fellowship.
What are we to pray for? Well, before we can pray for others, we need to first address our own standing with God. “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14) Wow! God seems clear that those who are called by his name are to repent, then he will heal their land. So, when we pray for these elections and our country we first, need to humble ourselves. Humble ourselves? Yes, we must not enter the throne room of God with an attitude that we are better then those we are praying for. What condemnation we would bring upon ourselves to walk in such arrogance before the Lord who judges the very hearts of men. He already knows the hearts of those you are praying for, he does not need you to tell him their shortcomings. He is aware of their stumbling blocks and yours. Love is your first work. We do not need to pray bad things to happen to those who are hijacking our country, we need to pray for a change of heart.
We then come humbly in the knowledge that it is Jesus Christ who has made it possible for us to enter his throne room. We seek his face because he is the one who establishes kings and countries. He is the on who has authority over the enemy. It is his kingdom that we seek and represent here on earth. Still we should stand for righteousness. Righteousness is what we pray for, for righteous men to be enthroned here in this office of the President, and at all levels of the government and in the bureaucracy of the United States before God. That wicked men and women will be removed from places of power and influence in our government, educational systems, and businesses. This includes all the way down to our municipal entities.
We pray for repentance of those who are leading this anti-God social agendas and that their salvation will bring a great testimony to all the nations, just as Saul’s salvation did in the early church. We can pray for men and women of righteousness who seek the goodness of the Lord will be raised up and put in places of power and influence in this country. We can pray for judges that uphold the scriptural foundations of our laws and constitution. We can pray for lawmakers of moral courage and of good conscience will be elected. We can pray for a populace that will suffer whatever is needed to bring forward the righteousness of God in this country. You see we are a very unique populace of citizens here in the United States, we can actually vote away our own freedoms, by electing the wrong people into places of power and influence because we desired a handout instead of honest work before God. So we must pray for those who vote and for those who chose to not vote, because we are all responsible to God on who is elected into our government at all levels. To say that a Christian is to not be involved in such matters is a great lie sold to us by the enemy. Where God has blessed us to have the opportunity to be an ambassador of His Kingdom we will surely be held accountable. We can pray for this cup to pass, and for us to accept his will. We can pray for righteous and blessed things to come from this election. We can look forward to peace. What?
Remember Psalm 85? In verse eight he promises us peace. Repentance of his people and of a nation defers wrath and brings peace with God. He is ready to save those who honor him. (v.9) Verse 10 says, “Love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will embrace.” God will actually look down hear; look down from heaven, show us mercy, and heal our land. More than that he will make the nations that fear him to prosper.
We don’t need to be in fear when we pray. We can have confidence in the Lord. He is God and therefore in control. He can hear us and wants to come to our aid. Let us pray that his will be done in love and in caring for one another. Let us pray for the repentance of our fellow citizens, and their return to God as a nation.