President and Prayer

prayer1I write this article as the votes for President of the United States are still being counted. We don’t know yet who will be the chief executive of this declining nation. We do know there has been great fear.

I won’t begin to categorize the fears but the response of many evangelicals has been to fall on their knees in prayer. Prayer is always a good thing. But will prayer change the vote? Would God manipulate the supporter of one candidate to vote for the other “divinely chosen” one? Sorry to be such a heretic, but prayer right before the election is a matter of “too little too late.” I certainly believe that Christians ought to bring this election (and all elections) to the throne.  We need to remember, however, that God does not change people against their will.

As I wrote my daughter a few days ago, our nation is, as the phrase aptly describes, “slipping its moral moorings.”  What happens on Election Day will be a reflection of this.   I am more concerned about our overt approval of homosexual lifestyles, abortion, and the erosion of civility and ethics than who becomes president.   If McCain or Obama is elected to preside over an increasingly immoral nation, not much has been accomplished.

Unless something happens to draw the citizens of our nation into a relationship with their Creator, we are in big trouble. Prayer draws upon the power of heaven to do God’s will. He has told us what His will is…reconcile men and women to Him who loves them.  We steadfastly refuse to do it!  While we have hidden in our buildings holding “worship services,” Satan has been winning the hearts and minds of those we have ignored.  Our prayer ought to be that God’s people will finally do God’s will.

None of this will, of course, make sure that we get the right president. But does it really matter? After Election Day Jesus will still be the same. The job He gave us will still be the same. We need to pray our prayers and then get up off our knees and do that job!

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3 responses to “President and Prayer

  1. Bob Chapman

    Dwight,

    Man tries in vain to separate religion and politics.
    The Bible is so clear about God setting up leaders and bringing down leaders as He chooses.
    In times such as these His mandate, as you correctly state, is still the same — seek and save the lost.
    It is also His will that disciples pray for those leaders; especially that they will be saved and enlightened in order to lead in a true and godly manner.

    Bob

  2. Jessica

    Hey Dwight,
    This is the first one that I have actually got to read for a while…life seems to be flying by…but I guess we “let it”. I just wanted to write and respond to your message about prayer and the presidency. I certainly agree with you about praying for a “change” the night (or a few days) before a new leader is elected. Although, we do need to remember (at least I need to remind myself) that what I can do now is pray that God will use this to glorify Himself…just as he always has, Leaders, Presidents, Kings…they all rise and fall, and God “approves” it all! I love you and thank the Lord for you…and your thoughts! 🙂

  3. Jules

    Dear brother Dwight,

    Amen!! I love your honesty; we need this so badly today. Off to MSOBS next week,

    love,

    Jules

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