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Monday, November 10, 2008

When in doubt...pray

"I exhort therefore, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and givings of thanks, be made for all men: for kings and all who are in high places; that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; who desires all people to be saved and come to full knowledge of the truth."
1 Timothy 2:1-4.

The campaigns are over, the ads on television have been silenced, your phone has stopped ringing, no one is knocking on your door to hand you campaign material and the election is over.

In a few short weeks, we will have a new President of the United States of America. Whether you are satisfied or unsatisfied with the results, it is clear where the Lord stands on how we are to treat our new Commander in Chief. Whether our new President and his Cabinet believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior or not, we are to continuously pray for their wisdom, strength, safety and ability to bring our nation together.

Our new President will have a big weight on his shoulders, as we all know, and we do not know if he is bearing it alone, or with the support, guidance and wisdom given to him by his belief in Jesus Christ. We simply do not know his heart because none of us (at least none that I know of) know him personally. Therefore, as scripture commands us to do, we must pray.

Our nation is standing at a crossroad of success or failure - and we are all staring at our new President to lead us in the right direction. But all we can do when we doubt or question the leader of a situation is to pray for them that God will guide them to His perfect will.

Have you ever been in situations where you didn't know what do to? Which direction to choose or which choice was really God's choice? I know I have. I doubt my choices all the time. I doubt my judgment, I doubt my own intelligence, and I doubt the people around me. Why? Because we are flawed humans and in our flawed nature we make mistakes. However, in our hearts, we want to be making choices that God wants us to make so that we can be in tune with His perfect will.

Knowing the will of the Lord isn't something that typically comes naturally to us or is revealed to us all at once. We may see flickers of His game plan for our lives, or we may go on for years and years feeling like we are roaming in the wilderness with no star to guide us.

When we are in doubt; of ourselves, of the future of our nation, of situation, of choices, of others - we need to remember to P.U.S.H - "Pray. Until. Something. Happens."

God's word tells us that He is faithful to answer the prayers of the humble and of those who would seek His perfect will for their lives. So, in this time of doubt, I urge you not to see prayer as a last resort in this battle - but as your primary defense and offense. Take a good, hard look at your prayer life and see what you can do to draw closer to Him through prayer and prayerful worship.

Just like any relationship, it's a two way street and He's waiting to hear from you, for all things...for wants and needs, but also for praise, worship and thanksgiving. He is not fighting for us in the barracks, He is fighting for us on the front line, in full view, ready to take a bullet for us. And He did, at the cross...

So give thanks to the Lord and offer up prayer of thanksgiving. Submit to Him your petitions and praise. And also, remember to pray for our new President and our newly elected leaders. This is not a time to separate ourselves into different camps and point fingers at who got us to where we are. It is a time to unite, to pray, to fast and most importantly, pray for the salvation of our nation through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ - because behold...He is coming quickly!

Lord Jesus,

I thank You have given us the right to come to You with our petitions and praise. That by Your blood You made us joint heirs to the Kingdom of Heaven so that we may approach the throne of God in humility and boldness. Lord we ask that You speak to our nation's leaders during this very difficult time in our nation. Draw those to You who do not know You so that they, too, can experience the wisdom, knowledge and most importantly, eternal life that You are ready to provide them with.

Comfort us now, Lord, in our hour of need...reveal Yourself to us and show us Your perfect will for our lives...and help us to unite as brothers and sisters in Christ and as Americans, so that all may see Your glory through our lives and come to know You as we know You.

Bless our nation Lord, and bless our new President and his Cabinet. Make them wise and grant them the eyes to see Your truths so that our nation may come to be fully surrendered to You. Come quickly Lord Jesus, we pray. Amen.

Until next time...God bless you & keep you close to His heart!

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Blogger Denise said...

Amen my dear friend.

November 10, 2008 at 2:57 AM  
Blogger Woman on a Mission said...

Beautifully said, sister! We must remember in our sometimes rash judgement of others, that we are all God's children. Even that person we don't like at the office or oval office if that is the case. We are all wonderfully made. God said so and I believe God made all of us inherently good. I can't think God would have made anyone to be evil...evil sneaks in when we least expect it. If God loves them, we should too.

November 10, 2008 at 8:15 AM  
Blogger LauraLee Shaw said...

Yes, amen. Reminds me of a Rob Biagi praise song for kids called P.U.S.H., and I always think of how that applies to us as adults as well. Incredible admonition for us!

November 10, 2008 at 8:58 AM  
Blogger Betsy Markman said...

Yes, we need to be praying, not just casually, but fervently. Wearing out our knees. Praying for our leaders, and for everyone who is being led. We live in serious times, and that calls for serious prayer.

Thanks for the reminder today.

November 10, 2008 at 9:57 AM  
Blogger Angie said...

Allison, this was timely and so good!
In all times---prayer is key. (Prayer was the very topic for my LWG post!)
How great is GOD!

November 10, 2008 at 11:45 AM  
Blogger Lori@EnjoyThe Process said...

I couldn't have said it better myself Allison! Blessings to you!!

November 10, 2008 at 12:05 PM  
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November 10, 2008 at 4:17 PM  

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