As we approach our nation’s midterm elections, Christians must not only prepare to vote, but pray for the elections, candidates, and the church during this time. I believe my friend Dave Butts has written a wonderful guide for us, currently available in Prayer Connect Magazine. Begin reading below, or go here to see the entire article.
Now is the Time to Pray,
Ronnie W. Floyd
Invite God into the Process
An Election Prayer Guide
By David Butts
Is positive change truly possible in our nation today?
In every election cycle, American Christians have amazing opportunities sandwiched between grave dangers. We are privileged to be a part of a nation of people who have the responsibility to choose their own leaders. For those believing that godly leaders are a source of blessing to a nation, elections provide us with great opportunity. However, when we begin to put our hope in leaders rather than in the Lord, we open ourselves to grave danger.
God’s Word is very clear about having an undivided heart, trusting only in the Lord. King David, the mighty warrior, says, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God” (Ps. 20:7). Awareness of this verse can create a tension in the thinking Christian. Some have overreacted and rejected the political process completely. Such people will be less motivated to pray over the elections.
A balanced and biblical approach, however, allows us to fully participate in the electoral process without falling into improperly placed trust.