Praying after November 8

By: Steve Huston

I’m sure most of our Michigan readers, and elsewhere, are disappointed over the midterm results; my 12-year-old daughter was distraught. I was disappointed as well, but I noticed a few things as I went over to the American Decency office: the sun was still shining, the birds were still singing, and we can have joy in the midst of sorrow because joy comes from an eternal source. Happiness is temporary, from happenstance; while joy is lasting and eternal. It’s with this in mind that I offer some thoughts, many of which would be appropriate to include in your prayer time.

First, let us remember that NOTHING takes God by surprise and NOTHING is outside His control. His ways and eternal purposes are higher – much higher – than our ways and our purposes. Let us give praise to our Almighty God instead of moaning, groaning, or becoming angry and bitter over it. If we believe that He is sovereign, then we need to be seeking what our role is in His plans. We need not focus on what things look like; but rather, look to the Lord. God cannot be voted off His throne and He certainly doesn’t abdicate it. He is faithful and true. Hallelujah!

Second, don’t be distracted by disappointment or whatever evil comes our way through these results. Instead, we need to keep our minds stayed on the Lord in order to obtain that promised perfect peace. Our hope is not in an election or any politician; our hope is in the Lord, let us always look to Him.

Third, although Proposal 3 passed and a culture of death and lost parental rights have been codified, pray for individuals. May God move upon the individual hearts and minds of those either considering an abortion, those attempting to help children receive an abortion, or those performing one. We can still individually stand for the truth and speak up for life. Might God grant us, as the Apostle Paul prayed for, boldness to speak as we ought. Let us all the more have frequent and difficult conversations with children and young adults that God has put within our sphere.

Fourth, let’s pray for steadfastness, faithfulness, and a renewed desire to stand on, and, for truth. As I have often told my children, we do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do. Regardless of whether anyone else sees it, God ALWAYS sees. We don’t do it because it’s popular; we do it because it’s the right thing to do. One of those right things to do that may be met with resistance is sharing the gospel. If we want to affect change within our nation, it will start with people coming to the Lord. More important than the election and its consequences is the salvation of souls and their eternal destination.

Finally, imprecatory prayers are good, Biblical, and cathartic. We are called in everything to give thanks; we are called to pray for those in authority over us. That being said, we should thank the Lord for His sovereign will in this matter; pray that those in authority, by God’s grace and mercy, will bend their will to salvation and righteousness; and should they not, pray that God will remove them from their position, replacing them with a man who will stand faithful and true to God and His Word.

Allow me to end with a chorus that we often sing in my church. It’s entitled God Is Enough.

My God is enough, He proves it o’re and o’er,
He’s never known to fail, His power still prevails.
Down through the test of time, God’s people always find;
Whatever life may bring, God is enough!

 

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