Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Red and Blue Prayers

Today, is the day that so many Americans have anticipated for so many months, ELECTION DAY!  There has been much preparation and much persuasion. Finally, today, we the citizens of this great United States of America will have the opportunity to cast our votes and make our voices heard! What a blessing it is to live in a democracy where we have a choice of who leads us.

With that being said, we get to choose, but there are no perfect choices.  We must choose between two men that are as imperfect as any of us. When I read the poem below it resonated with me and I am compelled to share it.

Imagine your life were an open book.

Every conversation recorded. Every errant word written down. Every gaffe broadcast before all.
What if everything you ever did was fair game?

What if every action and every decision were held up to the severest scrutiny?
What if all your last minute apologies failed to satisfy?

How would you feel to realize someone knew everything about your past? And someone was chronicling everything about your present?
How would you like to face a barrage of questions for every inconsistency in your life?

What a fearful proposition: anything you ever say or ever do can, and often will, be held against you. If an adversary so desired, he could paint an ugly picture of any of us. And without resorting to lies.
It’s a scary thought to think that your whole life could be an open book. With defenses that do not hold, and sorry’s that do not stick, and excuses which only make things worse.

That’s politics.
And that’s the day of judgment without the blood of Christ.

~Kevin DeYoung from www.thegospelcoalition.org
Wow! I would not dare to advise any reader of how to vote, only that you should vote.  Once you have voted, pray for both of these leaders and their families.  Regardless of the outcome of the election, what this country truly needs is believers doing what we are called to do in Matthew 28:19, making disciples of all nations.  It is our responsibility to build up those around us and to pray for our God given authorities whether they are Republican or Democrat.  1 Timothy 2:1-3 leaves no room for doubt on God’s will in this area,  1 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior.”

Please join me in praying for our country, Pres. Obama, Gov. Romney and their families today and in the coming days.
Prayer:  Lord, I pray that your will be done in today’s election.  I pray that you would bless the families of each candidate and that you would give them grace, strength and perseverance for what lies ahead.  I pray that you would use the next President of the United States of America to advance your Kingdom and bring you Glory.