Now that our nation has elected a new president I want to take this time to remind you of what I mentioned this past Sunday. Neither of the two major party candidates gave reason for Christians to be excited. With either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump as president there would be much reason for concern. My prayer prior to the election was that the serious flaws, in both the character and policies of either candidate, would unite us around the truth that our hope as Christians should never rest with a particular political figure or party.
Now that Donald Trump has been elected as our new president it is imperative for us to pray according to 1 Timothy 2:1-5:
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people,for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus…”
I want to challenge all of you to consider your first response to the election. If you were fearful of a Trump presidency, was your first response to pray or panic after the election? I hope you prayed. If you were fearful of a victory on the part of Hillary Clinton, did you think that Trump’s election would be the answer? I hope not, and I hope you see the need to pray for God to do a work in his life.
We need to pay close attention to Paul’s admonition to make prayer our first response and our ongoing response. In light of the election of Donald Trump as our next president we would do well to pray as Paul instructed:
- Pray not only for Donald Trump, but for all our political leaders. Pray that they will humble themselves and come into submission to God’s will.
- Pray that Christians will be an example to a watching world by demonstrating what it means to live in peace with one another while striving to live godly lives that uphold principles of justice and righteousness.
- Pray that we will remember that our allegiance, first and foremost, is to Christ who desires all people to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. In light of that reality, pray that the church will not be sidetracked from our great mandate and number one priority – to preach the gospel and make disciples who will live as “salt and light” in a dark and decaying world.
Finally – before, during, and after you have prayed – remember that there is ONE GOD who is sovereign over all powers and authorities and is working to bring about His will for His glory even when our eyes cannot see it.
I am inviting anyone that can join me tomorrow, Thursday evening at 7pm, in the church sanctuary to pray for our nation. If you cannot meet with us there, please be praying wherever you are!