Fifty Days of Prayer for the National Election 2012 – Day 7
Day 7 September 24th
Focus: The Christian Voter’s of our Nation
[30 million people of faith chose not to vote in the last Presidential election. At the bottom of this post is a Voter's Pledge]
All that generation joined the members of their families who had already died. Then those who were born after them grew up and there arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord, nor yet the work which He had done for Israel. Judges 2: 10
I thought, “These people are foolish. They do not know how the Lord wants them to live. They do not know what their God requires of them. So I will go to the leaders. I will speak to them. They should know how the Lord wants them to live. They must know what their God requires of them.” But all of them had broken off the yoke the Lord had put on them. They had torn off the ropes He had tied them up with. Jer. 5: 4-5
“Hear the Lord’s word, people of Israel; for the Lord has a dispute with the inhabitants of the land. There is no faithful love or loyalty, and no knowledge of God in the land.” Hosea 4: 1
“We are a people of unclean lips and we live among a people of unclean lips; for our eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.” Isaiah 6: 5
Almighty God, You see that our thoughts are confused, and we have lost our way. The enemy is offering unlimited seduction to every kind of evil with all wicked deception for those who are perishing. Many around us are dying because they refuse to love the Truth. The Truth would save them! You have said that at the end, You will send a misleading influence, a working of error and a strong delusion to make those who reject the Truth believe what is false. Then they will believe the lie. They will take pleasure in evil. All who do not believe in [who refuse to adhere to, trust in, and rely on] the Truth, but instead take pleasure in unrighteousness, will be judged and condemned.
Father, in this time of darkness, we cry out on behalf of every member of Your Church. We are obligated [as those who are in debt] to thank You, because You chose each of us from the beginning as Your first-fruits for salvation through the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit. May each believing person in our nation know that You love him(her). May each follower of Christ believe that You chose him from the beginning. May he or she understand that You, O God, want all to be saved. You chose us to be saved by accepting the good news that we heard. We will obtain and share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ! May we stand firm. Help us to hold fast to the traditions and instructions which were taught to us; may we hold on to what we were taught by the Word. We pronounce that our Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father loves us! The hope You give us is good. May You comfort our hearts. May we be made strong and steadfast and unswerving in every good thing we believe, do, and say. (2 Thess 2: 10-17)
You know our frame; You earnestly remember and imprint on Your heart that we are dust. (Ps. 103:14) We are merely clay; You are the Potter, and we all are the work of Your hand. Do not be exceedingly angry, O Lord. Do not remember our sins forever. Behold, consider, we beseech You, that we are Your people. Your sacred cities have become a wilderness; even Zion has become a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation. Everything we treasured has been destroyed. Lord, won’t You help us? Will You keep silent and punish us more than we can stand? (Isaiah 64)
You, O LORD, have appeared to us in the past, promising: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness. I will build you up again and you will be rebuilt. You will take up your tambourines again and go out to dance with the joyful.” (Jeremiah 31: 3-4) Cause our captivity to be reversed and rebuild us as we were at first. (Jer. 33: 7) Restore us, O God; make Your face shine on us, that we may be saved. (Ps. 80: 3) Restore us again, God our Savior, and put away your displeasure toward us. (Ps. 85: 4) This is what the LORD says: “In the time of My favor I will answer you, and in the day of salvation I will help you; I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people, to restore the land and to reassign its desolate inheritances.” (Is. 49: 8)
We are grateful, dear LORD. Those who know Your name will trust in You, for You, O LORD, have never forsaken those who seek You. (Psalm 9: 10) Help us to repent of our ways, and help us to call out to You again and again.
In this election season, we pray that Your people will be an informed electorate who will examine the issues and the candidates and vote in a way that will allow righteousness to prevail in our nation. We pray that Christian voters will seek wisdom from You and not rely on their own understanding. We pray that discernment between truth and falsehood will be clear. You will establish an everlasting kingdom through Jesus, the King of kings and Lord of lords. Until that day, we pray that You will appoint a righteous man to lead America. Give our national leaders the moral fortitude to crush oppressors and to stand up to wicked people who use their power against us. We pray this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual – or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.” (Samuel Adams, Father of the American Revolution, Patriot and Statesman)
“I do believe in one God, the Creator and governor of the universe, the rewarder and the punisher of the wicked…And I do acknowledge the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be given by Divine inspiration.” (Oath of Allegiance, Colonial Pennsylvania)
The People of Connecticut acknowledging with gratitude, the good providence of God, in having permitted them to enjoy a free government; do, in order more effectually to define, secure, and perpetuate the liberties, rights and privileges which they have derived from their ancestors; hereby, after a careful consideration and revision, ordain and establish the following constitution and form of civil government. (Preamble to the Constitution of Connecticut)