Praying Daily for the Elections – Day 23 – 10/10/2012
Fifty Days of Prayer for the National Election 2012 – Day 23
Day 23 October 10th
I have not spoken in secret, in a corner of the land of darkness; I did not call the descendants of Jacob to a fruitless service, saying, ‘Seek Me for nothing,’ but I promised them a just reward. I, the Lord, speak righteousness (the truth – trustworthy, straightforward correspondence between deeds and words); I declare things that are right. Isaiah 45: 19
Almighty and Awesome God, You are the source of all truth. There is no truth to be found anywhere in all creation apart from You. All Your words and ways are true and Your righteous laws last forever. We praise You for that truth today, and acknowledge that we want our lives and our ways to be aligned with Your truth.
As we look to the elections next month, it is sometimes difficult for us to know what is true and what is not. We struggle to discern outcomes that might result from the courses the candidates propose to take. Our opinions are shaped by a predominating and ever-present media. May our nation be bathed in Your truth throughout this election season. Grant a discerning spirit to Your people that we may not follow the one who is most attractive, entertaining, clever, or charming, but that we may long for and ultimately discern the truth with Your help. Father, expose the false promises that candidates speak. Reveal to us the leaders who will lead this nation in ways that honor You. We know that a president is not elected to promote a particular theology. Rather, a president is elected to lead, politically and economically. However, a president does set the moral tone for the nation. We pray for the leader who will best reflect biblical values.
Grant that the media– the press, film, radio, television, internet and all forms of digital communication – may always be used for Your glory and the good of all. Raise up godly people for this multi-media calling, and inspire all people of good will to contribute with prayer, action, and offerings, so that through these means the Church may preach the Gospel to all peoples.
We praise You for having enlightened the human mind to discover the audiovisual, electronic, and digital media: film, radio, television, and the worldwide web. May the mission of their use be for the spiritual education and uplifting of all persons and society. May these inventions sing Your glory as Creator and Savior. Lead all in the media not into temptation. Deliver them from the danger of misusing the gifts You have given with such wisdom and love. Lead those responsible for our news networks to work with charity and respect for human dignity. May they always sow the seed of good wheat and keep watch so that the enemy may never sow tares. Enlighten all listeners and viewers to seek the fountains of living water and to abhor the stagnant wells.
Father, we pray for the media/arts segment in our society, especially those in these industries in our city, the nation and the world. We pray for all editors of newspapers, magazines, books, textbooks, and the printed media. We pray for artists, graphic artists, authors, actors, journalists, reporters, copywriters, photographers, directors, weathercasters, designers, producers, production coordinators, disc jockeys, anchors, announcers, telemarketers, music industry personnel, theaters, TV networks, radio stations, newspapers, and the Internet.
We recognize that You give special creative abilities to be used in the service of the King. Help talented Christian men and women to develop these abilities and gifts, to create without hesitation. May they visualize, compose, and develop thoughts and language when their minds are allowed to wander and dream. May they solve their creative problems when they awaken at night, recognizing the answers or inspiration as a prompting of the Holy Spirit. May they take thoughts and sound and shape and form, which You have created, and combine them into expressions which glorify You.
We pray that all people in the media/arts industries will seek You for themselves and come to follow Christ with courage. May Believers in the media use their particular creative abilities to benefit the Body of Christ. May they never confuse their spiritual gifts for a natural talent and use them for self-glory. We pray that they would be seekers of truth and not pervert the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We pray they would be instruments of good and not for evil. May they be instruments of righteousness, wisdom, honesty, and justice. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. Amen.
This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be My disciples. John 15: 18
We pray for the salvation of those in the media who do not know Jesus. We pray that the public testimony of those who are followers of Christ would reflect the Truth and not in any way give a false representation of the Gospel.
1 Tim. 6: 3-5 Some people may contradict our teaching, but these are the wholesome teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. These teachings promote a godly life. Anyone who teaches something different is arrogant and lacks understanding. Such a person has an unhealthy desire to quibble over the meaning of words. This stirs up arguments ending in jealousy, division, slander, and evil suspicions. These people always cause trouble. Their minds are corrupt, and they have turned their backs on the truth. To them, a show of godliness is just a source of profit.
“It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” (Patrick Henry)
“Oh how I wish the people would awake up from their lethargy and come out soul and body for Christ…the more my ideas develop, the more beautiful and grand seems the plan I have laid out to pursue, or rather the one God has destined for me… Let us pray that the Lord will completely guide us in all things, and that we may gladly be led by Him.” (George Washington Carver: Born a slave in 1864, he became a scientist at Tuskegee Institute)
We, the people of the State of Minnesota, grateful to God for our civil and religious liberty, and desiring to perpetuate its blessings and secure the same to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution: (Preamble to the Constitution of Minnesota)