Praying Daily for the Elections – Day 35 – 10/22/2012
Fifty Days of Prayer for the National Election 2012 – Day 35
Day 35 October 22
Focus: Early Voting
For the Believer who is weary, who is feeling a sense of dread, fear, or uneasiness about this election, take to heart Isaiah 61:3 and put on a garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones; Praise is becoming to the upright. (Psalm 33: 1) The Lord watches over the lives of those who are godly. (Psalm 1:6)
Early voting has begun or is beginning throughout the country. May we not forget that the local elections are also of great importance to the strength of our country. What we build on the local level affects our cities, our states and indeed our nation.
Pray for men and women of integrity to fill positions at every level of government.
Pray that candidates – men and women who fear the Lord – will listen with discernment, add to their knowledge, and receive wise counsel in their campaigns. Proverbs 1:5-6
Pray that candidates who love the Lord would, through faith, persevere and maintain their courage throughout this election. Hebrews 11:32-34
Pray that the Lord would give wise counsel and guidance to His people who are standing for office in every campaign at every level. Psalm 16:7-8
Second Focus: Tonight’s Debate on Foreign Affairs
What is God’s heart toward the nations?
Our God is a missionary God and His desire is to see His glory spread among all nations.
The Bible relates that the unreached world is a priority to God. From the Old Testament all the way thorough the New Testament, we find a theme of God’s heart for the nations.
Isaiah 45:22 “Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.”
Habakkuk 2:14 “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the water covers the sea.”
Over and over again we see the theme of God’s desire to see His name proclaimed and worshipped among all tribes, languages, peoples and nations on earth. We see this clearly in Revelation 7:9-10 as believers from every people group on earth stand before Him at the end of time and worship Jesus Christ in His full glory.
What are other things on God’s heart for the nations?
For those who are lost to be found by Jesus
For workers to be raised up and sent into the harvest
For the Gospel to be taken to the ends of the earth
For poverty to end and for the oppressed to receive justice
For those in chains to be set free
For the earth to be rightly stewarded
For wars to cease
For those who are at enmity with each other to be reconciled
Also, God promises to work and not rest until His promises towards Jerusalem are fulfilled:
For Zion’s sake I will not hold My peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness and her salvation as a lamp that burns. (Isa. 62:1) So all Israel will be saved… (Rom. 11:25-26) “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you.” (Ps. 122:6)
Daniel’s Prayer for His People (based on Daniel 9)
O Lord, You are a great and awesome God! You always fulfill Your covenant and keep Your promises of unfailing love to those who love You and obey Your commands. But we have sinned and done wrong. We have rebelled against You and scorned Your commands and regulations. You are in the right; and as You see, our faces are covered with shame. This is true of all of us; we are covered with shame because we have sinned against You. But the Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against You.
In view of all Your faithful mercies, please turn Your furious anger away from America. All the neighboring nations mock us and mock Your people because of our sins and the sins of our ancestors. Hear Your servants’ prayers! Listen as we plead. For Your own sake, Lord, smile again on this desolate nation. Lean down and listen to us. Open Your eyes and see our despair. See how Your Church in America which bears Your name—lies in ruins. We make this plea, not because we deserve help, but because of Your great mercy. O Lord, hear. O Lord, forgive. O Lord, listen and act for Your own sake, do not delay, for Your people and Your Church bear Your name. Amen.
Father, we pray for tonight’s third debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. We pray that Your Spirit will so guide the discussion that truth will prevail. “A man has joy in an apt answer, And how delightful is a timely word!” (Prov. 15: 23) Shed Your light on the claims of each man so that we are given a clear choice. We pray that You will guide the American voters to choose the man who would best promote the proclamation of the Gospel in our nation. Show us the man who would not inhibit, muffle or compromise Your Truth from flowing to the nations. We declare there is only one God and Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through the Son. (John 14: 6) You see what we cannot see how one administration over another would put in practice the foreign policy that furthers the progress of religious freedom in nations that hold their people in spiritual bondage.
We offer our deepest gratitude for the great freedom and liberty we enjoy as believers in America; we acknowledge that the source of our liberty is the redemptive death of Jesus Christ. (John 8:36) We pray that our religious freedom will be preserved, and we pray that by Your grace the unsaved nations will hunger for true freedom found only in Christ, and that all Christians in our nation will more fully surrender to Your will. We have been endowed with the precious birthrights of life and liberty. You are showing us that these gifts must never be taken for granted. You see what we cannot see how one administration over another would advance the cause of freedom in our country and throughout the world.
We repent for national sin and earnestly intercede for “all in authority,” (1 Tim 2:1-2) O God, President Obama as the representative of our nation, could do nothing more significant or important than rending his clothes, putting on sackcloth with ashes, going out into the midst of Washington D.C. and crying aloud with bitter weeping and wailing. He, and we, are a proud, stiff-necked and haughty people. God, we are in need of Your mercy. Your Word promises that if we pray for those in authority, then we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. We pray for President Obama, his Cabinet and administration, the U.S. military, Congress and Supreme Court, and public policy makers. We pray for Governor Perry, all governors and other state officials. We pray for our Mayor, John Cook, our city and county officials, judges, sheriff and police, school administrators, security, emergency, fire, rescue and public health workers, civil magistrates and support staff. We pray that You will grant them godly wisdom and guidance, strength and Divine protection in the key positions they hold. This will only come if they bend their knee to You, their righteous God. If they will not repent and surrender their lives to You, replace them with those who fear You, we pray.
Protect us and install into office men and women who are committed to serving You first and then their constituents, with peace, humility and integrity. We pray for our state elections, beseeching You to prompt our fellow citizens to become involved in this process. May You place Your servants in elected positions to govern our cities and states. We do not deserve this, but we ask it for Your Name’s sake and for the spiritual prosperity of our nation. The victory is Yours alone. Amen.
“With united hearts and voices, we unfeignedly confess and deplore our many sins; and we offer up our joint supplications to the all-wise, omnipotent Disposer of all events; humbly beseeching Him to forgive our iniquities…that His divine blessing may descend and rest upon all our civil rulers, and upon the representatives of the people… that virtue and true religion may revive and flourish throughout our land… and her civil and religious privileges may be secured to the latest posterity.”