Fifty Days of Prayer for the National Election 2012 – Day 50
Focus: Election Day
The motive for our prayers for our nation must be founded in God’s purposes. True prayer recognizes the establishment of the Kingdom of God as the chief purpose of the divine will and the supreme desire of every true Christian.
Written by A.B. Simpson:
We are called to pray for the establishment of God’s Kingdom, more than our own temporal or even spiritual needs. The real remedy for all that needs prayer is the restoration of the Kingdom of God. The true cause of all human trouble is that men are out of the divine order and the world is in rebellion against its rightful Sovereign. Not until that Kingdom is reestablished in every heart and in all the world can the blessings which prayer desires be realized.
[We must pray] for the accomplishment of redemption and its glorious consummation in the coming of our Lord and the setting up of His Millennial Kingdom. What an exalted view this gives of prayer! How it raises us above our petty selfish cares and cries! It is said of a devoted minister, Dr. Backus of Baltimore, that when told he was dying and had only half an hour to live, he asked them to raise him from his bed and place him upon his knees, and he spent the last half hour of his life in one ceaseless prayer for the evangelization of the world. Truly that was a glorious place to end a life of prayer!
The Lord’s Prayer begins with this lofty theme and teaches us that it should always be the first concern and petition of every loyal subject of the Redeemer’s Kingdom. It is true that the failure of many of our prayers may be traced to their selfishness, and the innumerable efforts we have spent upon our own interests and the little we have ever asked for the Kingdom of our Lord. There is no blessing so great as that which comes when our hearts are lifted out of self and become one with Christ in intercession for others and for His cause. There is no joy so pure as that of taking the burden of our Master’s cause on our hearts and bearing it with Him every day in ceaseless prayer, as though its interests wholly depended upon the uplifting of our hands and the remembrance of our faith. “Prayer shall be made for Him continually,” is one of the promises respecting our blessed Lord.
We must pray for Jesus. There is no ministry which will bring more power and blessing upon the world [and our nation] and from which we ourselves will reap larger harvests of eternal fruit than the habit of believing, definite and persistent prayer for the progress of Christ’s Kingdom, for the needs of His church and work, for His ministers and servants, and especially for the evangelization of the world and the vast neglected myriads who know not how to pray for themselves.
Let us pray for mercy and good government in the United States of America, for the election of candidates and the approval of issues that reflect biblical truth, virtue, and character. Let us pray that godly local, state, and national pro-life and traditional family candidates will be granted favor with voters. May the candidates we choose today be used as instruments to advance the Kingdom of God in our nation and in the world. Pray that Christians and God-fearing citizens will exercise their privilege, duty, and responsibility to vote.
Heavenly Father, We as Your children, as well as citizens of this blessed nation, ask that You deliver into our hands Your choice for governance in these perilous times. You know who will best carry out Your plans for this hour in our nation’s history. You are the Alpha and the Omega. Deliver us from the snare of the enemy who is a roaring lion. You have all authority in heaven and earth, and we make our appeal to You, Almighty God!
“Now He is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else – not only in this world but also in the world to come.” (Ephesians 1:21)
“It is certainly very desirable that a pacific disposition should prevail among all nations. The most effectual way of producing it is by extending the prevalence and influence of the gospel.” (John Jay, FirstChief Justice of the U.S, written 1816)
We, the people of the State of Wyoming, grateful to God for our civil, political and religious liberties, and desiring to secure them to ourselves and perpetuate them to our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution. (Preamble to the Constitution of Wyoming)