By Bill Pence
Our Father in Heaven,
We pray for the upcoming national election on November 8th. Our country – which includes our families, churches and friends – is so divided on the issues of the day (COVID-19 pandemic, the economy, racial issues, abortion, the Supreme Court, mail-in ballots, etc.). Our country is hurting from a pandemic that has taken so many lives along with all these other issues. Those who have taken to the streets in both peaceful and violent protests demonstrate the hurting. Many of us have never seen such division and hatred in our country. It seems that there is no longer any tolerance of opposing views, or “middle ground”. We pray that despite having differing views and disagreements on political candidates and other issues, we can come together in peace, not hatred.
We each have sincere beliefs about the important issues in this election, and who best can represent those beliefs for us, at the national, state and local levels. And we should exercise our right to vote for those candidates. And we pray that Christians will remember, as someone wisely said recently, that there’s a Lamb at the center of the Throne, not an Elephant or a Donkey.
Jesus is the ruler of all the kings and presidents and all leaders. When he rose from the dead, God exalted him and gave him a “name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee might bow,” and that includes all the rulers and kings of the earth. Jesus is alive today presiding from heaven over the rulers of the earth.
Therefore, God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:10-11
Father, this day we pray for our country, this wonderful country that we have been blessed to live in. We pray for the results of the upcoming election, because elections do have consequences. We thank you for a country in which we are free to vote, because we know not everyone has that freedom.
We know that you are in control of all things, both today, November 8th, and forever.
For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm!
God reigns over the nations; God sits on his holy throne. Psalm 47:8-9
The heart of the king is like rivers of water in the hand of the Lord.
He turns it where He wishes. Proverbs 21:1
In Jesus precious name we pray,
Bill Pence is a St. Louis Cardinals fan, formerly a manager at a Fortune 50 organization, and in leadership at his local church. He is a life-long learner and his passion is to help people develop, and to use their strengths to their fullest potential.
His favorite book is the Bible. Romans is his favorite book of the Bible, and Colossians 3:23 and 2 Corinthians 5:21 being his favorite verses. Other favorite books are The Holiness of God, and Chosen by God by R.C. Sproul, and Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper. Bill enjoys music in a variety of genres, including modern hymns, Christian hip-hop and classic rock.
Bill is married to his best friend Tammy, a graduate of Covenant Seminary. Both have written a book. Bill’s book is, Called to Lead: Living and Leading for Jesus in the work place. Tammy’s book is, Study, Savor and Share Scripture: Becoming What We Behold are available in paperback and Kindle editions on Amazon.
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