Today is the 2022 mid-term election. We’ve been bombarded with political advertisements. Some of us have even studied our candidates and researched the issues. But have we prayed?
To be honest, prayer hasn’t been my first reaction. But as I’ve studied and preached from 1 Timothy, God has been reminding me of the necessity of prayer, even for political matters. Paul writes,
- “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” (1 Timothy 2:1-2)
Paul urges that we pray for everyone, including those in positions of authority over us. How, then, can we pray for today’s election? Here are some thoughts:
1. Pray for the candidates.
When you receive your ballot, you’ll see a list of names of people running for everything from Senate seats to Soil and Water District Supervisors. We don’t know the candidates’ hearts, but God does. Pray that if the candidates on your ballot don’t know Jesus as Savior, that they would repent and believe in him for the first time. If they do know Jesus, pray that they would pursue him and allow him to transform their lives.
Here’s the hard part: Pray also for the candidates you won’t vote for. Their greatest need isn’t a change in politics; it’s a change in heart. And who knows how God could transform a person’s life — perhaps even through a ballot box prayer.
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