It is that time again, when all media, activities and conversations seem to become political.
Most news programs are currently consumed with the antics, beliefs and comments of presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, who are currently vying to run America. As a Christian evangelist, I watch the coverage and feel God calling me to pray, but probably not how you would expect.
Most people I speak with are praying specifically for a Trump or Clinton win. They believe that whoever is in the White House will dictate the future success or demise of our nation and the values upon which it was founded. Often, as Christians, we seek a candidate who shares our beliefs. We believe because our nation was founded on biblical principles, then we should, naturally, have someone in the highest office who will preserve those.
No matter what background, faith or demographic we come from, we all want someone who will share our beliefs. But, at the end of the day, the best prayer for our nation is not, “Please let [insert candidate of your choice] win,” but rather, “God, let your will be done.”
I believe we should pray that God would choose whatever leader would bring us closer to Him, even if this person leads us down a path of more economic debt and difficulty.
This person may not agree with my values or yours. Matter of fact, this individual could be a horrible leader who God allows to take our country into further trouble as a means to get us to turn back to Him. History, whether biblical or secular, proves adversity is the trumpet that most often brings people to their knees in repentance. It is not my wish that this would happen, but I am praying God would do whatever it takes for us to become dependent on Him again.
I will still vote for the person I believe will lead us in the right direction, but I’m trusting God knows what is best. He knew the world before it was even created, and He sees far in the future. I’m certain He is less concerned with our nation’s economy than He is with its independent, rebellious heart.
I do not want God’s wrath on our country, but if you look at the Old Testament, God tried to provide a way, and the people led themselves into a godless society. Generations passed, and the younger Israelites began to turn away from the true God, and worshiped all types of false gods. God threatened to abandon Israel because of the disobedience of the younger generation. Throughout history Israel’s behavior follows a consistent pattern: the people of Israel fall into evil, God allows a leader to save them or further oppress them as a means of reward or discipline.
While what happened to the nation of Israel is not what I wish on America, I would rather God do whatever it takes to turn this nation back to Him. Even if it means the darkest days of our country are ushered in.
As the election gets closer, I encourage you to really pray for our country. Pray that God, who is rich in mercy, will save our nation. He knows the best way for that to happen, whether it be a candidate that is after things of God or horrible leadership so we only want God.
Jay Lowder is founder of Jay Lowder Harvest Ministries and author of “Midnight in Aisle 7.” Follow him on Twitter at @jaylowder or @jlhministries.
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