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Monday, September 15, 2008

Politics and Prayer, Part 2

Last week, I suggested that we pray for the upcoming election, beginning with praying for the nation itself. This week, I am adding the candidates to my prayer list.

Eagle Forum posted information several years ago on "how to intercede for your government officials". Please pray that whoever wins the election (for all offices, from dog catcher to President):
  1. would realize their personal sinfulness and their need for Jesus Christ.
  2. would recognize their own inadequacy to fulfill their tasks and that they would depend upon God for knowledge, wisdom, and the courage to do what is right.
  3. would reject all counsel that violates spiritual principles, trusting God to prove them right.
  4. would resist those who would pressure them to violate their conscience.
  5. would reverse the trends of socialism and humanism in this nation, both of which deify man rather than God.
  6. would be ready to sacrifice their personal ambitions and political careers for the sake of this nation, if yielding them would be in the best interest of their country.
  7. would rely upon prayer and the Word of God as the source of their daily strength, wisdom and courage.
  8. would restore dignity, honor, trustworthiness, and righteousness to the office they hold.
  9. would remember to be good examples in their conduct to the fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters of this nation.
  10. would be reminded daily that they are accountable to Almighty God for the decisions they make.
Sounds like a good start, right? In addition to these prayer requests, I'm adding prayers for the candidates health and safety through the election (and beyond). And don't forget prayers of praise and thanksgiving for our nation and for those willing to serve our nation in many different capacities.

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