The alarm goes off at 6:30am. I reach over to turn it off and lay there for a few minutes trying to prepare for the day ahead. I visit with Jesus and ask for strength for today and hope for tomorrow. I crawl out of bed and shake off the night, going through the morning routine.
Each day is the same, yet this one feels different. I have encountered days like this before. They seem to come in regular intervals with some being more critical in nature than others. Today is the day after elections!
Depending on your bent, you are either very happy or very aggravated. The ebb and flow of control is certainly becoming more rough and the waves cresting higher with each passing vote. What do we do the morning after? How do we respond? Regardless of how we personally feel about the results there are a few things to consider. The Psalmist reminds us:
The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the Lord; he guides it wherever he pleases. People may be right in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their heart. The Lord is more pleased when we do what is right and just than when we offer him sacrifices. Haughty eyes, a proud heart, and evil actions are all sin. Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.
Let’s turn this into a series of short prayers for our elected officials.
- May the elected allow God to guide them. May their attitude be such that they realize we live, breathe, and serve not at the pleasure of the people or president but of God.
- May the elected understand that their actions have higher consequences than re-election. May the heart of the official be made strong and pure by the presence of the Holy Spirit.
- May the official learn the difference in outward religion and inward relations with God. If they have not, may they come faith in Jesus. If they have, may their life show His glory.
- May the official prepare and plan for the betterment of the constituency more than being reactionary to the polls.
Whether you elected for that person or not, they are now in place and need prayer support. God help them all who derive such pleasure in politics. May we more fully understand the need for Pentecost for than political pontificating.