Praying For The Elections

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Yesterday on FB I had the opportunity to express my views on how and why I believe we should pray for the elections. Those of you who have heard me speak on this subject know that my ideas are not necessarily what we want to hear. Of course I do not share this to make you angry, I’m just sharing what I believe the Lord is laying on my heart.

So here it is in a nutshell; If you want to pray Biblically for the elections, then ask for forgiveness, and mercy.

I believe that we, the Christians in the USA are being judged by God…NOT the unsaved. Us, HIS CHURCH, we are the ones being judged. Peter made it clear when he said that Judgment Begins in the Church House (1 Peter 4:17)…And I would add, not the White House. Further, if Romans 13:1-2 are true, then the ones in authority are there because GOD Has Put Them THERE, not because somehow “His will was thwarted!”

I think that God is longing for us, His people, to INDIVIDUALLY seek Him for complete forgiveness, but NOT ONLY forgiveness, we need to also forsake (or turn from) our sins! We have spent too long asking for forgiveness, but not forsaking our sins. It will only be then, that I will be able to call upon Him to be merciful to us as a nation. I do not believe that I can ask ANYTHING for my nation, while there is sin in my life, personally.

I was in Kenya recently and was asked about some of the BIG sins that we are “accepting” in the church. I responded with, “Scripture is clear what it says about all sins. Our problem in the USA is that we do not forsake the “little” sins IN OUR LIVES. And because we are not faithful (we don’t care) about the “little” sins, we are not faithfully forsaking the “bigger” sins.

I personally do not think that God is interested in “blessing” the land where I walk, and live, until I seek Him for forgiveness, forsaking sin in my life, personally.

What I’ve stated above, is, I believe, the real meaning of 2 Chronicles 7:14. We quote that verse as if IT IS the prayer, but that verse is simply God telling us what to do, BEFORE He’ll listen to us. In verse 15 He says, “NOW I will listen to your prayers!” And while we’re at it, let’s look at verse 13, where God says, basically, “IF, (meaning WHEN) I BRING natural disasters, IF, (meaning WHEN) I BRING the things that impact your income, IF, (meaning WHEN) I BRING illnesses…” God is the One sovereignly orchestrating events! So while I may or may not agree with what is done in our congressional halls, my Saviour is bringing and allowing these things, because He wants MY ATTENTION. And I believe the reason He wants my attention, is because He wants me focused on cleaning up MY LIFE. And right now, He wants me to repent!

Finally, why does He want repentance FIRST, before we pray for His mercy? Because sin has an impact on our prayer life. Your sin, and my sin separate us from God (Isaiah 59:2). When sin is in my life, my prayers will not penetrate the clouds above me (Lamentations 3:44). If there is anything between my spouse and me, my prayers will not be heard (1 Peter 3:7). Unfortunately I could go on and on about sin having an impact on our prayer life. Remember that John was concerned enough about sin to give the Christians 1 John 1:9.

Do you want to pray Biblically for the elections? Then ask for forgiveness, and mercy.

 

Mark S Mirza
Mark@CTMPrayer.org
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Praying James & Sermon/Mount (43 of 43)

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James 5:19-20 (NASB)
19 My brethren, if any among you strays from the truth and one turns him back, 20 let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

Matthew 5:23-26 (NASB)
23 Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering. 25  Make friends quickly with your opponent at law while you are with him on the way, so that your opponent may not hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. 26 Truly I say to you, you will not come out of there until you have paid up the last cent.

Father, we so often stray from the truth in ways that are more subtle to us that we realize. Forgive us Father, as a nation and as Your church, for not helping others reconcile with their brethren. Cause us Lord to see, with discernment, how we can help our brother, by encouraging him to make right, a bad relationship that he keeps ignoring. In the Name of Your Son, the great Reconciler, amen.

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Praying James & Sermon/Mount (42 of 43)

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James 5:15-16 (NASB)
15 and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him. 16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.

Matthew 6:12-15 (NASB)
12 ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’] 14  For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.

Father, You have so clearly shown that the words we speak to one another are so important. Lord, we have forgotten that what comes out of our mouths are what is in our hearts (Matthew 15:19). Father, forgive us as a nation and as Your church for not realizing that our ineffective prayers are due to our unrighteous lives. Cause us Lord to be delivered from evil, forgiving others of their transgressions, just as we expect You to do the same for us. In the Name of Your Son, who took all of our sins, amen.

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Praying James & Sermon/Mount (41 of 43)

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James 5:12b (NASB)
12 …or with any other oath; but your yes is to be yes, and your no, no, so that you may not fall under judgment.

Matthew 5:37 (NASB)
37 But let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no’; anything beyond these is of evil.

Lord, so closely tied with the idea of “swearing an oath” is the idea of our words, “Yes, Yes,” or “No, no!” Father, forgive us as a nation and as Your church for NOT being trustworthy. So many of us, in the church, can not be relied upon, with our words and promises. Cause us Lord to be pricked in our heart, and to no longer be untrustworthy, but to in fact be counted upon, when we say, “Yes,” or No.” In the Name of Your Son, who died and promised to build us rooms in heaven, amen.

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Praying James & Sermon/Mount (40 of 43)

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James 5:12a (NASB)
12 But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth…

Matthew 5:34 (NASB)
34 But I say to you, make no oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God,

Lord, we have become a nation and a church where the idea of the oath is something that we do simply because  it is what someone wants to hear. Father, cause us to live a life, that is, in itself, an oath of trustworthiness. Father, it does not matter what we swear, if our life does not exemplify our oath. Thank You Lord that You see the heart, and judge our motives. In the Name of Him who died for all, amen.

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Praying James & Sermon/Mount (39 of 43)

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James 5:10-11 (NASB)
10 As an example, brethren, of suffering and patience, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 We count those blessed who endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord’s dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful.

Matthew 5:11-12 (NASB)
11 “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Oh Lord, suffering patiently is so contrary to our thinking, forgive us Father, as a nation and as Your church for not recognizing that we are blessed, when we are persecuted. Father, cause us to be glad, and rejoice, recognizing that our rewards are in heaven. And keep us able to endure, just as Job did, because You are full of compassion and are merciful. In the Name of Your Son, the One who died that we might have the security of eternal life, amen.

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Praying James & Sermon/Mount (38 of 43)

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James 5:7-9 (NASB)
Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains. You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. Do not complain, brethren, against one another, so that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing right at the door.

Matthew 7:21-23 (NASB)
21 “ Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22  Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’

Oh Lord, You have been such a patient judge. Thank You Father! Forgive us Father, as a nation and as Your church, for not seeing  the lack of patience as an issue in our brethren’s lives that we should help them with. Father cause us to not complain against one another, cause us instead to make sure they know Christ as their Savior, for we know that many in the pews do not know Your Son. In the Name of Him, who died for all men, amen.

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Praying James & Sermon/Mount (37 of 43)

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James 5:2-3 (NASB)
Your riches have rotted and your garments have become moth-eaten. Your gold and your silver have rusted; and their rust will be a witness against you and will consume your flesh like fire. It is in the last days that you have stored up your treasure!

Matthew 6:19 (NASB)
19 “ Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.

Oh Father, forgive us as a nation and as Your church, for being so frantically upset with our treasure here on earth, when they are reduced, We are so focused on our lives here on earth that we do not see our rotted treasures in heaven. Cause us Lord to truly not worry about the state of our economy, but rather, be horrified at the state of Your church. In the Name of Your Son, the One who looked at the “godly” and called them white-washed tombs (Matthew 23:27), amen.

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Praying James & Sermon/Mount (36 of 43)

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James 4:14 (NASB)
14 Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a
vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.

Matthew 6:33-34 (NASB)
33 But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.34 “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Father, we so often think that we are so important. Forgive us Lord, as a nation and as Your church for letting our self importance keep us from seeking Your kingdom, and Your righteousness. Cause us to trust that You really will add to us all things, when we seek You, remembering that we are but a vapor. In the Name of Your Son, who, even though He is God, came, being made a little lower than the angels (Psalm 8:5, Hebrews 2:7), sought Your kingdom, just as we should, amen.

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