In one week, we will elect the 45th president of the United States.
No doubt, your newsfeed has been infiltrated with posts that include criticisms and praises of the upcoming election and the candidates. Likely, it will take some time, even after November 8, before we get to see pictures of our friends on social media again without being interrupted by political talk.
How do you get past all the noise and focus on what you’re supposed to do in all this? There are three things you can do.
It is both a privilege and a responsibility to vote. Your vote counts. Find out where a voting station is in your area and cast your ballot.
More importantly than that though, is to pray. Your prayers count.
Do you remember what Nehemiah did as soon as he heard that the walls of his hometown, Jerusalem, had broken down? The Bible says that for some days he mourned and fasted and he prayed. What happened? God opened a door for him to return to his homeland and repair a wall so that the city would be kept safe from enemy attack.
Jonah is inside the belly of a whale…that still amazes me sometimes…and what does he do? He prays. God saves his life and he was able to minister to a people that had turned against their creator.
Remember, also, in all the noise, these beautiful verses from Psalm 146:3-10
“Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation. When his breath departs, he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish. Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry…”
Our trust in the Lord our God. That should not change on November 8.
Let’s pray that God will use our next president to lead this country in His ways. Your prayers matter to God.
Would you commit to praying for our country and this election for 10 min for the next 7 days? God has moved the hearts of people and leaders in the past, and we serve the same God today. He never changes.
“Troubles surround me, chaos abounding
My soul will rest in You…”
lyrics from “Always” by Kristian Stanfill