Praying for the Elections
This prayer initiative is a mobilization of the Church in the Lakes Area community to come together in unity to pray for our Nation in light of all of the issues surrounding the November elections. The five participating churches were invited and said “yes” to opening their church to the public to host an evening of focused prayer. Prayer leaders within those churches will actually plan the format that works best in their church. For example, some may have a time of worship first, and break up into small groups to tackle the issues in prayer, where others may have a more formal approach and set up a microphone and podium and ask people to come forward to pray. It is up to that church to plan the “HOW”. People are urged to attend all of the prayer gatherings, traveling to each location and joining in. If a person wanted to fast a meal or two prior to the prayer time, that is also encouraged.
The first prayer gathering was held at Detroit Lakes Assembly of God Church, with approximately 12 people in attendance. We had a powerful time of prayer! Even though it is not about the numbers, I expect that the numbers will increase as we progress closer and closer to Election Day on November 8th.
Other churches or groups are certainly encouraged to form a similar prayer mobilization, maybe even within their own congregation/group of friends, devoting a certain day/night during the week to pray for a certain aspect of the elections.
In each of the five gatherings, we will touch on 7 basic areas: The Voters, the Candidates, the Media, the Impact on the Nations, the Church being a light, Spiritual Conflict Surrounding the Elections, and the Purposes of God.
The Bible commands us to pray for those in leadership (1 Timothy 2:1-4). This includes those that are vying to become leaders. Godly leaders can slow the erosion of religious liberties in our land. This is an election season unlike any other, and there is much darkness and conflict, yet much hope as the light of God’s church becomes brighter. As a praying church, we are looking to God to promote and select the leaders of His choice in all of the contests. Also, according to Scripture, in Proverbs 14:34, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.” The selection of leaders who understand and lead according to God’s righteous standards can bring great blessing to a nation.