Prayer for the United States of America

IMG_5881The 2016 presidential race is unlike any political race we have seen in recent history. The candidates’  personal attacks on each other, insults hurled at different groups in society with no consideration of how these negative comments affect them, physical violence at political rallies, and strife encouraged between supporters of rival political candidates have news reporters, political analysts and voters saying, “We have never seen anything like this before.” There is even a division among some Christian leaders in this election season, according to news reports.

This post is not to discuss political views but to call on believers in Jesus Christ to appeal to God to have mercy and compassion on our country. As we humble ourselves and come before God with repentant hearts (2 Chronicles 7:14), we must ask Him for His strategies and tactics on how to pray against the demonic activity in the spiritual realm that could potentially bring total anarchy to our country.We must remember that although people are carrying out these negative actions, they are being controlled by unseen spiritual influences. While we may not agree with what a person says or does, we are not to fight with people. Just as the Holy Spirt of God lives in believers in Christ, those who have not received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior are at the mercy of their natural whims, which can be controlled by powers of darkness.

The Apostle Paul reminds us that the weapons that God has given us to fight evil forces are not natural weapons, such as guns and knives. But, the weapons God has given us are spiritual and strong enough to tear down’s Satan’s strongholds:

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 2 Corinthians 10:4, NIV

We are human but we don’t wage war with human plans and methods, our weapons are prayer, the Bible – God’s Divine Word – and the instructions that He gives us (as a result of our prayers) to carry out.

Some Christian organizations have already issued calls to prayer or are planning them in the future, and have held evangelistic rallies. For instance, the theme for the National Day of Prayer on May 5 is appropriately called, “Wake Up America,” to emphasize the need for individuals, corporately and individually, to return to God in reverence for His Holy Name. To further highlight the theme, organizers have chosen Isaiah 58:1a as the Scripture for this year:  Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet. The purpose is to illustrate the need for unity of God’s people and acknowledging His dominion over the circumstances facing us, according to the National Day of Prayer organizers.

If you need help in knowing how to pray, Intercessors for America, has a free resource on “30 Ways To Pray For People in Authority.” (Click HERE to download the prayer points).

Just as political parties and candidates have their agendas, God has already set out His criteria for leaders. In his last recorded words to his son, Solomon, King David tells us what God requires: The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spoke to me: ‘He who rules over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.’ “ (2 Samuel 23:2-3 NKJV)

While we may pray for leaders who fear God to take their rightful place in positions of government, we must remember that God’s rule over our nation still stands, whether or not we want to acknowledge that fact. As believers in Jesus Christ, we must seek God for His never-failing help. The National Day of Prayer organizers summed it up perfectly: “At this crucial time for our nation, we can do nothing more important than pray.”