A Call to Prayer and Fasting for the Primaries and Our Country’s Future

By The Editors Published on February 29, 2016

Super Tuesday is just around the corner, and a slate of big winner-take-all states two weeks after that. The outcome of the two presidential nomination races may well have been determined by the Ides of March. But election returns are only the immediate cause of who rises and falls. Behind all the efforts of the candidates and campaigns, behind all the reporting and persuasion and attacks— some of it wise and substantive, some of it petty and misleading — stands He who “removes kings and sets up kings,” He in whose hand a leader’s “heart is a stream of water.” This is a time for God’s people to call upon the Lord in prayer and fasting.

Every ruling authority must understand that he or she rules under authority. To be President of the United States is to hold enormous power. Power can be employed in the service of what is good and right, but if power itself is made the priority it can only subvert what is good and right.

Power tends to rebel against humbling itself in this way, however. The great exceptions — and freedom’s greatest advances — have come when rulers have recognized they answer to a power greater than themselves: God who alone rules in complete goodness and truth. Therefore the office of the President is fraught with not just political but spiritual significance.

Some Christians ask, “Should we be involved in federal government?” In a republic like America the answer is yes. Each of us has been given a measure of stewardship responsibility over the government of the most powerful country in the world, and we should no more neglect that stewardship responsibility than we should neglect our other stewardship responsibilities. Once every two years at least, the people are the government. We have decisions to make.

This year they are unusually important decisions. This primary election season may be the most determinative in our generation, setting a course either toward Constitutionally restrained leadership under God, or toward increasingly unconstrained presidential power. It may well be that either candidate in the general election could take us away from ordered liberty and limited government.

Therefore we must vote wisely and pray earnestly. We must pray for our country’s collective wisdom as we decide. We must pray for our nation to follow what is right and prudent, and not merely what feels good. We must pray for our nation that it will understand power wisely and use it for good. We must pray for leaders who will treat their own power humbly under God.

This is a time to follow the example of Mordecai and the Jews in the book of Esther and unite humbly before God in fasting and prayer for the sake of our nation. We at The Stream invite you to join with us and others either today, on Super Tuesday and/or on one or more of the days leading up to the March 15 primaries. Fast. Pray. Call upon God. May his wisdom, truth, mercy and goodness rain down on us.

 

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  • Lael Arrington

    Acts 12: Herod puts James to the sword and Peter in prison. Believers gather to pray earnestly. Even though their faith wavers (surely it can’t be Peter at the door!) God answers. An angel escorts Peter out of prison. And soon after God strikes Herod dead. And the Word of God increased and multiplied. This is what happens when we pray.

    So glad to read this this morning as I just emailed friends last night and asked them to join me in fasting and prayer tonight.

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