US vs THEM — ELECTION RECAP
Last night I was vexed. It was like my spirit was just irked to the core and I couldn’t understand why. I had been fine for the most part of the day and then as the evening descended so did my mood and I couldn’t shake it, so instead of turning into a jerk and being sullen to everyone around me, I went to my room to be by myself. I get these feelings sometimes and I believe that it’s one of the ways the Holy Spirit prepares me for something that’s about to happen that I need to be sober minded to deal with.
So, I usually wake up at midnight to pray for our nation and for my family (I’ll do a post about Midnight Prayer soon soon). Last night though…I kinda dialed it in. It was the most struggle prayer ever and I barely got up out of the bed. When I woke up this morning and saw the election results I was bummed but not surprised. So I asked God, “Okay, Now What??” And this is what He impressed on my spirit:
“Are you willing to pray just as fervently for those in power now as you did before the election?”
Well…am I? I was like…hmm, that’s a good question God…Am I willing to pray for these elected officials even though I don’t agree with them? To give me a little nudge in the right direction the Holy Spirit brought this verse to mind:
1 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. — 1 Timothy 2: 1–4
So my answer is Yes!, Yes I’m willing to pray for those who I don’t agree with. A lot of times we look at God as our own personal avenger just waiting to strike down evil doers, split the ground open and swallow the rebellious or at the most make life so hard for those who are against Him, that they finally, out of sheer despair and misery go running to him. But that’s not usually how God works (I learned that the hard way). God’s patience with mankind is deeper and more vast that any of us could ever imagine and His plans encompass the good, the bad, the ugly, the wicked and the righteous. He wants us ALL to be saved and know Him. So Yes, I will pray for them all. It’s in my best interest to lift these men and women up in prayer. They have the authority to bring curses or blessings on this nation. It’s in all of our best interests that their decision making be informed, not by their emotions or agendas, but by God. He is wisdom, Father knows best.
Sometimes when things don’t go our way we wonder what’s up with God…like, “God, this is the exact opposite of what I prayed for…” But do you know that God is a jealous God? He wants you all for himself? He has plans for you that are tailored to you, precisely…and He know EXACTLY what you shouldn’t have. Do you know that sometimes the thing that you want so desperately can be the exact thing that kills you either spiritually and/or physically? That girl or guy that you want to be with so bad could derail your life so far off course it would take years to get you on track again. That job that you want so bad could have you spending years outside of your destiny, living in mediocrity when you’re supposed to be on the world stage. That person you voted for could enforce things in this nation that will bring curses on generations upon generations upon generations. So understand God’s heart in how He chooses to answer your prayers, He would not have you turn anything, or anyone into an idol that would replace your reliance on Him or compromise your relationship with him, or even cause you to be a stumbling block to others.
When things are going our way we get lazy, and we get arrogant. We forget God and we pray less. We start to look more and more to people — or parties to save us. This is idolatry — for people to be saved and our nation to be changed GOD must be glorified, not man. I feel like He’s pushing us to a place of maturity. When the Israelites were in the wilderness God gave them manna, which was basically free food from Heaven, it was like a welfare plan…but as soon as they went into the promised land the manna stopped and they had to eat from the land. He also warned them not to forget Him, once everything is going great -Deut 8 It was good land, but they had to work. This is a picture of us as a nation and as Christians. God has given us a land, He has given us power and He expects us to get to work. We are to be the agents of Change. You don’t get to be lazy, you don’t get to come off the wall.
I have set watchmen upon your walls, O Jerusalem, who will never hold their peace day or night; you who [are His servants and by your prayers] put the Lord in remembrance [of His promises], keep not silence,. — Isaiah 62:6
God is Independent
He’s not Republican or Democrat. We chose His side, We pick His platform, that’s it. He doesn’t change.
Joshua 5: 13–14
13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, “Are You for us or for our adversaries?”
14 So He said, “No, but as Commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.”
And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, “What does my Lord say to His servant?”