“The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord.”
Everyone seems to be up in arms about the impending presidential election. There is a great deal of chatter about it on Facebook, and the consensus from both my conservative and my more liberal friends seems to be that no one is thrilled with our options come November 8. The question is, what should we do about it?
We seem content to argue with one another about the merits of voting for this or that particular candidate, even though deep down most of us recognize this is an exercise in futility. Few are persuaded by these arguments because most voters already have their minds made up.
But are we doing the one thing that we know can change the course of history? Are we humbling ourselves and praying to the One who ultimately controls the outcome of this election and the future of our nation?
I know I haven’t been praying nearly as fervently as I ought. I’m anxious and distressed over the state of my country. The utter lack of integrity and moral fiber displayed by the nominees grieves me. But have I spent hours on my face before God about it? Have I fasted?
The answer, I’m ashamed to admit, is no. Despite my anxieties over the presidential election, I have not devoted a single hour of my time to concerted, focused intercession for my nation. I have not missed a single meal.
Do I really believe, as I claim, that God is able to do things far beyond anything we can ask or think or imagine? If I have the faith to recognize that He’s the one in control, and not me or my fellow voters, not even the political system, then my responsibility seems obvious. I need to beg for His mercy on my nation, now more than ever.
So this is my confession: I have not interceded for my nation with prayer and fasting as I know I should. But I intend to change that. Will you join me?
#fastforAmerica #prayforAmerica #praythevote