In case you haven’t notice, the race for the Presidency of the United States is already underway. Aside from President Obama, there are 7 other people who’d like a shot at the Oval Office. I am not going to say who to vote for. As an American citizen, the decision is yours to make.
My goal is to urge you to begin praying for the eight presidential candidates and not wait until the summer or November. The best time to begin praying, is today. We, each have a candidate that we like. This is fine and a good reason to pray for him or her.
I would like you to go a step further. Ask God, the Father about these people. What is God saying about the candidates? Please remember, God is not a Republican or a Democrat. As God’s ways are not ours, please don’t expect an echo chamber. It is good to ask “Who is God’s man for the hour?”
Did you know that Scripture offers some advice on what to look for? For starters, there is Exodus 18:21:
21 Furthermore, you shall select out of all the people able men who fear God, men of truth, those who hate dishonest gain; and you shall place these over them as leaders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens.
There is also Deut 1:13:
13 Choose wise and discerning and experienced men from your tribes, and I will appoint them as your heads.’
Did you notice that God is telling Moses, to choose those who’d help him lead the tribes of Israel? Could Moses choose anyone? No, Moses had to choose people with very specific character traits. These traits are honesty, hate dishonest gains, experienced, godly, wise and discerning. Once chosen, God would appoint them, as leaders of the tribes of Israel.
We should want these same characters in our elected leaders. Why is this important? A person with these character will seek to do what is right, in the sight of God. They would not be so prone to popular opinions and resist pressure groups. Plus, they would not have the need to sign pledges.
A friend once suggested that we need statesmen and not politicians. I agree. A politician is one who worries about the next election and not doing what’s right. A statesman is a godly person, who seeks to do what is right and he is not worrying about re-election. Let’s ask God, to replace the politicians with statesmen.
How shall we know, if we have such a person? It is done through prayer and searching out the truth. Don’t be satisfied with what you hear on Fox News, CNN or MSNBC. They are each pushing for their favorite candidates.
It is best to start with prayer. Ask God, the Father about how to pray for each person. Ask the Holy Spirit to shine a light of truth on what’s heard on the news. You can trust God to lead us, to all truths about each candidates. Here is an illustration of what I mean.
In the Election of 2008, I set my heart on praying for the presidential candidates of that time. While praying, I was drawn towards certain presidential candidates. Did I know or understand what the political issues were? No. Did I know where the presidential candidates stood on a given issue? No.
What did I do? I trusted the Holy Spirit to lead me, in prayer. Sometimes, I would pray about a personal item relating to a specific candidate. Did I get some special download where I knew what to pray? This may have happened; however, it was not my primary source of information. I would occasionally get insights on what to pray through cable news or the Internet.
Take care of what you listen to or read! Not everything is true. It is always good to talk with God and ask the Father about what you are hearing. Please remember, Jesus did say that the Spirit will lead us, to all truths.
Don’t be afraid to do your own fact checking. My personal favorite fact checking sites are Snopes and PolitiFact. On The Issues is another good place to learn about the candidates. These sites were a great tool for smelling out the manure.
I will finish with these two set of Scriptures:
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding. [Proverbs 3:5]
5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. [James 1:5-6]