Proverbs 29:2 “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”

The election is done.  Apart from a few very close counts, the results are known.  There are reasons to rejoice and reasons to mourn.  Most importantly, there are continued reasons to pray in both cases.

From the Peter Marshall prayer from the previous post, he went on to pray the following:

“Help those who are about to be elected to public office to come to understand the real source of their mandate – a mandate given by no party machine, received at no polling booth, but given by God; a mandate to govern wisely and well; a mandate to represent God and truth at the heart of a nation; a mandate to do good in the name of Him under whom this Republic was established.  We ask thee to lead America in the paths where Thou wouldst have her walk, to do the tasks which Thou hast laid before her.  So may we together seek happiness for all our citizens in the name of Him who created us all equal in His sight, and therefore brothers.  Amen.”

Elected officials have a mandate that is far greater than many of them even imagine.  Similarly, we have a mandate to uplift them all in prayer (I Timothy 2:1-4).  We are to pray for the righteous to be resolute.  We are to pray for the wicked to repent.  We are to pray for our nation to follow Him.

PLEASE USE THE ELECTION AS A REMINDER OF OUR MANDATE TO PRAY FOR OUR NATION AND ITS LEADERS.  Christians must recognize that the nation’s well-being is more dependent upon God and our faithfulness than it is on the results of an election.  As elected officials wrestle with their mandate, let us not neglect our own.

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