Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Well, if I were to say I wasn't disappointed, I'd be lying.

HOWEVER, it is my DUTY as an American citizen to pray for our president elect whether I voted for him or not. I encourage everyone else to do the same. REGARDLESS of how I feel about Barack Obama's political leanings, his associations, or his ideas, it is my RESPONSIBILITY to bring our future president before the Lord in prayer.

Dear Heavenly Father-

Lord, you knew the outcome of this election before Barack Obama or John McCain ever even existed. This election has been part of your plan all along. I don't understand why it turned out the way that it did, nor is it my job to understand. You, Lord, know why one man triumphed over another, and you alone know how this future president will affect our nation and the world.

You promise in Scripture that you will take care of your children, Lord, and I believe you. In Matthew 6:25-34, you remind us not to worry, because you take care of so many other things that are less important than we are.

I pray for our nation today Lord, that all of its' people will be pulled together in unity and not further divided. I pray for our leaders, that their decisions will be guided by your hand. I pray for each of the newly elected members of our government, that they would be willing to work with each other to better our nation. I pray that every single member of each political party would be able to understand, and even agree with each other on legislation that will be in the best interest of ALL of the residents of the United States, not just a select few. I pray that John McCain and Sarah Palin will continue to work with the Democratic party to institute positive changes in our country.

I pray, Lord, that you will be glorified in how those who set their faith in you handle situations that may arise because of this election.

Lord, to me this request seems a daunting, even impossible task, but I know you can work miracles. I have witnessed it with my own eyes. You have the ability to make a situation go from a hopeless disaster to an unexplainable success. I don't know what your will is, and I may never know why this election turned out the way that it did. I have trust in you, Lord, that you have the best interest of your people at heart. I just pray for the ability to see that, even when things don't go the way I think they should!

I thank you, Lord, that I live in a nation where I can pray to you freely. I thank you for the number of people who turned out to vote yesterday. I thank you that John McCain was able to set aside his disappointment in order to concede victory to Barack Obama in a respectful manner last night. I thank you for allowing the people of the US to know the results of the election in a timely fashion instead of having to wait days or even weeks to know who won.

Most of all, Lord, I thank you for the peace that I feel this morning, the peace that I asked you for last night. You are a gracious God, and you care for your people beyond measure. I ask that your will be done, and that you will be glorified by Christians throughout the nation.

In Jesus' precious name. Amen.



6 comments:

MoM2-2GoodBoys said...

Beautifully put Julie. Somehow I feel at peace this morning as well.

Destini said...

I, too, was feeling rather disappointed, but comforted also in the fact that God knew the result. He brought to me the scripture that spoke of the Israelites begging for a king...and God's warning them to be careful for what you ask for. That is how I feel know. I, too, have joined the ranks of the many who are praying for our nation, but also trusting that God's plans for us will be carried out according to his will.

Brandi said...

Thank you for putting into words what I could not. I was strangely at piece this morning knowing that God is in control no matter how I felt about this election.

Since your words are better than mine will ever be, I linking your post on my blog.

God Bless.

Shelly said...

amen
and
sigh
=)

amanda said...

amen girl. God is good...

...all the time!

Devin said...

Well, well put Julie. I don't think anyone could have said it better.