Are you praying for the election?
Days Until the Election
The child kneels by the bed and begins to pray, “Dear God, thank you for my family, thank you for Jesus, thank you for the trees, thank you for the worms, thank you for the dirt…”
As the prayer continues, everything in creation is covered, from the tallest Redwood to the deepest ocean cavern. In the prayer, every person is in the family is included, from the grandparents to the family goldfish. Needless to say, children have an interesting way of praying.
As adults, our prayers may not be the same as it was in our younger years. Our prayer life will have its highs and lows like every other part of life. There will be moments when we feel we have prayed just like Daniel, then there are other times when we feel like we do not know what to pray. This is the struggle of prayer.
Over the years, people have asked one question more than any other regarding prayer, “How can I do better in my prayer life?” It might not be a common question to you but is common for others.
To know that our words are being heard by the God of the Universe is humbling. Knowing that God is listening to us may be intimidating. However, understand that we serve a God who wants to hear from us. He wants to hear our struggles, our requests, our needs and even our wants.
In this time of the year, as the political season increases, our prayer life might need strengthening. When the ads on television, radio and other forms of media are negative, each one needs to bring their cares before the Father.
Becoming Better at Prayer
Allow me to offer a few suggestions to consider as you strive to become better at praying.
First, realize there will be great times of prayer and times that you struggle. Take a moment and read through the Psalms and see how David’s requests (discussions) with God had their highs and lows. Throughout the Psalms, you will see the highs and lows of life, but you will also see the Psalmist’s (David and others) dependence on the power of the Almighty God.
Second, there are times we do not know what to pray for; and it is ok. Keep praying. During those times where you do not know what to pray for, remember that you have the Spirit which intercedes for you (Romans 8:26). God created us and He knows us. He knows our needs and our wants, our highs and our lows, and still loves each one. The key to praying in uncertain times is to keep praying.
Third, take time to read God’s Words so you will be motivated to speak words to God. A significant step to becoming better at prayer is to build your relationship with God. As your relationship grows, so will your communication with him. The better relationship you have, the more you will pray. Take a moment and consider your current relationship with God and examine how that is affecting your prayer life. Remember Daniel? Daniel had a relationship with God where he knew that God would be with him, no matter the circumstance.
Fourth, make time for prayer. Richard Foster is credited with saying, “We will never have time for prayer, we must make time.” Do not let prayer become a happenstance, let it become a marked period of time. Normally we consider the prayer life of Daniel because of Daniel (Daniel 6:10-11) but remember that Christ set aside time to pray. Remember passages such as, “After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone.” (Matthew 14.23)
I hope these will help you in your prayer life, but remember the biggest point, “No matter what the circumstance, whether good or bad, do not forget to pray.”
In the next 41 days, will you pray for the future of our country?
On Tuesday, November 3, 2020, millions of our country’s citizens will enter the voting booth and vote for candidates. While most will focus on the 2020 Presidential Race, there are several other elections going on as well. May each of us be mindful as Election Day grows closer.
“Father God, as I humbly approach You today, I ask You to help me. Help me become a person of prayer. Give me the mind of prayer that I may approach You and share with you my life. Father, during this time of the year, I pray for others that they may be prayerful people. We will make decisions effecting our nation, help us be prayerful people as we consider these decisions. Father, thank you for Your Son. Thank You for helping us. In Jesus’ most precious name, Amen.”
Facebook Profile Picture Frame
Yesterday, our Facebook Profile Picture Frame was made public. You can add this frame to you Facebook Profile Picture was we go through this election cycle. It can be a reminder for others to pray for the elections.
To add this frame to your Facebook Profile picture:
- Click on your Facebook Profile Picture.
- Update your Facebook Profile Photo.
- Click on Add Frame.
- Search for “Pray for the Election.”
- Add it to your profile picture.
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Have a blessed day.
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