Prayer Targets: Values Voter Summit; Election Prayer; Homeschooling; Obscene Sex-Ed; Richard DeVos
September 12, 2018
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Eph 6:11-13)
Dave Butts (bio) is President of Harvest Prayer Ministries, Chairman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force Board of Directors, and Chairman of the National Prayer Committee. These excerpts are from his Election Prayer Guide originally published by Prayer Connect Magazine:
The Church must experience a revival that awakens her to the life-changing power of Jesus Christ in her midst. Such a spiritual awakening within the people of God has the power to bring about true cultural transformation in this nation.
So why pray for the elections? There are several compelling reasons:
- The Bible commands us to pray for those who are in leadership (I Timothy 2:1-4). This includes those who are vying to become leaders.
- Godly leaders can help slow the erosion of religious liberties in our land. This can provide an increased window of opportunity for the Church to pray and evangelize.
- According to Scripture, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people” (Proverbs 14:34). The selection of leaders who understand and lead according to God’s righteous standards can bring great blessing to a nation.
- Scripture also says in Proverbs 11:14, “For lack of guidance a nation falls, but many advisors make victory sure.” The determination of who leads our nation will also determine who advises that leader and how we are guided.
WE NEED TO PRAY NOW! There are ways you can maximize use of this guide: 1) Distribute it widely to your friends and church. 2) Pray with others about its content. A weekly prayer meeting in your home or church could focus on what God desires to do in the upcoming election. 3) Allow the Holy Spirit to lead you beyond this prayer guide into deeper intercession for our nation.
Seven Ways to Pray for America:
The Church - The Church is often relegated to the sidelines, considered irrelevant and out of touch. Though we sometimes deserve that critique, God has a different view of what His people are to be and how we are to function. In Ephesians 3:10, the Apostle Paul writes, “His [God’s] intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known...”
Though seemingly powerless in the eyes of the world, the Church—through righteousness, prayer, and the power of the Holy Spirit - releases God’s wisdom into the culture. Pray for the Church that:
- Our eyes will be opened to see the hope to which we are called (Ephesians 1:18).
- We will experience in a fresh, new way the presence of Christ in revival.
- Believers will be given faith to believe that their votes will make a difference.
- A spirit of repentance and humility will be poured out upon the people of God.
The Voters - For more than 200 years The Great American Experiment in representative government has depended upon voter involvement. From the very beginning of our nation, there has been debate on who should be allowed the privilege of casting a vote to select our governmental leaders. The weight of history has increasingly opened the ballot box to more and more individuals.
This requires an educated electorate who examine the issues and candidates and vote in a way that is best for our nation, not just their own well-being. Much prayer is needed. Pray for the voters that:
- Wisdom will be sought from God (James 1:5).
- Self-interest will be laid aside for the common good.
- Discernment between truth and falsehood will be clear.
The Candidates - In the early years of our nation, it was thought to be in bad taste to even be seen wanting an office, much less actually campaigning. Now candidates for public office, especially at higher levels, put themselves and their families through a rigorous process that brings every aspect of their lives into public view. It has become so intense that many good individuals have chosen not to endure the sort of public scrutiny that is an integral part of the campaigning process today.
Praying for candidates does not mean praying just for those you agree with or support. All are leaders and potential leaders in our nation—and as such, all need our prayers. Pray today for candidates for office in the United States, that:
- They will take brave stands for righteousness, even when it may not be well received.
- Their families will be protected from harm and unnecessary scrutiny.
- They will surround themselves with godly advisors.
- They will focus on the issues we face as a nation and not on personal attacks on other candidates.
The Media - In our day of 24-hour news coverage, the media have taken on a huge role in our election process. Handling media correctly sometimes seems to take precedence in a campaign over actually dealing with issues. The media themselves often forget their role of informing and reporting and have become endorsers and supporters, even while they try to deny that role. Increased prayer for the media is an essential way for Christians to impact an election. Pray today for the media in America, that:
- Truth in reporting and election coverage will become a high value.
- Media bias will disappear.
- Christianity will receive fair coverage in all reports.
- Hope will become a part of the message of the media.
The Impact on the Nations - In our rapidly shrinking world, what happens in one country can have a profound effect on others. This is especially true for the United States. Those who hold the presidency, Senate and Congress make decisions that impact the entire world. Whether those decisions help or harm the people of the world is largely determined by the choices Americans make at the polls. We need to pray that our choices will serve to bless the world. Pray today that:
- Voters will consider the foreign policies of candidates and how they fit with biblical principles.
- The activities of other nations will not have an undue influence on our elections.
- The result of U.S. elections will serve to spread the gospel around the globe.
- The U.S. will stand firm in its commitment to Israel’s right to exist as a nation.
Spiritual Warfare Surrounding the Elections - Nothing is achieved in the Kingdom of God without warfare. That includes the election of righteous individuals to the leadership of one of the key nations on the planet. As we pray, we must expect the enemy to attack in many ways. There will be attacks on candidates and their families, on the media, the Church, and perhaps the nation itself. Some will be clearly spiritual, while other attacks may have physical manifestations. Our call is to have discernment as we pray and stand in the strength of Christ’s victory. Pray today into the spiritual warfare issues involved in the election. Pray for:
- Great awareness and discernment to aid the Lord’s people as they pray over the election.
- Physical protection for all candidates and their families throughout this campaign season.
- A strong hedge of protection around the nation itself during this time of decision.
- The unleashing of the sword of the Spirit throughout the nation, judging the thoughts and intents of the heart (Hebrews 4:12).
The Purpose of God - Jesus taught us to pray, “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). As we pray we must lay down our own desires and take up the desires of God. Our deepest desire is for the Lord’s purposes to be achieved in and through our nation. All our requests must be couched in words that focus our hearts on the Kingdom of God.
- Pray today for the purposes of God to be accomplished in the U.S. elections
- Pray that the U.S. will turn to seek first the Kingdom of God.
- Pray that God will be honored during the election campaign.
- Pray for opportunities for Christians to share their faith values throughout the election process.
- Pray that the results of the elections will please the Lord and release His blessing over this nation.
Finally, please add these matters to your prayer list: 1) People and property in the path of Hurricane Florence as it closes in on the Carolinas and beyond (hurricane map); 2) The Senate is planning a vote on Brett Kavanaugh, and there are last-ditch plans to prevent it. Over 200 protesters were arrested during the Kavanaugh hearings. FRC’s Weber & Gacek on Kavanaugh; Abortion looms over Senate confirmation fight; 3) Why There’s an Increased Interest in Homeschooling (Tony Perkins), Get Your Children Out of Public School (Cathy Ruse); 4) 700 California parents demand School Board stop pornographic sex-ed program. Parents win in similar Colorado case; 5) The Values Voter Summit is September 21-23 in Washington, D.C. Come in person if you can, or watch live on the website Friday & Saturday. Please pray as you watch. V.P. Pence is confirmed to speak. C-SPAN will carry parts of the event; 6) The Watchmen Pastors Briefings in Montana and North Carolina; 7) Some on the Left are inciting violence (Scalise, Perkins); The White House & North Korea are discussing another Trump-Kim meeting; 8) Obama on the campaign trail; 9) Pray for the DeVos family; 10) President Trump plans to close the Palestinian office in Washington, D.C.
As always, thank you for praying!