How Should We Pray for Our Nation and the Election?

10/07/20 at 06:00 AM | Published Under Charis Staff

Adapted from “A Call to Prayer” by Andrew Wommack

We all agree we should be praying for our nation during this critical time.

The upcoming election may very well be the most critical one in our lifetime. 

Prayer is a powerful weapon, but there’s a right and a wrong way to pray. Wrong prayer is not only ineffective, it can also be an inroad for the devil. 

Early in my walk with the Lord, I listened to a teaching that used an example of a teenager who felt ineffective in witnessing for the Lord. He prayed and asked the Lord to do whatever it took to use him as an effective witness in his high school. He specifically asked God to give him cancer and take his life if that was the only way he could show others the power of God in his life. 

The next day, he came down with leukemia. At his funeral, four of his classmates accepted the Lord because of the way he had dealt with his terminal illness.

At that time, I didn’t know God had redeemed us from sickness. I was taught that God controlled everything that happened to us. So, I bought into that teaching “hook, line, and sinker.” I then gave the tape to a close friend who prayed the same prayer. The next morning, she was rushed to the hospital and diagnosed with leukemia. At her funeral, four people accepted the Lord also.

I’ve since learned the truth. God doesn’t kill one of His children so others can be saved. Satan took advantage of the open doors these wrong prayers created. 

That’s why it’s important to know how to pray.

There is a right way to pray for our nation. But first, we need to recognize that God isn’t angry any more. 

God’s mercy is now extended to all mankind. In the Old Testament, God’s punishment was poured out on individuals and nations. In the New Testament, God’s judgment was poured out on Jesus. Now, God’s mercy and grace are ours.

The typical Christian is making intercession to an angry God, asking Him to turn from His fierce wrath, but that’s the wrong way to pray. Jesus has forever changed the way we approach God and how we appropriate His favor.

How should a New Testament believer intercede for their nation? 

Start by praising God for what He’s already accomplished through Jesus. Then take your place in what Christ has already done, and use your authority to speak God’s blessing over our nation. It’s really that simple. There is tremendous authority given to us if we will use it, and there is awesome power in our blessing.

Honor Jesus by approaching a loving God who’s already made every provision for the revival this nation so desperately needs. Speak words of faith, releasing the goodness Jesus so graciously provided. And then, do your part in sharing this good news and by voting biblically in the upcoming election!

 

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