The 2016 Election and the Power of Prayer

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Are you just "done" with it all? Like one of my friends who is so sick of all the election rhetoric that she shuts down when the topic comes up? I understand. It is loud these days, isn't it? If you're "done," consider this . . . consider the responsibility we have in this election. It may not be something mentioned at the political debates or on the front page of the paper, but it is our responsibility. Here it is:

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way (1 Tim. 2:1–2).

We are not merely invited, but urged, in this passage to intercede, to cry out, for all "who are in high positions." The man or woman who will be elected President of the United States will make decisions that (if the Lord does not return soon) will impact multiple generations.

I don't know what the outcome of the election this November will be, but I do know what we are called to do today. We are called to pray. Urged to pray.

Here are some things you can do:

1. Lay it all out.

Not on the Internet, but on your knees. Go to the Word and pray, asking God to lead your decision making in November. Lay out your concerns, your thoughts, your questions to God, and ask for His wisdom to navigate this challenging election season.

2. Intercede daily.

My husband and I have a daily time of prayer together that is set aside to intercede for our church, our family, and our nation. Will you join us?

You might enlist a prayer partner or your family. It might help to share this post or a few Scriptures that challenge us to serve as prayer warriors.

You might set an alarm (we do) to ring at the specific time of prayer, so everyone in your household knows it's time to gather to pray. If you have little ones, it doesn't need to be a long season of prayer, but placing this priority on praying for our nation will instill in their hearts the value of intercession.

3. Rather than debate, intercede.

There is so much political noise blaring through social media right now. What if our prayer cries grew louder than the Facebook and Twitter rhetoric? What would that look like? I'm challenging you to pray more than you voice your political opinion.

4. Join us in crying out to God.

It is no accident that long before this election cycle began, Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth had a sense of urgency to hold a nationwide prayer gathering for women. For such a time as this, God is calling us to intercede for our nation, for coming generations, and for a mighty outpouring and movement of His Spirit. If you are unable to join us in Indianapolis for True Woman '16, consider inviting a group to join you in your home or your church for the free, 3-hour Cry Out! simulcast on Friday, September 23. Find more information here .

And that is what I'm asking you to join me in doing. Will you pray?

May the LORD cut off all flattering lips, the tongue that makes great boasts, those who say, "With our tongue we will prevail, our lips are with us; who is master over us?" "Because the poor are plundered, because the needy groan, I will now arise," says the LORD; "I will place him in the safety for which he longs" (Ps. 12:3-5).

May it be so.

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Kimberly Wagner

Kimberly Wagner

Kimberly Wagner’s passion is Christ, and she desires to ignite women's pursuit of God's glory. She's the author of Fierce Women, and is a frequent guest on the Revive Our Hearts radio program, as well as a regular contributor to the True Woman blog. She enjoys sharing with women and hearing from them about what God is doing in their lives.

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