Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Forty Day Challenge: Pray for the Election

We find ourselves at an important juncture. We all seem to recognize that something is wrong, that things need fixing, but we are at odds about what exactly those things are, or how to go about fixing them, or whom should lead us.  We are at a point where we need to work together to make lasting change.

I'm talking about our nation, of course.  We are now about to enter the final forty days of the campaign for the Presidency and for many other offices.  Mudslinging between opponents is reaching sickening new heights.  Friends, relatives, and neighbors find themselves at odds with each other on which candidates are the best choices, and whether this party or that party will destroy America.  Something's got to give.

I want to issue a challenge.  I challenge you to put aside the politics and pray.  Pray for our leaders.  Pray for the candidates.  Pray for our nation.  Pray like you've never prayed before.  Forty days of committed, guided, effective prayer.

The climax comes on the evening of Election Day: Tuesday, November 6th at 6:30PM at Houston Memorial UMC.  We will all have chosen different candidates for different offices, but at that time we're all going to choose differently again.  We're going to choose to gather around Jesus instead of the television, and we're going to choose to celebrate Jesus' life, death, and resurrection instead of bemoaning the fate of the nation.  We're going to listen to words of life and peace instead of news reports that fill us with dread and anger.

We're going to be the body of Christ, gathered around his table.

As we build up to that day, I encourage you to join us in daily prayer for our nation.  Every day we will pray for something slightly different.  I have not scripted the prayers.  Instead, I've given specific people or situations for which to pray.  Each day the focus is on something different.  And of course you may choose to pray for things not on the list.

I will be posting each day's guide on here at 7AM.  If you want the entire forty days, contact me with an email address and I'll be happy to send it to you.

Take a look at Max Lucado's site.  While I don't always agree with his theology, I cannot at all argue with the idea of praying for our government.  Another site you should probably check out is Election Day Communion.  That's what sparked my whole chain of thought.

Forty days of prayer followed by time around the Lord's table.  What could be better?

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