“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for all people for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” – 1 Timothy 2:1-2
July 13, 2018
What a week to be reminded that ideas have consequences! In keeping with his commitment to choose federal court justices that will uphold the Constitution, President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. It was providence that I was scheduled to be in our nation’s Capital!
I also met with members of Congress to discuss important issues impacting the faith community. The one that seems to be on most peoples' minds is the need for civility in Washington, D.C. and beyond, especially when discussing public policy matters.
The forces of evil prey upon our people, our government, and its leaders especially when conflicts and divisions are made personal.This moment seems ripe for prayer, and I am compelled to issue that call!
The government's influence over society is enormous, in its complexity and structure. The same goes for advocacy groups who may not share our desire for peace and civility.
Accusations of corruption have been levied and are being investigated at local, national and foreign levels. Man's unbridled appetite for power, wealth, and influence can distract leaders from their calling to serve people. Lobbyists seek political favors and financial incentives in exchange for laws favoring their specific agendas. Bribery, racketeering, fraud, extortion, and money laundering are said to be common. This should not be so!
Elected officials need encouragement to say 'no' to these dangers and 'yes' to God as sovereign over the people. We must return to the conviction that the people are sovereign over the government as well!
Heavenly Father, forgive us for neglecting our civic duties as your stewards on the earth; help us vote for righteous men and women, informing them of the timeless principles of your word and preparing the next generation for a future state of rewards and punishments.
We stand in the gap now on behalf of the United States government and repent for the corruption in our political system.
Forgive our nation for the pride, selfishness, and greed that have been the motivators for evil behavior. We seek Your face today, believing that You will heal our land and refresh our political system and its dialogue.
We pray that you would expose unrighteousness, injustice, and corrupt practices taking place, and that unholy alliances to be exposed and broken
For every hidden thing, every fraudulent action, every misrepresentation spoken to the public to be fully exposed. (1 Corinthians 4:5)
For leaders to be set in place who despise dishonest gain, whose hearts and motives are toward you and pure. Proverbs 16:2
For wisdom to be released to those who have the power to implement just and legitimate voter systems. Proverbs 3:13
For the upcoming midterm elections in November, we pray for the Church to embrace its stewardship responsibility to vote and to embrace godly candidates. Deuteronomy 1:13
For a new Louisiana - where your Glory abides, Your Will is sought and done, and Your name is made well known. Make Your truth unavoidable and move us to fulfill each of our assignments.
...We pray in Jesus' Name.
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