Sunday, November 2, 2008

Pray for the election


The big election is Tuesday. Until now I haven't posted about this, because I'm having a hard time putting my thoughts into words, but I have to share a few things. I will first share with you a small section of a letter written by Huntley Brown who is a concert pianist, a Christian and a black man.
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"I process my identity through Christ. Being a Christian (a Christ follower) means He leads, I follow. I can't dictate the terms. He does because He is the leader. I can't vote black because I am black. I have to vote Christian because that's who I am. Christian first, black second. Neither should any other ethnic group vote because of ethnicity. When I die I won't be asked if I was black or white. I will be asked if I knew Jesus and accepted Him as my Savior."
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Mr Brown has lots more to say, but what he says about our identity being in Christ really struck me. It is through this part of my identity that I will decide how to vote - not only for the president, but also for all the other decisions. I have to pray and choose as God leads.
This leads me to my second point. There is a spirit of unrest among many Christians I know, a feeling that they need to be doing something and a lot of concern about this election. I think this is a call to prayer for all of us. I ask you to pray for the election process on Tuesday. Pray that the man God has chosen will be elected. Pray that people are informed voters who will understand what each candidate stands for.
Our town is having a time of prayer among several of the churches with people signing up to take 30 minute increments of time to pray and some will be fasting as well.
Please join us in praying wherever you are!
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"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14
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"Look at the nations and watch - and be utterly amazed.
For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if
you were told."
Habakkuk 1:5





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20 comments:

mel said...

Yes, and amen. Praying....!

Joanne said...

What great words! Mari, if it weren't for prayer, and knowing that Christ is still on the throne...I would be horribly upset.

I admit, I am still having to take deep breaths every so often, when I read the news!!

Praying for God's will to be done.

Joanne :O)

Mary said...

Mari,

I have been praying for the right man to be elected in the US for some time. I'm not sure about either of them, but God must have chosen one of them. This is a tough decision for many Americans and each and every one of them should be praying about the way they cast their ballot. Of course we know this won't be the case. God Bless the USA.

Blessings,
Mary

Renee said...

Beautiful post! I'm praying.

justabeachkat said...

Great post Mari. I'm praying!

Hugs!
Kat

Musicaljean said...

God IS on the throne and He WILL STILL BE on the throne, no matter which candidate wins. We are to live by faith, not fear - a real challenge these days.

A Stone Gatherer said...

Wonderful post Mari! I will be calling today to get my name on the list to pray!

Anonymous said...

I know we are not to worry and that God wants us to take our burdens and worries to Him,not easy but worth it!Thanks for the post,Patty

Cherdecor said...

Our church had a prayer service last night. We went and prayed and signed up on the sheet of paper to pray in one half hour increments.

We were discussing the election over breakfast this morning. We all vote our values. If our values are earthly, then we vote accordingly. If our values are heavenly, then we vote accordingly.

Kayren, Pink Daisy Girl said...

We had a four-minute video clip in our service yesterday that was fantastic. I wish I knew what it was so I could post it. Our pastor talked about praying for the election, and also about voting first and foremost as the Bible leads us and as followers of Christ.

cheri said...

Very well said! I'm not thrilled about either candidate but it is a comfort to know that God rules- not either of them!

Saija said...

we have indeed been praying ...

and trusting that it is ALL in God's hands ... as always, the BEST of places to have "time and space" ...

blessings on you!

Terri said...

I also, am not thrilled about either candidate but I will be voting how my morals tell me.
Many prayers will be said for this election tomorrow.

Sandra said...

I can't even vote. Hope it runs smoothly for everyone :)

Rebekah said...

Great post, Mari. I am liquid fasting today and tomorrow... if I can survive it

Pat said...

I'll be voting - no matter how long the lines. I've never felt such an urgency to vote as with this election. God is mighty and in control.

Renee said...

AMEN MARI!!!! WE HAVE BEEN PRAYING and PRAYING!!!!! We are right there with you! MAY GOD SWEEP THROUGH THIS NATION'S HEART OVER THE NEXT 48 hours in a MIGHTY WAY!!!!!!
Love ya,
Renee

Pennies In My Pocket said...

Very very good post, Mari! We have been praying big time. This election has me worried, but we know what the Lord says about that.

~melody~

Nancy said...

Very well said Mari, I know you really thought this out and the message is clear...

Shelly said...

Well done! I like what you put down here. I like what Huntley has said. So true!!!