Good Morning Everyone,
Well, the campaigning is over. The rhetoric has come to a screeching halt. The political ads have been shelved for another day. My email “inbox” was empty of political emails this morning. (Thank you Lord!!) The votes have been counted and President-elect Trump has now been chosen to lead our nation for the next four years.
Half of our nation is horrified and half is hopeful that our new President-elect will bring about change. I prayed for friends of mine on both sides of the emotional Richter Scale. Before I prayed for my friends I prayed for our newly elected President. I prayed that four years from now we will be able to say that Donald Trump will be the best President that we’ve had in our lifetime. I prayed that the Lord will grip Donald Trump’s heart like no other President we’ve ever had. I prayed that President-elect Trump will seek God’s counsel over the counsel of people. I prayed that the Lord will lead him to prayerfully make the important decisions that will need to be made in the future. I prayed that President-elect Trump will know beyond a shadow of doubt that his sufficiency and provision is not in himself, nor in the vote of the people of the United States of America, but in Christ alone. I also prayed that the Lord will bless his wife, Malania, and their children so they might thrive as a family in the White House.
I also prayed for the people of our nation. I prayed that we, as Americans, will rally around our newly elected President and support him with our prayers. I prayed that we will open our arms and hearts to embrace him as he prepares to lead our nation. I prayed that those who didn’t vote for him will hold their tongues and bow their knees. I prayed Ephesians 4:29 for those who have been so passionately opposed to the thought of Donald Trump being our President.
29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. (Ephesians 4:29 NIV)
I know that for those in our society who have no regard for what the Bible teaches, all that I have shared is utter nonsense. Those who claim no allegiance to Jesus, and supported Trump, will gloat over their victory and use every means to rub it in the face of those who did not support him. Those who claim no allegiance to Jesus, and supported Hillary Clinton, will continue to say all kinds of stuff to try and undermine President-elect Trump even before he begins his term in office. But, for those of us who are followers of Jesus, this cannot be our path, this cannot be our plan of action from this day forward. We must recognize that our governmental leaders are “placed” in their positions of power by God and it is our responsibility to pray for them. (Romans 13:1; 1 Timothy 2:1-3; 1 Peter 2:13-17) We must recognize that our newly elected President, and his family, desperately need our prayers and therefore we must begin to pray for them even now. We must recognize that we, as followers of Jesus, are not first and foremost Democrats or Republicans, but we are followers of Jesus–called to be a blessing to our leaders and our nation.
I went to bed last night before the final votes were ever counted because I knew that when I got up today God would still be God no matter who won the election. I slept like a baby because I know that Jesus is Lord over every nation, over every elected official. I went to bed knowing that when I woke up and learned the final tally of the voting that I would be committed to praying for whoever my new President would be. I hope you will join me in praying for our President regardless of who you voted for in yesterday’s election.
In His Steps,