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Copyright: © 2008 Jan White
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UNDERSTAND THE TIMES, THEN PRAY FOR ELECTION DAY

By: Jan White

                                     

Americans will soon elect the next President of the United States.  It’s the first time in eighty years that a sitting President or Vice President has not been a candidate for re-election.

So no matter the outcome of the election, there will be change – a word we’ve heard much about this election year from both political parties.  In fact, we have already seen change.   

We’ve witnessed in recent weeks what some in the news media describe as an economic meltdown in U.S. financial markets.  One commentator I heard said banking, as we know it, will never be the same.  The past several years, we heard reports of what could be called a climate meltdown - although there’s debate even among the scientific community as to proof of global warming.  Some scientists point to cycles of change based on data recorded for decades.

The most alarming crisis in our country has occurred during the past 50 or so years.  There’s documentation for our moral meltdown - as evidenced by the break-up of families due to divorce, the loss of over 42 million unborn to abortion on demand, the court rulings permitting same-sex marriage, and the flood of pornography in the media and on the internet.

Chuck Colson has said, “If we’re going to make any change in American life, we not only have to attack the systems which are broken, but we have to change the habits, dispositions, manners, and attitudes of the people.  In other words, political reform has to be accompanied by moral and cultural reform.”

Like the sons of Issachar, described in 1 Chronicles 12:32, “who had understanding of the times to know” what their nation of Israel ought to do, we should be able to know what America should do.

Shirley Dobson, Chairman National Day of Prayer, encourages Christians to do two things – pray and vote.  “In light of the approaching elections, it is crucial that we remain in fervent prayer for our beloved land.  The presidential race is especially important.  The individual installed in the Oval Office in January 2009 will play a pivotal role in determining the future course of our country.

“It is, therefore, imperative that people go to the polls and elect a candidate whose leadership will reflect a moral, principled perspective.  We’re living in serious times.  Our country is at a crossroads.  The decisions of our elected officials will determine America’s moral climate and national security for generations.  We desperately need leaders with courage and integrity to guide us.”

Frank Wright, president of the National Religious Broadcasters, believes, “To rightly pray for America, we must pray from a foundation of understanding.  To pray effectively, we must understand the times, understand our need, and understand the spiritual condition of our nation.”

Change starts with looking in the mirror.  Christians must obey 2 Chronicles 7:14, and “humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”  As Billy Graham has said, “To get nations back on their feet, we must first get down on our knees.”

 

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