Saturday, October 13, 2012

Prayer to Change America
"If my people, which are called by my name, shall 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."
(1 Corinthians 7:14)

As election day draws near, many Americans find themselves faced with fears of the future. Worried about the economy, war, finding jobs, violence, healthcare, housing and just making ends meet, has left countless people unsure of whether they should even vote. I've heard here and there, "Why should I cast my vote, when it really won't make a difference? I don't want to vote for any of the candidates, so I'll just skip this election." I used to think this same way.

The truth of the matter is, your vote DOES count, but not the way you may think.
We have all been given a right and responsibility to vote, and it is truly a privilege. We may not feel comfortable discussing our voting opinions and decisions with others, simply because it seems everyone has an opinion, and we may be judged by our peers for the voting decisions we make. I speak from experience.

This election year may very well be the most important election in the history of this country. The state of our nation is in dire straights, and no one man can fix it, no matter how many promises are made during the campaign process. The answer comes only from God, through fasting and prayer, as a nation humbles itself and comes together to seek the perfect will of God in our voting decisions.

Each person has his or her own personal reasons for voting a certain way. Some vote based on how well the candidate presents himself. Some vote based on race. Some vote out of fear, thinking that the person who is in office  is better than taking a chance on change. Some vote based on whatever party their parents vote or voted for. The reasons are numerous.

As I stated above, your vote - our vote - DOES count. It counts to God. When we vote, we are to vote according to the Bible, the Word of God. The Bible is our blueprint for living, our "GPS" (God's Plan for Salvation), and in it, we can find instruction for every question we have - including for whom to cast our vote.

When we vote, we are not to vote based on the man that is running for office, but rather, for the principles that the man's party stands for and believes in. When we cast our vote, it should reflect and line up with what the Lord says. And in order to know what the Lord says, we need to read His Word, pray, fast and ask Him for guidance.

Election day 2012 is Tuesday, November 6. There is a movement going on, not just in America, but around the world: 40 Days of Prayer to Change America*. It started on September 28 and will conclude on election day. It is a call to Americans everywhere to humble ourselves, pray, fast and seek the Lord for His direction as we go to the polls. Our votes are just individual votes, and God already knows who will win the election. But HOW we vote will be recorded by Almighty God, so we must make it count.

Please join us in this 40-day change plan, and as we stand together to vote the will of God, turning to Him with humble hearts, He will hear our prayers, and heal our land.

*Please click the link above for more information and to have a prayer guide sent to you by email.