Does prayer have enough power to change the course of U.S. history?
For the Christian, the response to this question is an automated “yes.”
The belief that prayer is powerful is fundamental to the Christian faith.
But do you really believe this to be true?
Merriam-Webster defines believing as “a firm conviction as to the goodness, efficacy or ability of something.”
In just four days, millions of voters will flood the polls to cast their vote for the next president of the United States.
Most would agree that voting is a key way to have influence on the path our nation takes next Tuesday.
But is that our only option? Not for Christians. We can pray.
It’s easy to take prayer for granted and forget what actually happens when we pray.
Prayer is not just a routine practice that we perform just so we can mark it off our “good Christian” checklist.
When we bow in prayer, we enter the throne room of the Most High God. The Father of the Universe. The One who provided a way of escape from eternal destruction.
The same power that God saved you with is the same power that can save any human being.
Instead of immediately taking to social media to compose an essay-sized post in response to the latest political news release, why isn’t our first response to simply pray for our leaders? After all, the Bible talks about prayer in more than 500 verses.
Be honest. When was the last time you prayed for President Obama? Hillary Clinton? Donald Trump?
It’s difficult to be angry at someone that you’re lifting up in prayer.
Proverbs 21:1 says, “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.”
It’s absurd to think that a created being could somehow have the ability to push against the will of his Creator.
Now is not the time to be passive. Whether during these next few days before the election or months from now, don’t forget to pray for our country and for those whom God has sovereignly allowed to be in leadership.
Your Facebook rant has no power to change the mindset of our political leaders.
But a prayer to the One who holds all of Creation in His hand does.