“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’” – Acts 1:8
Today is Election Day. The passion around this election, as with so many before, is high. There is fear, concern, and hope all muddled together to form a volatile mixture if we are not careful.
The message today is simple and clear. Let those of us who are followers of Christ remember our first loyalty and commitment – to the work of Jesus Christ in the world. Governments will come and go, but the eternal King of Kings will reign forever and ever. I hope you will remember the final words of Christ before he ascended into heaven. We are to be Christ’s witnesses to the world. With that in mind, the following prayer should be the prayer of every Christian.
“Heavenly Father, on this day our country decides who will lead our earthly, national government for the next four years. While we may be passionate about one side or the other, we know that governments on this earth are not eternal. Help us today and in the days following to bear witness to the unity we share in you. Whether our candidate wins or loses, help us to remember that you are the eternal King of Glory and in you we place our hope in trust, not in earthly powers and principalities. Help us to be the witnesses you desire we be through the power of the Holy Spirit. Give us the strength to pray for the victor, whether our candidate or not, that he will be a President who will lead our nation faithfully and in your light. May our lives reveal the highest expression of Christian love on the days following today! In Christ we pray. Amen.”