2 Chronicles 7:14
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
After a long, tense night, the 2016 presidential race has finally come to an end. In a shocking upset to many, the votes have been cast and Donald Trump has been elected as the 45th president of the United States of America.
I don’t usually write about political matters – it’s just not my thing. However, with all that is at stake for our nation in the coming years, I couldn’t help but address the election.
I have no idea how the results have left you feeling. Perhaps your candidate won and you are hopeful for our nation’s future. Perhaps your candidate lost and you are now left fearful about what lies ahead.
Regardless of how you voted and how the results are impacting you, together, I pray we can agree that our hope should never be in any single politician, or political party, but rather in Jesus Christ alone.
Prior to the election there were endless pleas for Americans to pray for our nation and the election. While doing so was no doubt crucial as our prayers multiply into eternity, I would suggest the need for prayer is greater now than ever before. Just because the election is over, our prayers cannot stop. We need to pray for our leaders, we need to pray for unity, we need to pray for our role in our nation’s future, and we need to pray for our fellow Americans. Ultimately we need to pray that as a nation we would turn back to God and live by the principles He has set forth.
We cannot continue to ask that God would bless America if we are a nation that does not honor Him. If we want His blessings, we need to take 2 Chronicles 7:14 to heart. While the verse was originally written for the Israelites, it very much applies to our current situation in America. This verse says, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
The future of America is not yet written. It has been said that the future belongs to those who pray. I cannot agree more. The future of this nation is up to each and every one of us. Pray for humility, pray for repentance, pray for revival. Pray we will become a nation once again that a righteous God can bless.
The future is ours to write – the time to pray is now – will you please commit to continue praying for our nation?