JUST A MINUTE: THE LORD’S WILL FOR THE US ELECTIONS
by Gustav Krös
The eyes of the world are currently focused on the United States of America, amid their 59th presidential election. The USA – with the world’s largest economy – has long been the global leader to which many other countries look for protection and financial assistance. The world knows that whatever happens in the USA has a global ripple effect that influences all of us.
The USA is simultaneously the largest Christian nation in the world with 77.5% of its population, of about 333 million, professing to be Christian. This, together with the fact that the USA sends out the most missionaries in the world, has made that the USA has also become the face of Christianity for many people in the world today. So, whatever happens in the USA does not only have a global geopolitical ripple effect, but it also influences the Church and its mission activities around the world.
Taking this into account, it is very likely that this election has more prayer being poured into it than any other election in the world. The mere fact that it is the largest Christian nation in the world means there should be many prayers being prayed concerning the outcome of the election. Then, considering the global influence of the American Church, we know that it is not only Americans praying for the outcome of these elections, but there are Christians around the world also praying for this election.
With millions of prayers being prayed, the reality remains, however, that the Church is not united in who they would like to win. There are Christians hoping and praying that President Donald Trump will win, and at the same time, there are Christians hoping and praying that Joe Biden would win. This leads to some interesting questions, like “Will the number of prayers for a specific candidate make a difference?” or “Will our prayers really make a difference if the Lord already knows who is going to win?”
There are many more questions like these that can be debated among Christians without ever reaching conclusive answers, but when it comes to the question of how we should pray for the elections, I believe we should take our guidance from Jesus’ prayer in Gethsemane, in Matthew 26:39 where Jesus’ words are recorded: “My Father if it is possible, may this cup be taken from Me. Yet not as I will, but as You will.”
Within this prayer, we are taught that it is fine to acknowledge our will before God – in the case of the election – who we want as president for the next four years. However, we are then reminded that our will is not always necessarily in accordance with the Lord’s will and it is more important that His will be done.
Isaiah 55:8-9 emphasises this reality: “ʻFor My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts’.”
By acknowledging in our prayers that we have a specific will for the outcome of the election, but that we put His will above ours, we acknowledge that He is God, and His will, and His Kingdom is more important to us than our will, our understanding of things, and our earthly kingdoms.
Praying for His will to be done does not only influence the outcome of the election, but it also has a big influence on how we respond to the outcome of the election. Even though you will still be disappointed if your preferred candidate ends up losing, it will take the element of defeat out of the equation, because we acknowledge that God is ultimately in control and His ways are higher than our ways. So long as His will is done – as children of His Kingdom – we are victorious.
We can hold on to Scriptures like Daniel 2:21 which states: “He changes times and seasons; He deposes kings and raises up others”, and Romans 13:1 that says: “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.”
So, as the world focuses its attention on the biggest Christian nation in the world, let’s pray for the Church in the USA, that they will maintain their Christian witness before the rest of the world, no matter who wins, and let’s also take the liberty to join them in prayer by saying: “My Father, if it is possible, may Mr… win this election. Yet not as I will, but as You will.”
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