The Pastor’s Piece – October 25, 2020
Fellowship of Christian Farmers
October 25, 2020
“Prayer and Voting”
Don’t be upset that rose bushes have thorns; rejoice that thorn bushes have roses.
As we approach the election on November 3, I’ve been emphasizing intercessory prayer. I don’t know why prayer makes such a difference, but I know it does. You can plan a program, think through all the details, set up all the help, get all the things you need, instruct everybody, rehearse it and run through it – and it may fall totally flat. But if you involve others in the ministry of prayer concerning it, though the preparations may be similar, the result is that it comes with impact and strength.
Prayer does not change or alter the will or purpose of God. Prayer is not a way to make God change His mind, but prayer can defer judgment, and prayer can also speed up blessing.
Franklin Graham, from Samaritan’s Purse International recently wrote: “Today, our nation is at a critical juncture. We need to call out to God for His help, His intervention, and His mercy. It is only by His hand that America will survive and be able to thrive again. We have an election coming up with so much at stake – two vastly different directions for the future of this country. This not only affects us, but our children and our grandchildren.
In the Bible, when the survival of King Jehoshaphat’s nation was at stake and his people were in danger … the people sought the Lord and His help—and He delivered them: ‘And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord … (and the people) gathered together to ask help from the Lord,’” (2 Chronicles 20:3-4).
In Genesis 18, God was willing to spare the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah if Abraham could find just 10 righteous people. Concerning the city of Nineveh in Jonah 3:10 it says: “When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that He had said He would do to them, and He did not do it.” God delayed His judgment on Nineveh for almost 100 years.
Wouldn’t it be great when we get to heaven to hear God say: “It was because of the prayers of my people in Fellowship of Christian Farmers International that I delayed my judgment and continued to bless the United States.” Yes that would be great!
From an anonymous source: “On November 3rd, I am not voting for a man or a woman. I am voting for the principles on which this country has stood since its founding. I am voting for Constitutional government. I am voting for a strong and viable military. I am voting for a vibrant economy. I am voting for the right to keep and bear arms. I am voting for the freedom to worship. I am voting for a national recognition of the founding of our nation on Biblical principles. I am voting for my children and grandchildren to be able to choose their own path in life, including how and where their children are educated. I am voting for our borders to be open to everyone who enters under our law and closed to everyone who would circumvent or ignore the law. I am voting for the Electoral College to remain in place, so that a few heavily populated areas do not control the elections. I am voting for a Supreme Court that interprets the Constitution rather than rewrites it. I am voting to teach history, with all its warts, not erase it or revise it. I am voting for the sanctity of life from conception to birth and after.”
We need to pray and vote.