If there is one topic that captured the attention of people around the globe in 2016, it’s Donald Trump. From his unique hair, and his brash refusal to bow to political correctness, to his surprising victory over Democrats, Republicans, and the media, people just can’t stop talking about him. Love him or not, all eyes are on Trump. I have a feeling his steps into the presidency will be no different. Into the hearts of some, he strikes outrage. And into the hearts of others, hope. Either way, there is one thing that came of this captivating election. People began to pray. I’m not talking about news stories or celebrity rants. I am talking about average, ordinary, American people gathered to pray. And I know from experience, their prayers became earnest and passionate. As though they became desperate. As though they realized something bigger and more important than themselves was at stake.
Prior to the election, Franklin Graham traveled across the country simply asking people to pray for the dire state of our nation and for the leaders we were about to elect. People gathered by the tens of thousands every where he went. Blacks, Whites, Hispanics, Men, Women, Professionals, Laborers. People from every walk of life and from ever socio-economic level showed up AND PRAYED!
Now this wasn’t a call to vague, ecumenical, interfaith, whatever-god-you-worship prayer. No, this was an overt petition to the God of the Bible in the name of the one and only Jesus Christ. People weren’t offended by this. Instead they showed up by the tens of thousands. Prayed. And by the shockingly huge victory that Trump had across the country, these same people will agree that God heard and answered their prayers on November 8th.
So here’s the big matzah ball that’s hanging out there right now. ARE YOU STILL PRAYING! What state of desperation keeps you in prayer? Because quite honestly, no one person is not going to single handedly bring salvation upon this country. Donald Trump’s victory is just the tip of the ice berg regarding the future battles we will face as a nation. The game isn’t over. So the question remains, are you still praying for the presidency as passionately at you were three or more months ago? I hope so.
Admittedly, I have a temptation to take a big sigh of relief and then fall right back into my everyday life. Not too concerned with what’s going on outside of what impacts me in the here and now. Some even argue that Christians shouldn’t let their political views be known. Not only do I disagree, the Bible tells us differently. What we quickly forget is through prayer, not only can we remain a strong influence on our government and on our President, but we are admonished to do it. And how are we able to pray unless we are engaged, informed, and in dialogue with what is going on politically. No one ever says we shouldn’t talk to or engage with the poor, we just need to pray for them. No one says, we shouldn’t be vocal about oppression, we just need to pray for them. Same it with our government. We need to pray out of wisdom by getting involved, vocal, and engaged publicly.
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” I Timothy 2:1-2
So Please continue to pray for President-Elect/President Trump. He will need prayer. He will need Godly counsel. He will need a citizenry that is paying attention. In other words, he still needs you as much today as on November 8th. As followers of Christ, believers in God’s Word, sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit, please continue to pray for our President and all our elected officials.