September 14, 2018 | Wanda Alger, IFA Field Correspondent
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This is what the Lord says: “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord. (Jeremiah 9:23-24)
DAY 1: THE FEAR OF THE LORD
Pray for God to move in the men and women running for office, that they might know and walk in the Fear of the Lord.
We have the opportunity, in the coming weeks, to pray that the Fear of the Lord would mark every candidate in this election. Christian or not, these attributes will become evident as we pray for the Spirit of God to hover over each one in the coming days. Even as we pray, we should not judge by what we see with our natural eyes or hear with our natural ears. Rather, it will be through the Fear of the Lord that we can rightly discern the purposes of God and pray effectively. According to Isaiah 11:1-4, the Fear of the Lord is what provides the wisdom, understanding, godly counsel, and knowledge to rightly discern what is true and eternal. It also provides a level of accountability—reminding all candidates that they must answer to the Lord for how they run their races and serve their constituents. Let us pray that the Fear of the Lord would overshadow them, guiding and directing their words and actions. Let’s also pray that those around them would provide godly counsel and wise direction. Our intercession can pave the way for these candidates to hear the voice of the Spirit, to know the Fear of the Lord, and to do what is right in the sight of God and man.
Heavenly Father, we come to you today to lift up those who are running for office. We ask that the Spirit of the Lord would rest upon each of them; the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord (Is 11:1-2). We pray that they would be aware and cognizant of Your Presence and Your Kingdom rule (Jer 9:23-24). We pray that they would make every effort to make their calling and election sure, knowing that they must ultimately answer to You for their choices and their witness (2 Pt 1:10). May they be free from the fear of man so that they can follow Your voice and Your ways (Prv 29:25). May they acknowledge their need for Your grace, knowing that their works are dead without You (2 Tm 1:9). We pray that those whom You have specifically called in this hour would persevere in the midst of trials or setbacks and press on toward the goal to win the prize for which You have called them (Phil 3:13-14). In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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