I am, of course, hoping for a change. Anyone who knows me on Facebook and many who know me in real life are not surprised to hear that I want a Romney victory. I have not always been so partisan - I even voted for Bill Clinton (twice!) - but, as I've said many times over the last several months, I believe it's critical for our country's well-being that we remove from office the man currently occupying our White House. He is not just another liberal; he is something else entirely, and he's not good for us. I won't apologize for my views because I've come to them by paying very close attention all throughout the last four years. I don't believe Mitt Romney is our political "savior," but I'm confident he will direct us away from the edge of the economic cliff we're on and competently lead in other areas as well.
Of course, as a Christian I'm ultimately a citizen of Heaven. So, though I believe all Americans have a duty to be engaged in our political process - after all, God placed each of us in this land at this time for a reason, and we shirk our responsibilities and dishonor Him if we put our heads in the sand just because the process is "ugly" - I also know the results of the election are in God's hands. He already knows who will win the contest and why He's ordained the results as He has.
But, though He's omniscient - about politics and everything else - God also calls us to pray. In fact, He tells us in Ephesians 6.18 to "pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests," and in 1 Thessalonians 5.17 to "pray without ceasing." And we know from His interactions with Abraham, to name just one example, that He takes our desires into consideration when rolling out His plans.
With all that in mind, I am calling on all who see this post to commit to prayer and fasting between now and November 6. Skip at least one meal a day - plan now which meal is most feasible for you - and spend the time you'd normally use to prepare and eat that food praying for the election and for our country. And, if you're physically able, fast for the entire day on November 6.
God has always listened to the entreaties of His people. And fasting puts us in a place of humility before Him while also supernaturally aligning our hearts with His. If prayer by itself is a jet, prayer with fasting is the Concord. It's well worth the effort.
Personally, I'll be asking God to deliver us from the path our country has taken these last four years. Some people think that's wrong - that I shouldn't ask for a particular man to win or lose - but I disagree. I have well-informed reasons for my position. And God tells us to bring all our requests to Him; He'll sort them out and determine which ones are in His will.
I will not be shaken if the results don't go as I hope. In that case, I'll know God's answer is for us as it was for the wayward Israelites many times: "I love you, but I cannot deliver you yet. You must continue on this path of discipline; there are consequences for the way you've walked away from me as a nation over the past several decades." On the other hand, if Mr. Romney wins, I'll rejoice - not to "spike the football" but, rather, simply to thank the Lord for hearing and for granting mercy.
Either way, He is sovereign, but I'll be spending the next two weeks crying out to Him for deliverance. Yes, deliverance. The path this country is on now is so dangerous on so many levels that we need a change. If we get it, that will mean God has chosen to sustain us despite ourselves.
"If my people which are called by my name shall humble themselves and pray
and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways,
then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sins, and will deliver their land."
2 Chronicles 7.14
"...All things are possible with God."
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