Prayer is not everything | Christians and politics

Posted: October 3, 2012 in Business and career, Me and God, Me and people, Politics

Prayer is perhaps the most powerful tool Christians have.

One of the beauties, and almost mysteries of the Christianity, is that God, the creator of the universe, would make a way so that we sinners can enter into His presence -with freedom and confidence, and have a personal communion and relationship with Him. We can talk to Him, if we ask Him, He will hear us (see Ephesians 3:9-12; Hebrews 10:18-22; Ephesians 2:18; Matthew 7:7; Matthew 18:19; Matthew 21:22; Romans 10:12 and 1 John 5:14-15)

Another astonishing fact -if being friends with God wasn’t enough, is that no matter what, we have the confidence that everything that happens is ultimately under His control, permission and sovereignty. Even things that don’t look so good, He can turn into blessings and glory to Him (see Romans 8:28; Psalm 33:10-11; Daniel 4:35 and Psalms 103:1)

However, in as much as God promises to provide for all of our needs (Matthew 6:33; Philippians 4:19), He also commands us to work hard, be responsible and make good decisions, send resumes, call prospects, and do whatever it takes to earn our living -including flipping burgers or carrying boxes in a warehouse. (Psalm 128:2; Proverbs 12:11; Proverbs 14:23; Colossians 3:23; 2 Thessalonians 3:10; Galatians 6:7 ).

In as much as God promises to heal us, we also ought to be responsible in living a healthy lifestyle, eating wisely and in decent measure, exercising, sleeping adequately and so on.

In conclusion, we are to show our faith with our actions (James 2:14-26)

And of course, it is no different when it comes to politics.

Indeed, God is in control, God is sovereign, God has appointed the authorities in place. Also, it is true that our responsibility is to pray, pray and pray for our leaders. However, it doesn’t stop there. In Paul’s days there wasn’t much they, ‘the people’ could do to influence the government. They had kings and emperors that were decided by family ties and conquering wars. Today, each and everyone -voting citizen in United States, has a part in making those decisions; it is the law of our land and the system that God in His sovereignty has allowed to take place. And it is our responsibility to be part of it, to participate and be good stewards of the gift God has given us.

Pray for provision -and also look for and accept a job.

Pray for healing -and also live a healthy lifestyle

Pray for the political leaders, and also participate wisely: be informed, ask questions, watch debates, be respectful (remember what our most important priority is: salvation for all), be aware of deception, and go to the voting poll.

In light of your Heavenly citizenship, be a good steward of your American citizenship

PS. If you are interested in a great pre-debate preparation, I would strongly recommend:

As Debate Season Arrives, Don’t Lose Your Mind

 

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