Prayer

It is clear that the upcoming election presents all believers with a great challenge and opportunity to be salt and light in the midst of uncertainty and divisiveness. Apart from our own experience of comfort and peace in the sovereignty of God, we can also pray for our country and our fellow citizens.

We invite you to use the following Prayer Guide to inform and unify our prayers in the week preceding the election, from October 31 through November 7. Pray individually, as a family, as a LifeGroup, with friends and co-workers, or in any other creative way you wish (choose). Our Prayer Chapel will also be open each weekday (10/31 – 11/7) from noon to 1 pm for prayer facilitated by one of our pastors. We will also be posting the guide for each day on our Facebook page.

Good things happen as the Lord moves in response to the unified prayers of His people—ultimately for His will to be done! Join us in this good work!

Pre-Election Prayer Guide
October 31 – November 7, 2016

As followers of Jesus, we are called to pray for those in authority over us. Even more significant than our right to vote is our call to pray for our president, our senate and congress, and all of our local officials. We are only a week away from exercising one of the great freedoms that this country affords its citizens—the right to vote. We are greatly blessed in that we have a say in who will lead us.

We’re providing this Pre-Election Prayer Guide as a tool and hopeful catalyst to encourage us to earnestly intercede for our country and the election eight days from now. It will lead us into prayer for the election itself, post-election unity of our country and ongoing freedom, as the Church, to carry out the great commission.

Themes:
· Unity (Ethnic divide/racism)
· Healing of our Nation, Conviction, Humility (Eccl 7)
· Pray for the Church – Ambassadors/representatives, prayer that we would be salt and light in this world
· The preservation of our religious liberty
· Seeking the Good of the West Shore & Beyond
· Prayer for Our Leaders


Day 1 – Monday, October 31

Our mission as a church is to “seek the good of the West Shore and beyond through deep truth, deep lives, and deep love, for the glory of Christ.”

Let’s seek that good by praying for our local leaders (our PA senate and house reps, AG, Treasurer, and Auditor General) who are on the ballot as well as those who are not up for re-election. Pray for God to give them wisdom and that they would seek justice.

Day 2 – Tuesday, November 1

In recent days our nation’s significant problems related to race and inequality have prevailed on our collective consciousness. The Gospel is our only hope for healing and wholeness of these national and personal wounds, because it is a gospel for all people, declaring justice for the oppressed and a broken dividing wall of hostility between all people who come to God in Jesus Christ.

Pray today for justice, righteousness, and peace in the arena of race in our country. Pray that God’s people would be quick to listen and slow to speak. Pray that God would cause His local churches to be increasingly racially diverse in order to demonstrate the truth of Ephesians 2 and Revelation 7. Pray that God would reveal to His people ways they have been part of the problem rather than a demonstration of the hope of the gospel in this area. Pray that God would grant you deeper and more significant relationships with people of different races, that you might taste the goodness of the gospel which will bring people from every nation, and tribe, and tongue to His throne.

Day 3 – Wednesday, November 2

Let’s set aside some time to pray that we would continue to experience the kind of freedoms that we cherish in this country—including freedom to worship our God. Pray that we would be able to continue spreading the Good News of the gospel of Jesus Christ, unhindered by our government and political correctness. Freedom of speech is a constitutional privilege that we, as evangelicals cherish because of the ability it gives us to “testify to the hope we have in Christ.” Let’s join together to pray that God would continue to bless this nation and grant that the freedoms we have enjoyed might endure for the sake of His kingdom.

Day 4 – Thursday, November 3

Pray that the church would be ambassadors and representatives for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20).

Matthew 5:13-16 says,
13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.
14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Pray that we who trust in the Lord would be salt and light in the world and society. Pray that our presence in this world would have a preserving (salt-like) influence. As the world strays further from God’s truth, may we be people who call her back. Pray that our testimonies would be lived out and that we would boldly proclaim them whenever the opportunity is there. In this way, we are that brilliant light pointing the way to the cross.

Day 5 – Friday, November 4

2 Chronicles 7:14 says, if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

Would you devote yourself to praying for revival in the church? We are called in the Scripture above to humble ourselves as the people of God. Paul urges us to examine ourselves. We need to pray that the Lord would convict us of sin and that we would return to our first love. Let’s pray that the Spirit of God would move first in us, then through us, to bring glory to Himself.

Day 6 – Saturday, November 5

The Psalmist writes, Give justice to the weak and the fatherless;
maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.
4 Rescue the weak and the needy;
deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” Psalm 82:3-4

Take a few moments to pray for the poor and the oppressed in our nation and in our own area. Pray that our nation and the church would be attentive to their needs. Ask the Lord to bless the work of organizations like Project Share in Carlisle, and New Hope, and Bethesda Mission throughout Central Pennsylvania.

Deuteronomy 15:7 “If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother…

Day 7 – Sunday, November 6

In 1 Timothy 2, Paul writes – 1First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

We are called by the Lord to pray for our leaders.

Day 8 – Monday, November 7

John 13: 34 A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so also you must love one another. 35By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.”

This has been a race unlike many that we’ve seen in several decades. There’s been so much vitriol and hateful speech. Even the church has not been immune to the divisive strife and unloving rhetoric. Let us ask the Lord to forgive us for our own part in this problem and let us pray to our great God to unify and revive us. Pray that we would know healing as the Church and as a nation.