Praying for Politicians

Posted by Martin Van Horn on July 21, 2010 under Prayer | Be the First to Comment

Experience has shown that prayer makes a difference at election time.

When we lived in Connecticut, we had a few chances to attend Kingdom Life Christian Center in Milford. KLCC was helping the community with computer education, furniture and many other services. One service was prayer, not just for the members, but for local politicians.

The city of Bridgeport lost its mayor in a scandal. One of the candidates to replace him asked KLCC for prayer in their Sunday service and Bridgeport elected a Christian as mayor. The same happened with another city north of Bridgeport, where a wife on the city council felt her husband should run for mayor. Despite his lack of experience in politics and lack of public exposure, he felt God wanted his involvement. The church prayed for him in the church service and he too was elected.

I approached a few church contacts here in Louisville to offer prayer in a Sunday service for the prayer requests of Greg Fischer and Hal Heiner, candidates for mayor of Louisville. At this point I was added to the prayer team for Hal and am delighted to ask God to give him and his campaign what the Lord has in mind.

I Timothy 2:1-2: First of all, then, I urge you to offer petitions, prayers, intercessions, and expressions of thanks for all people,
for kings, and for everyone who has authority, so that we might lead a quiet and peaceful life with all godliness and dignity.

Media-driven or Scripture-directed?

Often our prayers are “media-driven” because TV, radio, news and internet are so pervasive. We can easily be misled to think new items are what is on God’s mind too. Media have to keep finding new things to attract our attention. What do media think are important? The values they think we have are Power, Money, Sex, Popularity, Entertainment, Justice, Goodness (sort of that ranking). Are these God’s values? Do they motivate Him and attract His attention? I doubt it.

Psalm 101 is known as “The Prince’s Psalm.”

1  I will sing of mercy and judgment: unto thee, O LORD, will I sing. 2  I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. 3  I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me. 4  A froward heart shall depart from me: I will not know a wicked person. 5  Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer. 6  Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me. 7  He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight. 8  I will early destroy all the wicked of the land; that I may cut off all wicked doers from the city of the LORD.

I see the following insights into the heart of David as Ruler of Israel:

  1. He worshipped the LORD, who is the only one perfectly combining mercy and judgment.
  2. He was primarily concerned with the integrity of his heart, making it attractive to his God and fitting him to act wisely.
  3. His eyes reveal his focus: no evil thought, thing or person. As Paul says, “Our battle is not against flesh and blood…” (Ephesians 6)
  4. His eyes reveal his godly discernment: he recognizes godly, trustworthy friends and advisors.
  5. He has no toleration for frauds, liars or scam artists.

Let us pray that our politicians have the same heart and determination as King David, the Psalmist, had. We can ask the Lord’s grace for their media presentation as well.

May righteous hearts produce righteous deeds which are publicly rewarded.