THIS IS NOT A POLITICAL POST.
I go out of my way to not discuss politics on social media. I see all the posts…the good, the bad, and the ugly; the ones from liberals, conservatives, nut jobs, and serious alike.
I’ve been inundated with info about candidates on all platforms of social media and the news, not to mention every other television commercial.
But one thing I haven’t seen, is something the Lord laid heavily on my heart…something my pastor spoke of a couple of months ago.
His sermon was from Acts 9, specifically verses 1-20…the conversion of Saul to Paul. The Message puts it rather bluntly:
“All this time Saul was breathing down the necks of the Master’s Disciples, out for the kill. He went to the Chief Priest and got arrest warrants to take to the meeting places in Damascus so that if he found anyone there belonging to the Way, whether men or women, he could arrest them and take them to Jerusalem.” (Acts 9:1-3 MSG)
As Acts chapter 9 continues, Saul had an “up-close-and-in-your-face” encounter with Jesus Christ on that Damascus Road, with the very One he sought to persecute.
Listening to my pastor preach, I couldn’t help but think:
“What if Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump had a meeting like this with Jesus?”
As a Christian, I know (by faith) these things are true.
1) God is not willing that any should perish. (John 3:16)
2) Nothing is impossible for GOD. (Luke 1:27)
3) If 2 agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by My Father in Heaven. For where 2 or 3 come together in My Name, there I am with them. (Matthew 18:19,20)
We are quick to pray for voters, to make a ‘godly’ decision when it’s time to go to the polls. We pray for the future of our country, for protection from the evil one who knows his time is short…
but have we prayed for the candidates themselves, that they may come to a saving knowledge of having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ for their own selves?
I suspect there may be some, if not many, who don’t believe the candidates can, or will change.
Would we be doubting God?
Might they even become our own personal Nineveh? Let me remind you of the story of Jonah. Jonah had grown up hating the Assyrians, and fearing the atrocities they did. His hatred was so strong, he didn’t want them to receive God’s mercy…Jonah didn’t think the Assyrians ‘deserved’ it, due to the sins they committed in the past. The wickedness of the people hadn’t escaped God’s eyes though. He wanted them to know His wrath would come if they continued in their sinful lifestyles.
“What if we prayed for the candidates to have a ‘Damascus Road experience’ with Jesus Christ, and turn from their wicked ways?
What if we believed God’s Word, and trusted Him to keep His promises?
What if our prayers turned eyes to Jesus?”
If the War Room movie taught me nothing else, it is that we must be purposeful, specific, and strategic in our prayers to successfully defeat the enemy of our souls.
Are you willing to join me in praying in this manner?
Our future depends on it.