A Prayer Of Thankgiving On Election Night

When I heard the announcement of President Obama’s re-election on the TV news stations on November 6th, I was in the western part of the U.S. Later on at about 1 in the morning, I went outside to do what I love to do at night when I am in that part of the country: look up at the stars and pray.

I have a confession to make: I was not at all happy about the presidential election results. In fact, I was deeply, deeply disappointed. This was not because I am a “Republican” or because Mitt Romney was a “perfect” candidate or because I agreed with all his positions. Not at all. There were several reasons, but it was in large part because of two issues that I so strongly believe in and hold dear that President Obama does not support: the sanctity of life (protecting helpless little babies from being aborted) and the sanctity of marriage (protecting a God-ordained institution that has been between a man and a woman for all of history).

So. . .I went outside. The stars were stunning. Amazing. So incredibly bright. Seeing the stars like this always reminds me of Who rules the earth. I may not have liked the presidential election results but my Book tells me that God rules and I must always give Him thanks. My Book tells me that those stars send me a message that He is above everything and can be counted upon no matter what happens on earth. Here are a few verses that express those thoughts:

Psalm 19:1 – “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”

Psalm 29:10b – “. . .the Lord is enthroned as King forever.”

Psalm 47:7,8 – “For God is the King of all the earth. . .God reigns over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne.”

Kings, Sultans, Crown Princes, Chancellors, Emirs, Presidents, and Prime Ministers come and go through time but God never changes, never fails, never stops ruling. Yes, His final judgment will come and all truth will be finally revealed. But until that time. . .we are called to pray for government officials:

1 Timothy 2:1,2a – “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone — for kings and all those in authority. . .”

So I must faithfully pray for President Obama and other rulers around the world.

Most of all, I am called to give God praise and thanksgiving that is due Him – on election night. . .and every night.

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