Prayer and Politics

I recently unsubscribed from my NPR politics podcast. I would listen to it and feel absolutely stressed out. (Spare me the mainstream media talk. I know that everything is slanted.) I would listen and hear the division in our country, people responding out of fear, and the hateful things that were said from both sides.

Sometimes I feel like Elisha’s servant in 2 Kings 6. He looked around and only saw the enemy chariots and horses surrounding the city, and he cried out “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” I need someone to be my Elisha and remind me “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And then I need someone to pray for me and say “O Lord, please open her eyes that she may see.” And then my eyes will open and I will see the heavenly horses and chariots of fire all around me. 

It’s really easy to look at the elections this year and feel overwhelmed. Who do we vote for? How do we respond? I easily become like Elisha’s servant, feeling hopeless, visionless, as if the enemy has won as our country slips into moral decay and reactions of fear. But that’s not true.

When we pray, our eyes are opened to where heaven actually is. It’s all around us. And the God of angel armies is with us. When we pray, we stare into the face of hopelessness and align ourselves with heaven. We say “on earth as it is in heaven.” Something psalm-like happens. We find our feet planted on the rock of heaven. And hope rises. Peace that surpasses all understanding rules in our hearts and minds. 

Philippians 4:6-7 “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” 

Prayer shifts things. Not only does it mobilize heaven, but it shifts our hearts from fear and anxiousness to peace and confidence that God is still good. He always will be good. Our hearts are aligned with the truth of heaven.

This week we are embarking on 21 days of prayer. Starting on October 19, we will be joining with Antioch churches around the nation as together we pray for our nation.

How can you be a part of this? 

  1. Make praying for our nation part of your daily time with Jesus. Every day there is a key verse to pray through for our country. Follow along in the guide found online.
  2. Meet with your connect group or discipleship group and pray corporately together for our nation.
  3. Sign up for daily email reminders at usaprayer.org.

About the author: Rachel loves Jesus, people, coffee, and craft beer. She can often be found at Cultivate or Mighty Good Coffee writing emails or spending time with friends. She is a proud native Michigander, and is overjoyed to be back in her home state after exploring the south for the last four years. Rachel is a strong believer in the local church being the driving force to seeing change in our world. In addition to working as an RN at a local hospital, Rachel serves as Communications Director at Antioch Ann Arbor.