2016 Elections

A call to PRAYER!

This is not an endorsement of any particular party or candidate, but a call to appeal to the King of Kings in obedience to 1 Timothy 2:1-5. Below is a guide to use in prayer for every level of government and leadership in our cities, states, and nation.

2016 Ballot Suggestions

for Whatcom County

Awake Whatcom is a monthly gathering of leaders with a passion to see God transform the government sphere of Whatcom County.  They have put together a list of ballot recommendations for Whatcom County.

Join us in person

to pray on election day

Please join us at LOWPC on Tuesday, November 8th, for two meetings specifically set aside to pray for the elections.  These meetings will be led by Jason Hubbard and the LOWPC staff team.

Praying for the Elections

It’s our desire to see a massive full scale revival erupt throughout the body of Christ in America! During this election season let’s ask for another historic move of the Holy Spirit to sweep across our land and awaken a generation to wholehearted love and surrender to Jesus! May Christ Jesus have absolute supremacy and preeminence in every sphere of society in America, including our governmental and political spheres!

The apostle Paul has a word from God which we need to hear all the time, but especially in an election season. I Tim. 2:1-4 says,

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all men, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, godly and respectful in every way. This is good and it is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior who desires all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth”

The main point of the text is the command to pray, and Paul mentions three things about this command to pray that we should listen to very carefully. First, he mentions its paramount importance: “First of all, I urge you to pray!” Second, he mentions the wideness of its scope: “Pray for all men, especially kings and all in high positions.” Third, he mentions the content or aim of these prayers: they include thanksgiving and the request that our lives be spent in peace, and to the end that men might be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth. As Jeremiah says,

“…seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper” (NIV).

Let’s spend our time praying for these elections rather than arguing, quarreling, and debating! Let’s come in the opposite spirit of accusation, and honor others above ourselves, blessing those who curse, praying for those who persecute, overcoming evil with good! Rom 12:9-21

The only hope for the United States is God. Our nation’s many sins, yours and mine included, have permeated our society, leading us to where we are today. But as believers we can’t back down from our responsibility to remain in the place of HOPE- FILLED PRAYER! As Dutch Sheets writes,

“Let it be said of our generation that when a nation teetered on the edge of destruction, having lost the ancient path of truth and righteousness, we answered the divine call to war for it’s restoration”—Appeal to Heaven

Prayer Points and Key Verses

“Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” (Psalm 103:1-5)
PRAY: Lord Jesus, I thank you today for the forgiveness you have extended to me, sinful yet redeemed by your love. I ask for your forgiveness over our nation; may your restoring love run swiftly through our people and our land. I pray that the hearts of the American people would be convicted of all unrighteousness and turned toward you for forgiveness as we pursue a more perfect union in this upcoming election. May your healing and redemption come quickly to America.

“And I will cause the captives of Judah and the captives of Israel to return, and will rebuild those places as at the first. I will cleanse them from all their iniquity by which they have sinned against Me, and I will pardon all their iniquities by which they have sinned and by which they have transgressed against Me.” (Jeremiah 33:7-8)
PRAY: I thank you today, God, for the gift of your pardon. I repent of all the ways I have sinned against you and pray that you would cleanse my heart of all iniquity. As I consider this year’s election, Lord, I pray that you would pardon your people in America. Cleanse our hearts of iniquity, and rebuild us as a unified Body known by our love in this nation today.

“Arise, O Lord! Let not man prevail; let the nations be judged before you!” (Ps. 9:19)
PRAY: Father we ask that you expose all corruption and judge all unrighteousness during these elections. We pray for protection from any voter fraud, or manipulation of the ballots. We pray for truth to be shared on the news media and vindication of truth from any lies or errors. We plead the power of your blood and your name over these elections. Father grant us justice against our adversary the devil (Luke 18:1-8). Vindicate your name and your renown in America!

“And the Lord has declared this day that you are his people, his treasured possession as he promised, and that you are to keep all his commands. He has declared that he will set you in praise, fame and honor high above all the nations he has made and that you will be a people holy to the Lord your God, as he promised.” (Deut. 26:18-19)
PRAY: Father, I come before you as one among your people— your Church—your chosen and treasured possession. I pray today that you would guide the hearts of your people in America during this election season to walk in the honor and holiness to which you have called us. Give us wisdom, Lord, to bring honor to your name as we participate in this election.

“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.”
PRAY: Because of your love, oh Lord, I am alive in Christ. I am saved by your grace! As I pray for America today, God, I ask that you would infiltrate this election season with your love. Give your people in America your heart of love; may we think and speak and act through the filter of your love. May our votes be informed by your love, and may the people we elect be leaders of love for all people and all creation.

Understanding and Insight
“A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch [Messiah] will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord—and he will delight in the fear of the Lord. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears…” (Isaiah 11:1-3)
“that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints” (Eph. 1:17-18)
PRAY: Father, I pray that you would equip me with your spirit of wisdom and understanding during this election season. As I research, participate, advocate and vote, I pray that I would be filled with your counsel and knowledge. May my decisions be motivated by “delight in the fear of the Lord.” I pray, also, that your spirit of understanding would fall on all your people in America today.

“In just a short time he will restore us, so that we may live in his presence. Oh, that we might know the Lord! Let us press on to know him. He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn or the coming of rains in early spring.” (Hosea 6:2-3)
PRAY: Today, I pray for the leaders we will elect in the coming days. Father God, I pray that the men and women we choose would have sensitive hearts. Make them especially sensitive to you, Lord. May they “press on to know” you so that you will respond and heal our nation. Make them sensitive, also, to the needs of the people they are elected to represent

“Now may the God Who gives the power of patient endurance (steadfastness) and Who supplies encouragement, grant you to live in such mutual harmony and such full sympathy with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, That together you may [unanimously] with united hearts and one voice, praise and glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah).” (Rom. 15:5-6, AMP)
PRAY: God, I pray that you would show me where your support falls in this election. Direct my support to issues and candidates that have your support. I pray, also, that you would support your Church in America in your grace—make us live in “mutual harmony” and “full sympathy with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus,” that we would demonstrate your love to the world around us through our participation in this election.

“Here’s what will happen. While you’re out among the nations where God has dispersed you and the blessings and curses come in just the way I have set them before you, and you and your children take them seriously and come back to God, your God, and obey him with your whole heart and soul according to everything that I command you today, God, your God, will restore everything you lost; he’ll have compassion on you; he’ll come back and pick up the pieces from all the places where you were scattered. No matter how far away you end up, God, your God, will get you out of there and bring you back to the land your ancestors once possessed.” (Deut. 30:3-4, MSG)
PRAY: Lord, I pray today that you would give me your heart of gracious concern for my neighbors as I approach the election in my nation this November. I pray that you would use my vote to minister your restoration and your compassion to your people and to the lost in America. I pray that you would nudge the hearts of your people to remember, God, that when we respond to you and obey you, you will restore us.

“Then they cry to the Lord in their trouble, and He brings them out of their distresses. He hushes the storm to a calm and to a gentle whisper, so that the waves of the sea are still. Then the men are glad because of the calm, and He brings them to their desired haven.” (Psalm 107:28-30, AMP)

PRAY: In the midst of this tumultuous election season, oh God, I pray that you would bring your calm to America. I cry out to you, that you would hush the storm and bring us out of our distresses. Mold us in your heart of gentle calm and make us a safe haven. I pray especially that your people in this nation would model your calm spirit as we engage with the world throughout this election.

Prayer for the Harvest and God-fearing Leaders
“Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? 2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying, 3 “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.” 4 He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision. 5 Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying, 6 “As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.” 7 I will tell of the decree: The Lord said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you. 8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession. 9 You shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.” 10 Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. 11 Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. 12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.” (Psalm 2, ESV)
PRAY: Father, give your Son this nation as his inheritance! We ask that you expose and remove all leadership that is opposed to you and your ways. We pray for leaders to be elected who will serve you in fear, and rejoice with trembling.

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matt. 6:9-10)
PRAY: God, I rejoice that your Kingdom has come to earth through your Son. I know we are in an age of “now-and-not-yet”—your Kingdom is here, but it is still to come. Today, I pray that you would make our nation part of your restorative work on earth. I pray that the results of this election would usher America into an age of joyful participation in the ultimate restoration of your Kingdom on earth.

Other Prayer Items
PRAY: Thank you, Jesus, for your sacrifice and devotion to me. I pray that as I approach this election, you would show me how to demonstrate your love and devotion to the lost through my vote. Reveal to me, Lord, how I can lay my life down for the sake of others as I consider issues and candidates on the ballot. May my heart be devoted to you and to my “neighbors” in America as I vote this year.
PRAY: Father, as I participate and vote in this election season, I pray that you would make me Christ-like in gentleness. May my heart, my thoughts, my words and my actions be gentle in spirit and bring others into your rest. I pray that, in the midst of what can be a harsh and vitriolic political process, your people in America would be known by our gentleness.
PRAY: Father God, today I stand before you “in the breach,” asking for your forbearance in America during this election season. In this time, we need your patience. We are ever-grateful that you deal with us, even when we are difficult, without becoming angry. I pray that you would give us, your people in America, your heart of forbearance as we participate in the political process this year.
PRAY: Lord, today I ask that you would visit the hearts of your people in America. Reveal to us, oh God, the ways that we have been unfaithful and disloyal. May we be broken before you as we seek your heart for our nation during this election, and may we receive your lenient grace as our hearts are stirred to remember that you alone are our Rock and Redeemer.
PRAY: Today, Lord God, I lift up every leader who will be elected this November. I pray that each and every one would be a person of patience. Mold their hearts after yours, Jesus, making them like-minded toward the people they are elected to serve. Give them patience to bear the pains and trials of their electorates, and make them steadfast and not hasty in making decisions.