It would do us good to consider what Robert E. Lee said, “Knowing that intercessory prayer is our mightiest weapon and the supreme call for all Christians today, I pleadingly urge our people everywhere to pray. Believing that prayer is the greatest contribution that our people can make in this critical hour, I humbly urge that we take time to pray–to really pray. Let there be prayer at sunup, at noonday, at sundown, at midnight–all through the day. Let us all pray for our children, our youth, our aged, our pastors, our homes. Let us pray for our churches. Let us pray for ourselves, that we may not lose the word ‘concern’ out of our Christian vocabulary. Let us pray for our nation. Let us pray for those who have never known Jesus Christ and redeeming love, for moral forces everywhere, for our national leaders. Let prayer be our passion. Let prayer be our practice.”
“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”— 1 Tim. 2:1-2
Discouragement can be devastating. In recent months I have heard many say that they will not even vote this year. But I have an even greater concern than that. I fear that many are so distraught that they have even given up on prayer– and that is deadly! Going through the election process is gut-wrenching– especially this one. As we look at the situation we are made to wonder if anything good can come of it. Sadly many have already written “Doomed” on the door-facing of the future. They have already given up all possibility of hope. But I would like to suggest that there is something good that can come from it. If we are observant we can see our needs and the need for prayer. If we are obedient we will pray.