7 Keys Things to Pray Now That the Elections Are Over
By David Butts
One of the most painful, confusing presidential elections in history is over. Regardless of your view on the results, life continues. The question before us as believers is, “Now What?” Will we stop praying for our nation or intensify our prayers? Was this really just about who would be the next President of the United States or did God use this election to stir us up in prayer to depend more upon Him than ever before?
Clearly it is not time to stop or slow down in our prayer lives. More than ever, the future of our nation depends upon the prayers of God’s people. Though there are many more things we can be praying about, of course, here are some very important ways to begin to seriously intercede for the United States in the days ahead.
1. Healing in the Church.
One of the worst things to happen in this election has been the division among followers of Jesus. Pray for healing of relationships and for the desire of Jesus for unity among his disciples to be fulfilled. “May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me” (John 17:23).
2. Healing in the nation.
This election has revealed the depths of division in our nation. Opposing world views that fought over the ballot box will continue to battle unless the Lord steps in and brings his peace. Pray especially for the true tolerance that allows for opposing views to be expressed freely. “He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near” (Eph. 2:17).
3. Wisdom for our new president.
Leading this nation through these perilous time requires wisdom that only God can give. Pray especially for the choices for the cabinet and key advisors. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise” (Ps. 111:10).
4. Supreme Court choice.
For many, the selection of Supreme Court justices became a key part of this election. Pray for wisdom for the president and the senate as they make choices that will impact our nation for many years. “This is what the Lord Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another” (Zech. 7:9).
5. Truth to guide the media.
Media bias and accuracy was a key concern and issue during this election. Pray for a spirit of truth to cover the media and that reporters and news networks would see their role as givers of information and not as shapers of thought. “Have I not written thirty sayings for you, sayings of counsel and knowledge, teaching you to be honest and to speak the truth, so that you bring back truthful reports to those you serve?” (Prov. 22:20-21).
6. A stable economy.
An election season such as this past one brings great uncertainty to an economy that was already unsteady. Ask the Lord to steady our economy so that his people can continue to give generously toward helping the poor and advancing the Kingdom of Christ. “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich” (2 Cor. 8:9).
7. Revival and a Great Awakening.
One of the greatest benefits of this confusing election season has been the increasing awareness within the Church that we desperately need revival. Pray for God to send another revival and Great Awakening to our nation that would awaken the Church, bring salvation to millions, and transform the culture of our nation. “Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before you! As when fire sets twigs ablaze and causes water to boil, come down to make your name known to your enemies and cause the nations to quake before you!” (Isa. 64:1-2).
David Butts is the president of Harvest Prayer Ministries and the chairman of America’s National Prayer Committee. His newest book, With One Cry: A Renewed Challenge to Pray for America, will encourage and grow your passion to keep on praying for our nation.