Laura Zielke, A Partner on the Journey

Prayer: It Does a Body Good

Hard ChoicesIf you’re having a difficult time deciding whom to vote for in the upcoming election, join the club! The “How I Feel about Picking the Next President” meme is a fairly accurate description of the *apparent* dilemma facing U.S. voters in this election year.

Although each presidential candidate exudes confidence and possesses unique qualifications for the job, each one has his or her own problem—a big problem—which overshadows any (or all) of their positive qualities. From the federal investigation of an unsecured email server to schoolyard-like bullying banter between candidates to apparent voter fraud—this election season is plagued with more controversy, distortions of truth, and verbal abuse than any other election in my lifetime. It’s chaotic, disturbing, and embarrassing.

I suggest there is only ONE thing we can do about the upcoming election: PRAY. Pray hard for discernment, then vote according to your convictions, and trust the Lord for the outcome.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

Every day at Noon EDT, I’m taking time to join people of faith all over the world to specifically seek God for clarity regarding the upcoming election. Won’t you join me in prayer? Every day, we are humbly bringing our requests before the throne of God asking Him to:

  1. Reveal the truth about each candidate;
  2. Grant us discernment to make good choices;
  3. Light a fire in the hearts of voters to participate in the upcoming election;
  4. and provide clear guidance to our current President in these troubled times.

Daily Prayer Is Important

As people of faith, this is what we are supposed to do. Scripture says:

If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

Thus says the Lord who made the earth, the Lord who formed it to establish it—the Lord is his name: 3 Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” Jeremiah 33:2-3

And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, for ‘In him we live and move and have our being.'” Acts 17:26-28a

So, won’t you join me every day at Noon EDT (or whenever it’s most convenient for you) to pray about the upcoming election?

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About the author: Laura Zielke

Laura Zielke (ZELL-key) is a deep thinker and Bible scholar. She is not afraid to question tradition and challenges people to evaluate their beliefs according to the Scriptures. Laura earned her M-Div. from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with an emphasis on Biblical Studies, Archaeology, and Languages. She has been blessed to serve as a lay leader in local churches for more than thirty years. Having been recognized as an outstanding leader, teacher, and entrepreneur, Laura serves as the Community Manager for the Nonprofit Leadership Lab (an organization dedicated to helping nonprofit leaders worldwide accomplish their mission). She and her husband of 21 years have one son who is in the 10th grade and homeschooled. Laura is an INTJ on the Meyers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator, and enjoys helping people discover more about themselves, the Lord, and their purpose in life. Connect with her on social media: @thezwomann (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest).

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