I was saddened that Senator Obama won. I was disappointed that my candidate didn’t. But I refuse to make the same mistake twice.
When President Clinton won, I wore black for a week and told everyone I was in mourning. I criticized everything he did. Nothing out of my mouth was good or edifying. I was wrong. I didn’t stand behind the President of my country. He was the man elected. He was the man chosen to lead us.
Romans 13:1 – "Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God."
If I prayed, what would have been the difference in Clinton’s presidency? I don’t know and will never know. Praying for him wasn’t on my radar. My actions were sinful.
1 Timothy 2:1-3 “I urge then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior."
I may not have voted for the new president, but that doesn’t matter. I will not make the same mistake again. I will pray for our country. I will pray for the new president. I will just pray. As a Christian, my life and my country is in the hands of the Lord.
My husband quoted a great scripture tonight.
Proverbs 21:1 – “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases.”
So, Father, I pray for President elect Obama. May his heart be in Your hands. May You direct his ways. May You give him wisdom to lead our country so that we may remain both safe and free. Amen.
© Nadine Zawacki 2008