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Let’s Pray for Canada’s Federal Election
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Let’s Pray for Canada’s Federal Election

It is decision day in Canada on October 19th and it is not just the right but the obligation for us all to make our voices herd by casing a ballot. For the sake of your children and grandchildren, will you pledge to pray for Canada and the Lord's guidance in this election?

The decisions our officials make each day could impact our lives, and those of our loved ones, for many years to come—but you can make a difference today by lifting them up in prayer. The Bible says “the prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working” (James 5:16, ESV).

The following is a download from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada’s website entitled ...

HOW TO PRAY FOR OUR GOVERNMENT

“Pray because Christ died to give us access to the Father.
Pray because God is worthy of our praise. Pray because we need forgiveness, cleansing, guidance, and protection.
Pray because others need our prayers.”
— Billy Graham


WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—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.” —1 Timothy 2:1–3, NIV

Petition means to ask. God urges us to ask, and He is pleased when we do.

Prayer is talking to God, anywhere, anytime, in any way.

Intercession is praying for someone else. The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ constantly intercedes for us (see Romans 8:34), so it pleases God when we intercede for someone else—including heads of state and others in authority—because we are doing what Christ does.

Thanksgiving always pleases God, and the Bible specifically tells us to include thanksgiving when talking to God about those in authority.


We are to pray respectfully for leaders. “Show proper respect to everyone, ... fear God, honor the emperor”

(1 Peter 2:17). We are to pray with the clear understanding that government authority is established by God. “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God” (Romans 13:1). We also pray knowing that God’s Word says, “The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it wherever He wishes” (Proverbs 21:1, NASB).

WHAT TO PRAY


You can pray using words and thoughts from Scripture.

Help our Prime Minister [or any leader at any level] to accept wise counsel. Proverbs 11:14; 15:22

Teach [name] to trust in You. Psalm 21:7

Protect [name] from the influence of the evil one. 2 Thessalonians 3:3

Give [name] discretion, foresight, and understanding in making decisions. 1 Chronicles 22:12

Generously answer his/her prayer for wisdom. James 1:5

Pour out Your Spirit on his/her leadership. Proverbs 1:23

Deliver [name] from opinions contrary to Your Word. Psalm 119:105

Protect [name] from harm, and bless and protect his/her family. Psalm 21:11; Ezra 6:10

Enable [name] to carry out his/her duties with humility toward You and toward others. 1 Peter 5:5

Bless [name] with strength, endurance, and stamina. 1 Chronicles 16:11; Isaiah 40:31

Equip [name] to act according to Your will and to make choices pleasing to You. Hebrews 13:20–21

Give [name] the courage to do the right thing even when urged to do the wrong thing. Proverbs 2:11–15

Give [name] a tender heart of compassion toward those he/she leads and serves. Colossians 3:12