Today is Monday, October 21, 2019, in the year of our Lord.
As God has promised, on this day the sun will rise, and the seasonal changes will continue unabated.
On this day the world’s 7.7 billion people will go about their business. And virtually all of them will spend this day oblivious to what is transpiring north of the 49th parallel.
But God will be watching because there will be something unique and special about this day in the annals of human history.
Across Canada’s six time zones millions of electors will enter a polling station and collectively participate in a great act of democracy as we elect people to represent us in a new Parliament.
And that’s why it’s a day which is on God’s radar screen.
Because in 2 Chronicles we read,
“The eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth…” (2 Chronicles 16:9)
“For he views the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens.” (Job 28:24)
And King David reminds us that,
“He observes the sons of men; his eyes examine them.” (Psalm 11:4)
Clearly the affairs of Canadians on this election day are on God’s radar screen.
And we know that this great act of Canadian democracy is vitally important to God because he uses the ballot box to accomplish his purposes here on earth. The Apostle Paul reminds us,
“…there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” (Romans 12:1)
The truth is, God uses the ballot box to accomplish his sovereign affairs among humankind, and that’s why October 21, 2019, is a day that you and I as committed Christians should be very interested in.
Our interest in the affairs of this day and its outcomes should extend beyond the earthly perspective of politics and voting, to the divine perspective.
And that should include praying what these days is a very uncommon prayer.
“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercessions, 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.” (1 Timothy 2:1-2)
In our 21st century Canadian context this would mean praying for our Prime Minister, our Premier, our Mayor and those who serve with them in government office.
But when was the last time you heard anyone praying publicly for those God has sovereignly ordained to be our authorities?
More personally, when was the last time you spent a few minutes mentioning the names of our elected leaders to God and asking for his sovereign purposes to be accomplished through them?
This is no small matter.
For, ideas have consequences and people make a difference. Those who are elected today are driven by ideas of the common good and public service. Some of those ideas will be for better, and some for worse. Many of them, if enacted, will profoundly impact Canadian society.
And so, what better day than election day could there be to pray the uncommon prayer of those who acknowledge God’s sovereignty in the affairs of humankind?
What better day than today to ask God to work out his good pleasure in the governing affairs of our land?
What better day than October 21, 2019, to ask God to bless, prosper and protect those who will form our national government in a few hours?
Let us pray this uncommon prayer. Today.
Blessings for a good week.