As we move towards the election, many of us have different thoughts about it, the candidates and the direction of our country. Some are excited, some are fearful, some are indifferent. Elections create joy and anxiety for different people.
As followers of Jesus, we are to engage politics in a unique, distinct and attractive way.
But how do we do that?
One of the ways we can do that is by focusing ourselves through praying the Lord’s Prayer.
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
God is our good and gracious Father who always does what is good, right and perfect. A father cares deeply for his children, and our heavenly Father cares deeply for His creation.
Acknowledging that God is Father also reminds us that God is in charge. That our God is in heaven, and nothing happens without His direction and permission. While we may not always understand or agree with His direction or permission, we can rest knowing His care for us as a Father.
Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
We are reminded that ultimately God’s kingdom will come. God’s will will be done. Nothing can thwart that.
Regardless of the election results, we know that God is still God and Jesus is still on the throne, on earth as it is in heaven.
This is great comfort to a follower of Jesus.
Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
This line helps us to remember where our needs get met and what God has done for us.
This also reminds us of where our response comes from, that we are to engage politics in a unique, distinct and attractive way. We can do this because we know that on our own, we live unforgiven, debt ridden lives. This allows us to extend the forgiveness we have received to those around us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
We are tempted to be evil when it comes to politics. We are tempted to repay evil with evil. We also need to be delivered from evil because there is evil in our world (although not always in the places we think).
This is a reminder of our fallenness apart from Jesus and our need for His grace. This reminds us of not only our need, but also that Jesus is the only deliverer. Not a political party, not a candidate, a policy or a platform. While those are tools God can and does use, they cannot save us and deliver us.
For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever.
This last line sums it up well. God is in control, forever and ever. All the kingdom, the power and the glory go to Him. Regardless of what happens in a culture or election, we can rest knowing we can live knowing that.