Originally written in 2018, I think that this article is very needed today:
I received an email recently from a reader of my articles. He asked some questions which I do consider to be important. I asked him if I could post excerpts of his email in an article, and he gave me permission to do so.
From the email:
“I need your thoughts on a topic that I pray about and God’s answers have been troubling me lately. It is about President Trump and the Congress, and the special elections that are taking place and the big elections coming in November. I prayed hard for months for him to be elected and was so joyous when God heard our collective prayers. He’s sticking to his agenda pretty well and I pray for him and Mike Pence every day to be safe and successful with their agenda, and to get saved if they are not.
I pray also for all these Congressional special elections and the upcoming November ones. I pray for the Republicans to win and maintain their majorities. They are the only hope we have anymore as the Democrat party is totally controlled by Satan now. There is no hope of anything God-honoring coming out of that party. I’m sad that the Republican Party is very ‘Laodicean’ and it needs a lot of new members that are God-fearing and Bible-believing. I pray for that. I don’t want the Democrats to take over the House or Senate because that will ruin Donald’s efforts and we’ll be in the reverse situation that we were in with Obama in his second term. I believed that God put Donald in there to be effective for at least four years.
But with the Democrat sweep of almost everything in the Virginia state elections (where I live) last November, the Roy Moore disaster in Alabama and now the failure in a Republican district in PA, I am troubled that the Democrats will take back one or both houses in November. There is so much insanity and deception going on in our country, as you remind us, that I wonder if our Heavenly Father does not want me to be focused on this anymore.
The President is hated by most of Washington, including many Republicans, and I see and hear it every day as I work there. The Washington Post is the bible to so many of the people here. I’m really distraught now after all these setbacks since Donald’s election. The Lord has not been answering my prayers. I’m sure there are many in the country who are like-minded with me and spend a great deal of their prayer time focusing on these elections. And I’m sure they’re as disappointed in these results as I am. And maybe wondering what to do now like I am.
I heard J Vernon McGee say we are not to be focused on cleaning up the town or creating good government. I don’t really like to hear that as I think that is part of our mission to be salt and light. But maybe I’m putting too much emphasis on it. And God is telling me to let it go or back off on it with all of these dismal results.
I’m left to wonder why God put Donald in there if he only gave him two years to accomplish anything. He accomplished a lot for sure including the American embassy move to Jerusalem. I didn’t want Donald and the Republican Party to just hold Satan at his line of progression where he was stopped in Nov 2016. I want them to roll back a lot of Satan’s progress and restore some of what we’ve lost before his time ends and the next Obama and that party inevitably take control again.
I know this is just a brief respite from the scourge of evil that has overtaken us, and I am ever thankful for that. But I was hoping it would last for at least four years and even eight years, if the Lord tarries and He is willing to let Donald continue into a second term. Now it seems like it will only last two years. I’m starting to wonder why God even bothered if this was all we were going to get!
So please give me your thoughts on how much emphasis I should place on this in my prayer life. Why is God allowing evil to take back over again so quickly? How are you approaching this area since Donald was elected?”
As I was reading this brother’s email, I remembered an experience that my husband and I had with a pastor back in 2012. We had already suffered through 4 years of Obama and quite honestly, I was frantic, thinking that we could possibly be looking at 4 more years of him. I remember crying out to the Lord “Why?? Why is this EVIL man ruling over us…….why, Lord?”
We made an appointment to meet with our pastor. After we entered his office, he said to me “I know exactly who is going to win the 2012 Presidential election!” I looked at him and said “With all due respect, pastor, how can you possibly know for sure who will win?”
I will never forget his response to me: “The man who will win is whomever the Lord allows to win!”
I was conflicted with his response. But as I thought about it more and more – it made complete sense to me. I had allowed myself to become panicked about something over which I had no control, except for praying and casting my own vote.
The Dishonest Media
Do you remember the so-called polls which were coming out of the MSM about the 2016 Presidential elections? We were told that Hillary Clinton had it in the bag. No chance for Donald Trump – nope – not even a prayer.
My husband and I had been praying fervently for Trump to beat Clinton, although during the primaries, we had been supporting Ted Cruz. On the night of the election, my husband would not even watch the outcome of votes from various States. He admitted to me that he didn’t think that Trump had a chance.
I still watched, and as I saw the miracle unfolding, I felt like a school girl watching my school’s team obliterate the opposition! I kept saying to Tim “But sweetie – you HAVE to see what is happening!” He still didn’t want to watch. I did understand his feelings. We had been so depressed over the Obama wins. He just didn’t want to get excited just to be let down once again.
But then I looked at my husband and I said “HE WON!” Tim looked up ever so slowly and saw that Trump had indeed beaten Clinton. He was speechless and very happy – but I could see that look of “This is too good to be true” on his face.
A President for Such a Time as This
I know that the Lord made the Trump win happen. I thought back to our pastor’s words, and they rang so true in my heart. I thought about the book of Esther and how she had been placed by the Lord as the Persian Queen to save her people from annihilation by the evil Haman.
Obama’s hatred of Israel was not something he hid. He hated PM Netanyahu and even sent a group of henchmen to Israel to attempt to thwart a victory for Bibi. It back fired and Bibi prevailed. Whenever I read about the so-called Russian involvement in our election, I really have to laugh. The liberals are such hypocrites!
Jerusalem and our Embassy
President Trump, right from the beginning of his presidency, made it so clear that he was a polar opposite of what we had experienced in Barack Obama. He spoke at the March for Life – I’m pretty sure that he is the only president who ever did that.
Unfortunately, he did not “drain the swamp” as he promised he would do. We see now that it is a monumental task to do this, when Obama had 8 years in which he filled our government with radical Islamists, Socialists and Communists – not to mention Globalists.
But Trump’s decision to declare to the world that Jerusalem is the undivided Capital of Israel; and his promise to move our embassy to Jerusalem, proved to the entire world that this was a president who truly loved Israel! We who love the Lord are enthralled with his decision about Israel – the Leftist liberals – well, not so much. They loathe this president and everything for which he stands. Many Republicans do as well.
Trump Stopped the NWO movement in its tracks
The liberal Democrats – shall we just cut to the chaste and call them what they are – Communists – truly thought that Clinton would win and the U.N. and Illuminati would be that much closer to the One World Government of which they dream.
God had other ideas. But prophecy students know that eventually the NWO will come to fruition and usher in the man of sin – Antichrist. Trump’s election brought a reprieve – Geopolitically and Spiritually.
Brethren, we should be using this time to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the lost. If Clinton had prevailed, only the Lord knows if we (Christians) would have been silenced and imprisoned. Clinton’s hatred of Christians was just as vehement as Obama’s. Remember when the Left booed the God of the Universe at a DNC? Hard to forget that.
Back to our brother’s email and questions
How are we to pray for upcoming elections as we watch the Democrats slowly take back that which they lost? Why does God seem to not answer prayers when His people cry out to Him? We know that God always answers the prayers of His saints with Yes, No or wait.
Kingdom Now and Dominionism
There is a false movement (I am not passing judgment on the salvation of these people) but they have bought into a lie which says that we (the church) need to clean up the governments; making sure that our elected officials are believers before our Lord will return.
When did Jesus ever say that He would not return until the governments of the world were filled with believers? I don’t see that in Scripture.
The brother who wrote the email to me is so sincere in being troubled by what he is seeing happening with the Democrats, and also seeing that Trump has not yet fulfilled all of his promises. I am wondering how many of our brethren are feeling a sense of panic right now.
I do not believe that is the will of God for His people.
Do you realize that God allowed the “reign” of Barack Obama to fulfill His prophetic Word? The Arab Spring, which was orchestrated by Obama and Clinton, and bankrolled by George Soros, was used by God to set up so much of Bible Prophecy. Think Damascus.…
God is Sovereign
I had a Sunday School teacher who loved to say “God is God, and I am not.” Aren’t His ways so much higher than ours? He spoke this Universe into existence and created each of us. Is there anything that we can really do to change the course of history. It is History, is it not?
But we are told to pray for our leaders and we must. We should pray for their salvation and for their safety and that God would use them in mighty ways.
I always find peace in ending my prayers with “According to Your will Lord.”
Brethren, if we see evil rearing it’s ugly head in the coming months and years – cry out to God. He desires our prayers.
Question: “How and why should we pray for our leaders?”
So how should we pray for our leaders? First, if we are uncertain that they know Jesus, we should pray for their salvation. But whether or not our leaders are Christians, we should pray that God will guide them as they guide us. We should pray that they be wise and discerning and surrounded by helpful advisors. We know that God has placed our leaders in authority over us (Romans 13:1), and we can ask Him to use them as He will. We should also pray for their protection. When praying for pastors or ministry leaders, we can pray for them to have strength in the midst of spiritual warfare and to remain encouraged in the Lord. We can pray for their families, who often feel scrutinized and bear an extra load.
Briefly stated, we should mention our leaders before God in prayer and ask Him to have His way in their hearts, to support those around them, and to use their leadership to benefit their followers. – source
And then leave it with God.