Like many Christians, I was intensely interested in our most recent Canadian election, and spent time praying, participating, and most importantly voting. The Bible commands us as Christians to pray for and honour our government leaders, whether we agree with their politics or not. Therefore, whether you are pleased with or disappointed by the results of the election, I want to challenge you to pray for our new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau!
The Bible says: “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior.” (1 Tim. 2:1-3). So let us pray!
I had it on my heart to write a long reflection upon the election, but came across this great article by Faytene Grasseschi of the My Canada association, that so perfectly expressed my thoughts. So, allow me to share her reflections with you today. Take heart – God is still on the throne!
by Faytene Grasseschi
Election night has come and gone. What an amazing several weeks we have just had. Canada has just elected a new government and a new Prime Minister. Following are some reflection points regarding the events of this day and the past weeks.
1 – THANK YOU
The first thing we want to say is a massive thank you to YOU. Thank you to all of you who prayed, fasted, voted, volunteered and gave to righteous campaigns. You are our heroes and we are so grateful for your sacrifice. We also want to say that we wholeheartedly believe that none of this labour was in vain. Our Father in heaven sees everything. Whether our preferred candidate won or not, every good work done out of love for Him will be stored up in heaven and added to your heavenly account. Nothing is ever wasted when it is done for the Lord.
2 – PRAYING FOR OUR NEXT PRIME MINISTER AND GOVERNMENT
Now that the election result is in and we have a new Prime Minister we want to encourage us all to continue in a spirit of prayer for our nation and for our new leader. The Bible instructs us to pray for those in authority so that we may live peaceful lives. It also says to honour those in authority. We encourage you to take a moment and write an e-mail to Prime Minister Trudeau to congratulate him, honour him as our new leader and let him know you will be praying for him and the new government.
In light of the current global climate, this government will be facing some of the most difficult issues that the nation has ever had to deal with. They will need wisdom from God. Let’s commit to covering them in prayer and in love as they lead our nation forward.
3 – HONOURING PRIME MINISTER STEPHEN HARPER
We believe Prime Minister Stephen Harper deserves great honour from the nation of Canada at this time. He has led our nation successfully when other nations have been shaken to the core and has elevated our nation to the status of best nation in the world during his leadership. We are indebted to him and his family for their service and sacrifice to us for years. We encourage you to take a moment to send them an e-mail and thank them for their decade of faithful service to Canada, to honour them and let them know that you will be praying for them during this time of transition.
4 – PROPER FOCUS
Finally, though we all worked hard for this pivotal day for our nation and believe it is important for Christians to engage in democratic process, we want to say that our ultimate hope is never in a natural government. Our hope is in God. He is our help. He is our defender. He is our provider. He is our refuge. This is a time to keep our eyes on that truth. Let us continue in a spirit of prayer for our nation. Let’s believe God for the greatest outpouring of His spirit that any generation has ever seen. Revival is our survival. Let’s love Canada as we love our neighbours, family, friends and people that we meet on a day to day basis. They are Canada. As we continue to pray for our nation, pray for the harvest and press in for revival from sea to sea we can be confident that great things are ahead for Canada.
Thank you again for all of your hard work and sacrifice over these past weeks.
God bless you and God bless Canada.
You can read this entire article here on 4MYCanada.