How are you feeling after the election?
The Halalan 2022 proves that every election triggers either happiness or distress for so many people. Some are satisfied with the results while others express their disappointment and frustration.
Shouts of victories and clamor resounded not just online, but in homes, government offices, schools, and churches across the country.
As the shock wears off, you might be wondering, “What now?” How to move forward when the nation still seems divided over political beliefs?
Whichever side you’re on, the Filipinos can all come together to help heal the nation. Here are 3 ways to pray after the election:
1. Pray for your leaders
Whether you voted for them or not, believers are called to obey and pray for elected officials. (Romans 13:1).
Pray that God will give the leaders wisdom, grace, and a God-listening heart as they lead the nation. The Lord can turn hearts, so pray and be in faith that He can turn the hearts of leaders.
Pray that they would be righteous leaders who put the needs of others before their own.
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” (1 Timothy 2:1-2 ESV)
2. Pray for the right attitude towards your leaders
It’s true that you have the right to voice out your opinions. It’s also true that you can hold your leaders accountable whether they are able to accomplish their responsibilities for the country or not.
Just remember, you can disagree in a manner that is still gracious and in a way that still honors them.
You can air out opinions in a respectful way. And instead of condemning or bashing them on social media, it’s best to encourage them—by supporting government programs that will better the nation.
“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” (Colossians 3:12-14 ESV)
3. Pray for ways to get involved in nation-building
Government leaders have a huge role in the rise or fall of a nation. However, the success of the country does not solely depend on them.
A successful Philippines requires not only effective leaders, but also supportive Filipinos. Citizens who will pray together, dream together, and work together toward achieving a better future for all.
That means you too, as an individual, have the responsibility and privilege to be involved in nation-building. So pray for opportunities to serve your kababayans. Be aware of the current political and social issues then ask yourself what you can contribute to improve the situation.
God has given you gifts—talents, resources, and abilities—may you use it in serving others, spreading hope to the nation, and bringing glory to the name of Jesus.
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” (1 Peter 4:10 NIV)
Call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700 and our trained prayer counselors would pray for your concerns. You may also contact us through Viber, at 0943-144-4933.