After much consideration, some of the leaders and I, felt that it would be appropriate to pray in light of the recent election. This time of prayer will not be a time to cast a stone or vent about the outcome, but a time to pray for healing in our nation. This nation suffers from tremendous anxiety that has caused many Christians on both sides to behave in Un-Christlike ways. Our focus will be on praying for God's hand to deal with the fears that this election has evoked. But it must be stated clearly that Ekko is non-partisan, every member has the right to vote their conscious. Therefore, it must be known that we would have gathered and prayed for fears that may have arisen if this election went the other way. However, with the outcome, many have real fears they are dealing with and real grief they are trying to process.
Here are some of the fears we will pray over;
"...perfect love expels all fear." - 1 John 4:18
+ The fear that racism and sexism will run rampant.
+ The fear that we will return to old ways of rejection, hate, and violence.
+ The fear that we, as minorities, are no longer welcome or safe.
+ The fear that many of our loved ones may experience unfair treatment and/or bullying.
How will we pray and address these fears?
We will focus our prayers in two ways. Prayers of repentance and prayers for peace.
+ Repentance | We must repent of our wicked ways.
- We repent of our racism and our sexism.
- We repent for often returning to our old ways of hate and violence.
- We repent of our inhospitality.
- We repent of treating people unfairly and sometimes in a bullying manner.
+ Peace | We will pray for God's peace and security on all people in this nation.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms... And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. - Ephesians 6:12-18
Some Scriptures to Consider and Meditate On:
“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you. “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful."
- Luke 6:27-36