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Why You Should Pray for Politicians You Disagree With

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Published on Mar 13, 2019

The time has come for Christian believers to let go of their anger and begin to pray for their political opponents and politicians they disagree with. That’s the message Kenneth Copeland shares in this recent video by America Stands (https://www.americastands.us/).

If you find yourself yelling at the prime-time news or letting a conversation with a loved one or co-worker turn contentious when politics are involved, this message is for you. When you pray for your political opponents, you turn a potential minefield into a mission field.

You don’t have to let your temper flare or your voice rise. Instead, you can follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. Just look at these scriptures about anger:

• Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. –Psalm 37:8 (New International Version)
• People with understanding control their anger; a hot temper shows great foolishness. –Proverbs 14:29 (New Living Translation)
• Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. –James 1:19-20 (English Standard Version

As believers, we must measure our attitudes, actions and speech against the Word. No matter how “right” we may believe we are, we are called to a higher standard. We’re to reflect the love of Jesus—always. That includes praying for our political opponents. In this video by America Stands,
Kenneth Copeland addresses this and teaches why it’s so important to walk in the love of God and pray for our political opponents.

We must make sure we haven’t wandered into ungodly territory by inviting hate into our hearts. Jesus said, “First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye” (Matthew 7:5, NLT).

We have every right to disagree with another’s politics, and we have a responsibility to stand up for godliness. However, when that drive overwhelms our witness, we’ve stepped out of God’s will.

How, then, should we react when faced with ungodliness or opposing political agendas? The same way you respond to anything else—in love.

Ephesians 4:30-32 tells us: “And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you (NLT).”

When we “get rid of all bitterness” and instead forgive one another, we reflect the love of God. That doesn’t mean we agree with their stand. We can still hold fast to our biblical beliefs and measure issues against God’s Word. But instead of letting anger and hate set up residence in our hearts, we let love guide us.

Jesus told us to, “Love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you” (Luke 6:27, NLT). Those might be easy words to read, but they are much, much harder to live, especially when politics are involved. But Jesus didn’t tell us to love our enemies only when it was easy. He simply commanded us to love. How? One way is to pray earnestly and in faith and love for our political opponents.

As Brother Copeland encouraged in this America Stands video, we can pray, “Lord, bless that man (or woman). Bless him, O God. Bless him today. Open the eyes of his understanding. If he has things in his life that are hurting him, if he’s got things in his family that are hurting him, help him, Jesus.”

God promises, “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14, NLT). Power exists in the prayers of the righteous. We can never underestimate what the Lord will do on behalf of this nation if we will come together and pray for healing, restoration and salvation.

Make the determination today—and every day—that you will stand for the Lord and pray for your political opponents and politicians you disagree with. You will not only stand for His values, but you will also stand for His mission—to draw people into a relationship with Him through His Son, Jesus!

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