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“Lord, please strengthen and protect the wise who are obedient to you and frustrate and confuse the foolish who are disobedient to you.”

I believe God answers prayers. And I believe we can all be united through this simple prayer, whichever side of the bickering and divisiveness that has engulfed North America we fall in.

This prayer is powerful when we include ourselves in this prayer. This way, we are not praying for or against anyone specific. We are simply appealing to God to guide each of us to doing what God thinks is right and lead us away from what God thinks is wrong.

My faith in this prayer is based on my Christian beliefs. Anyone of other faiths, however, can pray the same. The only common ground we need is our faith in the omnipotent God who listens and acts.

I’ve learned much about prayer from numerous books. I’ll summarize briefly just a few biblical principles about prayer below.

God Wants Us to Pray

In the New Testament, or the Greek Bible, the Gospels show us Jesus praying in various circumstances. In the Book of Acts, we read about early church leaders praying. In the letters written by the Apostles, they urge the readers to pray. God wants us to pray.

Jesus Shows Us How to Pray

Note in The Lord’s Prayer that Jesus doesn’t want us to pray for or against others. Jesus wants us to pray about our part in God’s kingdom and how we participate in God’s will as we depend on God to provide for us our daily bread, forgiveness, and protection from temptation and evil.

God Answers Prayers

· God brought a son for Hannah after she prayed (1 Samuel 2)

· Hezekiah received healing and longer days on earth after he prayed (2 Kings 20)

· Peter escaped from prison multiple times when other believers prayed. One escape was especially humorous because those who were praying were surprised when Peter showed up at the door after having been freed miraculously (Acts 12)

· Cornelius the Roman centurion received the good news of Jesus after Cornelius prayed (Acts 10)

Early Church Leaders Prayed

· Paul prayed for the Jews that they would be saved (Romans 10:1)

· Paul prayed for Christians to love abundantly and be filled with the fruits of righteousness (Philippians 1:3–11)

· John prayed for health and prosperity for his readers (3 John 2)

Early Church Leader Urged Christians to Pray

· We ought to prayer in every situation and prayer overcomes anxiety and brings peace (Philippians 4:6–7)

· Prayers are an integral part of practical Christianity along with love, service, empathy, compassion, etc. (Romans 12:9–18)

· Church leaders need the prayers of others (Hebrews 13:18)

· Fervent and earnest prayers are powerful (James 5:16)

There is no Downside

During these times of divisiveness, protests and counter-protests, demonizing people whom we disagree with, and the declaration of who is or who is not God’s chosen, we are desperate for unity.

Can we join our hearts and minds in unity instead of divisiveness and pray for God to strengthen and protect the wise who are obedient to God and confuse and frustrate the foolish who are disobedient to God?

Next time — whether you’re Republican, Democrat, or independent, whether you’re for or against any politicians, whatever your race, religion, or ethnicity, whatever your gender or sexual orientation — when you read an article or see on TV someone who affirms your views, ask God to protect and strengthen the wise who obey God and frustrate and confuse the foolish who disobey God. When you read an article or see on TV someone who opposes your views, ask God to protect and strengthen the wise who obey God and frustrate and confuse the foolish who disobey God.

Then we wait and trust in faith for God to answer.

There is no downside.

A Christ follower since 1978. Now a “DEvangelical” liberated from the narrow, judgmental, and exclusivist culture. Promotes a Parent-first view of God.