Day 5, Seven Days of Prayer for Liberia’s Elections

By Holly Sebald

Quick update: The voting yesterday was overall well-organized and peaceful! We praise God for His mercy and protection over Liberia yesterday and the success that yesterday represents as a step forward for democracy in Liberia. But our prayers for Liberia continue because the election process is still not over yet, not until the runoff elections have taken place and a new leader chosen and not until the new president is officially sworn in. God bless everyone for keeping us and Liberia in your prayers.

Imagine for just a few minutes if all of the U.S. lost electricity. Now imagine if it was for years and years. What would happen? Life would no longer be the same. Communication would become a challenge and shops would shut down and factories would close. It wouldn’t take long for the economy to collapse. As the economy dwindled, so would people’s hope. On top of that you probably couldn’t afford to pay the police and so there would be little enforcement of laws. Fear and anxiety are now a daily part of your life not just because of desperate people stealing but also because of the unrest of angry people whose tempers are short.

What would your hope be in? Would it be in the electricity coming back? Would it be in the government? Would your hope be in the election of a new president? I pray this would not be the case but I’m afraid we all at times fall into this thinking.

This is what has happened in Liberia and so many other countries around the world during the time of elections. So many people around Liberia right now are anxious, waiting to hear the results of yesterday’s elections, because all of their hope is riding on this election. All of their hope is riding on yesterday’s results. All of their hope is riding on one person to be elected. All of their hope is riding on a human being, rather than in the Lord. But what do we have to be anxious about if our trust is in the Lord? Absolutely nothing. Take courage because the Lord has already overcome the world! (John 16:33).

Dear God, our prayers for the people of Liberia and all of us living here is that the peace of God would guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus and that we would walk ahead bold and confident because we know He is control. We ask the Lord to let our gentleness be evident to all because the Lord is near. He is the one who appoints rulers and our hope is in Him. We want to bring all our petitions to him with confidence and thanksgiving thinking about whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy we want to dwell on these things (Phil 4:5-8). Amen.
Therefore our hope is in you, for you are the one who does all this.  Jeremiah 14:22

The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks Him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. Lamentation 3:25

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:5-8

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