THEME: CHURCH AND POLITICS
“So they nominated two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias. Then they prayed, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs.” Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles.”
-The disciples nominated two men and cast lots which was a way of voting. They made a choice between Joseph and Matthias as they sort the Lord for the best candidate. They chose Matthias to replace Judas Iscariot, and their representation was complete. We also find in Jonah 1:7 when Jonah was running away from God and boarded a ship. The ship experienced a lot of turbulence, and the sailors cast lots to establish who was responsible for their calamity. When it fell on Jonah, they threw him into the sea, and a giant fish swallowed him, and he remained in its stomach for three days and nights. In a democracy, voting is the single most important form of political participation that a person can take part in since it ensures that politicians are elected by the people, rather than being assigned to their position of power by other powerful individuals, a leader we do not desire is elected. We are all called to exercise our democratic rights by voting for our leaders as active participants, as we seek for a man after God’s heart.
We thank You Abba Father for giving us a new month. We bless Your name for giving us Madaraka in this country. Thank You for winning the battle against colonists for us. We humbly ask You Jesus to deliver us from neo-colonialisms, and may You grant us leaders who will push Your agenda here in Kenya. Leaders after Your own heart Lord Almighty. We repent for all the sins that have taken place in this nation and humbly ask You to heal our land. This nation of Kenya belongs to You dear Jesus, may You anoint for Yourself, a president and deputy president, whose hearts are after Your own heart. May You help us to vote for leaders who will hear Your voice, and do Your will. We pray for a peaceful election in this season, and ask for Your peace that surpasses all understanding in our nation. We pray for love among all tribes, and prosperity in the land. May You grant us productivity, and heal our land. May You heal our hearts as well from every pain and evil desires. May You also draw our hearts to Yours that our hearts may be inclined to Your holy will. May You forgive us all our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. May You protect us dear Jesus and cover us with Your precious blood. May Your purposes for our lives and families, come to pass according to Your abounding grace and everlasting love. May You grant us favor in Your eyes Lord and before men and women, and grant us success in all things. May You bless our going out and coming in. May You bless us and make us fruitful in all areas of our lives, for the glory and honor of Your name. We pray this, believing and trusting in Jesus mighty name. Amen
Blessed Madaraka Day
Further reading: Proverbs 29:2
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