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This month will be a very political month, as we get ready for one of the most
unique political races that we may have seen in years.  It is not my role as a
Pastor to take sides.  I chuckle as I was asked to pray that Hilary Clinton wins,
during one of our church services.  Of course, I couldn’t pray that one candidate
win over the other, but I will share some advice for us that the Bible teaches.
In 1 Timothy 2:1-3, it says, “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers,
intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all who are
in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness
and dignity. This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior” (NRSV,
1989).  The Apostle Paul, as he is teaching his young student, urges him that
prayers, supplications (requests or petitions), intercessions (praying on behalf of
someone else), and thanksgivings should be made a priority.  We may ask, what
exactly did he urge to be a priority?  He urged Timothy to make sure that when he
prays for others, thanks God, or requests things from God on behalf of people,  
that he should make Kings and those in High positions his priority.  

The next logical question would be why?  He then continues to tell us, so that we
may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity.  I don’t know
about you, but I would sure like a quiet and peaceful life for me, my family, my
church, my city (Waterbury) and my country (U.S.).  So if the Apostle Paul is
actually telling young Timothy that one of the keys to receiving this, is directly tied
to his prayer.  Then guess what?  It’s time to pray!!  In other words, if our praying
can help Kings (Presidents) and leaders make the right decisions.  If we can thank
God for them, request for God to intervene in their lives or in the decisions that
they make. Then lets pray!

As we continue to listen to the debates, as we listen to each candidate as they
share their visions, plans, and rebuttals,  pray and ask God which candidate you
should vote for.  James 5:16 encourages us by sharing “…the prayer of the
righteous is powerful and effective.”  Prayer is one of the most powerful weapons
that we have as Christians (2 Corinthians 10:4).  When the church prayed, Peter
was let out of prison (Acts 12:5-12), and a jail was shaken at its foundation (Acts
16:25-26).  

Be encouraged this month, recognizing that as a church, we can affect the future
of our country.  Let us pray and seek God’s perfect will, for electing the next
president of the United States.  May God bless you and keep you, In Jesus Name,
Amen!
Pastor Paul Fontanez, Mill Plain Union
and Nea Zoe of Waterbury
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