There is a common misnomer about prayer. Prayer is not about getting God to do what you want Him to do. It is about seeking His will. How many times have we heard a member of a victorious sports teams thanking God for victory, or the survivor of a plane crash thanking God that person survived? Did God not care about the losing team, or the people who died in the plane crash?
When candidates claim to have “prayed about” entering a political contest, I don’t doubt that they did, but if two or more have prayed and have entered the same race and believe God wants them to run, either some weren’t listening, or God has a purpose other than the victory for one (or more) of those candidates.
Still, God doesn’t need politicians, or even people, to accomplish His will. He was perfectly content before He created humankind. Politicians should realize they are running for an earthly office, not a heavenly one and focus on their competence to do the job, not the quality of their prayer life.
Cal Thomas | Jun 1, 2011 11:55 AM
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