Transitions and the Power of Prayer

Courtesy of our friends at ‘Nation At Prayer’
People woke up Tuesday morning to another new day – and a
nation in transition.  A new Prime Minister had been elected; the Third
Party has become the party in power; the Official Opposition has become the
Third Party; the party in power has become the Official Opposition; the Green
Party lost a member; the Bloc increased from 4 to 10; and the sitting Prime
Minister resigned as Party Leader.  
1,792 candidates ran for office, 1,454 unsuccessfully,
including 106 incumbent MPs; 338 were elected, of which 197 are new to
Transition does not only impact the party standings; it
impacts the life of every candidate and his/her family. Every candidate is in
process of closing their campaign offices; in addition, defeated incumbents
may be moving from accommodation in Ottawa while dealing with the sting of
defeat and contemplating their life after politics; successful candidates are
looking for new constituency offices and waiting to be assigned their Ottawa
offices, while making living arrangements in their ‘home away from
Those returning to Ottawa are going through transition – to
new roles in Parliament, new seating arrangements (in many cases on the
opposite side of the House), and unfamiliar colleagues. Many of them are
experiencing varying emotions as they adjust to the reality that some of
their colleagues are not returning, even as they adjust to new personalities
and changed balances of power.
Families are preparing for the long absences from home that
accompany elected office; some are weighing the relative merits of moving to
Ottawa where they can be together throughout the week while maintaining a
presence in the constituency.
For those of us who know and trust the transforming power of
prayer, this transition is much more than a time of change; it is the time to
invite the unequalled and extraordinary power of the Holy Spirit to infuse the
hearts and minds of those who now govern our nation, so that God’s purposes
for Canada will be served.  Whatever our thoughts and feelings about the
outcome of the election, we have the great privilege and even greater
responsibility, as the apostle Paul instructs, to give priority to praying
for all who govern.  What confidence is ours that God can be fully
trusted; that He is at work in ways beyond our knowing, for our good and the
good of the nation; that He can use every elected representative for His
purposes; and that there is nothing in all creation that He cannot transform
or beyond which He is not more powerful!

  • Wisdom and discernment as he assumes the role and in
    appointing the Cabinet
  • Capacity to understand complex issues
  • Energy and endurance
  • Adaptability in responding to rapidly changing
    circumstances and events
  • Protection for him and his family
  • Wisdom as they assume their
    new responsibilities
  • God’s grace to use their position
    wisely with integrity and strength of character
  • The power of the Holy Spirit to
    overcome any sense of entitlement 
  • Their families, as they make the adjustment to new
  • Guidance in finding suitable
    accommodation and office space
  • Courage to do what is right and grace
    in doing it
Pray that the Holy
Spirit will:
  • Remove any residual bitterness,
    depression, or sense of personal rejection
  • Guide them into new occupations with a
    renewed sense of call and fulfillment
  • Guide their families in making any
All now need refreshment from the gruelling schedule of a
78-day campaign, and God’s grace to return to a more normalized life.
Above all and for all, may this time of transition be a time
of transformation when the Holy Spirit awakens or deepens relationships with
the living God, the source of transformation.
Because we pray, their lives – and our nation – will be
impacted and transformed.