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 Ottawa. 
  
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 home’.
  
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 unequaled 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!

WHAT
TO PRAY FOR…
THE PRIME
MINISTER-DESIGNATE:
  • 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
ALL MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT:
  • 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 realities
  • Guidance
    in finding suitable accommodation and office space
  • Courage
    to do what is right and grace in doing it
THOSE DEFEATED, PARTICULARLY INCUMBENTS: 
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 adjustments
All now need refreshment
from the grueling 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.