: a feeling and caring for someone or something
: feelings of love
: tender attachment
PRAY: Jesus, the whole world—the universe!—belongs to you, and yet you have set your affections on me. This is grace overwhelming. I pray today that you would give me your heart of affection for my neighbors. Show me how my votes can demonstrate your affection for every person. I pray, too, that the leaders we elect this year will show true affection for the electorates they serve.
“To the Lord your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it. Yet the Lord set his affection on your ancestors and loved them, and he chose you, their descendants, above all the nations—as it is today.”
: care or concern for someone or something
: a feeling of respect and admiration for someone or something
PRAY: Father, we thank you for the regard you have shown to us, your people in America. Remind us, as we participate in this election, that we have been chosen and sanctified for the sake of your name. Teach us, Lord, how to treat our neighbors with the same regard you have shown to us, and give us the wisdom to see how we ought to vote as people “set apart for holy use.”
2 Chronicles 7:15-16
“Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer offered in this place. For I have chosen and sanctified (set apart for holy use) this house, that My Name may be here forever, and My eyes and My heart will be here perpetually.”
Today is day 1 of the 40-day AS ONE national appeal to heaven (September 30 – November 8, 2016).
Day 1: Mercy
: a compassion or forbearance shown especially to an offender or to one subject to one’s power
: a blessing that is an act of divine favor or compassion
: compassionate treatment of those in distress
PRAY: Merciful Father, today I pray that you would make the leaders of this nation men and women of mercy. I pray that those who are elected or re-elected this November would be people who have tasted of your mercy—your grace, your salvation—and who will extend that mercy to those they lead. May power be given only to those who will use it in accordance with your righteous mercy.
Titus 3:4-7 (NKJV)
“But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”