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Cantwell: Prayer call not to be ignored

Election 2014 is over. But is it really?

Politics is like a roller coaster. The party that is up will soon be down.

Is there anything God requires of us, his children, to do between elections? I believe we are called to pray for those whom we have elected to recognize their authority is from God.

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A perfect example of this is Solomon.

In 1034 BC, Solomon began constructing the temple, the House of the Lord, in Jerusalem. It took seven years to complete and its dedication occurred during the Feast of Tabernacles, when all the men of Israel came together in Jerusalem.

I wish I had adequate words to paint the picture of that day of dedication. Read 2 Chronicles 5-7.

The temple had been built to house the ark of the covenant containing the two tablets of Moses. The ark had been kept at Shiloh for 300 years and now on this day, the Levites and priests brought the ark of the covenant of the Lord into the Holy of Holies.

Hundreds were blowing trumpets, playing cymbals, harps, and lyres in unison with the singers and they were heard as one voice praising God.

Then the temple was filled with a cloud for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God.

It was then that King Solomon, who had brought all this to completion, in humility knelt on his knees in the presence of all the assembly of Israel and spread out his hands toward heaven and prayed out loud.

Contrast this picture to our elected officials.

Solomon prayed for God’s eyes to be open day and night to listen to the cry and prayers of his people, to hear and to forgive them, to judge and punish his enemies, to justify the righteous, to discipline his people when they had sinned by not sending rain, or sending famine, pestilence, locust, or enemies to overtake them, but then to hear and receive their repentance.

God was so pleased with Solomon’s prayers that he directly answered Solomon just as he answers us in 2 Chronicles 7:14:

“If my people which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

We are his people. We can no longer ignore this assignment of prayer.

Pat Cantwell writes about faith for the Portales News-Tribune. Contact her at:

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