The First Vote: Lead Your Family in Prayer

Jonathan Edwards wrote, “Family education and order are some of the chief means of grace; if these are duly maintained, all the means of grace are likely to prosper and become effectual.”

On this election day, let us pray for our nation. Let us pray for wisdom of the people in casting a vote based on principle, remembering that as a bride may choose a husband handsome in appearance, yet with an unruly temper and unbridled immorality, and that in doing so she will take the name of one she will soon regret; so, too, a nation may choose a gifted man, a handsome man, but a man whose principles will likewise to lead to sorrow and regret.

Yet I call your attention to a more primary vote.

Let us also remember that the first order of government is our own lives and our own homes. If the homes of our nation are not shining with the life-giving principles of the Word of God then darkness shall reign over our nation, no matter what singular blessings the chief executive may possess.

In this we all know we are most needy. May light shine in our homes, yea even in the homes of many who have the Bible there but do not read it. There are many entertainments lobbying for our attention. Yet none of them can produce peace and happiness and joy and eternal life—and genuine godly government—but the Bible which contains the offer of eternal life, abundant life and truth that leads to freedom (John 8:32), found in Jesus Christ.

This election is important. Each one is. Yet even your vote for president of the United States cannot be more important than the one decision—this first critical vote—to lead your family in prayer tonight and to ask that God would send down revival upon our families.