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.