Again…only follow the link if you’re interested in joining in on the praying this month…no literary interest:
For October and November, let’s pray about: Presence of Mind
Presence of mind strikes me as a quality we want in our elected officials. The phrase implies calmness, coherency, quick wittedness, and wisdom.
We want presence of mind in our candidate of choice, and we want it even more in the opposition, should they win! A person who does not agree with us, but who has the presence of mind to respond to changes – and to listen to God! – is far preferable to one who does not.
It is also something we look for in our family – how many of us find absentmindedness to be a major problem with our children (and sometimes our spouses)?
It can also be applied specifically, if we have friends and loved ones who seem to suffer from any kind of lack of mental freedom, whether its fear, delusion, autism, learning disabilities, inability to concentrate, etc.
The most appropriate Bible quote for this, of course, is:
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5)
Also, the below quotes are from a collection of Bible quotes that are applicable to praying about the election put together by a wonderful gentleman named Norman Wood:
"And God saw every thing that he had made, and behold, it was very good." (Gen 1: 31)
“Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren.” (Gen 13: 8)
“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing
that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;” (Ex 20: 4, 5)
“Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad:….” (I Kings 3: 9)
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” (Isa 9: 6)
“Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.” (Isa 42: 1)
“Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots….” (Jer 17: 5-8)
“He that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.” (Luke 22: 26)
"Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above." (John 9: 11)
“For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.” (Rom 7: 19)
“Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.” (Phil 2: 2)
“Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.” (Col 3: 12-15)
“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.” (I Tim 2: 1,2)