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     Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish and uphold it with justice and righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this. Isa. 9:7 (NIV)

     Dear Lord Jesus, your righteousness is our surety and your sovereignty is our sanity. Hallelujah, many times over. How could we have possibly imagined that your humble entrance into our world through a stable would lead to the stable-ization of the universe, and that your cradle would eventually "rock" our rudder-less, peace-less, hope-less world?

     Truly, there’s only one government and one peace sufficient to meet the needs of our sinful hearts, fragile country, and broken world. Jesus, according to the gospel, you're already installed as “the ruler of kings on earth” (all of them – Rev. 1:5) and of everything else. You rule has no limitations, boundaries, or contingencies.

     How our hearts need to reaffirm this liberating truth in an election year that has many of us anxious and angry, fearful and cynical. King David’s throne has become the throne of grace from which you are actively ruling the world with your truth and grace.

     Indeed, you are zealously working all things together after the counsel of your will. You--the Lamb of God, Lord of Lords, Lamp of the New Jerusalem, are working in all things, for your glory and for our good. No one and nothing can derail, deter, or distract you from bringing to completion your good work of redemption and restoration.

     Forgive us when we get impatient with your timing, don’t perceive your providences, and second-guess your involvement. Though we'd love for the "ideal" presidential candidate to emerge, your will being done on earth isn't dependent on any man, president, or human government. We believe; free us from our unbelief.

     Intensify our hope in the Day you will return to finish making all things new. So very Amen we pray, in your mighty and merciful name.

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Scotty Smith is the founding pastor of Christ Community Church in Franklin, Tennessee. You can follow him on Twitter.

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