Capital Prayer Alert -- Friday, October 21, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Carol Bauer

Capital Prayer Alert

As you know, my wife, Carol, prepares a prayer alert about once a month. I hope you will share Carol's thoughts with your friends and fellow worshippers. Thank you for taking an interest in her monthly devotion. -- Gary

It would be my guess that nearly everyone reading this Prayer Alert has children, grandchildren or other children in their lives. We care deeply about these young ones. I worry about them as I see our country wrestle with foundational values and rising debt. They will be the ones left to tackle the issues we leave behind. When I spend time with our grandchildren it is hard not to think about this reality. It is stark.

It is a truth that drives me to pray for our country's future as we move through the process of another election cycle. To some it may seem like just another election. But the leaders selected in national elections in 2012 will shape the country we pass on to our children and grandchildren. Their future is at risk. The stakes could not be higher.

And yet at times the selection process for the GOP nominee almost looks like a reality TV show with loaded questions posed by moderators or press folks intent on getting a newsworthy sound bite. The interaction between the candidates looks less than presidential to me, so I can only imagine what it must look like to someone not steeped in politics. Does a snarky playground fight seem an apt comparison?

Of course, the messy debate process is juxtaposed against the president's leadership. In some areas that leadership is just wrongheaded or failed. And in other areas he offers no leadership. All the while the world has taken measure of the 44th president and concluded that now is a good time to challenge us on multiple fronts. Couple all this with the generally pessimistic view that most people hold about the country's direction and it is easy to see why people are dour, scared, frustrated, angry and don't know where to turn.

Will you join me in prayer about this whole situation?

Pray that President Obama and our elected congressional leadership would act in ways that leave a stronger, more financially sound country to future generations. Imbue them with a desire to do the right thing and not the politically expedient thing. Ask God to open their eyes to the unintended consequences, the ripple effects of their decisions today.

Pray that their decisions would not undermine family formation or place more and more families in a position to be dependent on government. Ask our Heavenly Father to open their eyes to the need for government to be more accountable and less intrusive in our daily lives so that future generations can see a path to career advancement and a bright future.

Ask God to keep paramount in their decisions that every expenditure comes out of the pockets of hardworking individuals who need to feel their government is responsive. A bloated, growing government unresponsive to changing societal needs will prompt alienation of those who pay the bills. This is a recipe for long-term decline.

As disjointed and cumbersome as our political process can be, those desiring to make a difference have numerous ways in which they can make an impact. They may contribute to their favorite candidate. They can be involved in voter registration drives in their neighborhood, church or synagogue. They can launch "get out the vote" efforts. And with the widespread use of cell phones and unlimited calling they can have an impact in an early primary or caucus state, even if that state is nowhere close to their home. But, the odds are that in six or seven months we will know the candidates who will face off in November 2012.

I encourage you to get involved early with the candidate who best represents your views. Ride the roller coaster through the primary and caucus process. Make a difference. But when the jousting is over and the primary contest is sorted out, there will be two major party candidates left standing. As soon as that happens, I urge you to stay just as involved as the nation looks to the November 2012 general election. Too much is at stake to sit this one out or undercut the eventual nominee who is closest to your vision for what America needs in a president.

Seek the Lord's guidance for your role in the selection process. Pray for wisdom and ask for strength and endurance to get involved and make a difference. Further down the road when it becomes a two person race, ask God to give you the grace to put past differences aside. Pray for the desire to be "all in" for the final presidential candidate whose vision for our country's future is closest to the vision your mind's eye holds for the America you desire to pass on to the precious children in your life.

Please know that Gary is prayerfully and enthusiastically representing the views we all share here in Washington with members of Congress and those desiring to lead our country in 2012 and beyond.

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