The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD; He directs it like a watercourse wherever He pleases. All a man’s ways seem right to him, but the LORD weighs the heart. To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
–Proverbs 21:1-3 (NIV)
I signed up for Pray the Vote daily email and the last sentence in today’s verse caught my attention. In a political season, we all think our cause is greater and, depending on our commitment, we may be ready to die on an issue. I read and commented on another blog today about this very idea. However, doing what is proper, moral, and honorable is more significant to God than giving up our personal goals or desires even when they are worthy. God looks at the heart and character of the person unimpressed by what he or she does. Rather, the inner quality of humility that expresses itself with integrity, dignity and strength is what He desires. The sacrifice is then part of God’s plan and purpose. I respect the stated purpose by The Presidential Prayer Team: Prayer is the most significant way you can impact our country. When you bring the political process before God, things happen—by God’s initiative, and in your mind and heart. It’s a powerful and empowering process. We urge you to try it and see! Sign up and let’s all be praying for the next 40 days.