A GE14 PRAYER
Almighty God, as this nation prepares to vote, may Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Your Word says in NIV 2 Chronicles 7:14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
I now humbly seek YOUR face, confessing my own sin………..and the sin of Malaysia………. in the Name of the Lord Jesus, purposing in my heart to turn from ways that displease YOU. Please forgive our sins as YOU mercifully and graciously hear our prayers, and heal Malaysia.
We humbly submit to YOUR powerful and sovereign hand the GE14 run-up and campaigning to be peaceful, fair and orderly; that the electoral/polling process on 9 May 2018 will be conducted with integrity, transparency and propriety by all parties involved – government, civil or political; and thereafter to grant to us YOUR sovereign providential outcome. Then please inspire all Malaysians with goodwill to re-unite to make this nation great, harmonious, prosperous and progressive.
Thank you for giving us faith to ask for YOUR sovereign help and intervention, and the humility to receive them in YOUR terms.
YOUR Word declares in NIV James 4:7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. We therefore "resist him, steadfast in our faith" [1Pet 4:9] in the shed blood and authority of Jesus Christ – repelling the devil's work of "stealing, killing and destroying" [John 10:10] during this GE14 of Malaysia.
Let me not fail to offer this responsibility of voting as a holy offering unto YOU; I humbly ask for the Holy Spirit to give me wisdom and leading to wisely cast my vote for the most appropriate candidate, in accordance to YOUR will, and who can bless Malaysia.
O Sovereign Lord, please bless and keep Malaysia, make YOUR face shine upon Malaysia and be gracious to Malaysia, turn YOUR face toward Malaysia and give Malaysia peace [Num 6:24-26].
This I pray for my beloved nation in the mighty and matchless Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, AMEN.
Bishop Ong Hwai Teik
17 April 2018
An Episcopal Pastoral Letter - The General Election 14
To All in the Methodist Family in Malaysia
Once again it is time for all Malaysian citizens to go to the polls come 9 May 2018. The people of God in this country have been covering our beloved land with unceasing prayer and seeking that this most important, strategic and historic moment - will be a blessing to our beloved nation.
We call to mind some important truths from the Word of God, as to God’s sovereignty, and the type of governance leadership that will shape well our national culture and form our shared future:
Romans 11:36 For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To him be glory for ever. Amen.
Daniel 2:21 He controls the course of world events; he removes kings and sets up other kings….
Romans 13:4 The authorities are God's servants, sent for your good….
Proverbs 14:34 Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.
On a personal level….each of us
Must be determined and undeterred by timing, inconvenient circumstances, attempts at foul play, unethical and repugnant corruptible practices – and make sure that we cast our individual vote;
Seek God and be discerning in casting your vote: looking for the candidate that is wise, just, honest, compassionate and righteous - that would sincerely serve the people and committedly deepen their welfare, uphold the rule of law, honour the Federal Constitution and courageously act to unite the people of Malaysia.
Help to enable others to cast their votes such as sharing transport, directions, ascertaining polling information/ centers etc;
Sign up/ register as polling and counting agents as we contribute to a “clean and fair election” and bless this beloved nation of ours.
On a community level… each church to
Pray, remind and announce
Announce/remind and offer a specific prayer and the reminder to vote - at our Sunday Services [15, 22 & 29 April and 6 May], small group gatherings and other regular meetings of the church.
Organise prayer and fasting - for individuals and the congregation; organise/join/ invite other churches and congregations in your area for a common time of prayer for GE14.
Intercessions: let us all pray for peace, fairness and orderliness for the run-up to the elections; integrity, transparency and propriety of the electoral/polling process by all involved governmental agencies and political parties; and for God’s sovereign providential outcome, for national harmony, unity and an effective Government thereafter.
Make practical arrangements
Arrange carpooling, transport for those isolated, infirmed and elderly; making available resources to help those in need so as to be able to fulfil their responsibility of casting their votes.
Where needed, readily provide sufficient/ additional unrecorded leave for the church pastor[s], ministry and administrative staff so that they can go to the polls [even though 9 May 2018 is a public holiday].
Let us take to heart the words of wisdom from two God-fearing men with proven fruitful lives.
Billy Graham said:
“In a world that might say one vote doesn't matter..., it does matter because each person is of infinite worth and value to God...Your vote is a declaration of importance as a person and a citizen”.
Abraham Lincoln declared:
“My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right.”
Let us not take our eyes off the Highest Authority, Almighty God, as we pray for the high cause of the election of those who will guide the future of this beloved nation of ours – at federal and state levels. Let the Methodist
Churches unite with other churches and congregations locally to pray fervently and act conscientiously – during this
“Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of
the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, 21 equip you with everything good that you may do his
will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever
and ever. Amen”. - Hebrews 13:20
May Almighty God bless Malaysia.
Bishop Ong Hwai Teik
The Methodist Church in Malaysia
11 April 2018
Please take note of the
Aug 2010 binding Decision of General Conference Executive Council of The Methodist Church in Malaysia -
"That the GCEC resolves that no Methodist church should apply for or receive government grants, irrespective of the party in power, in the period between the nomination date of any election to the polling date of the same. Given the present socio-political context, this will send a clear signal to everyone that the church is non-partisan. More importantly, it will make clear that the Methodist Church does not condone actions that are or can be perceived as being related to money politics."
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