The United States of America has held its election on November 8, 2016. It has only been ten days. Although Donald J. Trump is scheduled to receive 290 electoral votes in December, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received approximately 600,000 more popular votes. The Electoral College has not met yet and some allege that there are ways to persuade enough electors to redirect their votes to Mrs. Clinton that Mr. Trump will no longer be President-elect.
Mrs. Clinton's success at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July resulted in protests by supporters of Vermont Senator Bernard Sanders, but nothing like the scale of the protests that have been organized since her defeat in the general election. Those have continued for days in more than one city; the protests by "Bernie" supporters in Philadelphia dwindled quickly. (At three or four o'clock in the morning after the last day of the convention, a few small groups of protesters were visible walking north on Broad Street from the stadium venue towards center city. I was not one of them but I happened to be there to see it.)
Mrs. Clinton's sharp comments before the election, after the final debate, about the importance of calmly accepting a loss in the name of the American tradition of peaceful transition of power, have had little effect to restrain the large protests which some have been organizing against Mr. Trump's becoming our President. Technically, the result is not permanent and official until the Electoral College meets in December. Depending upon what you read or hear, there are varying levels of probability that an upset vote might occur. It appears that most states whose electors will be casting Republican votes are sending a slate of Republican electors whose stable attachment to the party was already carefully vetted. Although there is a National Popular Vote Compact into which a small number of states have entered, committing themselves to deliver their electoral votes to the winner of the popular vote, (Maryland joined in 2007, for example), it appears that most states in the Compact are those which already belong to Mrs. Clinton, and the Compact as it is written does not take effect until the electoral votes of the member states add up to more than 270. It looks very likely that Donald Trump will continue on to become President on January 20, 2017.
At the time that this post was written, Mr. Trump had officially offered only three positions in his Administration. All three men had accepted but two need to be confirmed by the Senate. That is the main reason that none of these new names have been added to the Prayer Calendar on the Federal level. Considering that the first week of November is already over, the second nearly so, and the third week directed towards prayer for officials on the County or Parish level is about to begin, it would be a formality to update November's calendar anyway. The main reason is that Mr. Trump's appointees do not have these positions until both his Inauguration and - with some exceptions - their Senate confirmation hearings, are complete.
Until then, the chief need for prayer for the United States of America is to pray for the peaceful transition of power as has been our national custom for 240 years. Demonstrations are legal in our country, part of our First Amendment freedom of speech. Vandalism and violence during such demonstrations is not. Those of us who believe in the power of prayer need to demonstrate our confidence and assurance that the values we hold dear from Scripture are timeless and eternal and that so is He who told us to "be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus,"
Whatever uncertainty may still exist - according to some - about who will occupy the White House, we know who is on the Throne.
A Christian man living in Southeastern Pennsylvania, USA. Came under conviction in 1978 or 1979 to begin believing the Bible is the inspired Word of God. Came to saving faith in Christ in October 1982 by confessing I was a sinner by nature and only Christ could save me.