God, not government, is the answer to our nation’s problems, say the leaders of the CapMin Ohio legislative Bible study who are encouraging believers to continue to repent, fast, and pray for God’s will to be done through the presidential election.
“We don’t have a policy problem, we have a soul problem,” Pastor Brian Hanson told Charlene Aaron, reporter for Christian Broadcasting Network News (CBN) in an interview about the Capitol Prayer Event that he and Pastor Brian Solomon organized as volunteers at the Ohio Statehouse in late September.
After the successful event, the pastors are calling upon the church and believers to commit to repent, fast, and pray every day until the November election.
“Instead of looking to our political leaders for answers, we need to stand before almighty God and ask, ‘Will You heal our land?’ And we leave the rest up to the Lord,” Pastor Hanson said.
Songs of worship and praise filled the capitol grounds on Sept. 25 under the leadership of Jeff Beste, a worship leader at Grace Baptist Church in Cedarville, Ohio.
Addressing the gathering, Pastor Solomon said the prayer event was in response to many Christians asking what could be done about the nation’s unrest, division, chaos, and violence in our land.
“Our response has been, ‘The church must pray.’ There is no political answer to the problem that plagues the soul of man … God has authored a plan of Salvation through faith in His Son Jesus…and this plan of salvation, which is the Gospel, is the only thing that can bring peace to our relatedness to God and our neighbor. The Church must pray for the kind of peace and restoration that only God can bring. And that is why we’re here tonight.”
Opening the event in prayer, Pastor Solomon said, in part: Father, would you help the people of this country to pursue your justice and uphold your law? Will you allow righteousness to prevail? Would you bring peace not only to our streets, but to our hearts as well? Would you bless and protect those who put their lives on the line in the name of justice and law…would you give them wisdom for every moment and grace for every situation? We pray for communities that are hurting and families that are grieving. We pray that your lovingkindness and tender care would be lavished upon them.”
Following him, several individuals led prayer using the acrostic A.C.T.S., which stands for Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication, while believers, assembled in small groups across the grounds, joined in.
“Believers also gathered from Cleveland on the shores of Lake Erie to Wheelersburg on the banks of the Ohio River,” Pastor Hanson said. “It truly was a statewide event.”
Because of recent violence in nearby cities, attendance, which numbered about 100 persons, was less than anticipated, but an additional 2,500 people participated via livestream.
“What a powerful and exhilarating time praising the Lord and going before His throne,” Pastor Hanson said. “We felt the presence of God with us. We give all praise and glory to Him for any good that either came of the event or that will come from the time of prayer. It was such a joy to be able to gather in His name at the place of highest authority in Ohio.”
The pastors call upon believers to join in continued prayer up to the national elections. A prayer guide may be downloaded at CapitolPrayerEvent.org. Pastors Hanson and Solomon organized the event along with many other volunteers.
As CapMin ministry leaders, Pastors Hanson and Solomon lead exegetical Bible studies to members of the Ohio Legislature every week.
Capitol Ministries is a 501(c)(3) ministry that was established in 1996 with a mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ throughout the political arena of the world. We do this by pairing dedicated Bible teachers who teach weekly Bible studies in government buildings through the sponsorship of Christian political leaders who invite their colleagues to attend. For information about studies and states that need ministry leaders, click here.