A Prayer for Election Day

vote-button-3The Bible encourages us to pray for our elected officials. First Timothy 2:1-2 urges “first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” Election day seems like a particularly good day for that kind of prayer:

Father, we come to you on election day because we know you are in control and that you care for your people. We ask that you would be orchestrating the details of this day.

First, we thank you for the democratic principles forming the foundation of the United States. We are blessed to live in a country with free and democratic elections. We pray that we would not take that for granted. Would you please allow these democratic principles to continue for many more generations?

We pray that in this democratic process that people would value fairness. Please help election officials to act with diligence and truthfulness. We pray that all people would have access to voting, and we pray against any discrimination in voting due to the structures (or lack of structure) in place. We also pray that you would persuade voters to act with integrity and not engage in fraud in any way.

We pray for the hearts of the candidates. We are disgusted at some of the tactics used and truths revealed during these campaigns – at the local, state and federal level. We pray, Father, that you would soften the hearts of these candidates and their constituents. The ugliness that has been portrayed is not the way forward. We know you are a God who is in the business of changing people. We have seen your work in our own lives, and we pray that you would be at work in the hearts of all of the candidates. We pray that you would allow the candidates, both the winners and the losers, to respond in a gracious way. Help the candidates value things and people in a way that
pleases you. Would you please be working in all of our hearts, and specifically those who are elected and will have great influence, that we would all value integrity, justice, and mercy?

We pray for contentment with the results. We pray that the media would report the results and not incite or stir people up. We pray, Father, that we as a people would respect the results of the election. We pray against any violence or acts of revenge once the results are announced.

And Father above all, we pray that through this election and its results that we may come to rely on you more as our God. Self-reliance can so easily convince us that we are actually in charge of our lives. Father, would you incline our hearts through this process to cling to you more fully? We admit that we can watch advertisements or read statistics and become anxious. Please replace that anxiety with peace—a peace of knowing that you care for your people, a peace possible because it recognizes that you are greater than any one leader or nation. We cry out to you now, Father, please increase our reliance on you (and not ourselves or anyone worldly leader).

Thank you for Jesus, the one leader who saves us, redeems us, and makes us right.

Amen.

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