A Prayer for Election Day


O Lord our truest Ruler and King, many words have been said these past months leading to this election day. Far too many of these words have been hurtful, fearful, divisive, angry, and anxious. Being able to see our nation’s policies so tangibly, it is far too easy to equate this nation with your Kingdom, and so act as if this election were of supreme eternal importance.

Lord, forgive us, we pray.

Bless the leaders of our land–those currently in office and those elected today–that we may be a people at peace among ourselves and a blessing to other nations of the earth. Let this be the conviction of every leader as they model for us, however imperfectly, political relations amongst both their fellow countrymen and citizens of the world.

Lord, keep this nation under your care.

To the current and future President, legislators, and to all in administrative authority, grant wisdom and grace in the exercise of their duties on this election day. May their hearts not be full of distraction and anxiety, but be gracious that they may exercise their governance in peace, restfulness, and joy.

Give grace to your servants, O Lord.

To the Judges and officers of our Courts give understanding and integrity, that human dignity may be safeguarded, election rights protected, and justice served. In the expected upcoming legal conflicts around this election, may your Will reign and may acceptance of the results come quickly to our nation.

Let justice and righteousness reign, O Lord.

And finally, teach us, Your people, to rely on your strength and to accept our responsibilities to their fellow citizens, that we may elect trustworthy leaders and make wise decisions for the well-being of our society; that we may serve you faithfully in our generation and honor your holy Name. Whatever the vitriol, anger, and pain that may be expressed in the next several days, weeks, or years to come, be gracious to your People, Lord, that they may not find themselves a party to the speech that can only rob life rather than sustain it.

Give us a vision of Your Sovereignty such that the results of this vote lead us neither to ultimate ecstasy nor utter despair. Rather, give us a sense of peace, and a commitment of support for whomever finds themselves winning today. May neither gloating nor despondency mark your People, Lord.

Lord have mercy; Christ have mercy.

For yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. On account of the blood of Your exalted and raised Son, through whom we have received citizenship into the People of Heaven, and by the Power and Presence of Your Holy Spirit, we pray.

Amen.

Please feel free to offer your own prayers for today in the comments below. Please no politicking.

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