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A Pastoral Prayer on Election Day

by Stephen Bratton on November 06, 2018

Holy God,

Thank you for giving us a new day.
Thank you for the air we breathe, the sun that has risen once again, and the beauty of the creation you have given us to steward.
Your kindness indeed reaches to the heavens.

We need to be reminded today that Your Kingdom is everlasting.
We need to be reminded that your dominion endures throughout all generations. (Psalm 145:13)
Help us, we pray, not to be consumed with the things of this world and forget that you are the one True God.

We pray today that your will would be done here on Earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:10)
We ask that those who lead us would desire things that are righteous and just.
We understand that those who are elected today will be deeply flawed sinners, and yet we know that “the king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord…”. (Proverbs 21:1)
We ask that you would turn the hearts of our leaders to righteousness and justice.

Keep us, today, from placing our hope in sinful man.
There will be many today who find their hope in the god of Government and elected officials.
Some trust in governments and some trust in those who lead us, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. (Psalm 20:7)
Help us to remember that You are our provider, and You are our protector.

We are pilgrims on this Earth, Lord, and we are longing for a better home. In this way, we are similar to the Old Testament believers who were exiles in another land.
Help us to remember the call to seek the welfare of the city where you have sent us; help us to remember to pray to You on behalf of our community. (Jeremiah 29:7)

Forgive us for being complacent when we see wickedness prevail. Forgive us for standing by and watching as those who are the weakest among us are treated with disdain, marginalized, and even slaughtered for convenience. (Exodus 20:13)
Forgive us for approving of and defending sinful actions because they are committed by men who seem to be closer to our political philosophies.

We ask that you keep us today from the temptation to despair. Regardless of the outcome of political turmoil remind us that this world is not our home. Keep us from the temptation to lie, cheat, and steal because we think the outcome might be better if we exercise those sins.
Keep us from the temptation to slander our fellow man. (Psalm 15) No outcome of an election is worth the loss of integrity and truthfulness on our part.

Deliver us, we pray, from evil and the evil one. Your word says “We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:2)
Please help us keep our eyes open to that truth.
Unite your Church in this battle and help us to remain ever vigilant against those who would desire to deceive and rule over us in ways that wicked

Yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever.
Amen.

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