A Prayer on Election Day
O God, we acknowledge you today as Lord,
Not only of individuals, but of nations and governments.
We thank you for the privilege of voting that is ours–
an opportunity to influence the direction our country will take
by choosing those who will lead us.
Lord, we thank you for your law of love and justice and grace
Which our founding fathers acknowledged
and recognized as higher than any human law.
May we seek to be true to your law above all else.
We thank you for the opportunity this election puts before us,
To exercise our solemn duty to vote thoughtfully and prayerfully.
We pray that we, your people, may be awakened to spiritual reality on this day.
Awaken in us the knowledge that we are not called to flee this world
But rather we are called to be a community of faith renewing the world.
Awaken in us an awareness that the same hands we lift to you in prayer
Are the hands that fill out our voting ballot;
That the same eyes that read your word
Are the eyes that read the names of the candidates,
And that we do not cease to be Christ-followers
When we enter the voting booth.
Awaken in us a renewed commitment to justice and equity,
that we may use our vote for the good of all God’s children
and the betterment of the whole human community—of which we are one small part.
Awaken in us a renewed commitment to care for each other,
to steward the earth
and to share the many gifts you have bestowed upon us.
May the way we vote today and the attitudes we carry with us into the voting booth
show us to be citizens of your kingdom—
People of hope in the midst of despair,
Joy in the midst of sorrow,
Faith in the midst of fear,
Truth in the midst of confusion,
Generosity in the face of need.
Indeed, we rejoice today
That we are citizens of your kingdom.
We pray that our spiritual citizenship will make us all the more committed
To being faithful citizens of this earth.
And may we put our trust in you always.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord and for the sake of his love.
– Adapted, Author unknown
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