As America faces another tense election, voices all around us warn that all could be lost if (fill in the blank) doesn’t win. Maybe, maybe not. Here is what we can know with absolute certainty: The kingdom of God will be just fine.
With this in mind, we offer a humble guide to prayer.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”—Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)
Pray for the election
- For our new and re-elected public servants, whether we voted for them or not – that they seek God’s wisdom and guidance, and that they listen to wise, mature voices. That selfish ambition motivates no one.
- For accuracy and confidence in our election process nationwide.
- For journalists and commentators to report fairly and accurately, with truth and clarity as their highest goals.
- For truth to be recognized and accepted.
Pray for our divided nation
- For peace. Rather than demonize or cancel each other, let us truly listen to each other – past the angry rhetoric and toward understanding and care for people with whom we may disagree.
- For social media. Let it not be an instrument of anger or division. God, protect and redirect those who are being consumed by it.
- For discernment, and protection from deception.
- That multitudes in America and our world will come to know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
Pray for Christ’s church
- That we as Christians would be people of peace – people identified not by our political allegiances, but by our Christ-likeness. By the way we love others, including our “enemies.” By the way we prioritize the poor, the hurting, the marginalized. By our integrity.
- That we would humbly and honestly bring our political allegiances to Jesus. Do they truly reflect him? Do we need to repent of anything, personally or corporately?
- That the church as an institution would be a shining light where people of different political leanings can worship, grow and serve together. That we would be seen as a refreshing alternative to angry rhetoric and division.
Father, you hold all nations and all people in your hands. Increase our faith. Increase our hope. Most of all, increase our love.