Last night our church held a liturgical prayer service that prayed not for a particular candidate, party, or platform but rather reminded us that our identity can only be found in Christ. We came together in order to confess our own sin, our common faith and to worship the Triune God in song while also praying for the city/county, state, and national elections. It was an incredible time of confession, worship and prayer and was devoid of politics, rhetoric and endorsements. I was particularly struck by our corporate prayer for the national elections. The following was prayed by a member of our church and he agreed to allow me to share it with you. This is the prayer that I will be praying not just for this election but every election:
We come to you humbly, acknowledging that you are God and we are not, that our thoughts are not your thoughts, that your ways are above our ways, and that all human authority has been delegated by you. As this Presidential election cycle comes to its conclusion on Tuesday, may our confidence be not in any person, party, or platform, but rather in our confession that “Jesus is Lord” and that His kingship extends to the ends of the earth.
Father, recognizing that you are sovereign over the nations, and have instituted the rulers and authorities for your purposes, we pray for the well being of our next President and Vice-President. Proverbs says “The king’s heart is in your hand and that you turn it wherever you will” (Prov. 21:1). In your great mercy would you turn the heart of our nation and the next Administration towards you. Would our President recognize the high calling of being your instrument of authority and would he or she seek counsel from your Word and godly ministers of it. Would there be a spirit of cooperation between the executive and legislative branches of government on those matters that advance true justice, peace, and the well-being of the American people.
Father, we acknowledge that we are people under authority. That in our confession “Jesus is Lord” we subordinate our will to that of our Savior and that in living out the Christian life we subordinate our interest to the interest of others and honor the civil authorities that you have instituted to govern us. We pray for much grace and wisdom as we affirm those things government does that advance the good and work peacefully within the confines of the political process to oppose those things which violate your will as revealed in Scripture.
Finally, we ask that the fatal disease of secular humanism, which has so infected our land, be overcome by the truth, beauty and goodness of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and that there would be a mass turning to you, the one true God. In your great providence, may this upcoming election play a part in your mighty working in the affairs of men, in the advancement of your kingdom, to the glory of your name. We earnestly pray that you grant our Republic wisdom as it casts its vote on Tuesday and much grace as it goes forward.
We make this prayer in the name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Amen.