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A Prayer for Election Day

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Father in Heaven, I come to you today, the day before the mid-term elections. I’ve been feeling a lot of anxiety about this election. It seems like it’s been talked about for a long time. I’ve been checking polls today and watching my cable news network of choice to get an idea of how things will go. There is so much at stake in tomorrow’s elections. I don’t ever remember such interest in a mid-term election. When I voted early last week, I heard that there was record turnout for early voting. Thank you for a country in which we have the freedom to vote.
Father, I feel strongly about certain issues, but I know that you have many who follow you that take the opposite side on issues that I do. Isn’t it interesting that believers can read the same Bible and be so divided on many key issues in our country? But isn’t that the same with your churches? We have the same Bible but so many different denominations and churches in our country.
Our country is so divided at this time, more so than I can ever remember. Father, help me to love friends, family and church members who will vote differently than I will in this election. Help me to guard my words, and grant me humility to understand that I don’t always have it right. Give me a teachable spirit. Continue to teach me to be obedient to you and not to any particular political party or agenda.

I know that I shouldn’t worry about tomorrow’s election results, or anything for that matter. Paul told us:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

We have no reason to fear what will happen to our country, or to us, if our political party is not in power. Isaiah wrote:
Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)

Father, you are sovereign, all-knowing and all powerful. You are in control, not only of the election, but of everything.
Whatever the LORD pleases, he does, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps. (Psalm 135:6)

Father, I know that I have no need to be anxious. Jesus told us:
Therefore, do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6:34)

In Jesus name, Amen.

 

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Author: Bill Pence

I’m Bill Pence ~ married to my best friend for more than 38 years and a St. Louis Cardinals fan. Before retiring I served as a manager at a Fortune 50 company; I'm a graduate of Covenant Theological Seminary and in leadership at my local church. I enjoy speaking about calling, vocation and work. I am a life-long learner and have a passion to help people develop to their fullest potential and to utilize their strengths more fully. I am an INTJ on Myers-Briggs, 3 on the Enneagram, my top five Strengthsfinders themes are: Belief, Responsibility, Learner, Harmony and Achiever, and my two StandOut strengths roles are Creator and Equalizer. My favorite book is the Bible, with Romans my favorite book and 2 Corinthians 5:21 my favorite verse. Some of my other favorite books are Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper, The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul, The Prodigal Son (originally titled A Tale of Two Sons) by John MacArthur and Crazy Love by Francis Chan. I enjoy Christian hip-hop/rap music, with Lecrae, Trip Lee and Andy Mineo being some of favorite artists.

8 thoughts on “A Prayer for Election Day

  1. I understand what you are saying here. My question is: How can someone who claims to be a Christian, and believe what God’s Word says, and still vote contrary to the Bible?

    • Thanks so much for your comment. I agree, but saw a tweet about the Christian Right supporting life and the Christian Left supporting refugees. It can get complicated, but I have to come down on the issue of life.
      Thanks again.

  2. Great prayer for the time!

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  3. Thank you, Bill, great reminder of who really is in control.

  4. This was beautiful. My favorite line: Father, help me to love friends, family and church members who will vote differently than I will in this election. Help me to guard my words, and grant me humility to understand that I don’t always have it right. Give me a teachable spirit. Continue to teach me to be obedient to you and not to any particular political party or agenda.
    Thank you. I’m some what dreading tonight and tomorrow for all the tension, animosity, gloating there is sure to be from either side.

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