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A Prayer for Election Day

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.