An Election Day prayer

Lord, have we forgotten what it means to fear you?

These days, even as we go to the polls, we are anxious about many things: the collapse of the lifestyles we’ve desired or even taken for granted; the loss of a secure future; the threat of global terrorism; the inability to reassure our children that things will get better.

We scarcely remember that you are the Holy One whose glory fills the earth, because our eyes are too narrowly focused and downcast to see.  You are the Sovereign One who holds the destiny of every nation, including our own, though we are too intent on charting our own destinies to notice.  You are the Merciful One, who reaches out to us in our self-absorption and preoccupation.

By forgetting the true fear of God, we have wilted into worrying about everything else.

Forgive us the lack of vision that tempts us to either blind pride or blind despair.  Renew our faith, as those who profess to follow a gracious God who is the source of all that is good.  Renew our hope, the confidence that because of your Son, our future with you is secure, whatever happens in this life.  Renew our love, that we might express the compassion of our Savior to all of our neighbors.

We cast our votes in order to be good citizens of the world to which you have called us to be salt and light.  But even more: we pray that you would nurture in us, your church, the desire to be first and foremost citizens of your kingdom; a people of deep and abiding faith, joyous hope, and tangible love; a people whose very life witnesses to you and your redemptive purpose.

With the psalmist, we acknowledge: the earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.

Thus, whatever the headlines may read when this day is done, this we proclaim: To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever.

Amen.

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