An election day prayer for 2016

election-day-quotesLord, I can’t remember a year in which I have felt as frustrated and discouraged about a presidential election.

I can’t remember when I’ve heard so many people talk about which choice was the lesser of evils, about which character flaw would be least damaging in the person chosen to be the so-called “leader of the free world.”

I can’t remember when I’ve been as concerned about potential abuses of political power.

I can’t remember when I’ve heard so many people threaten to leave the country, even if only in jest.

With and for all of your children here in this country, I pray:

Hosanna: Lord, help us.

Help us to exercise our civic responsibility in a way that fully recognizes and even rejoices in your sovereignty. Teach us to value the privilege of voting without taking the outcome of any election to be either the coming of your kingdom or else Armageddon.

Help us to remember that salvation neither resides in state policy, nor is brought by flawed human beings.

Help us to reach beyond partisan divides, so that we can work together toward justice.

Help us to pray meaningfully and graciously for our leaders, even the ones for whom we did not vote.

Forgive us our sins. You have called us to be salt; too often, we have simply been salty in our words and attitudes. You have called us to be light; too often, we have only generated heat.

Turn our desperation to faith and our arrogance to humility. And above all, show us how to go about our vocation of love in a troubled world and a divided nation. 

Restore to us the joy of our salvation and confidence in your will. May your name be praised always, even after the polls have closed and the results have been tallied.

There is but one King of Kings, and it is in his name we pray.

To the glory of God alone, amen, so be it.

6 thoughts on “An election day prayer for 2016

  1. Hi Cameron, Amen to that! Thank God for God. I would hate to live in the aftermath of any election without Him. Amazingly enough, it was very pleasant at the voting place I was just at even though there was the biggest turnout that I’ve ever seen for any election. Seems prayers are being answered. It also seems nobody was discouraged but rather energized to vote. So, whatever happens, it will be the will of the voters AND I pray the Lord’s will. Have a blessed day, Kathy

  2. Such an excellent & timely post, as always. Thank you, Cameron, for reminding me that God is bigger than politics. Psalm 23 has been very comforting to me since the election results came in. ” . . . I shall fear no evil, for you are with me . . .” Thank you for the reminder to pray for our leader. I will pray that love wins regardless of this outcome.

  3. Thank you Cameron for your heartfelt prayer – it is indeed, salt and light. Though I did not get around to reading it until just now I find the prayer relevant in the face of the outcome and the diverse reactions now taking place, possibly even more so.

    In an election decided by hate and fear, as it would have been in either result, we, the citizens of God’s Kingdom, are called to faith and love in the face of adversity. Come quickly Lord.

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