Holy God, we have not faced an election under the circumstances that we face today. We are experiencing a global pandemic we have not known. The tension within our United States is high and we long for certainty and security that will help us navigate through these challenges well. As your people, we know that the stability and hope we long for will only come from you. We offer this prayer and ask humbly and boldly for your clear assistance.
When we are tempted to allow disagreement to turn to hate; LORD give us self-control that we may speak, and act grounded in your love.
When disappointment with one another leans too close to judgement or despair; LORD fill us with the true hope that you are Lord of all of our lives. Nothing in this world is outside of your mighty and powerful hand.
When pride causes our hearts to be at war against those who vote differently than we do; LORD let your people across our nation be filled with the peace that can only come from you, the peace that is beyond our comprehension. The peace that changes the way we walk through life with others.
When in moments we start to think that an election is our source of contentment and happiness; LORD remind us that in your presence there is fullness of joy and life everlasting and that you want our joy to be complete in you. The joy you offer is never contingent upon an election result on earth.
When we are tempted to give up, to proclaim all is lost if things don’t go the way we think they should; LORD foster patience in us and among us, the patience that trusts you are always at work in the world fulfilling your kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.
When we are tempted to be harsh and judgmental toward others as our stresses are high and anxiety about the future weighs upon our spirits; LORD remind us that as Jesus made his way even to the cross, he stopped to offer kindness to those in need. He was merciful where forgiveness was so deeply needed; he was gentle in the moments when shepherding or teaching was the higher path to take.
Above all, may the grace that you have so generously given to us and to this nation, be the grace that we offer one another now. Thank you for your faithfulness and steadfast love. We love you and we trust you completely. Please hold this nation and your people in your merciful and mighty hands today. We pray in the name of the resurrected Christ, Amen.
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