Election Week Prayer

Here among us today are people who may vote Green, Republican, Democrat, and Libertarian - as well as people who may not vote.  In 1774 John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, gave this advice for Christians in election season:
1) To vote, without fee or reward, for the person they judged most worthy.
2) To speak no evil of the person they voted against.
3) To take care their spirits were not sharpened against those that voted on the other side.

We have different ideas about what will be best for our nation and for the world, and those discussions are important.  However, it’s more important that we affirm our unity as the body of Christ and join our voices together to pray for our country and our world today.

Almighty God, to whom we must give account for all our powers and privileges, guide us this week as we choose the elected leaders of our nation.  For the privilege of voting and for the rights and beauties of democracy,
    We say, “Thank you, Lord.”  

For the many public servants who are committing their lives for the care and improvement of our nation,
    We say, “Thank you, Lord.”

Because what unites us is far greater than what divides us,
    We say, “Thank you, Lord.”

Because Jesus is Lord and not any party or politician or idea or faction,
    We say, “Thank you, Lord.”

Because we walk this earth as strangers and aliens, waiting for our true home as citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven,
    We say, “Thank you, Lord.”

Please guide the election process.  May all procedures be fair and just.  May all citizens have equal access to their right to vote without intimidation or exclusion.  
    Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.  

May all citizens take account of all the issues and vote for the candidates they believe will be best for all the citizens of our nation.
    Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.  

May all Christians resist the temptation to demonize those with whom we disagree.  May we live with patient gentleness and persistent humility in person and on social media.
    Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.  

Recognizing that half of our country will have a president and other leaders for whom we didn’t vote, please give us and our leaders the willingness to respect and to work with those with whom we disagree.
    Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.  

In a polarized culture, please help Christians to work actively against division.  May we truly become peacemakers in our land, bringing your healing for the wounds we have caused on another.
    Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.  

For all the leaders who are elected on Tuesday, we ask for wisdom, compassion, justice, patience, and sensitivity to others.  
    Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.  

Jesus, you are King.  We are citizens of your Kingdom.   Our first allegiance is to you.  We find our identity together in the Father’s love.   Unite us now, we pray.  
    Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.  

Amen.