The elections of 2010 are obviously an important opportunity for God’s people to respond to our Lord’s injunction to “be anxious for nothing but in everything, by prayer and supplication, make your requests known to the Lord” as well as our Lord’s command to pray for those in authority over us.
Father, we rejoice to be able to call upon the Almighty in whom we trust, in whom is our refuge, and for whom we live. We are a needy people. Your people who reside in the United States of America now approach a crucial election. Therefore, we call upon the Lord our God who has been our help in ages past and who will be our hope for years to come. Would you allow your people during this election season to call upon You for wisdom as to how we cast our vote and for whom we cast it. We are struck with awe at Your kind providence which allows us to be in a country that is governed by law through elected representatives. Your Word reminds us this is a kind gift of Your benevolent Hand and history informs us that this privilege has been purchased by the blood of patriots and freedom martyrs, some followers of Christ and some who are not followers of Christ. We are beneficiaries of the extraordinary Biblical truth… “greater love has no man than this, that He lay down his life for his friends.”
So, glorious sovereign, we would not neglect this opportunity to vote nor engage in this privilege in a frivolous manner but with sobriety and wisdom, so we ask for the wisdom from above that is peaceable, reasonable, and fruitful. In this election process, grant us the leaders we need, not those that we deserve. Grant us statesmen who will do the right thing, in the right way, at the right time, and for the right reasons. We desperately need such statesmen who will do what is good for the next generation, not simply what is advantageous for the next election.
Finally, Father, allow us to be good citizens in the name of Christ who honors those in authority with submissions and who upholds them through prayer and who gives them the respect that their office demands. If they would ever command us to do that which violates Your Law we would seek to be faithful to You. But, if they call us to do that which we do not prefer, we will still be faithful to You and obey those who are in authority, knowing they exist only by Your Hand. O Lord, for all who are elected and for those now serving, gloriously turn their hearts to love justice, to do mercy and walk humbly with the Lord our God. Turn their hearts to You even as You turned the rivers to the seas. Father, Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.