Tuesday, November 06, 2012

A Prayer on Election Day

Our father in heaven, You are holy and high and lifted up and separate from sinners. You are the one who inhabits eternity and sits above the circle of the earth. You are the one who sees the nations as a drop in the bucket and dust on the scales. We on the other hand are of the earth. We are like specks in that dust or molecules in that drop. In spite of that vast difference you are mindful of us and you remember that we are dust and you have asked us to come boldly before your throne to find mercy and grace to help in time of need.

It is our desire that you would reign on the earth as you do in heaven; that you would find us running to do your bidding and please you as the inhabitants of heaven do this very hour. And yet we fall far short of your glory. So I pray that your will would be done in our world and in our nation. In order for that to happen, we recognize that your reign must be evident in our churches and our homes. That in turn leads us right to ourselves for ultimately this is a dishonest world because we are dishonest individuals and this is a selfish world because we are selfish. So my prayer is that you would help me to be the kind of person you would desire for the world. Help me to love others as you have loved me. Help me to forgive others as you have forgiven me.

Finally on this election day, we pray for your will to be done in our nation since you are the one who places people into authority. You have said that exaltation comes neither from the east nor from the west nor from the south. But God is the Judge; He puts down one, and exalts another. You have also said that there is no authority except from God and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. And so we humbly ask that through this election you appoint those authorities that will be best for our good and the glory of your name.

It is in Jesus' name that we pray. Amen.

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