An election-day prayer

November 6, 2012


ImageMy friend Alexei Laushkin published the following prayer on his site, FOOLISHCONFIDENCE (find it here).  I can’t really improve on it: 

Lord we acknowledge you as Lord over this land.

We pray for wisdom as we set out to vote today.

Help us see your heart for the unborn, the marginalized, the poor.

Your heart for the widow, the stranger, and the orphan.

We pray for those grave issues that extend well beyond our land.

Father we acknowledge that apart from you we can do nothing.

We thank you for the great blessings you have bestowed on us.

We pray for those everlasting gifts that only you can provide.

Help us to clothe the naked and provide for the destitute.

Help us to raise up our children in the ways of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We pray for our neighbors who do not share the Christian faith

We pray that we would be a faithful and gracious witness to them.

We repent for our judgments toward each other and our neighbors.

Help us to be salt and light so that our neighbors might acknowledge you.

Reform our attitudes so that we might be a blessing to others.

Father we repent for the inability to see how we ought to act in politics.

We pray that you would send your Spirit among your people to guide us.

We pray to the one who lives and reigns with you forever and forever Christ Jesus our Lord amen.

About Charles Redfern

Charles Redfern is a writer, activist, and clergyman living in Connecticut with his wife and family. He's currently writing two books, with more in his head.

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