Father, we thank you for your kind and just rule over all governments and nations. We acknowledge that you are sovereign and good. As we seek to engage in the civil life of our nation, may we do so knowing that our primary citizenship is in heaven (Phil. 3:20)- And may all of life, including our votes, be guided by our ultimate allegiance to you (Phil. 2:11)
Your word tells us that the heart of government leaders, including presidents, are as a stream of water in your hand; you turn it wherever you will (Prov, 21:1). So we pray that you would guide our government leaders to lead with justice and righteousness. (1 Pet. 2:13-14)
We pray that as Christians we would treat elected officials with proper respect, remembering that rulers are appointed by You to serve the good of humanity, whether they recognize this or not (Rom. 3:1,7).
We pray that as your people we will not be given to fear and anxiety over the state of our nation, but that we would cast our cares upon you, knowing that you care for us (1 Pet. 5:17). May we give ourselves instead to prayer for our nation and action as we seek to love our neighbors in a Christ-like way (1 Tim. 2:2)
We pray also for togetherness in the midst of such a divisive season. As we encounter brothers and sisters in Christ who vote differently from us- may we with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, be eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Eph. 4:2-3)
Father, glorify your name by healing and restoring our neighborhoods, churches, cities, region, and nation- as we show Christ by our life, and share Christ by our words (Acts 1:1).
We ask these things as those who know that here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come. (Heb. 13:14) Your kingdom come. Your will be done. (Matt. 6:10)
In the name of Christ, we pray. Amen.