TO READ IN BOOK FORMAT, OR TO PRINT THIS ARTICLE: A prayer for Election Day
Dear true and triune God:
As many voters head for the polls this Tuesday in high hopes of getting better elected officials, may they realize that they never will elect a better government, but could only expect a worse one, as long as Americans from coast to coast reject the gospel; for as the people are, so the government will be! That is to say, as long as the vast citizenry in their gospel unbelief would be lawless, so their elected officials will be the same.
Indeed, one of the obvious punishments from you will be when you would give to a nation children as rulers (Isaiah 3:4), namely, unwise, immature thinkers who would not act responsibly. Just the same, give to us Christians patience under this affliction! Strengthen us by your powerful faith-creating and faith-supplying gospel pledges to continue to do our godly duties in spite of the lawlessness around us from top to bottom!
In closing, and by your command, we confess the many grievous sins of our land. We plead with you to forgive them. Also, we would ask for the peace of our land, that is, that you would continue your time of grace, like in the days of Noah, and put off your punishment of this country through destructive war. Amen!
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Realize, beforehand, that the purpose of prayer would not be to inform the Almighty of our wants since he already would know that! Rather the purpose of prayer will be for us to put our trust in the Lord’s promises to us which already cover the matter at hand, namely, the thing for which we are praying.
Dear God of our Christian forefathers, the unseen yet all-powerful Creator of our Union and the Director of its destiny:
As our nation prepares for a critical election tomorrow with anxious hearts and with high hopes, move our citizens to make a choice which, under your divine power and guidance, will bring peace to our land, not strife!
Bring our voters to the realization that as once you gave the wise man Solomon to a nation to govern in peace without enemies foreign or domestic, so you could do the same today for America, if only our citizens would humble themselves, admit their sinfulness, and with remorse receive divine pardon from you!
To this end, assure the voters that you are in control of this election, and that your plans will be carried out on earth as they are in heaven!
While some voters may keep their distance from the polls because of corruption, voting fraud, and broken campaign pledges, remind them of their biblical duty to seek the peace of their country, and to work toward it!
Above all on this election eve, enlighten voters to choose you as the leader of our nation’s souls! To accomplish this, impel our people by your biblical words to have heartfelt regret for the damnable wrong in their lives, but to rejoice that the substitutionary suffering of their Savior, Jesus Christ, on Calvary’s cross, has removed your divine punishment from them! Thereafter, prompt them to declare themselves for Christ!
Despite our land’s selfish endeavors and its neglect of you, you have kept our Union together for these many past elections. Thank you for all of your past mercies and blessings! Amen!
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