Good and Gracious God,
We thank you for the freedom and right to vote, to elect people who will work on our behalf and on the behalf of our communities to lead our districts, states and nation. May we always be reminded of the holy responsibility that comes with this privilege.
We thank you for your love for the people of all nations, languages and faiths and for the way that you revealed this boundless love through the words and works of Jesus. May this love always inform our principles, our actions, and our vote. In this and in every election, may we vote for people and state questions that will better our communities and our world reflecting the values Christ taught us in the scriptures.
Help us create communities that seek to build your kingdom on this earth: communities that will protect the poor, stand up for rights of the vulnerable, support fair wages, care for the sick, provide quality and equitable education for all children, advocate for those with exceptional needs, and listen to everyone’s voice.
As Christians, may we never be ashamed of the gospel. May we never shy away from the good news of Christ that continues to inspire our nation’s pledge of liberty and justice for all.
We pray for a nation that is deeply divided. Give us the grace to love all of our neighbors as ourselves. Help us to respectfully listen in love and to learn from even those with whom we most disagree. Help us to come together with mutual respect for the common good of all and be the people you have created us to be: acting justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly. May every decision that affects our neighbors come from love, mercy, and justice rather than from pride, arrogance or fear.
O God, continue to guide us to love this world as you love it. Unite us to pray together for places suffering from violence, that they may know peace. Help us to pray for communities struggling with inequality, unrest, and fear, that the may know hope.
Give us the strength to do all that we can do, to give all that we can give, even our very lives, to make this world a better place. Help us to commit all that we are to rebuilding the ruins, repairing the breach, restoring the streets, and raising the foundation for generations to come.