On Election Day, November 6, the congregation I serve will be praying for our nation. From 7am-8pm on that day our sanctuary will be a place of prayer. People are signing up for 15 minute slots and we are seeking to have every slot filled so that there is always someone in prayer on that day while people are voting.
I prepared a prayer guide that will be distributed to people when they arrive for prayer on Election Day. I will also make this prayer guide available for people to take home on November 4 so people can be a part of the prayer vigil at home.
Going to God through His Word and letting our prayers become shaped by the Bible was important to me as I prepared the guide.
The guide begins with these words, “Please read these words from Scripture as you pray and find your prayer shaped by the wisdom of God’s Word.”
Then what comes next is the reminder that we are to pray for all people (1 Timothy 2:1-4). This guide and this vigil are not intended to support partisanship on Election Day.
The topics for suggested prayer (loosely borrowed from 40daysofprayer.net):
Pray for a heart that turns away from sin and trusts in God.
Pray that God will give America leaders of integrity who govern in righteousness, wisdom and truth.
Pray for God’s mercy on the Church, nation and world. Pray that He would relent from His righteous judgment and turn our hearts to His fervent love.
Pray for believers in God to be more concerned about more than just economic, political and social comforts.
Pray that people will be accurate, thorough and honest with their words.
Pray for God to raise up a standard against evil and restrain the forces of moral and spiritual evil.
Each one of these topics includes a couple of passages from the Bible so the prayers become shaped by the wisdom of God.
Next in the guide are some prayers from Lutheran Service Book for forgiveness, humility and peace.