This prayer is offered by my good friend Pastor Craig Garriott, a minister of reconciliation in the city of Baltimore.
” ….we confess we are a flawed and fallen people who live among flawed and fallen people and leaders. (Isaiah 6:1-7) On this eve of our presidential election we confess to you that we have not been faithful in praying and making intercession with thanksgiving for our leaders and all those in authority, as your servant Paul commanded us. (1Tim 2:1-5) We confess that we are quick to judge, criticize and condemn but slow to repent, slow to speak words seasoned with grace, slow to weep (Col 4:6;James 5:9). Forgive us, Lord. Holy Spirit, soften our jaded and calloused hearts. We need your strength to learn and live humble, repentant lives.
And so we plead for your mercy on us and on our nation in this hour. We do not deserve your mercy. We only deserve your judgment. Yet, you have declared yourself to be the Lord, the Great King, the compassionate, gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin.”(Ex 34:6,7) We need your bleeding charity, the covenant blood shed in the sacrifice of your Son. By his precious blood we boldly approach your throne as fully forgiven sons and daughters, eternally beloved, eternally welcomed and summoned to pray (Heb 4:16).
So we pray to you Sovereign Lord, who knows the beginning from the end, who establishes all those in authority (Rom 13:1,2). Guide our hearts and minds Holy Spirit to be faithful citizens of heaven as we vote that we might be faithful witnesses as citizens to our nation. May we labor, serve and love our neighbors and our leaders even as we strive for a more perfect union. And because you are sovereign and good we can with Paul “rejoice in you, Lord always” (Phil 4:4). For you Lord have given us a hope that will not disappoint (Rom 5:5), you have promised a better country and you have prepared for us a great city whose architect and builder is you, the Lord our God (Heb.11:10,16) Give us hearts and wills to seek your Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven (Matt 6:10). For your glory we pray in Christ’s powerful Name. Amen”