I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.
1 Timothy 2:1-4
Dear God. I got this verse from Bible Gateway’s verse of the day. I’m sure they picked it since tomorrow is election day, but it’s a great place to start. From my position in the world, there’s very little I can do to affect who governs me, but I could certainly pray for them for than I do. I could intercede on their behalf. I could ask you to help them. I could give thanks for them.
I was talking with my wife this morning about how much society asks us to fear things. Politicians want us to fear something so we will vote for them. The media wants us to fear something so we will click on their link. Fear, fear, fear. I was talking with a friend yesterday about “lesbian story hour at the public library.” When they asked me about that I asked, “Is it happening here?” She said no, she didn’t think so. I responded, then why should I care what someone is doing somewhere else in the country? What happened to power to the local government? We wouldn’t want someone in San Francisco to tell us we have to have lesbian story hour at our public library any more than they would want us to tell them to have Bible time at theirs. But there’s fear behind it all. Fear that they are comingto get us. Well, we will lose any influence we have over them, or credibility with them, if all we do is attach them.
Father, Holy Spirit, Jesus, help me to be an instrument of your peace. Help me to not make idols out of safety, but embrace you as my only hope. The people elected tomorrow are not my hope. Not a single one of them. They will fail. They will do the wrong things. That’s okay. Help them. Love them. Somehow bring us to a bottoming out as society that will help us to rebound and embrace you as not only the god we name (with a little g), but our true God whom we worship with all our mind, soul, and strength.
I pray this through Jesus’s life, death and resurrection that covers my sin from your holy eyes,