Prayer of Intercession: Election

Here’s a prayer of intercession from World in Prayer.  Although it is inspired by the upcoming election in the United States, the issues it addresses go beyond borders.

Prayer of Intercession

Holy and loving God,
the mystery of elections and civics and citizenship is upon us.

We understand that our loyalties, our citizenship, our priorities
are shared between heaven and earth,
between here and there,
even between my will and yours.

You taught us to pray "thy kingdom come,
thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven,"
and we despair at how that is to be.

But we try.
We promise.
And we will keep trying.

Help us not to join the legions of the cynical
or the purveyors of division
or the arrogance of "my way or the highway".

Help us instead to yearn and to pray for Arab Springs
to produce the delight of spring.

Help us in our love for freedom to produce the delight of freedom.

Help us in the exercise of our citizenship
to produce the delight of a great citizenship.

Despite the inevitability of winners and losers,
help us neither to be sore losers nor sore winners.
Hold before us the wisdom of Solomon,
to yearn to know right from wrong and choose the right

God of all nations,
we rejoice in signs of hope around your good creation.
We know that there are pitfalls and potholes along the way;
let us rejoice in courage and perseverance.
We dwell in your ancient promise
that we can run and not be weary,
walk and not faint,
as we journey toward being the people and nations you will us to be.

From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe,
from north to south
and east to west,
from Maine to California,
from red state to blue,
from one "ism" to another,
we choose to believe that Christ is greater than
     any failure,
     any weakness,
     any pitfall or pothole,
     any candidate, election or plan.
With that boldness we live our citizenship,
one foot in heaven, one firmly on earth.


~ from World in Prayer, a ministry of the Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist in Lodi, California, USA.  Prayers are written by a team of writers representing different denominations throughout the U.S., Canada and Great Britain.