Monday, October 13, 2008

An Election Prayer

God of community, you call us to live in peace with each other,
on this eve of an election we hold our brothers and sisters in prayer.
As we head into the voting booth may we all be blessed with wisdom.

Grant us the wisdom to consider carefully the future path of our country,
to choose the party and the candidate who we feel most clearly shares our vision of that future,
and, when the counting is done, to offer support to those who are elected -- even when we don't agree with their positions or their choices.

We pray for those who have let their name stand.
May they be gracious both in victory and in defeat.
May they move past the voting day committed to making this country a better place, a fairer place, a place where more people can live in abundance and justice.

Gracious God, on October 15 may we look back on the results in acceptance,
may we look forward to the future with hope,
may we share the knowledge that Your vision for the world lives not in any political philosophy but in the vision and hearts of the faithful.
Help us to always work towards that day when the words Your kin-dom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven are more than just lines we mumble in prayer.
May they become a reality in the world.
Amen.

1 comment:

Reb Duvid said...

This is the first non-partisan prayer I was able to find besides the one I wrote. I'd like to write directly to this author but can't find a contact address. Here's the url for my voting booth prayer, http://neohasid.org/resources/votingprayer . It's of course is focused on Nov 4 instead of Oct 15 since I'm in the US. It begins, "With my vote today, I am prepared and intending to seek peace for this country, as it is written (Jer. 29:7): 'Seek out the peace of the city where I cause you to roam and pray for her sake to God YHVH, for in her peace you all will have peace'..."