1. Pray for Life and Cultural Rethinking — Pray that millions of Americans who do not attend church might see right and wrong in an objective way, and that adopting a Biblical worldview will point them towards God’s view of morality. Abortion is not a complex issue, despite what some may argue. The protection of the unborn is key for a brighter future for America. Pray that friends, family members, and voters across America are not distracted by other issues that take them away from this truth: The unborn are people too and, as such, should have rights equal with those who are out of the womb. Pray that abortion becomes unthinkable in the mind of each and every American. (Psalm 139: 13-16, Mark 3:25, Matthew 22:37, Jeremiah 1:5)
2. The American Justice System — Pray for integrity, that judges would uphold the law according to the text in which it was written, not according to the demands of modern culture. Pray for wisdom, that God would guide the minds of the judiciary as they seek to make decisions consistent with what is right. Pray for conviction, that God would impress His moral law onto the minds of the American judiciary, and that He would sovereignly place more born again believers as members of the judiciary to serve the American people. Lastly, we must pray for our elected representatives, on both the state and federal level, as they decide whether to confirm appointments to the judiciary who are appointed by the president and governors. (Psalm 89:14, Zechariah 7:9-10, Micah 6:8, Philippians 4:6)
3. For Government Officials — Pray that our elected representatives would know Jesus and desire to believe in and live their lives according to a Biblical worldview, and that the Holy Spirit would move in such a way that those serving in office who don’t know Jesus would come to have a deeply committed personal faith and daily walk with Christ. (Colossians 1:9-11, 1 Timothy 2:3-4)
Also, we pray that God will strengthen the families of elected leaders across the country, blessing their marriages; allowing them to raise their children in the saving truth of Jesus Christ; and shielding them from any division that may occur as they spend time away from their homes performing their duties. (Psalm 103:7-18, Ephesians 3:14-19)
Lastly, we pray that every elected leader in the executive and legislative branches would come to know that true wisdom only comes through following Christ, that they would recognize that every good and perfect gift comes from above, and that they would seek God in prayer and by reading the Bible so they might better understand the issues of the day. (Psalm 2:10-11, James 1:5, Proverbs 11:14)
4. Election Integrity — As Christians, we must pray for an electoral process that is fair, upright, and transparent, asking God to protect our elections and deliver results that can be trusted. As God has established government and authority to accomplish His will on earth, we must pray for those in authority, that they act in accordance with God’s will for them. (Psalm 28:2, 2 Corinthians 8:21)
Second, we must pray for our nation’s election workers and election officials, that they would act with honesty and not engage in deceptive practices as they count Americans’ votes. (Psalm 141:4, Isaiah 33:15-16, Ephesians 4:25)
Third, we pray that God will act against any force that seeks to disrupt the transparency of our elections through corrupt practices and manipulating votes and that the results of the electoral process would not be thrown into doubt. (Proverbs 10:9, Ephesians 4:25, Ecclesiastes 3:17)
Fourth, Christians should pray that the mechanics by which votes are counted are carried out in fairness and without hindrance by outside forces, as the Lord hates dishonesty. (Amos 5:24, Proverbs 21:3)
Finally, the Church must pray that God will give the news media wisdom and discernment in their reporting, that they would seek to report the truth and not use exaggeration or manipulation in their reporting techniques that would confuse or deceive the American people. (Proverbs 12:17, Proverbs 4:24, 1 Peter 2:1, Proverbs 16:11)
5. Civic Stewardship — Christians should consider praying that God would empower and motivate individuals across the country to act in accordance with their faith and not be apathetic when it comes to voting and engaging in politics, seeking God’s will and principles always. (Galatians 6:10, Luke 16:10)
6. Religious Liberty — God’s people must pray for the continued protection of religious liberty and freedom in the United States, that God will intervene in our country’s national and local governments, as well as those of other nations around the world, in such ways that promote and preserve individual freedoms. Ultimately, we as the Church ask God that the most devoted members of His Church will be elected to public office, help provide a moral compass for the future of our nation, and a better future for the next generation. The Bible is clear in Galatians 5:13: “For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” (Proverbs 28:18, 1 Peter 2:13-17)
7. A Prayer for Our Nation — God, we recognize you today as King of Kings, not only of individuals, but over all of the nations and governments of the world. We thank you today for the privilege of being able to participate politically, knowing that being politically active does not mean that we are engaging in idolatry and being disloyal to Christ.
We rejoice in your law, which our nation’s Founding Fathers acknowledged and recognized as higher than any human law. We thank you for the opportunity that this election year puts before us, to exercise our solemn duty not only to vote but to influence countless others to vote and to vote correctly.
We pray, God, that your people, the sheep of your pasture, will be awakened. May your children realize that while politics is not a means of salvation, the values you have impressed upon our hearts requires that we engage in the political process. Empower the Church to know that they are not called to be in exile but a strong community of faith impacting the world for your Kingdom.
Energize your people, teach them that the same hands lifted to you in prayer are the same hands that pull the lever in the voting booth, that the same eyes that read your Gospel also read the names of each candidate on the ballot, and that we do not stop living out the values you have impressed upon our hearts when we enter the voting booth.
Empower your people to a commitment to justice, to the holy covenant of marriage and family you have instituted, to the dignity and worth of each human life, and to the reality that human rights begin at conception, when all human life begins, and not one moment later.
Heavenly Father, we give you thanks today that we are citizens of your Kingdom. May that make us all the more committed to being faithful citizens here on earth.
We pray all this in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord.
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