It’s not always easy to find words to pray during an election time.
How do we balance our Christian commitment to love our neighbors as ourselves and our passion about political platforms and candidates?
How do we pray for what we want to happen in our country without making it sound like we are rooting for some people to lose and others to win?
How can we pray so that, no matter what happens, we will trust that God is present in our world and working for wholeness?
How do we pray so that we are moved to live in hope rather than cynicism?
Again, this sure isn’t easy. I am almost always reminded to go back to that line in the Lord’s Prayer which says – “Your will be done“. Not my will – but God’s will. The more I wrestle with those few words, the more I try to let go of my own anxiety and anger.
I am also reminded of the stance of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. about the power and limitations of government – “It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can stop him from lynching me, and I think that’s pretty important.” May I not put too much trust in government, but may I understand what it can do to impact the good of many.
The Empire Remixed blog, posted last year, offers some prayerful words for an election season:
No one would ever elect you, Lord,
…but we dare to call ourselves citizens of your Kingdom.
Send your Spirit upon us so that we might be discerning citizens.
Fill us with your love and your compassion,
…that we might love our neighbors in how we vote,
…that your church might be leaven in the political life of our country,
…that the light of justice might shine in the darkness of our political life,
…that the mind of Christ might replace vain conceit and contempt.
What kind of words do you use as you pray during this election season in the US? How do you draw close to God? How do you find ways to love neighbors who might disagree with you politically?