You control all things. Every poll, every phone call, every yard sign and hanging tad; every drop of rain and every beam of sunshine today comes from you. You raise up kings and queens and bring them crashing down at your pleasure; empires ascend and splinter at your word.
And all your power works for the good of your people, those whom you have loved and redeemed through Jesus. Governments may change, but your good intention will never change, and will work until time’s end for our flourishing.
We are sojourners in this nation, sojourners who have felt this identity more strongly in years past. When we try to place our hopes in the leaders of our nation, their failures rebuke us. Their shortcomings remind us that there is no God but the LORD–only you have been perfect from eternity past and will be perfect into eternity future. Only you model perfect power and perfect humility, perfect servanthood and perfect leadership.
And yet I pray that you would give the grace of this leadership to whoever emerges victorious tonight, as well as whoever does not. I pray that the ruling party and minority party would have mutual appreciation and respect for one another, and learn to work together for our nation’s sake rather than for the sake of individual careers.
I pray that as a nation, your kingdom and your values would suffuse us. I pray that we would learn to value life at all stages, of all classes, in all colors. I pray that we would be characterized by high moral standards and lowly spirits, considering others better than ourselves and jumping to serve our neighbors.
I pray that this government would make equitable, just policies which promote opportunities for those who work hard to create better lives for themselves and their families. I pray that you would help us to steward and manage the vast wealth our nation possesses–our technology, our finances, our natural resources, our diversity, our systems and ideas, and so much more which you have given us–in order to help one another and help this world. I pray that we would leave this earth in better shape than when it was given to us, in every way possible.
Unify your church in this hour Lord. If we cannot reach across our divides, how can we ask our politicians to do the same?
I pray all this in Jesus’ name, amen.