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A Post Election Prayer

I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior. 1 Tim. 2:1-3 NLT

Heavenly Father, we begin this day in America with a new president-elect, and with all kinds of emotions racing through our hearts. Half of our country is delighted, and half is despondent, while the rest of the world reacts with wariness and worry. Some see this election as your judgment, and some as your deliverance.

But as your people, our first response is to hit our knees, lift our hands and proclaim that you alone are God; you alone are Savior; you alone are good. Our hope is built on nothing more, nothing less, and nothing other than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. Our trust is in you—the God who does all things well—the Father who works in all things for the good of his children and the glory of his name.

In obedience to this portion of your Word, we pray for all people in our country today. This election year has demonstrated the deep divisions, multiple idols, and moral malaise of our culture. Father, restrain evil, and the predictable chaos, anger, and gloating that will possibly ensue.

We need your heart and hand to humble us, center us, and refocus us. We need the gospel of your grace and the kingdom of your Son. We need nothing short of a revival in our country. May your church lead the way in these coming days, weeks, and months. May we serve as peacemakers in our communities—agents of kindness, reconciliation, and hope.

We pray for our sitting president and our president-elect. Father, direct their hearts, as surely as you direct the rising and setting of the sun. We pray for as peaceful of a transition as possible. We also ask you to place men and women in this new administration who fear you and trust your Son—those who will love mercy, work for justice, and walk humbly with you. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ merciful and mighty name.

Scotty Smith