Paul writes to Timothy: ‘I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.’ (1 Tim 2:1-2)
In that spirit, this week we want to pray for the General Election; for our nation and for all those involved. You may find it helpful to use this prayer to fuel your own prayers this week:
Thank you so much for the privileges and responsibilities of living in a democratic society.
We lift this Thursday’s election to you, and ask that you would give each of us wisdom to play our part – that through the exercise of each vote, your Kingdom may come closer.
We ask that you would protect us from the sins of despair and cynicism; help us remember that we can all make a difference.
We pray for each candidate, in each constituency and their families. We ask that you would bless and guide them. We ask that these final few days would be surprisingly free of negative campaigning, and that you’d give wisdom to journalists and reporters as they profile different aspects of each party’s campaign.
We pray for the safety and welfare of each party leader, as they make their final campaign visits round the country. And whatever the outcome of Thursday’s vote, we ask that the result would be an even fairer and more compassionate society that serves the common good.
We ask, Father, that your mercy and grace would be upon our nation at such a significant time. May your kingdom come on Earth as it is in Heaven.
In the name of Jesus Christ, your Son, our Saviour.