by Kelly K. Faulstich
“Lord, teach us to pray (Luke 11: 1-13),” the disciples made a request of Jesus. Jesus’ response, of course, was part of the Lord’s Prayer that we pray in worship, as we gather in small groups, and as we individually say our daily prayers. As the time of election approaches in the United States, I find myself making the same request, “Lord, teach me to pray.” Longing for clarity in decision and grounded in hope, I find myself praying for justice for all, for love and reconciliation, for leaders who might see the cracks in broken systems and work toward repair, for peace and prosperity.
Our God who art in heaven, guide us as we vote and elect leaders for our country, our states, and our local communities. Grant us patience when there are lines, wisdom in navigating ballots, and discernment when choosing candidates. May faith, hope, and love guide all we do. In Jesus’ name, amen.
God whose name is most holy, we pray for those who will serve as election judges and polling place volunteers on election day. Give them the strength and compassion they require to see in every citizen a beloved neighbor. In your holy and loving provision, keep all voters and officials safe on election day. In Jesus’ name, amen.
God who reigns over all, on earth and in heaven, we pray for those running for public office and for all who will be elected. May they be surrounded by supportive friends and families as they celebrate or concede. May their successes or losses be coupled by a greater sense of service to their constituents and to the global community of all your children. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Holy Spirit, give us our daily bread and help us provide for those in need. Looking past election day, we pray for our country and the communities in which we live. Keep us safe. Help us love. Guide us in walking together to best love you, to love our neighbors, and to serve those in need. In Jesus’ name, amen.
The Rev. Dr. Kelly K. Faulstich serves as pastor at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Chicago, Ill.