A prayer for the federal election 2011

(This is a prayer written by Dave Rogalsky, pastor of Wilmot Mennonite Church, Wilmot, ON)

Lord God, Ruler of the Universe, King of kings and Lord of lords, in this federal election in the spring of 2011, we come and bow before you, our first and last allegiance.  You have created powers and principalities, governments and institutions to regulate human life. We acknowledge them as your servants for good. Thank you God for your good gifts.

In this election, we are given choices between policies, leaders, parties and local representatives. Thank you Lord for your gift of free will to choose.

In the many choices we are sometimes confused by the messages that are carefully shaped to communicate what the leaders and parties want us to hear, by the media’s commentary, and by the opinions of party supporters. Sophia God we ask you for wisdom, clarity of thought, depth of passion, love for all those who run and those who vote, both for ourselves, and the candidates themselves.

Some of us have been turned off from the whole political process, including exercising our privilege and responsibility to vote by attack ads, character assassinations, impolite behaviour on the part of candidates, parties and leaders. Lord of hope, forgive us our apathy and cynicism, and help those who run in the election to rise to standards of behavior and truth befitting leaders in our country.

We come from many political perspectives and opinions. God of the marginalized, as we vote, may we always remember our neighbours, the poor, the downtrodden, “the widow, the orphan and the refugee” in our midst.  May we remember justice, righteousness, mercy and grace.

This is a huge expenditure of time, money and human talents. God of faithful work, we pray for those who do the work of making votes possible in every city, town, village and every area of our country, may they have energy and integrity in the task.

God who remains the same day after day, the end result is unknown to us, may we support our leaders with prayer, good advice, fair criticism, and honest praise, whether we voted for them or not. May your creation of government rule humbly, and honestly, working for the common good in our country.

We pray this in the name of the King of kings, the Lord of lords, the Prince of peace. Amen.

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