Praying for the elections, seriously

posted by Kaihsu Tai on May 3rd, 2009

Over the year, we prayed for people and places around the world.
Today we pray for our own land and nations.
In particular, we pray for the elections upcoming:
the Oxfordshire County Council elections
and elections to the European Parliament.

Will you pray with me? Let us pray.

God, we thank you for inviting us to create and form the world with you.
God, we thank you for giving us a society which we can try to transform.
God, we thank you for allowing us to inspire others in our community
and be inspired at the same time.

God the Holy Spirit,
In every debate, every one of the hustings,
no matter how contentious:
Let every question, every argument, every response,
be a tiny sermon of your Gospel,
a small prayer breathed in harmony with your noiseless sigh.
Let every speech be worthy of such a prefix:
In the name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
(بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم).

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

God, Creator of time and Master of history,
as the manifestos are drafted,
the propaganda leaflets printed,
whether in professional presses
or from a personal printer in the backroom:
Let every statement in them
be a modern restatement of your Good News,
blessing the meek and the hungry,
challenging the rich and the proud.
Let every manifesto, every leaflet,
be drafted as if the Shema were on its masthead:
(שמע ישראל יהוה אלהינו יהוה אחד).
Hear O God’s people!
the Lord our God, the Lord is one;
you shall love the Lord your God
with all your heart, and with all your soul,
and with all your mind, and with all your strength.
You shall love your neighbour as yourself.
(Mark 12:29f NRSV)

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

God our Redeemer,
as the voters mark their ballots,
let the cross be reminders of your crucifixion;
may they be participants of your mysterious redemption of the world.
We pray for the electoral officials, the tellers, the observers.
Let there be no injustice, no falsehood in the whole process.
We pray that you sanctify every emotion:
whether apathy, disappointment, sense of duty, enthusiasm, or joy.
Make them wholesome and make them work to your purpose.
Above all, give us your peace!

God, if we fall short of your standard, forgive us.
Give us time to change our mind.
Send someone to knock on our door, to help us think things through,
perhaps someone with a rosette on the lapel, clipboard in hand.
And may you, O Christ,
be present at our conversation at the doorstep.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Finally we pray for Police Constable Paul Phillips,
our Neighbourhood Specialist Officer,
whom we have promised to keep in our prayers.
God, we pray that you bless his work
in the upkeep of peace and justice in our neighbourhood.
We also pray that we find the best way
for us to support him and his colleagues in this work.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Almighty Father,
we pray all this through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

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One Comment

  1. On May 17, 2009 at 15:04 Kaihsu Tai said:

    I could have also mentioned the various creeds and confessions….