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Prayer for the National Elections

This prayer appeared in my church bulletin today. It seems to have been around since 2004. I hope you’ll take it to heart as you consider who to vote for on all levels of government:

Prayer for the National Elections

Give us, O God,
leaders whose hearts are large enough
to match the breadth of our own souls
and give us souls strong enough
to follow leaders of vision and wisdom.
In seeking a leader, let us seek
more than development for ourselves–
though development we hope for–
more than security for our own land–
though security we need–
more than satisfaction for our wants–
though many things we desire.

Give us the hearts to choose the leader
who will work with other leaders
to bring safety
to the whole world.

Give us leaders
who lead this nation to virtue
without seeking to impose our kind of virtue
on the virtue of others.

Give us a government
that provides for the advancement
of this country
without taking resources from others
to achieve it.

Give us insight enough ourselves
to choose as leaders those who can tell
strength from power,
growth from greed,
leadership from dominance,
and real greatness from the trappings of grandiosity.

We trust you, Great God,
to open our hearts to learn from those
to whom you speak in different tongues
and to respect the life and words
of those to whom you entrusted
the good of other parts of this globe.

We beg you, Great God,
give us the vision as a people
to know where global leadership truly lies,
to pursue it diligently,
to require it to protect human rights
for everyone everywhere.

We ask these things, Great God,
with minds open to your word
and hearts that trust in your eternal care.


Speaking of prayers, Radical Catholic Mom, a blogger I respect is leading her readers in a Novena running up to the elections.

Whatever your political persuasion, I think approaching this election with prayer is a good idea. I also believe that no matter who wins on November 4th, much prayer and living out “love your neighbor as yourself” will be required to rebuild and heal the country from the last eight years.

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