Heavenly Father, You have commanded us in 1 Timothy 2, to pray “for kings and all who are in authority,” and so we do just that. We pray for our nation’s election and for our soon-to-be President-elect.

Baptize each one with your grace.

We confess, O God, Your goodness, Your sovereignty and Your power over all things – even events like this. We are reminded, that as Daniel said, “It is God who changes the times and the epochs; Who removes kings and establishes them…” Do Your work, we pray. We know that “there is no governing authority except from God, and those which exist are established by” You (Rom 13:1). And, so, Father, act according to Your plan, Your will, and Your purposes.

 

Father, first of all, we thank you for our nation. Indeed, we are a blessed people. For our abundant freedoms and opportunities, we thank you. May we not take them for granted. Instead, may Your church leverage them for the good of the gospel and the increase of Your kingdom. Thank you for the undeserved favor that You have shown our land.

 

Forgive us – Your church – O Lord, for not praying for our leaders and nation as we should. Forgive us for fearing men more than God. Remove the stains and smooth the wrinkles of Your bride, the church. While we do not join hands with those who do evil, as fellow citizens we feel the burden of our nation’s sinful choices. And so, we mourn the sins of our country – asking for Your pardon, Your grace, and Your lovingkindness. Forgive us for murdering the unborn. Forgive us for normalizing sexual sin. Forgive us for neglecting the needy, poor and hungry. Have mercy on us, O Lord. And grant us better, more upright, days ahead.

 

We pray, Father, for a peaceful election day. You have allowed our country, in days past, to calmly transfer power with ballots and not bullets. Allow it once again, we pray. May polling sites be teeming with dignity, mutual respect, kindness and decency. Help us, as Your ambassadors, to treat the men and women that we meet there with thoughtfulness and the love of Christ.

 

May our civic process be a civil one.

 

For the voting booths and necessary calculations, we pray for honesty, accuracy, and truthfulness. Proverbs 11:1 tells us that “dishonest scales are an abomination to the LORD.” Thwart the plans of any who seek to manipulate or falsify records. We thank you for the blessing of modern technology that makes our results so quickly known. May these useful innovations work as they are intended, to tally with precision and be reported correctly.

 

For our soon-to-be President-elect, grant them wisdom, courage, and integrity as a leader. Proverbs 16:12 reminds us that it is “an abomination for kings to commit wickedness.” And so, we pray, for a leader committed to righteousness, truthfulness and usefulness. Help them to be faithful, kind, and loving.

 

We thank You, Father, for the common grace gift of family. Protect our new president’s home, we pray. Stop anyone who would threaten or seek to do them harm. May the elect-First Family be safe, respected and treated with goodness. May the White House become a true home for them. Fill it with laughter, encouragement, and love despite the pressures of the job.

 

In Proverbs 8:15, wisdom declares, “by me kings reign, and rulers decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, all how judge rightly.” May our President seek wisdom – from those near, from those far, and especially from You above. Grant them sensibility, self-control, faith and discipline.

 

Make our President a defender of all life, a protector of true marriage, and an advocate for religious liberty across our land. Give them a heart for the needy, a concern for the powerless, a compassion for the weak, and a diplomatic spirit to our neighbors abroad.

 

Father, Your word says, “Where there is no guidance the people fall, but in an abundance of counselors there is victory.” (Prov 11:14) Put before our President-elect the best information, the most intelligent counselors and prudent, experienced advisors. May they may make sound decisions about economic policy, judicial appointments and just governance.

 

As Commander-and-Chief, may they be guided by both courage and restraint. Grant them the discernment to know when to put our troops in harm’s way and when to bring them safely home.

 

May any necessary wars be a tool for lasting peace.

 

Your Word is clear that “God opposes the proud.” And so we ask that you would grant our President-elect the humility to admit faults, forgive enemies, and change their mind when righteousness and justice requires it.

 

Lead them to a firm understanding of the truth of the gospel, a resolute commitment to obey the Word of God, and a passion to promote what accords with Your truth.

 

By your grace, may our new President be a better person than we anticipate and a better person than we deserve.

 

For our current president, President Obama, we pray for his remaining days in office. May they be peaceable, for his good and for the good of our nation. May he and his family be protected and may their transition to the public sphere be a smooth one.

 

In all of these matters, we ultimately pray as our Lord taught us to pray: “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

(Brief portions of this prayer are quotations from Kevin DeYoung’s “A Prayer and a Plea.”)