A Prayer for our Nation as we Prepare to Elect our Leaders

In preparation for Election Day, Priests for Life calls upon believers to participate in this "Election Novena" by saying the following prayer each day:

Note for 2017: Even though this is an off-year, there are a few key elections we need to pray for: New Jersey will elect a Governor and both houses of its state legislature (the General Assembly and the Senate); Virginia will elect a Governor and the lower house of its state legislature (the House of Delegates); and on Dec. 12, Alabama will elect a U.S. Senator to fill the remaining term of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. All elections matter at all levels and we need to encourage people to always vote because if a person votes in an off-year, they are more likely to also vote in a big midterm or Presidential election year.

 

O God, we acknowledge you today as Lord,
Not only of individuals, but of nations and governments.

We thank you for the privilege
Of being able to organize ourselves politically
And of knowing that political loyalty
Does not have to mean disloyalty to you.

We thank you for your law,
Which our Founding Fathers acknowledged
And recognized as higher than any human law.

We thank you for the opportunity that this election year puts before us,
To exercise our solemn duty not only to vote,
But to influence countless others to vote,
And to vote correctly.

Lord, we pray that your people may be awakened.
Let them realize that while politics is not their salvation,
Their response to you requires that they be politically active.

Awaken your people to know that they are not called to be a sect fleeing the world
But rather a community of faith renewing the world.

Awaken them that the same hands lifted up to you in prayer
Are the hands that pull the lever in the voting booth;
That the same eyes that read your Word
Are the eyes that read the names on the ballot,
And that they do not cease to be Christians
When they enter the voting booth.

Awaken your people to a commitment to justice
To the sanctity of marriage and the family,
To the dignity of each individual human life,
And to the truth that human rights begin when human lives begin,
And not one moment later.

Lord, we rejoice today
That we are citizens of your kingdom.

May that make us all the more committed
To being faithful citizens on earth.

We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



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