Even if the decision of your vote is clear to you, you must pray about it. “Pray constantly” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) was a commandment to pray in every situation and for every circumstance. Stressed about the results of the election? Philippians 4:6 says, “Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” And if you think you’ve prayed enough, think again. Ephesians 6:18 calls us to pray with perseverance.
Spend time leading up to the election praying these 10 things. These are not the only requests during this season, but they are important to consider for our country’s sake and our own.
1. Pray that God would open your heart. Ask God to show you His instruction and not your own preconceived ideas. (Psalm 119:18)
2. Pray for God’s will to be done. It is essential that we recognize that God is in control. Pray that He would guide the right person into office. (Proverbs 19:21)
3. Pray for repentance. Yes, praying for our nation’s election requires praying for your own personal repentance. Is there anything in your personal life that needs to be addressed? (2 Chronicles 7:14)
4. Pray for the candidates. Pray for them by name. Pray for blessing on their families. Pray that they would be able to handle the stresses of the election. Pray for their families. Pray for their health. Pray for them all. (1 Timothy 2:1-2)
5. Pray for the salvation of the candidates. Christian character has not marked this election cycle. Pray for genuine repentance and life altering salvation for all the candidates. (1 Timothy 2:3-4)
6. Pray for the issues. Pray for moral issues such as abortion. Pray for financial issues and the economy. Pray for our military and how they’ll be affected by the election. Pray for healthcare and immigration and natural security. And mix in a little bit of that first prayer you prayed (Psalm 119:18).
7. Pray for God’s people to let their light shine. Ask God how you can be a light when discussing politics. Let us use Paul as an example when he says, “I always do my best to have a clear conscience toward God and men” (Acts 24:16).
8. Pray for obedience. Pray for your own personal obedience and for the obedience of others. Pray that this nation would seek God’s will and then follow through with carrying out what He calls us to. (James 1:22)
9. Pray for the candidate you have chosen. It’s okay to pray, “Lord, make __________ the next President of the United States.” Pray for an honest victory. But make sure you also…
10. Pray for God’s will to be done. This is not an accidental repeat. Pray that even if the election goes against your desire, that God’s purposes will be accomplished. Remember that in the Old Testament, God often used what was evil to accomplish His ultimate will. Are you willing to accept the election outcome regardless of your desire? Pray that you will.