On Wednesday at HERITAGE, we will gather for our regular mid-week prayer and communion service to pray for our president-elect. This will be our prayer.
It is in some ways a very Christian prayer, and in other ways it simply expresses the hope that all Americans of good will have for our country and its leadership.
I share it now because it's important to understand that our prayer is the same no matter who our next president is.
God of all creation, ruler of heaven and earth,
We gather this evening to thank you for our president-elect and to thank you for allowing us a voice in selecting our country’s next leader.
We pray that our new president will seek the best interests of our nation and all her people with the benefit and blessing of your guidance and providence.
We pray not only for our country and our fellow Americans; tonight we pray also that our president-elect will use the office of the president to seek the best interests of our world in a way that acknowledges that you are the God and creator of all people in all nations.
And, as Christians, we pray that our new president will seek to govern in ways that are consistent with the dawning reality of your kingdom here on earth.
Tonight we pray hopefully for a bright future of shared prosperity.
We pray hopefully for growing peace—in our own hearts, among the people of our nation and throughout our world.
We pray that our president-elect will inspire unity and seek to heal the divisions among us.
We pray for leadership that is generous and forgiving as you are generous and forgiving.
We pray for leadership that calms rather than inflames our fears.
We pray for leadership that inspires the best in us and that avoids exploiting the worst in us.
We pray for leadership that recognizes our genuine anxiety about the future and pray that our president-elect will find helpful ways to move us beyond our worry.
We pray that God will help our president-elect build a shared vision of a hopeful future among Democrats and Republicans and Independents; among rich and poor, male and female, young and old, rural and urban, immigrants and native-born; and among people of every race and from every nation.
We pray for God’s blessing on our president-elect. Bless our president-elect with the wisdom to know what is right and the courage to do it.
Bless our president-elect with the humility to admit wrongs and the dignity to seek forgiveness.
Bless our president-elect with compassion for those who struggle and with a genuine concern for the least among us.
We pray for the president-elect and for the president-elect’s family. We pray for their collective health and happiness, for fulfillment in the work they will engage, and for joy from the progress they will achieve. We pray that the next four years for our first family will be marked by Christ-like love and faithful devotion to God and to each other.
In the coming days and weeks, give the president-elect--and all of us--a growing awareness of your presence. Align our collective vision with your vision for our future. Make us steadfast in pursuing kingdom priorities and in living by kingdom values.
Now and in the years to come, may our individual lives be characterized by righteousness and our collective lives by justice, until that day when the world as it is gives way to the world as it should be, and you reign in our world and in our hearts forever.
P.S. If you're reading this on Tuesday and haven't voted yet, go vote.