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Almighty Father and Sovereign Lord, we praise you and glorify your name as the One who possesses all authority in heaven and on earth.  We know that it is only by your divine will, power, providence, and permission that lesser authorities exist and rule upon this earth.

Father, among the kingdoms of men, we are immensely blessed to live in a country that affords its citizens a voice in the election and appointment of those who govern our nation, as well as those who lead our cities and our state.  We know that there are hundreds of millions of people on this earth who do not enjoy this blessing and opportunity, and we are grateful for the great sacrifices that have been made which have secured and protected our right to vote in the free election of our leaders.  

Gracious God, our nation is bitterly divided right now on so many levels and for so many reasons.  We know that such discord does not come from you, for you are not a God of chaos, confusion, and dissension, but a God of peace.  Wherever we choose to point our fingers and cast the blame, it cannot rest upon you.  You are a holy, righteous, just, and merciful God.  And so it is to you, and to you alone, that we turn for light in our darkness, guidance in our confusion, hope in our despair, and healing from our ills.

Father, we pray that this election will proceed justly and fairly.  We pray that its ultimate result, which will be greeted with great joy by some and deep sorrow by others, will be accepted by all in peace and unity, acknowledging that the many precious things that unite us are far greater than the things that divide us.  Dear Father, bless and protect all who seek and serve in the cause of justice, righteousness, and peace.  Confound and defeat all who seek violence, destruction, and harm.  

Lord, regardless of the outcome of this election, we commit to you our unaltered devotion and our highest allegiance, knowing that your kingdom is not of this world and our true citizenship is in heaven.  We pledge to you, Father, that our mission as your people will remain unchanged.  We will continue to share the message of salvation through your Son Jesus Christ.  We will love and serve our neighbors, and love and serve those who consider themselves our enemies.  We will extend compassion, mercy, and grace.  We will speak in kindness.  We will return evil with good.  We will seek peace and pursue it.

Father, we humbly ask these mercies from you and boldly petition you to grant these blessings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen.           

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November 2020