Election campaigning can be a cynical time, or a divisive one. There is, however, also an opportunity for Christians. That is, to pray.
We’re taught by the example of the prophet Jeremiah to care for the society we live in and to pray for the common good:
But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. Jeremiah 29:7
In the wisdom of the Proverbs we’re told God is over and involved with our leaders:
The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will. Proverbs 21:1
And we’re clearly commanded in the New Testament to pray for our neighbours and for those governing us:
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 1 Timothy 2:1-2
So here is a prayer for our country, and for our present and future leaders:
Our God and King, we pray for the good of our country Canada and for your hand in this season.
Teach us how to be involved with the society we’ve been placed in, and how to participate, hold our convictions while not demonizing those who disagree with us.
Give us wisdom as we consider who our leaders should be. We trust you to put in place the ones you choose according to your plans. We ask that you would give them wisdom, guide them, and help them to govern our country with fairness, justice, and integrity. Protect them, keep them safe, and help them to lead.
Guide them towards the right path for the good of all our neighbours.
We ask that you would increase prosperity for all Canadians. Help businesses to grow and more people to be employed.
Remember the poor among us and those without the means to better themselves. Give them those means.
Give help to the immigrants and especially the refugees among us. Help them establish themselves in Canada and have fruitful lives here.
Protect freedom of religion and conscience (our first freedom) for us and for all our neighbours: Sikh, Muslim, Jew, Christian, and the non-religious.
Let Canada be a country where the Gospel is not hindered and can be fruitful.
Make our country a safe place for the most vulnerable among us: the aged, those with disabilities, and the suffering. Especially act on behalf of the unborn, who have no friend in any of the major parties. Bring a time when every human life will be protected by law from conception to natural death.
God, give reconciliation between the First Nations and the rest of Canada. Work to undo the historic wrongs against them and let them prosper.
Let righteousness, justice, and holiness increase in Canada.
Use our leaders to do these things.
But we know that we can not put our ultimate trust in any party, politician, leader, or government. Only You can fully be trusted to govern the world and so we worship You, look to You, and ask for Your mercy.