An Election Day Prayer

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An Election Day Prayer

Offered by Stephen A. Macchia

 

Almighty God, Father, Son and Spirit,

Creator of the ends of the earth, Author of life and light and love.

Today our nation heads to the polls, from dawn to dusk,

To vote for the next leader of the free world.

And the road to this moment in our history has been tumultuous.

Our friends on both sides of the aisle of power have hurt one another. Deeply.

We are no longer a united country, but instead find ourselves deeply divided.

Philosophically. Theologically. Economically. Racially. Ethnically.

We’ve been critical of one another.

Conflicted,

Comparative,

Curious,

Cautious,

Cynical,

Even Combative.

And for this we humbly repent.

Tomorrow we will awake with a newly elected president,

And half of us will be disappointed, disgruntled, dismayed.

While the other side of the street will be delighted.

So we will need your Kingly rule in our hearts,

To patiently guide, protect, strengthen and lead us by the hand,

In order for us to come back together as family and friends,

Colleagues,

Confidantes,

Communities.

We are desperate for You to reign over our hearts and lives,

As Redeemer of our brokenness,

Sustainer of our blessedness,

Transformer of our belovedness.

To heal our hurts and restore our relationships and regain our equilibrium.

Keep us from temptation to be the rightest, best, and most braggadocios.

But instead to be compassionate, humble, tolerant, tempered and gracious.

Like never before.

Hungry for You. For Your Word. For Your Wisdom. For Your Way.

In this important hour.

May it be so, dear Father, Great Lover of our Souls.

All for Your namesake, Your Kingdom, and Your righteousness.

In our hearts. In our neighborhoods. In our nation. In our world.

In Jesus, our only hope for peace.

Amen.

 

Stephen A. Macchia is founder and president of Leadership Transformations, Inc.

 

 

 

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Steve Macchia

Steve Macchia

Founder & President

Steve is a graduate of Northwestern College (IA) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div. and D.Min.). His prior ministry includes serving on the pastoral staff at Grace Chapel (Lexington, MA) and as president of Vision New England. Since July 1, 2003 Steve has served as founder and president of Leadership Transformations, director of the Pierce Center for Disciple-Building, and adjunct faculty in the Doctor of Ministry department at Gordon-Conwell. He is the author of fifteen books, including the Baker bestseller Becoming a Healthy Church, and Crafting a Rule of Life (IVP). He lives in the Boston area with his wife Ruth and is the proud father of two grown children, Rebekah and Nathan, daughter in-love Ashley, and papa to his beloved granddaughter, Brenna Lynn. “My soul comes alive singing the great hymns of the church and enjoying the beauty of God’s creation. I’m in awe of God for fulfilling the dream for LTI that he birthed in my heart, for the team he has assembled, and the transformational impact experienced in the leaders and teams we serve.

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