4 Ways to Pray After the Election

Let’s come together in a spirit of unity and prayer to bless our nation and its leaders

Across the United States, Americans are both celebrating and protesting the election results. But regardless of political persuasion or who’s named as the 46th President of the United States, Scripture tell us that we, the church, are to pray for our leaders.

In 1 Timothy 2:1–2 (GNT), Apostle Paul says, “First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, requests and thanksgivings be offered to God for all people; for kings and all others who are in authority…”

Scripture is clear, we are to pray. Now more than ever, the church needs to lead the way in uniting a divided nation through a spirit of love and intercession. We need to pray not only for God to guide our leaders but for God to sweep across our nation, bringing his kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy.

Your prayers are just as important after the election as they were before. That’s why we’re inviting you to join us as we pray for the following:

Pray for:

  • The President and all elected officials. Pray for God’s hand to direct their hearts and minds. Pray that they will love God’s Word, model God’s character, and lead our nation with godly intentions.
    “The Lord controls the mind of a king as he directs the course of a stream.” – Proverbs 21:1 (GNT)
  • Healing and unity in our nation. Pray against a spirit of offense, bitterness, and fear that is dividing our nation. Ask God to release humility and forgiveness so we will be united in our mission to serve all people.
    “Instead, be kind and tenderhearted to one another, and forgive one another, as God has forgiven you through Christ.” – Ephesians 4:32 (GNT)
  • The church to arise. Pray that the church will model biblical love and justice. Pray for a united church dedicated to sharing the Gospel and making disciples.
    “I have complete confidence in the gospel; it is God’s power to save all who believe, first the Jews and also the Gentiles.” – Romans 1:16 (GNT)
  • Change. Ask God for his wisdom and solutions in addressing social justice issues. Pray that our nation will grow in its response to serve and care for the poor, the marginalized, and the oppressed.
    “The Lord God has told us what is right and what he demands: “See that justice is done, let mercy be your first concern, and humbly obey your God.” – Micah 6:8 (CEV)

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Nena Podbury
Nena Podbury

Nena Podbury is a Prayer Mobilization Associate at American Bible Society. Originally from the Bronx, she served in children’s ministry for 12 years doing Sidewalk Sunday School. Nena is married with two children, Noah and Emilia.

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