Ubiquitous PDF: Guide to Prayer for U.S. Election

October 27, 2004


Living in one of the so-called U. S. "swing states" that's expected to play an important role in the selection of the next American president on November 2 means we've been subjected over the past many months to far too many candidate commercials, fund-raising solicitations, phone surveys and assorted other polls and pitches. If the election results are as close as most are predicting -- and if the confrontational attitudes between the major parties spill over into prolonged legal challenges -- it's quite likely we won't know who won for days, weeks or possibly even months. The good news is that the commercials, etc., will finally cease, an answer to prayers here in Wisconsin and in other hotly contested states.

For better or worse, religion has played a significant role in the campaigns and policy positions of both political parties, so it seems appropriate that a "Guide to Prayer for the 2004 National Election" [PDF: 141kb] has recently been made available online. The free resource is an adaptation of a prayer guide designed for the 2004 General Conference of The United Methodist Church. The introduction explains the guide's purpose:

"Americans can take our voting rights for granted. But voting is a privilege and a responsibility. And a national election brings an opportunity to reflect upon God's will for our nation. We do not confuse national interest with the reign of God, nor do we assume that those interests are necessarily in opposition."

The guide begins October 10 and leads through the upcoming Election Day. An additional selection of prayers, scripture, and readings for November 2 is provided to help citizen voters "pray for this election and commit to pray for the outcomes."

Yes, pray for an outcome, by all means!

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