MARY REICHARD, HOST: Today is Tuesday, November 3rd. Good morning! This is The World and Everything in It from listener-supported WORLD Radio. I’m Mary Reichard.
NICK EICHER, HOST: And I’m Nick Eicher. Next up, more prayers for our nation.
Here are Mauree and Jackson Bourgeois reading from the Book of Common Prayer, Darlene Hess reading from Isaiah, Ben Keller sharing a prayer by John Calvin, and poet Cheryl Balcom.
BOURGEOIS: Almighty God, to whom we must account for all our power and privileges, guide the people of the United States, and of our community and state, in the election of officials and representatives that by faithful administration and wise laws, the rights of all may be protected and our nation be enabled to fulfill your purposes through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
DARLENE HESS: No matter what happens in the upcoming election, remember God’s Word: “I have chosen you and not cast you off. Fear not, for I am with you. Be not dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:9-10
BEN KELLER: Almighty God, the depravity of our nature is so great that we cannot bear prosperity without the flesh immediately raging in us. And without becoming even arrogant against you. Grant that we may profit under the trials of the cross. And when you have blessed us, may we with lowly hearts submit ourselves to you. And not only bear your yolk submissively but proceed in this obedience all our life. And may we so contend against all temptations as to never glory in ourselves, convinced that all true and real glory is laid up for us in you through Christ our Lord, Amen.
CHERYL BALCOM: This prayer was inspired by a recent drive down a long country road lined with political yard signs. It’s called, “The Way.”
I travel a road between right and left,
Red or blue, no or yes.
Each side pulls with grains of truth,
Disguising their pride, away from you.
I long for unity, for peace, for hope,
But find myself tangled in the enemy’s rope.
For ears are tickled, eyes are blind,
And deception runs deep on either side.
Where are my teachers, Lord?
The ones that you say,
I will hear behind me saying, ‘This is the way.’
I’m listening, Father, but my ears are clogged,
With the murky dimness of desire’s fog.
For my desire feels true, but my heart can deceive.
Help me to hear you, help me believe.
Let truth come to light is my passionate prayer.
I pray for discernment and compassion and care.
While voices are raised and arguments strong,
May my thoughts rise above them, in worship and song.
Whichever side wins, you are still on the throne.
I will live it, believe it, and make your name known.
May I choose not one side, but choose only you.
For you are the Way, and the Life, and the Truth.