The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops shares this prayer:
Lord God, as the election approaches,
we seek to better understand the issues and concerns that confront our city/state/country,
and how the Gospel compels us to respond as faithful citizens in our community.
We ask for eyes that are free from blindness
so that we might see each other as brothers and sisters,
one and equal in dignity,
especially those who are victims of abuse and violence, deceit and poverty.
We ask for ears that will hear the cries of children unborn and those abandoned,
Men and women oppressed because of race or creed, religion or gender.
We ask for minds and hearts that are open to hearing the voice of leaders who will bring us closer to your Kingdom.
We pray for discernment
so that we may choose leaders who hear your Word,
live your love,
and keep in the ways of your truth
as they follow in the steps of Jesus and his Apostles
and guide us to your Kingdom of justice and peace.
We ask this in the name of your Son Jesus Christ and through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Find more information from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on Church teaching regarding faithful citizenship here.
For readers in the U.S., how are you praying during this election season?
Pray Tell will be offering a variety of prayers for the nation and for the election in coming weeks. You are invited to submit your thoughts, your suggestions, and your prayer texts.
“Prayer before an Election” © 2007 United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Used with permission. All rights reserved. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is a Section 501(c)(3) organization and does not endorse or oppose specific candidates for public office or engage in any partisan political activities. The Conference’s provision of this prayer to Pray Tell does not indicate support or opposition of any of the political views posted on this blog.