Wow. This has been an, ahem, interesting political season to say the least. I’ve watched with shock and dismay as the grown men and women who would like to lead our nation have resorted to a whole new level of bullying, name-calling and ugliness.
I was lying in bed the night after watching a particularly contentious debate feeling pretty hopeless about the future of America when I started to pray. However, I wasn’t sure how to pray or what to pray for.
“Dear God, please, please don’t let that candidate become president.” That didn’t seem right. Who am I to tell God who should or shouldn’t lead our nation?
“Dear God, I cannot imagine what would happen if that person became president, but Thy will be done…I guess.” Okay, so why am I even talking to God about this, if that’s how I feel?
I struggled for a few more minutes trying to figure out how to have this conversation with God when I was reminded of some very familiar words that Jesus shared with his disciples about prayer. In Matthew 6:9, Jesus says, “This then, is how you should pray…” What follows is the most famous prayer of all time, the prayer that many of us call, “The Lord’s Prayer.”
That night, as I began to pray those same words that I had prayed so many times before, they took on a whole new meaning. In the context of this volatile political climate and my troubled heart, they provided the peace I needed to know that, regardless of who becomes our next president, Jesus is still Lord, and that’s really all that matters.
So, let’s pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be your name,
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from the Evil One.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power
And the glory forever. Amen.”