When I was in school, I would always pray before a test. Sometimes that prayer was, “God, please help me to do well on this test I studied for.” Other times (more than I like to admit) it was, “Dear Lord help me because I forgot to study!!”
Well, if we pray before our tests in school then we should definitely pray before we vote. We should vote – it is our right as citizens. Sometimes voting feels futile. One quote even goes “The problem with political jokes is that they tend to get elected!” But it is our responsibility to vote; it puts us in the democratic process and helps us take an active part in the direction of our country. Voting is a choice to move ourselves into motion. It is a small step that helps us. It can lead to the courage to have conversations with people about things that really matter. Those conversations can change people’s lives.
We should definitely pray before we vote. Prayer opens our eyes wider; it helps us see beyond the issues at hand to the eternal issues that are at the core of humanity. Prayer changes our hearts and helps us realize that our most important “vote” is to follow the King of the universe. No matter what happens in the election, the future is still in His strong and loving hands.
Election day is a little over a month away. Start praying now. We don’t want to just pray 10 seconds before we cast our votes; we want to be praying for this whole month. We can pray for our vote. We can pray for our elected officials and for wise thinking. We can pray for our citizens to do what is right even when it is not easy. We can pray for justice.
And when we finish praying, and voting, then we can get to work – following Jesus and being great citizens.