Prayer for our National Elections 2006
November 7 is Election Day in the United States. Priests for Life again calls on all Christians to join in a Double Novena of Weeks – two periods of nine weeks of prayer, starting on the Fourth of July and concluding on Election Day.
The intentions for this Prayer Campaign are as follows:
1. That believers will be active citizens, will register to vote, and will cast their votes in the 2006 Elections.
2. That voters will base their choices on principle rather than on mere party loyalty or self-interest, keeping in mind that the first duty of government is the protection of human life.
3. That as a result of this year’s elections, our nation may come closer to embracing a Culture of Life, in which the unborn and all the vulnerable are protected.
A Prayer for our National Elections
O God, we acknowledge you today as Lord, Not only of individuals, but of nations and governments.
We thank you for the privilege Of being able to organize ourselves politically And of knowing that political loyalty Does not have to mean disloyalty to you.
We thank you for your law, Which our Founding Fathers acknowledged And recognized as higher than any human law.
We thank you for the opportunity that this election year puts before us, To exercise our solemn duty not only to vote, But to influence countless others to vote, And to vote correctly.
Lord, we pray that your people may be awakened. Let them realize that while politics is not their salvation, Their response to you requires that they be politically active.
Awaken your people to know that they are not called to be a sect fleeing the world But rather a community of faith renewing the world.
Awaken them that the same hands lifted up to you in prayer Are the hands that pull the lever in the voting booth; That the same eyes that read your Word Are the eyes that read the names on the ballot, And that they do not cease to be Christians When they enter the voting booth.
Awaken your people to a commitment to justice To the sanctity of marriage and the family, To the dignity of each individual human life, And to the truth that human rights begin when human lives begin, And not one moment later.
Lord, we rejoice today That we are citizens of your kingdom.
May that make us all the more committed To being faithful citizens on earth.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer for South Dakota
Father, you are the Lord of all Nations, And the security of all your people.
As we approach Election Day, We ask you to pour out your wisdom on your people. May they protect the gift of life by their vote. May the people of South Dakota Uphold the law that will restore protection to their children, And may you hasten the day When that protection will sweep our entire nation.
We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.
By our vote and by our voice, Grant that we may build a culture of life In your name. We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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