OSJ Prayers

If you’re struggling to know what to say and how to say it after the U.S. election, consider using this prayer.

Risen Christ,

We are your beloved. You delight in us. You want the best for us. We belong to you.

We are your church. We are not all the same. We are immigrants, we are women, we are conservatives, we are LGBT, we are children, we are gun-owners, we are men, we don't speak English, we are pacifists, we are black, we live in rural areas, we are liberals, we pay taxes, we are Native American, we have disabilities, we voted Republican, we voted Democrat, we voted our conscience, we didn't vote at all. We are made in your image.

We are your church, and in the wake of this election we struggle to know how to be one body. We offer our prayers to you, Maker of heaven and earth.

We are your church, and some of us are afraid.

Immigrants fear being deported, or fear having their family ripped apart by deportation. Come, Lord Jesus.

Refugees who have fled unspeakable trauma now fear that the loved ones they are desperately praying for will not be able to join them in safety. Come, Lord Jesus.

Muslims, Sikhs, Arabs, and Indians fear hateful acts and discriminating laws. Come, Lord Jesus.

We are your church, and we are afraid.

We are your church, and some of us have been dehumanized.

Women, African Americans, people with disabilities, LGBT people, migrants, victims of sexual violence and harassment, people returning from jail and prison—so many have been characterized in ways that desecrate the image of God in them.

We are your church, and we feel powerless.

We are your church, and some among us cheered while others wept this week. But we all are called to pray for our leaders—those now in office, and those who will soon take power. We lift in prayer President Obama and President-elect Trump. May their actions reflect the dignity and deep responsibility of what voters have entrusted to them.

Strengthen us, your church, together to hold governing authorities accountable to the values we see in Scripture. Help us to uphold these values ourselves. We know that all people are of equal worth, that those in power must serve those who are vulnerable, that we are called to be hospitable to everyone—even those who are different from us or who may be our enemies—that the path of discipleship demands that we sacrifice our needs for the needs of others.

We pray for your church. Empower us to look at others who voted differently than we did, and to see the image of God in them. Move among us so that our relationships grow stronger, not weaker. Encourage us to find our voice together. May we see justice flow down like mighty waters.

We long to be people who deeply live out the implications of the gospel we believe, and who let it overcome our fear, our divisions, our resentments, our bigotry, our pain. We commit, Lord, to repent daily, to turn away from sin, and to walk in the way of Christ.

Come, Lord Jesus. Have mercy on us. Give us your peace.