: the act or process of returning something to its original condition
PRAY: God, I rejoice that your Kingdom has come to earth through your Son. I know we are in an age of “now-and-not-yet”—your Kingdom is here, but it is still to come. Today, I pray that you would make our nation part of your restorative work on earth. I pray that the results of this election would usher America into an age of joyful participation in the ultimate restoration of your Kingdom on earth.
“Afterward I will return and restore the fallen house of David. I will rebuild its ruins and restore it, so that the rest of humanity might seek the Lord, including the Gentiles— all those I have called to be mine. The Lord has spoken— he who made these things known so long ago.”
: to engage as a participant
: to occupy absorbingly; especially to commit emotionally
PRAY: Jesus, I humbly thank you today for the way you involved yourself in humanity, that you might understand our pains, our sorrows and our sufferings. I pray that you would show me how to become involved in the lives of my neighbors, that I might see them through your eyes of grace because I understand their sorrows and sufferings. May my votes bring relief because of my involvement in the plight of those around me.
“While he lived on earth, anticipating death, Jesus cried out in pain and wept in sorrow as he offered up priestly prayers to God. Because he honored God, God answered him. Though he was God’s Son, he learned trusting-obedience by what he suffered, just as we do.”
: awareness and understanding of the needs and emotions of others
PRAY: Today, I pray for the leaders we will elect in the coming days. Father God, I pray that the men and women we choose would have sensitive hearts. Make them especially sensitive to you, Lord. May they “press on to know” you so that you will respond and heal our nation. Make them sensitive, also, to the needs of the people they are elected to represent.
Hosea 6:2-3 (NLT)
“In just a short time he will restore us, so that we may live in his presence. Oh, that we might know the Lord! Let us press on to know him. He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn or the coming of rains in early spring.”
: marked interest or regard usually arising though a personal tie or relationship
PRAY: Lord, I pray today that you would give me your heart of gracious concern for my neighbors as I approach the election in my nation this November. I pray that you would use my vote to minister your restoration and your compassion to your people and to the lost in America. I pray that you would nudge the hearts of your people to remember, God, that when we respond to you and obey you, you will restore us.
“Here’s what will happen. While you’re out among the nations where God has dispersed you and the blessings and curses come in just the way I have set them before you, and you and your children take them seriously and come back to God, your God, and obey him with your whole heart and soul according to everything that I command you today, God, your God, will restore everything you lost; he’ll have compassion on you; he’ll come back and pick up the pieces from all the places where you were scattered. No matter how far away you end up, God, your God, will get you out of there and bring you back to the land your ancestors once possessed.”
: to show that you approve of someone or something
: to give help or assistance to someone or something
PRAY: God, I pray that you would show me where your support falls in this election. Direct my support to issues and candidates that have your support. I pray, also, that you would support your Church in America in your grace—make us live in “mutual harmony” and “full sympathy with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus,” that we would demonstrate your love to the world around us through our participation in this election.
“Now may the God Who gives the power of patient endurance (steadfastness) and Who supplies encouragement, grant you to live in such mutual harmony and such full sympathy with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, That together you may [unanimously] with united hearts and one voice, praise and glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah).”
: having or showing realization, perception, or knowledge
PRAY: Your awareness of me, oh God, speaks to me of your overwhelming love for me. You love me even as you search and know me. You are always aware of what I am doing, where I am going and what I am saying. I pray, Lord, that you would make me aware of you—aware of your thoughts, your desires and your will—as I consider the issues and candidates on my ballot this November.
Psalm 139: 1-6
“God, investigate my life; get all the facts firsthand. I’m an open book to you; even from a distance, you know what I’m thinking. You know when I leave and when I get back; I’m never out of your sight. You know everything I’m going to say before I start the first sentence. I look behind me and you’re there, then up ahead and you’re there, too— your reassuring presence, coming and going. This is too much, too wonderful— I can’t take it all in!”
: a mental grasp
: the power of comprehending, especially the capacity to apprehend general relations of particulars
: the power to make experience intelligible by applying concepts and categories
PRAY: Father, I pray that you would equip me with your spirit of wisdom and understanding during this election season. As I research, participate, advocate and vote, I pray that I would be filled with your counsel and knowledge. May my decisions be motivated by “delight in the fear of the Lord.” I pray, also, that your spirit of understanding would fall on all your people in America today
“A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch [Messiah] will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord—and he will delight in the fear of the Lord. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears…”
: the act of accepting something or someone
: a favorable response
PRAY: Lord, I thank you for your acceptance—for your gracious welcome and salvation. I pray today that you would fill my heart with the acceptance you have extended to me. Show me how to respond favorably to those around me and especially how your spirit of acceptance might inform my votes this November. May your gracious acceptance and salvation spread across our land through your people this election.
2 Corinthians 6:2
“For He says, In the time of favor (of an assured welcome) I have listened to and heeded your call, and I have helped you on the day of deliverance (the day of salvation). Behold, now is truly the time for a gracious welcome and acceptance [of you from God]; behold, now is the day of salvation!”
: suffering for a long time without complaining
: patiently enduring lasting offense or hardship
PRAY: God, you have been long-suffering with us, your people in America. You have saved us, sinners, and you have given us mercy. You have been patient with us, even when we have complained against you. Today, I pray again for the leaders we will elect this November. I pray that you would give them a spirit of long-suffering. Give them patience as they endure the scrutiny of our nation, and give them peace as they suffer the offenses and hardships of their respective offices.
1 Timothy 1:15-16 (AMP)
“The saying is sure and true and worthy of full and universal acceptance, that Christ Jesus (the Messiah) came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am foremost. But I obtained mercy for the reason that in me, as the foremost [of sinners], Jesus Christ might show forth and display all His perfect long-suffering and patience for an example to [encourage] those who would thereafter believe on Him for [the gaining of] eternal life.”
: removal or lightening of something oppressive, painful, or distressing
: things that are given to help people who are victims
PRAY: In so many ways, Jesus, you have brought me relief through your grace, and I thank you. I pray that you would draw near to your people this election season and use us to bring your relief to the world around us. May our votes and our participation in this election affect relief, especially for those who are experiencing oppression, pain or distress. Make us your relief for victims in our world today.
2 Thessalonians 1:5-7
“All this is evidence that God’s judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering. God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels.”