: 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.”
: done or made after careful thinking
: showing concern for the needs or feelings of other people
PRAY: Your thoughtfulness toward me, Lord Jesus, gives me peace and assurance for all my life. Today, I pray that you would give me thoughtfulness as I approach election day this year. I pray that you would make thoughtful toward my neighbors, and give me wisdom and insight as I consider issues and candidates on the ballot. I pray that you would make your people thoughtful toward the world just as you have been thoughtful toward us.
“And [Jesus] said to His disciples, Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious and troubled [with cares] about your life, as to what you will [have to] eat; or about your body, as to what you will [have to] wear. For life is more than food, and the body [more] than clothes.”
: firmly fixed in place; not subject to change
: firm in belief, determination, or adherence
PRAY: Jesus, I praise you today for your steadfastness. I thank you that regardless of the outcomes of this election, we have your hope to anchor our souls, sure and steadfast. No matter the policies or leaders put in place this November, we can trust in the steadfastness of your kingdom and your sovereignty. I pray that you would remind your people of your steadfastness as we participate in the political arena this year.
“This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.”
: devotion or loyalty to a person, group, or cause
PRAY: Lord, I thank you today for your allegiance to me—your eternal loyalty to love and lead me. I pray today that you would mold my heart in perfect allegiance to you. I pray that during this election, you would consistently remind your people in America that our allegiance is to you alone. Make our hearts loyal to you, and may our participation in the political process flow out of our response to you.
“On your feet now—applaud God! Bring a gift of laughter, sing yourselves into his presence. Know this: God is God, and God, God. He made us; we didn’t make him. We’re his people, his well-tended sheep. Enter with the password: ‘Thank you!’ Make yourselves at home, talking praise. Thank him. Worship him. For God is sheer beauty, all-generous in love, loyal always and ever.”
: steadfast in affection or allegiance
: firm in adherence to promises or in observation of duty
: having or showing true and constant support or loyalty
: deserving trust
PRAY: Father God, I thank you for your faithfulness to me. Thank you for your everlasting love. Thank you for your faithfulness to your people in America and to our nation. I pray, Lord, that in your faithfulness you would lead your people to your heart. I pray that you would make us a nation of people faithful to you, drawn by your loving-kindness and everlasting love.
“The Lord appeared from of old to me [Israel], saying, Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with loving-kindness have I drawn you and continued My faithfulness to you.”
: the quality of being faithful or loyal
: the degree to which something matches or copies something else
PRAY: As we approach election day, Lord, I lift up our leaders to you—all those we will elect in the days ahead. Your fidelity, God, gives us, your people, safety and security like a “roof over our world.” I pray that the leaders of our nation would demonstrate that same kind of fidelity—a faithfulness to their positions and to the people they represent that will bring a sense of security to the American people.
“Your love, God, is my song, and I’ll sing it! I’m forever telling everyone how faithful you are. I’ll never quit telling the story of your love—how you built the cosmos and guaranteed everything in it. Your love has always been our lives’ foundation, your fidelity has been the roof over our world. You once said, ‘I joined forces with my chosen leader, I pledged my word to my servant, David, saying, “Everyone descending from you is guaranteed life; I’ll make your rule as solid and lasting as rock.”’”
: a feeling and caring for someone or something
: feelings of love
: tender attachment
PRAY: Jesus, the whole world—the universe!—belongs to you, and yet you have set your affections on me. This is grace overwhelming. I pray today that you would give me your heart of affection for my neighbors. Show me how my votes can demonstrate your affection for every person. I pray, too, that the leaders we elect this year will show true affection for the electorates they serve.
“To the Lord your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it. Yet the Lord set his affection on your ancestors and loved them, and he chose you, their descendants, above all the nations—as it is today.”
: care or concern for someone or something
: a feeling of respect and admiration for someone or something
PRAY: Father, we thank you for the regard you have shown to us, your people in America. Remind us, as we participate in this election, that we have been chosen and sanctified for the sake of your name. Teach us, Lord, how to treat our neighbors with the same regard you have shown to us, and give us the wisdom to see how we ought to vote as people “set apart for holy use.”
2 Chronicles 7:15-16
“Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer offered in this place. For I have chosen and sanctified (set apart for holy use) this house, that My Name may be here forever, and My eyes and My heart will be here perpetually.”
: the belief that something or someone is good or acceptable
: a good opinion of someone or something
PRAY: Today, Lord God, I desire your approval. May my heart be open to you; let me keep nothing from you. “Do whatever needs done” in me. I pray today that your people in America would be open before you, ready to receive your work in our hearts so that we might be stamped with your approval. I pray also that as I consider the issues and candidates on the ballot this year, I would see them through the lens of your approval.
“Open up before God, keep nothing back; he’ll do whatever needs to be done: He’ll validate your life in the clear light of day and stamp you with approval at high noon.”
: painstaking or watchful attention
: regard coming from desire or esteem
: a person or thing that is an object of attention, anxiety, or solicitude
PRAY: Father, I thank you today for the ways you have shown me care. I thank you for your care for your people in America. I pray, Lord, that you would fill the hearts of your people with your care for others. Give us opportunities to proclaim the Good News, to tell of your salvation “good and loud” in the heart of your care. Give us your shepherd’s heart for the lost in our nation as we engage publicly this election season.
“Climb a high mountain, Zion. You’re the preacher of good news. Raise your voice. Make it good and loud, Jerusalem. You’re the preacher of good news. Speak loud and clear. Don’t be timid! Tell the cities of Judah, ‘Look! Your God!’ Look at him! God, the Master, comes in power, ready to go into action. He is going to pay back his enemies and reward those who have loved him. Like a shepherd, he will care for his flock, gathering the lambs in his arms, Hugging them as he carries them, leading the nursing ewes to good pasture.”