Our nation is glad and exults
because you rule the people in equity.
You guide the nations on earth
and the people praise you.
I’ve shared often that, when I was a little girl, my parents assured me that it is always appropriate to bring our troubles to God. My parents’ seemingly familiar stance toward God encouraged me to speak plainly and directly in my own prayer. Though I’d like to think that I’ve refined my approach a bit, I still find myself speaking with God as I would with my best friend. I never ask if God is listening because I know.
I admit that I have turned my eyes upward to moan and groan often over the past several months. This world is in a sad state. While I try to do my best to care for those nearby, I also pray fervently that the broader situation for humanity will improve. This is Election Day. I pray that those who are elected into office at every level will search their hearts and turn their eyes upward for guidance. May all of our world leaders do the same. This world needs prudent and just, compassionate and peace-oriented governance more than ever.
In the mean time, I don’t question God’s attentiveness to all of this because I know that God always listens. Oddly, simply acknowledging these truths dispels the darkness and encourages my hope.
Dear God, thank you for listening. Now, please inspire all of those who govern with wisdom and the generosity of spirit necessary to lead competently and selflessly. May they serve all of your people rightly as you see it.
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