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Prayer before the polls

We all know there are big decisions to be made this week - no, not what Christmas jumper you're going to wear or when the right time is to have your first mince pie. This Thursday, we have the chance to decide how our country is governed.

If you haven't decided which way you're going to vote yet, check out Premier Christian Radio's election debate, featuring an expert panel of representatives including our very own Premier Youth and Children's Work editor Ruth Jackson. 

But, no matter what you cross on your voting card, it's important we pray over complex political issues like elections, and invite our children and young people to do so with us. 

Here, Andy Flannagan, executive director of Christians in Politics, shares his prayer, which we can replicate at home ahead of election day: 

God of all Government, 

Send workers into the harvest field of political life. 

Call your people - not simply those who pay you lip service, 

But those who hear your voice and know your name. 

Those who will not serve two masters;

Those who will choose kingdom over tribe;

Those who are not ashamed of the gospel; 

Those who will speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves;

Those who will seek justice, encourage the oppressed, defend the cause of the fatherless and plead the cause of the widow;

Those who will seek to reconcile more than separate;

Those who will seek to co-operate more than compete;

Those who do not despise the day of small beginnings;

Those who pray your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven;

Those who will choose your glory over self-promotion;

Those who will choose truth over expediency; 

Those who will listen to the still, small voice more than the megaphone of the media; 

Those who will care for the least of these, rather than genuflect to the greatest; 

Those who find their identity and security in their divine election more than their election by man; 

Those whose citizenship is in heaven and whose primary allegiance is to another King;

Those who know your grace for their failings. 

Call out an army that will march on its knees in humility, 

To fight not just with the weapons of this world, 

But the invisible ammunition of your Kingdom. 

Amen. 

This prayer was taken from a suite of election resources for churches at http://www.christiansinpolitics.org.uk/general-election-2019/

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