A Prayer for Discourse

Microphone Against Audience

O God,

We are in the midst of a presidential election season.

It’s been ugly. We expect it to get uglier.

Forgive those who think that’s a good thing. Forgive us if we think it’s a good thing.

The discourse during this campaign has often spread darkness more than light and obscured truth more than revealed it.

We pray that the candidates and their campaigns will be motivated by a desire to do what’s best for the nation and for the world. We pray that they will speak the truth and act with integrity so we can evaluate them on the basis of what they say and do.

We recognize that they are likely to fall short of such ideals.

So we pray that you will give us wisdom and discernment. Give us the ability to know the truth and to act on it. Help us to interpret political discourse well so we can make the best decision possible when we vote this fall. Let our hearing, understanding, and responding be guided by grace, love, empathy, and compassion.

We recognize that we are likely to fall short of such ideals.

So—Lord, have mercy.

Amen.

This post originally appeared at Prayer 365.

Michael Ruffin is husband to Debra and father to Joshua (Michelle) and Sara (Benjamin). A graduate of Mercer University and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, he has previously served as a pastor and as a university professor. He lives on the Ruffin Family Farm in Yatesville, Georgia. You can visit and communicate with him at MichaelRuffin.com. He is the Connections Series Curriculum Editor.

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