Prayers for Times of Anxiety
I’m guessing that, like me, you much prefer the drama and nail-biting of an exciting World Series Game 7 than the drama and nail-biting of the last week before a contentious and divisive Presidential Election. (Is “harrowing” the right word? Yes, it is.)
So I urge you to “Eat, Pray, Vote”: see below for details. We will have two brief Compline (Night Prayer) services as part of our Diocesan Prayer Vigil for the Election, but here are two tried-and-true prayers from the Book of Common Prayer that I return to in times of anxiety, that you may wish to use in your personal prayers.
For Quiet Confidence
O God, who has taught us that in returning and rest we shall be saved, in quietness and in confidence shall be our strength: By the might of your Spirit lift us, we pray, to your presence, where we may be still and know that you are God; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
(BCP p. 832)
In these days before Election Day, I find myself praying this prayer:
For those who influence public opinion
Almighty God, you proclaim your truth in every age by many voices: Direct, in our time, we pray, those who speak where many listen and write what many read; that they may do their part in making the heart of this people wise, its mind sound, and its will righteous; to the honor of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
(BCP p. 827)