Pray and Fast for the Election
We invite you to pray alongside our East Side church family the three days leading up to the election. Join us to pray for our country, for peace and grace during the election, for hearts to turn to God, but also for Christians to turn their gaze to King Jesus who is reigning on the throne no matter what the outcome of the election.
“Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” — Hebrews 12:2
From Sunday, November 1 through Tuesday, November 3, culminating with a congregational prayer meeting at 9 p.m. on Zoom.
How to join the prayer meeting on November 3:
- Zoom link
- Or dial (646) 558-8656 with Meeting ID: 858 9681 5688 and Passcode: 344800
Add a calendar reminder using one of the links below.
How to Pray
Pray individually, with your CG, at noonday prayer or with others in our church. Use the following practices of P.E.A.C.E. (Pause, Eat, Ask, Commune, Examine) to lead your prayers.
- Sunday, November 1
- Pause – Lord, help me be still during a time when everything is trying to distract me from you. Let my heart be tuned to your world and those around me. Pray for fair and safe elections in all states, whether red, blue, or purple.
- Monday, November 2
- Eat – Lord, as I refrain from eating, social media posts, news, or other things that threaten to rule me life, let me consume and eat your word, that I may grow in you. Let my heart be tuned to your world and those around me. Pray for the candidates and their families.
- Ask – Lord, let me ask others about how they are doing. Let me be curious about their souls. Let my heart be tuned to your world and those around me. Pray for hearts to be curious about neighbors and their stories.
- Tuesday, November 3
- Commune – My Father, as we are tempted to be divided today, let me yearn for the way others view their calling to serve you. Let me thirst for the hearts of those around me, and not the outcome of their votes. Let my heart be tuned to your world and those around me. Pray for forgiveness among family and friends, and for relationships to be mended, and not splintered.
- Examine – My Lord, my true king, this day let me live in the truth of your reign. You, oh God, sit on the throne. You are the ruler of my life, and the lover for my soul. Let my heart be broken by what breaks yours, and let my soul yearn for the goodness of your world that is around me. Pray for Christians in our country to find their joy in Christ.
Fasting is an opportunity to express our deep sorrow over sin, our desperate need for Christ, our longing for the renewal of the church and our intense desire to see Christ’s merciful and just Kingdom spread throughout the world. As our contentious election season brings us to a stark awareness of how much we need God’s mercy, we must once again humble ourselves before the Lord through prayer and fasting.
How to Fast
Fasting in Scripture is typically described as the self-denial of some or all food or drink in order to express intense concerns to God in special times of prayer and worship. You may similarly fast from food — for one or more meals for one or more days. You can also choose to fast from other things, such as sweets or social media. The idea is to intentionally deny ourselves something that usually brings joy or comfort, and through the "hunger" we feel in its absence remember our humble needy posture before God. For additional fasting resources, read Some Thoughts on Christian Fasting and The Discipline of Fasting.