An Invitation to Prayer This Election Season

 

“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”   --  2 Chronicles 7:14

 

Among the greatest gifts United Methodists have to give to our nation is prayer and fasting to undergird our prayers.

 

Our nation is in a time of great division and discord. We are also at the point of decision for who will lead our country for the next four years. Therefore, Bishop Easterling, our Episcopal Leader in the Baltimore Washington Conference, and the Extended Cabinet are calling the people of the Baltimore-Washington Conference to a time of prayer and fasting that focuses on the Nov. 3 elections.  We invite you to join us in responding to that call by praying three times a day for the rest of this election season.

 

This is something people of all ages can do and we invite everyone in our community to be a part of this as often as you can!

 

The three daily prayers are found in The United Methodist Hymnal on pages 607 (Covenant Prayer), 270 (Lord’s Prayer), and 481 (Prayer of St. Francis) and are below.

 

The Daily Prayers:

 

A Covenant Prayer in the Wesleyan Tradition (UMH #607)

 I am no longer my own, but thine.

Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.

Put me to doing, put me to suffering.

Let me be employed by thee or laid aside for thee,

Exalted for thee or brought low for thee.

Let me be full, let me be empty.

Let me have all things, let me have nothing.

I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.

And now, O Glorious and blessed God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

Thou art mine, and I am thine.

So be it.

And the covenant which I have made on earth,

Let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

 

The Lord’s Prayer

    Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name;

thy kingdom come;

thy will be done;

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation;

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory,

for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

The Prayer of St. Francis

 Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:

where there is hatred, let me sow love;

where there is injury, pardon;

where there is doubt, faith;

where there is despair, hope;

where there is darkness, light;

where there is sadness, joy.

 

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek

to be consoled as to console,

to be understood as to understand,

to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive,

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Amen.


 

Fasting:

You are also invited to consider fasting with us on Tuesdays by giving up food, or something else of meaning to you from Sunrise to Sunset.  During the day when you crave of think about this thing, from which you are fasting, we encourage you to pray.

Fasting has a rich tradition within the Methodist Church, Christianity and our Abrahamic Faith Heritage, as something God’s people have done for thousands of years.  
 

Please visit https://www.bwcumc.org/news-and-views/call-to-prayer-and-fasting-for-our-nation/ for more information from our Annual Conference.