Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Election Day Prayer 2020


Dear Friends

Today is day eight of the Call to Prayer to United Methodists in Alabama being led by Bishop David Graves and me. We are requesting two weeks of daily prayer for:

  • persons who are on the ballot during this election season as they await the election results;
  • persons who are elected to lead our nation and state;
  • the transitions for any leaders who will be entering and exiting public office;
  • discourse about the elections to be civil and respectful in the halls of government, schools, work and churches;
  • the embodiment of the rules for voting of our founder, John Wesley.*

If you have not already done so, we would still love for you to join our prayer effort. Taking our concerns to God in prayer is a powerful action that impacts us and the ones for whom we pray.

In that spirit, I offer this Election Day Prayer.

God of us all,

Thank you for another day of life. We do not take for granted that we awakened this morning and have the gift of today ahead of us.

We are grateful for the opportunity to serve you as clergy and laity in the North Alabama Conference. We take seriously your call on our lives to serve as salt and light in the world in which we live.

On this Election Day, we pray for all of the persons in our state and nation who have made themselves available for public office. We ask that you give them renewed energy and grace after intense campaigns and as they await the election outcomes.

We lift up to you those who, as a result of today’s elections, will lead our state and nation into the future. Give them wisdom and compassion in the situations they will face.

We also pray for the transitions of those persons entering and exiting public office. May outgoing elected leaders finish strong and those assuming new roles begin well.

God, we are in a time in our nation when there are many divisions and tensions. We pray that we will exhibit civil and respectful discourse in our homes, schools, workplaces and churches. We offer ourselves anew as instruments of your work and peace.

All of these things we pray with great confidence in You, the Triune God who created, redeems and is a constant presence in our lives. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Friends, as always, it is a privilege to serve as your bishop.

Debra Wallace-Padgett
Resident Bishop
North Alabama Conference

* I met those of our society who had votes in the ensuing election, and advised them,
1. To vote, without fee or reward, for the person they judged most worth.
2. To speak no evil of the person they voted against.
3. To take care their spirits were not sharpened against those that voted on the other side.  (John Wesley’s Journal entry on October 6, 1774)

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