40 Days of Prayer for the Election

This 40-Days of Prayer for the Election is a tool for you, your family, or your community group to enter into communion with God leading up the United States Election on November 3rd.

The prayers in this tool reflect a preeminent focus on returning to God. And while there is some specific focus on elections and leaders, the prayers promote no particular individuals or political parties. The focus is only on God’s sovereign direction and blessing. We invite you to pray such prayers with your whole heart — asking God to guide you to the candidates and/or issues that most represent God’s heart.

Enter in. Meditate on the Scriptures. Still your heart.

Invite His presence to permeate every part of your mind, soul, and body. May we always remember that our faith is in God, not in particular political parties or human leaders.

- SVA Church Staff & Leadership

Day 37 | October 31st

Agree with God today that Christians must stand it the gap to prevent evil from flourishing and you will be the one to step forward in faithfulness.

  Ezekiel 22:30 — I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one.

Day 36 | October 30th

Pray that the minds and the hearts of God’s people will be sensitive to His will.

 

Psalm 139:23-24 — Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Romans 12:2 — Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing, and perfect will.

Day 35 | October 29th

Pray for all Americans to take their vote seriously. Pray they will understand that God holds has given them great responsibility to wisely elect and support those who will lead.

 

Proverbs 29:2 — When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan.

Ephesians 5:11 — Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.

Day 34 | October 28th

One week until the election. Have I been faithful in lifting up my nation before the Lord? Do I need to dedicate more time today on behalf of America? Let me redouble my efforts.

 

Matthew 23:23 — Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill, and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy, and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.

Day 33 | October 27th

Pray for someone by name today and ask God to allow you to help them see His desire for our nation. Ask for the ability to share without argument but in love.

 

Proverbs 27:17 — As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.

1 John 3:1 — See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

Day 32 | October 26th

Our God promises to walk with us. Let us pray with a renewed fervor and passion to see Him change our world though his church.

 

Isaiah 40:8 — The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.

Day 31 | October 25th

Pray to remember that our hope and trust is not in the election results but in God alone.

 

Romans 15:13 — May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Day 30 | October 24th

May we be reminded that Jesus died for all people and it is God’s heart that all would come to know Him as Savior. Let us pray for the lost.

 

Luke 19:10 — For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.

2 Peter 3:9 — The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance

Day 29 | October 23rd

Pray for believers to be much more concerned about the glory of God’s Name and spread of Christ’s Kingdom than economic, political, and social comforts.

 

Matthew 5:10-12 — Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

James 4:1-3 — What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

Day 28 | October 22nd

Pray that confusion will be replaced by Godly clarity in the minds of the American people.

 

1 Corinthians 14:33 — For God is not a God of disorder but of peace—as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people.

Day 27 | October 21st

Pray for repentant hearts and a desire for spiritual awakening in America. May we be reminded that Jesus died for all people and it is God’s heart that all would come to know Him as Savior.

 

Isaiah 58:2 — For day after day they seek me out; they seem eager to know my ways, as if they were a nation that does what is right and has not forsaken the commands of its God. They ask me for just decisions and seem eager for God to come near them.

Daniel 2:20-21 — Praise be to the name of God forever and ever; wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.

Day 26 | October 20th

Pray that COVID-19 wouldn’t keep people from being able to vote and make their voice heard.

 

Isaiah 55:11 — So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

Day 25 | October 19th

Uphold the dignity of each person involved in the political process and help us to remember that all have been created in the image of God.

 

Genesis 1:27 — So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

Day 24 | October 18th

Pray for voters to seek wisdom through Scripture, prayer, and scrutiny when choosing who to vote for.

 

Hebrews 4:12 — For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Day 23 | October 17th

Pray for voters to elect leaders that uphold biblical principles on moral and financial issues. Pray that the economic situation will be addressed by good stewardship of our government as directed by the citizens of the United States.

 

Luke 16:10 — Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 — Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.

Day 22 | October 16th

Pray that God will give us elected officials who, with discernment, will write, enact, and enforce laws that bring Him glory.

 

Psalm 58:1 — Do you rulers indeed speak justly? Do you judge people with equity?

Romans 13:4-5 — For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of
conscience.

Day 21 | October 15th

Pray for all lies and deception from political ads to be exposed. Pray the Lord will help each of us to hear only the truth and help guide public and private election discussions to be free from lies, spin, and rumors.

 

John 14:15-17 — If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever — the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.

Day 20 | October 14th

Pray for the protection and the integrity of the voting process including registration and participation. Protect the vote-counting process. Help each individual involved in the process to be a person of integrity.

 

Psalm 25:21 — May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope, Lord, is in you.

Day 19 | October 13th

Ask God to expose the unrighteous acts of the candidates and for us to see them clearly.

 

Proverbs 2:22 — But the wicked will be cut of from the land, and the unfaithful will be torn from it.

Luke 12:2 — There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed or hidden that will not be made known.

1 Corinthians 4:5 — Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.

Day 18 | October 12th

May our elected officials seek Godly council now and forever.

 

Proverbs 11:14 — For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers.

Day 17 | October 11th

Pray that Christians will remain faithful to the task at hand for the benefit of the next generation.

 

Psalm 37:4 — Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Isaiah 49:22 — This is what the Sovereign Lord says: “See, I will beckon to the nations, I will lift up my banner to the peoples; they will bring your sons in their arms and carry your daughters on their hips.

Day 16 | October 10th

Ask the Lord to remove the scales from the eyes of those who listen to rhetoric rather than reason.

 

Luke 23:34 — Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.

Proverbs 3:5-6 — Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Day 15 | October 9th

Pray to remember that our hope and trust is not in the election results but in God alone.

 

Romans 15:13 — May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Day 14 | October 8th

Pray for each candidate’s position on the war on terror to be revealed. Ask God to prevent further outbreaks of violence and acts of terrorism during the campaign that are aimed at disrupting and destroying our political process.

 

Isaiah 60:18 — No longer will violence be heard in your land, nor ruin or destruction within your borders, but you will call your walls Salvation and your gates Praise.

Psalm 12:7 — You, Lord, will keep the needy safe and will protect us forever from the wicked.

Day 13 | October 7th

Pray that Christians will speak the truth in love in the political arena as well as all areas of life.

 

Proverbs 12:22 — The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy.

1 Peter 2:15 — For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people.

Day 12 | October 6th

Pray for physical, emotional, and spiritual protection for candidates and their families. Pray that they each would individually receive salvation through faith in Jesus alone. Pray for protection and strengthening of the marriages of those running for office and the marriages of their campaign workers. Keep all individuals sexually pure in their thoughts and actions.

 

Matthew 19:6 — So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.

Hebrews 13:4 — Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.

Day 11 | October 5th

Pray for voters to seek wisdom through Scripture, prayer, and scrutiny of candidates.

 

Psalm 11:1-3 — In the Lord I take refuge. How then can you say to me: “Flee like a bird to your mountain. For look, the wicked bend their bows; they set their arrows against the strings to shoot from the shadows at the upright in heart. When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?

Proverbs 14:34 — Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people.

Day 10 | October 4th

Pray that God will give America leaders of integrity who govern in righteousness, wisdom, and biblical truth. Pray that the Lord will place individuals in office who fulfill God’s sovereign purposes.

 

Romans 13:1 — Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.

1 Timothy 2:1-2 — I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

Day 9 | October 3rd

Pray that God’s Spirit will over-shadow voting booths & mail-in ballots across America. Pray that voters will hear and follow God’s guidance, not political parties or human reasoning.

 

Romans 13:11-12 — And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.

Ephesians 5:15-17 — Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.

Day 8 | October 2nd

Pray for a mighty resurgence of people who will honor God and stand boldly for biblical truths and principles. Pray that a great majority will awaken to wrong directions and leaders.

 

Proverbs 14:34 — Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people.

John 17:6-7 — I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. 

Day 7 | October 1st

Thank the Lord for the Godly politicians who are currently serving and for the Legislators, Executives, and Judges who do not know God, that He would call them to Himself. Remind Believers that personal transformation is more important than transfer of political power and that the elected official’s eternal destiny is more important than who is in office or a change of law.

 

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

Psalm 33:12-22 — Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance. From heaven the Lord looks down and sees all mankind; from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth — he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do. No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength. A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength, it cannot save. But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine. We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you. 

Day 6 | September 30th

Pray for God to show us how to be positively involved in carrying out our Biblical convictions in this election process and to help us become better educated on candidates and to be compassionate citizens in helping to restore unity and purpose for America. Pray that all believers will seriously seek God and turn out to vote in large numbers

 

Ephesians 5:17 — Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.

Day 5 | September 29th

Pray for each candidate to know and remember that it is not by personal might, power, ability, or fundraising that they will be victorious and successful in leadership. It is only by God’s Spirit and His sovereign will. Pray for the presidential debates. Pray for truth to be revealed

 

John 16:13 — But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.

Day 4 | September 28th

Pray for God’s guidance in campaign ads, interviews, and town hall meetings. Pray that the press and media will be accurate, thorough, and have integrity with all candidates.

Pray for God’s ultimate will to prevail. 

 

James 1:5-7 — If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.

Day 3 | September 27th

Pray for all Americans to take their vote seriously. Pray they will understand that God has given them great responsibility to wisely elect and support those who will lead. 

 

Proverbs 29:2 — When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan.

Galatians 6:6-7 — Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor. Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.

Ephesians 5:11 — Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.

Day 2 | September 26th

Pray for believers to be filled with great conviction and reverential fear of God as they vote. That none would commit the idolatry of placing economics or politics above God and biblical truths. Thank God for allowing us to live in a free country and for the privilege to vote for our earthly leaders. Remind us daily of the price many paid and continue to pay for our freedoms.

Repent and seek forgiveness for taking our freedom and right to vote for granted in the past.

 

Exodus 20:3-5 — You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me…

Acts 5:29 — Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than human beings!

Proverbs 14:34 — Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people.

Day 1 | September 25th

Pray for believers to fully humble themselves, placing their primary trust in God and not in political parties, economics or governments. Help us to speak with love and Godly wisdom in regard to the issues of education, business, health care, marriage and family, abortion, welfare, energy, government and taxes, military, terrorism, international relations, and every challenge that we will face in the years to come.

Ask God to prepare your heart for the next 40 days of prayer.

 

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

Psalm 33:12-22 — Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance. From heaven the Lord looks down and sees all mankind; from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth — he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do. No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength. A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength, it cannot save. But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine. We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you.

Isaiah 32:8 — But the noble make noble plans, and by noble deeds, they stand.