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How to Pray for the Election
The 2008 Federal Election is drawing near. Your prayers make a difference. Here’s how to pray for our nation and its leaders and what to pray.

Imagine the impact on Canada if every elected representative at every level of government in this nation was prayed for every day of the year!

Imagine the impact on the quality of decisions made, on our communities and our land if every elected representative in each province, territory and municipality experienced the power of prayer every day.

We believe that every believer has the potential to transform Canada through the power of the Holy Spirit which is released in every prayer for our leaders and our nation.

So, welcome, as you now join in transforming this nation through prayer...

Getting involved

There are many ways you can be involved in transforming our nation through prayer:

  • Pray regularly for your elected representatives at every level – federal, provincial and municipal. Every prayer can be an invitation to the Holy Spirit to act in and through elected representatives according to the will and wisdom of God.
  • Be a spark, and join with others in praying for elected representatives.
  • Organize prayer events at your church.
  • Ask individuals to volunteer to pray regularly for specific elected representatives so that every elected representative is prayed for every day of the year.
  • Organize a community-wide prayer event.
  • Pray with your elected representatives remembering to:
    a. Maintain strict confidentiality.
    b. Respect their schedules: Be on time and keep meetings brief.
    c. Focus on them and their needs: Pray according to the prayer guide below.
    d. Take no more than one other person to the meeting.
  • Write to your elected representatives to let them know:
    a. You encourage them as willing servants of the people
    b. You are praying for them.
    c. If, and when, your church prayed for them.

If you need assistance on how to pray, we encourage you to:

  • Pray through the content in "What to pray for…" (see below).
  • Read the steps to “Effective prayer" (see below).
  • Register your commitment to pray daily for the election by signing in on the home page.

What to pray for the election

  • That this election will serve God’s purposes for Canada
  • That Canada will be a country whose elected leaders are
    • individuals of integrity, discernment, grace,
    • courage and conviction
    • willing servants
    • people of vision, perseverance and character
  • For wisdom, endurance and protection for candidates and their families
  • That candidates will be filled with Integrity, courage, humility and grac
  • That the Holy Spirit will guide and guard the thoughts and speech of candidate
  • That the Holy Spirit will guide campaign strategy
  • That candidates and campaign material will present positions and platforms clearly, openly and full
  • That the Holy Spirit will guide electors in examining issues and candidates, and guide them in voting
  • That every elector will cherish their right to vote
  • That every elector will vote

What to pray for the nation

  • Pray that Canada will be a country that honours and serves God
  • Pray that Canada will be a nation that demonstrates righteousness, justice, compassion and generosity
  • Pray that the Holy Spirit will bring a spirit of individual and national repentance across our land
  • Pray that individuals and leaders will seek and demonstrate forgiveness
  • Pray that Canada will be a nation of diverse people accepting. forgiving, sharing and working together for a better Canada
  • Pray that Christians would have both grace and the courage to be bold
  • Pray for the spiritual strength of the nation

Who to pray for in the nation

  • Pray for the Governor General, Prime Minister, Cabinet, Senate, party leaders, and caucus of each party
  • Pray for Premiers, Mayors, and provincial/ municipal governments
  • Pray for the Supreme Court, judges and the judicial syste
  • Pray that God will protect our land and pray for military, police, fire and emergency service
  • Pray for the healthcare system and healthcare workers
  • Pray for educators, teachers, students
  • Pray for the media and the Arts
  • Pray for Canada’s Leadership in international relations and policy

Effective prayer

Take time to evaluate your relationship with God.

  1. God listens when we pray.
  2. Understand prayer is not a ritual – it involves a personal relationship with God; it is simply talking to God.
  3. Realize why you should pray.
  • To glorify God
  • We are commanded to pray
  • God delights in our prayers
  • Prayer brings results; it invites God to act and calls forth His power and might
  • Be sure you are controlled and empowered by the Holy Spirit, who enables a believer to pray effectively
  • The Holy Spirit is given to us to glorify Christ and to lead into all truth The Holy Spirit empowers us for effective prayer

Use the "ACTS" formula as a guide.

  1. A – Adoration of who God is, expressing our complete trust in Him and the confidence that He hears us.
  2. C – Confession of sin; being real and honest but not extremely introspective, accepting God's forgiveness.
  3. T – Thanksgiving for the many blessings God has given us and thanksgiving for the difficulties and trials, knowing He is in control.
    • Thank God for our country and for those who serve us in public office
    • Thank Him for our freedom to worship
    • Thank Him for the fact that we have choices during the election process
  4. S – Supplication – Pray in specific terms.
    • See the prayer guide below and pray through the list
    • Pray for your federal, provincial and municipal elected representatives

Need more help?

We are here to help. Contact us by phone, email or FAX:

Nation at Prayer
Tel 905-426-9465
Fax 905-428-9698

NOTE:Since Tuesday, September 9, 2008, when Susan Finlay of Nation at Prayer appeared on the 100 Huntley Street telecast, the coast-to-coast response at the Nation at Prayer office to the call to pray for the election has been overwhelming.

Originally published on the Nation at Prayer website.




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