Your kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom, one that has already been inaugurated by Your entrance into the world and Your ascension into heaven after suffering death, throwing the old order into disarray as Your Kingdom is shown to be that which will reign forever and ever, unlike all kingdoms before it and those that exist today. As believers whose eyes are set on His eternal reign, we see You not as a theoretical king or merely a future King but a present King, whose eternal political agenda confronts and upends all of our agendas at different levels. You humble all rulers, you humble all peoples and in the end You will appear in blazing glory to consummate Your reign with Your people, bring judgment, and establish the final order in the new heavens and new earth, where you are the great, forever and final political authority in the heavens and the earth. At present He rules in heaven, in the end He will rule visibly. Lord may we not lose sight of that.
Father in light of these realities, we pray for the unity of your people here and around the country, that we would set an example of our love and affection for one another in our discourse and relationships, that we wouldn’t succumb to fear or over-elation at the results of this election, as if our worst fears will come true or as if all our problems will be fixed. Would we all be settled together in the fact that You are the reigning King, you remove rulers and set up rulers, at Your will. Would we all find greater delight in You than in the temporary reigning of this world by man. And would this overflow into our relationships with one another, that we would put on display the embodiment of the gospel of peace and reconciliation in our political discussions to a world who doesn’t know You.
Prayer from the BCP:
O God, whose blessed Son came into the world that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves as he is pure; that, when he comes again with power and great glory, we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.