Prayers For Elections

Prayers For Elections

6 powerful ways to pray for the UK during election build up

As the UK prepares to go to the polls, take up moment to pray for all those who are standing, the electoral process and for peace and safety across polling stations.

1) Pray for all the candidates

Pray for all those standing for election. Ask that God will grant them peace as they await the results.

Heavenly father, we lift every candidate to you. We pray that whatever the result you will be with each of them. Help those elected to be humble in victory and for peace for those who were unsuccessful. Amen.

2) Give thanks

Take a moment to give thanks and praise God that we live in a country where we have the right to vote.

Loving Lord, we give you thanks that we live in a democracy. We pray for a fantastic voter turnout during this election and that many will be encouraged to vote. Amen.

3) Pray for polling stations

Lift up your local polling station. Pray the election will go peacefully and for protection over all those manning the stations and over voters.

Father God, we uplift up polling stations across the UK. We pray for safety as people turn out to vote. Give strength and energy to those manning the stations and for those who will be counting the votes. Amen.

4) Lift up those who are anxious or worried

Elections can be a time of uncertainty. Take a moment to pray for those who may be feeling anxious or worried.

Heavenly father, we ask that you help us to continually to fix our eyes on You. Draw close to those who are struggling, remind them of your steadfastness and fill them with your peace. Amen.

5) Pray for young people

Lift those who will be voting for the first time in this election. Pray that young people will feel equipped with the knowledge they need to cast their vote.

Loving Lord, we thank you for young people. Today we lift up those who will be voting for the first time. We pray for great excitement as they exercise this new right. Amen.

6) Pray for the new government

Throughout the Bible we’re commanded to pray for those in leadership. No matter what the election result is, take a moment to pray for the newly formed government.

“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.” 1 Timothy 2:1-3

Father God, we lift our new government to you. We ask that you fill each member with wisdom as they seek to represent their constituents. Equip them with the knowledge the need and help them govern with unity. In Jesus’ name, amen.

How to pray for elections around the world

As you pray for the UK today, also take time to pray for three countries where Compassion works which will also be undergoing the electoral process. Lift up upcoming elections in Peru, Togo and Ethiopia.


Togo will hold a referendum on constitutional reform on 16 December 2019, followed by legislative and local elections on 20 December.


Next year, Peruvians will go to the polls on 26 January. The parliamentary elections were called after Martín Vizcarra, the president of Peru, ordered the dissolution of congress in September.


Ethiopia is due to hold elections in May 2020 for the House of People’s Representatives and the Regional State Councils. Pray for peace, that the elections won’t be marked by protests and violence as it was in 2005.

Father God, we pray for the upcoming referendum and elections in Togo, Peru and Ethiopia.

We ask for wisdom for voters, that they will be able to make an informed decision and won’t face intimidation, violence or fear as they go to the polling stations.

We pray for fair and transparent elections to take place, free from corruption. And ask that you bring safety and stability where there is political unrest. We ask this all in the precious name of Jesus. Amen.

Becca Stanley

Words by Becca Stanley


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