September marked the launch of “Five Minutes of Grace,” an opportunity to set aside 5 minutes every Friday to pray for our community. We earmarked September to pray for kids, teachers and administrators in our local school districts. How did it go for you?

Our theme for October’s Five Minutes of Grace is Pray For Your Leaders. The upcoming election conjures up all sorts of emotions, including pride, panic, disillusionment, burn-out, or skepticism (with a little eye-rolling sprinkled in).

You are not alone. According to a September 2016 Gallup poll cited in The Hill, only 42 percent of Americans trust their political leaders. Slightly more than half expressed confidence in their friends and neighbors to make sound decisions in voting booths.

Regardless of your thoughts regarding this year’s candidates, there’s one thing that’s non-negotiable. God commands us to pray for our leaders. I Timothy 2:14 states: 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. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”

God does not put an expiration date on people’s lives. He lived, died, and rose from the dead so that all could experience eternal life. All people matter to God. Perhaps that’s the framework that will help us as we move towards November 8 and beyond. Consider these prayer requests during your Five Minutes of Grace:

  • The Presidential candidate who has your vote
  • The other Presidential candidate you can’t stand
  • Wisdom for whomever gets elected
  • God’s protection over Congressional leaders
  • The power for evil to be stilted and undone
  • Candidates in your local and state elections
  • Asking God to soften your heart toward political candidates
  • Asking God for peace in your heart no matter the outcome of the election

We have the privilege as Americans to cast a ballot, but an even greater responsibility as Christians to boldly approach God’s throne with any request. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton deserve our prayers, even if they may not get our vote.