A Prayer For Voting

Shared by Beth El Synagogue’s Kesher daily email.

This prayer is not a prayer about winning or getting other people on your side. It’s a prayer that we learn to work together to create a better future. It incorporates a pledge to do one thing for healing the world, for tikkun olam.

Behold, I am intending through my vote to seek peace for this land and country as it is written (Jer. 29:7):

“Seek the peace of the city

where I cause you to roam

and pray for her to YHVH (Hashem/Adonai/God),

for in her peace you all will have peace.”

May it be Your will, God, that votes

be counted faithfully

and may You count my vote

as if I had fulfilled this verse

with all my power.

May You give a listening heart

to whomever we elect

and may it be good in Your eyes

to raise for us a good government

to bring healing, justice and peace

to all living in this land

and to all the world, and upon Jerusalem,

a government that will honor the image of God

in all humanity and in Creation,

for rulership is Yours.

Just as I am participating in the election

so may I merit to do good works

and to repair the world through all my efforts,

and through the act of… [fill in your pledge]

which I pledge to do

on behalf of all living creatures,

in remembrance of the covenant of Noah’s waters,

to protect and to not destroy

the earth and her plenitude.

Give to all the peoples of this land, God,

the strength and will to pursue righteousness

and to seek peace as unified force

to uproot racism and violence

and to make healing, good life and peace flourish

here and throughout the world

and fulfill for us the verse (Ps. 90:17):

“May the pleasure of Adonai our God

be upon us, and establish

the work of our hands for us,

and make the work of our hands endure.”