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My summer reading has begun, and right now I am reading through the Apostolic Fathers. The following is a prayer included in Clement of Rome's Letter to the Corinthians (c. late 1st century). I include it here for the obvious historical interest, but also because it is a helpful guide when wondering how to pray for politicians in vexing times.
Lord, you gave to our politicians on the earth the power of government by your magnificent and indescribable might; may we know the glory and honour given to them by you and be subject to them, and in doing so not resist your will.
Lord, give them health, peace, harmony, and stability so that they may exercise well the authority given to them. For You, O heavenly Lord and King eternal, give to rulers glory and honour and power over the things that are on the earth.
Lord, direct their counsel according to that which is good and well-pleasing in your sight, that, devoutly in peace and humility exercising the power given them by you, they may know your blessing.
To you Lord, the only one who has power to do these things and more abundant good with us, we praise you through the High Priest and Guardian of our souls Jesus Christ, through whom be glory and majesty to you both now and from generation to generation and for evermore. Amen.
The above is my own adaptation of the prayer found here.