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Lord, today our thoughts and prayers turn again toward Kenya on its Election Day. Lord, we are very concerned. Especially after the torture and murder of election commission’s chief IT manager Chris Msando last week, we know people are anxious about fraud and violence. With the two presidential candidates neck-in-neck, tensions are running incredibly high. Lord, we pray against the tribal tension that has often led to violence in the past. We pray against election officials and/or candidates stirring up their supporters to an unreasonable and volatile frenzy. We pray that the election will go as smoothly as possible, that voter turnout would be high and calm, and that all results would be just and true. We fervently pray that people would accept the results of the election and respond in peace, despite frustration and fear. May Kenyans choose to respond only with productive actions to make their nation a better place, rather than causing any destruction in the midst of their pain. In Jesus’ powerful name we pray, amen.