Lord, we are sickened by what is happening in Pakistan prior to its July 25 general election. We are so weary of terror, so tired of people destroying innocent lives in order to make a political point. We pray for the people of Pakistan today as they recover from at least three bombings this week alone—with more than 150 people killed and over 300 people injured. We know that these are not just numbers. These are real people who leave behind grieving loved ones. The injured will need immediate and long-term medical care, they will miss work, their lives will be changed. Heavenly Father, we pray against terrorism in this nation as the election approaches. May those who are tempted to destroy see the vileness of this tactic. May they choose healthier ways of expressing themselves. And may men and women of integrity not fear to stand up and speak. Protect those who would bring good to Pakistan and this world through their election to public office. May this election move forward with minimal violence. May the best people be elected to office in Pakistan for such a time as this. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.