Below is a prayer that my colleagues and I – at Huntington University – prayed.
As a Christian, I am commanded to pray for my government and those in authority. For those who take the time to read the prayer, please consider the importance of continuously placing our faith as preeminent. Before we as Christians are anything else, we are Kingdom people. God is our highest and ultimate authority In as much, we must commit our concerns, worries, passions, desires, struggles and joys to Yahweh (God)
Heavenly Father, you are high and inhabit eternity, your name is holy, you have promised to dwell with those that are of a contrite and humble spirit: cleanse our hearts, we ask, from every stain of pride and selfishness; that though the heaven of heavens cannot contain you, you would choose to abide with us forever, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Let us pray for our country. Almighty God, we humbly ask you that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of your favor and glad to do your will. Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and gracious conduct. Save us from violence, unnecessary conflict, and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Bind the multitudes that have come to our shores into one, united people. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, we ask that our trust in you may not fail.
Let us pray for the President of the United States and all in civil authority. We commend this nation to your merciful care, that, being guided by your Providence, we may dwell secure in your peace. Give to President Barack Obama, and to all in authority, wisdom and strength to know and to do your will. Fill them with the love of truth and righteousness, and make them ever mindful of their calling to serve this people with respect to your authority.
As the Psalmist writes, may you fill our leader with your justice, may he lead your people in righteousness, and may he defend the afflicted among the people. May we constantly remember to pray for him and seek your blessing on his behalf. May he constantly seek your face and your Scriptures for your direction and may he learn to revere you, our Lord.
Let us pray for our sound government. Please bless the leaders of our land, that we may be a people at peace among ourselves and a blessing to other nations of the earth. May you give wisdom and grace in the exercise of their duties. Lord, keep our nation under your care.
Guide, we ask you, O Lord, all those who are committed to responsible governance of this nation; and give to them at this time special gifts of wisdom and understanding, of counsel and strength; that they may consider all questions calmly in their deliberations, and act wisely and promptly, upholding what is right, despising what is wrong, and performing that which is just, so that in all things your will may be done.
Almighty God, who has given to men the capacity to search out and use the wonderful powers of your universe, grant to us also the sense of responsibility to use these powers rightly; not for destruction but for the benefit of all mankind.
For us who are under the authority, we ask that we would live as servants of God and show the proper respect that is due to their offices.
And now let us pray for current issues facing our nation and world at this time.
Let us pray for times of conflict. O God, you have bound us together in a common life. Help us, in the midst of our struggles for justice and truth, to confront one another without hatred or bitterness, and to work together with mutual respect and compassion.
Let us pray for times of national anxiety. We ask you to please give us, by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, a greater realization of our brotherhood and sisterhood, man with man, woman with woman. May we put aside all anger and bitterness, and deepen in us a sense of truth and equity in our dealings one with another.
Have pity upon our ignorance and upon the confusion of our efforts. Help us to understand the anxieties of others and to know our own limitations. By your Holy Spirit raise us above all strife and prejudice, scorn and bitterness, that in the calm light of your wisdom, we may be drawn together in a common will to serve you and set forward your kingdom.
Let us pray for the unemployed in our nation. We commit to your care and compassion the men and women of our land now suffering distress through lack of work; support and strengthen them. Guide the people of this land to use our public and private wealth that all may find suitable and fulfilling employment, and receive just payment for their labor.
Let us pray for those without a home. Father, may we have compassion on the multitudes who have no place to call home, or are overcrowded in poor housing situations. Bless and inspire those who are laboring for their good. Stir the conscience of our whole nation, O Lord, and both break the bonds of greed and make plain the way of deliverance.
Let us pray for racial cooperation. You have made all people in your own likeness. Please help us to not separate ourselves from you and from our brothers and sisters by building barriers of race and color. Break down all that divides us one from another. Shame our jealousies and lay low our pride; do away with all racial prejudice, so that the connection of fellowship and mutual service may unite all peoples, and may we live in peace together. May we look with compassion on all who suffer on account of their color and share one another’s burdens, that we may fulfill your purposes and set forward your everlasting kingdom.
Let us pray for peace in our world. O God, look in your mercy and fold both heaven and earth in a single peace: let the awareness of your great love lighten upon our hearts so that we may have peace to your church, peace among nations, peace in our dwellings, and peace in our hearts.
Let us pray for our divine guidance. Direct us, O Lord, in all our doings, with your most gracious favor, and strengthen us with your continual help; that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in you, we may glorify your holy Name, and finally, by thy mercy, obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
As we close this time in prayer, please attend to our intercessions, answer them according to your will, and make us the channels of your infinite care. With our prayers, accept also our lives, which we present to you anew for your service and for the glory of your holy name. Be pleased to accept these, our petitions, and answer them, not according to the smallness of our faith, nor according to the greatness of our need, but according to the riches of your grace and for the glory of your name.
You have shown us, O Lord, what is good: enable us to perform what you require, to do justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with you; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.
(This prayer was written from Scripture, “The Book of Common Prayer” and “Parish Prayers” edited by Frank Colquhoun and with Bob Henry in the Huntington University Campus Ministries office)