Prayers for Our Nation
We meet on democracy’s front porch. A good place to talk as neighbors and as friends. For this is a day when our nation is made whole, when our differences, for a moment, are suspended. And my first act as President is a prayer. I ask you to bow your heads.
Heavenly Father, we bow our heads and thank You for Your love. Accept our thanks for the peace that yields this day and the shared faith that makes its continuance likely. Make us strong to do Your work, willing to heed and hear Your will, and write on our hearts these words: “Use power to help people.” For we are given power not to advance our own purposes, nor to make a great show in the world, nor a name. There is but one just use of power, and it is to serve people. Help us remember, Lord. Amen.
– Inaugural Address of George H. W. Bush, January 20, 1989
Lord, we pray that the ropes that bind our nation together, though frayed, will never break; that the greatest of our natural resources – the love of our people – will abound, flowing even beyond our shores; that our flinty determination will cause sparks of innovation to fly but never set wildfires of anger that we are not big enough to extinguish. And most of all, that you will be with us, as you have always been. Amen.
– Joshua Dubois, The President’s Devotional, entry for July 4
O God, our help in ages past, today, our nation is not unified, our voices do not speak together, and our hearts are torn as well. Our country, and the world, face many obstacles. Suffering, need, and injustice, seem ever present. Even creation groans with the weight of human burdens. In the face of these challenges we ask you to grant mercy to us your people, to be present in a new way, and to reveal the path of truth. Grant discernment and wisdom to those who lead our country, the President and those who advise him, and all our elected officials.
We pray that a new day of hope and understanding would begin with us, with our work, our words, and our actions; that we would be patient and compassionate as we deal with one another. And that you would bring unity to our nation, teaching us to walk alongside one another, rather than apart. Finally, Lord, teach us to seek your will and justice as we go. Amen.
~Pastor Mike Middaugh