Word from the Center – Special – National Day of Prayer
A PRAYER FOR OUR NATION
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:1-4)
Dear Heavenly Father, You call us to pray for our nation daily, but today especially we pray for the healing of our country, that we might be a people together whose hearts are turned towards You in repentance and faith, and whose lives are turned towards others in service. With awe and wonder concerning Your providence and grace, we lift up our prayers to You this day.
Lord, we offer these prayers with the full knowledge that You are already at work in the world in two distinct ways, to preserve and to save. Through created “offices” and vocations, You keep peace, justice, and civility alive amidst broken, sinful people. Through your Church, You offer grace, mercy, peace, and, indeed, eternal life, all as pure gifts to all people, not just for today, but forever.
For order, peace and justice in these times then, bless all fathers, mothers, and families. Bless also our president, governors, mayors, police officers, teachers, and all public servants…. Bless business people, entrepreneurs, inventors, sales people, marketers, as well as writers and artists of all kinds…. Bless these and the many other vocations that exist in our world because of Your creativity and love. We pray this day for all those in high positions that they would be people of character, honor, and wisdom. We also pray that they, above all, would fulfill the duties of their office so that we might have a peaceful and just society, one that affords life and liberty to all who pursue it faithfully.
Sadly though, our nation today has wandered from the things of life and liberty. Today many are seeking to chart a new path of libertinism in all kinds of relationships, and license when it comes to the foundational principles that You have written not just on Moses’ tablets of stone, but on the hearts of every person who calls themselves human and humane (Exodus 20:1-17; Romans 2:14-15). Where there is a war against life, we pray for life’s victory in all its fullness. For those yet unborn, for those at the end of their earthly life, for those who are forgotten ones in this world, we pray that the fullness of life be their cherished inheritance in this country of inalienable rights which come from You, our Creator. Where there is a war against religious liberty in our midst, we pray for liberty to shine forth even more boldly so that all might hear of Your wonders as the one “who has called us out of darkness into [Your] marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9).
Dear Father, You sent Your Son, Jesus, the one who left His power position in heaven to be born in a lowly stable, to live life in our place, to die a death that is the recompense for this world’s sin, and who rose again to give us eternal life as a gift now and forever. May the precious message of Your Gospel motivate our prayers and our service to our friends and our enemies, to our brothers and sisters in the faith, to our neighbors in the community, and to all who lead and to serve in positions of authority. Give us strength to be a people constantly in prayer, available for service, and bold in our witness to You, the God who is at work in the world to preserve and to save. In the Name of Jesus, we pray. Amen!