- Religion and Philosophy
Praying For Our Leaders
A Prayer For Our Country
Almighty Father, we pray
abandon us not to the devices of men,
but bless us with righteous leaders
well-disposed to do thy will in all things.
Give us, we pray, the will to follow and
to sustain such leaders.
Grant, we pray, that justice may prevail,
and that thy will may be done in all things.
This we pray in the name of thy beloved son,
even Jesus Christ.
"If my people....shall humble themselves, and pray...
There is a way forward.
If you believe in the power of prayer, you believe that prayer can make a difference.
If you believe that there is reason to hope, that earnest prayer can see righteousness prevail, then there is indeed hope for the future.
When has there ever been a better reason to pray for our leaders, for unity of purpose, for a reawakening to a realization of the righteous dreams of all mankind?
Christians and Jews are counseled to "pray for the peace of Jerusalem" and to "pray continuously."
We are promised that "If my people....shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7:14)
Is any nation without sin? If there were such a nation, we would all choose to live there, but we must fix our hopes and prayers on what we can make of our own nation, and in harmony with other peoples, and other lands, who strive for the well-being of all.
"Peace begins with me" can be our motto, for indeed it must begin somewhere, and we can only control ourselves while seeking not to control others, but to encourage by our own example.
As for you and me, we are told that if we will agree on such a goal (and work to achieve it) it shall be done of our Father in heaven. (Matthew 18:19)
Can we agree....at least on that?