Wednesday, October 16, 2013

A Prayer for Wednesday, October 16, 2013


O God,

Thank you for the women and men that we have elected to serve as the leaders of our nation. Thank you for their desire and willingness to serve.

They are always in need of your guidance, but sometimes crises arise that make us more aware—and hopefully that make them more aware—of how needed your wisdom is. This is one of those times.

So please work in and through them just as they are with their ideals, their convictions, their egos, their faults, their illusions, their faith, their intelligence, their ambitions, their delusions, and their strengths. Enable them to work together with a broad perspective and with visionary foresight in ways that will further the common good. Empower them to lead in ways that will help us as a nation to grow in making peace and in doing justice.

Give them humility to listen to you and grace to listen to one another.

Give them courage to put the nation’s interests ahead of personal goals and political expediency.

Give them love to offer themselves up for the sake of others.

Bless our leaders today; they—and we—really need you to show them the way.


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