Reblogged from Mark Gunderman‘s Blog
A prayer from a US citizen
Prayer is not a substitute for action; it is an action for which there is no substitute.
Holy Father, we recognize that today we are living in both financially and socially challenging times. We understand that it is by your design and not by coincidence that all of us are residents [in this country] during this specific period in history.
We as a nation have great confidence in the benefits of good government. Our government has been authorized by you. Our government produces incredible benefits. No other form of government in any other large nation gives its people the benefits we enjoy. No one else has our kind of freedom and guaranteed human rights. No other large nation values the individual as do we.
Holy Father, as Americans our government allows us to enjoy the freedom to pray openly and proclaim your Word publicly. We are privileged and honored to pray together as your Word is read aloud in various places in [this country]. We have good government because it is your will.
Holy Father, we recognize the first responsibility and ministry of the local church: that supplications, prayers, intercessions and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and for all that are in authority and that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. We understand this is good and acceptable in your eyes, because you desire all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth of the Gospel (1 Tim 2:1-4).
You have instructed us to go into all the world and make disciples of all nations. Good government makes it easier to preach the Gospel.
If we are praying for good government, we are praying for the will of God.
If we pray for the will of God, we know that you will hear us. If we know that you hear us, we know that we have what we pray for—good government.
Today we want to please you with our faith by praying with assurance for our elected officials and our government. We pray today with the strong and urgent belief that you will touch hearts, transform lives and continue the Church revival in our community.
Holy Father, we pray for unity in the Spirit of God for those who belong to you. We pray that corporations and small businesses continue to provide good jobs for our citizens. We pray that each of us does our best in our employment and that you will bless our efforts as we are striving to do your will. We pray that corporate leaders have wisdom to follow in your ways toward peace, freedom and the pursuit of happiness. We pray for our local elected officials to heed your wisdom in their legislation, judgments and activities.
In Jesus’ name we pray – amen.
Mark Gunderman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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