Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Prayers for our Nation & World

With the election over, Americans turn to God in prayer—
for our nation, our government, our government officials
and the entire world.

A Prayer for Government

Father, a handful of courageous men
in danger pledged their lives, fortunes and honor
to proclaim a nation whose citizens’ rights
were based, not upon the nod of king
or ruler, but upon creation at Your hands.

Grant to our administration a ministry of service to all, not the few.

To our Congress, the upholding of public interest
not merely a welter of competing private claims.

To our judiciary, a wisdom in interpreting law
grounded in principle, not expediency.

Pour Your Spirit out upon our people so that they
may become active in the affairs of government
that they may not confuse dissent for disloyalty
that they may use their mighty power for the healing of differences among nations
with justice and mercy and love.
A Prayer for Government Officials

Merciful Lord, bless our country.
Enlighten with your grace the President
of these United States and all who bear
office with the President, that in all things
we may be governed in justice and equality.
Grant us not only such outward prosperity
as is your will, but, above all things, such faith,
hope and charity that your name will always
be glorified in our midst.



A Prayer for the Nation

Almighty God, you have given us this
good land for our heritage. We humbly ask
you that we may always prove ourselves a
people mindful of your favor and your will.
Bless our land with honorable
endeavor, sound learning and pure
Save us from violence, discord
and confusion, from pride and arrogance,
and from every evil way.
Defend our liberties and fashion into one united people
the multitude brought here out of many
nations and tongues.
Endow with the Spirit of wisdom those to whom in your name
we entrust the authority of government, that
there may be justice and peace and home,
and that through obedience to your law
we may show forth your praise among the
nations on earth.
In time of prosperity fill our hearts with thankfulness,
and in the day of trouble do not allow our trust in you to fail.          

A Prayer for the World

God of all, make us aware that you want all
nations to be your one family.
Help us to be concerned about the welfare
of every individual you have put on this earth.
May all nations allow themselves to be guided
by a common standard of justice and truth,
while respecting the rich variety of many
Hasten the day when wars will cease and people will live
in tolerance and peace because they have learned
to respect all life.                                               
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Prayers: St. Anthony Messenger Press