For the President of the United States and All in Civil Authority   15 comments

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Adapted very slightly from the Book of Common Prayer (1979), of The Episcopal Church:

O Lord our Governor, whose glory is in all the world:  We commend this nation to your merciful care, that, being guided by your Providence, we may dwell secure in your peace.  Grant to the Honorable Barack Obama, the President of the United States; the Honorable Sonny Perdue, Governor of Georgia; the Honorable Heidi Davison, Mayor of Athens-Clarke County; and to all in authority, wisdom and strength to know and to do your will.  Fill them with the love of truth and righteousness, and make them ever mindful of their calling to serve this people in your fear; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.  Amen.

NOTE:  One can adapt this prayer easily to other geographic locations and update it by changing names and titles.  I believe that one should pray for all in authority, as the Apostle Paul instructed us in the New Testament.  There is a huge difference between praying for someone and praying about that person.  My mandate is to pray for, not about, people.  Praying for people in authority with whom we agree is probably easier than praying for those in authority with whom we disagree–even disagree quite strongly–but, in most cases, those with whom we disagree strongly are NOT evil.  They might be misinformed about some issues, but so might we.  Prayer, when it works as it ought to do, changes us positively, at least.  So, when praying for those in authority, may we do so with a healthy amount of humility.–KRT

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