I woke up this morning thinking about politics. Ugh.
“Lord, I don’t want to get into a political debate this morning on Facebook.” I thought.
The Holy Spirit said, “Neither do I. But avoiding issues don’t make them go away. Pray for your nation.”
So here is my prayer:
“Father, I thank you that you are God and there is none other than you. Our hope as a nation is in You alone. Some may trust in horses and chariots but we will look to our God from where our help comes from.
Father I pray this country would reflect Your heart.
May we as a nation be prosperous and generous.
May we be moral and compassionate.
May we be defenders of the weak, the poor, the unborn, minorities, the fatherless, the widows, the aliens.
May our leaders enact laws for the good of the people and not the good of their parties or their bank accounts.
May our leaders learn to respect each other even as they disagree.
May civility, kindness, and love grace our lips as we debate.
God bless America.”
As I was writing that prayer, my prayer became,
“Lord, May your Church, May your Bride, lead the way. May the Church be an example of love, compassion, generosity, unity, and diversity. May we be a demonstration of how to defend the weak, the poor, the alien, the unborn, the fatherless. May we demonstrate how to love people well. May we model how to live morally while having compassion and empathy for those who are struggling. May churches across America prosper and use their prosperity to be your hands and feet. May the Church be a reflection of You. Amen”
“It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humanity. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in nobles.”
Psalms 118:8-9 CSB