Prayer for Our Nation
By Tim Boyd
In late June, I was invited to give the opening invocation for the “Fortnight for Freedom” rally in Topeka, Kansas, sponsored by the Catholic Bishops of Kansas.
Even though we have theological differences with our Roman Catholic friends, we do share a common interest in religious liberty in the United States. So, I was happy to be included in this rally.
I don’t usually write out my prayers, but in this instance, I was asked to do so and did. I would like to share that prayer with you in this issue. It was a prayer for a specific occasion, but it concerns an area that requires much prayer on our part in relationship to things happening at the national level.
Holy God, we come today as men and women of faith desiring to live out that faith in a way that would honor and glorify Your name.
You alone, Father, are worthy of our worship, our loyalty, and our devotion. May all that we do here today magnify Your name and Your righteousness.
Lord, You are the one who establishes governments among the nations. You have created our government to protect and prosper the inhabitants of this land. You have also created it to provide freedom of worship and conscience. We are blessed to live in a land where we can follow our personal convictions in matters of faith.
We are assembled here today because we fear that this freedom is eroding because of new policies put forward by our government. Our desire is to be obedient citizens as Your Son taught us.
But, Father, we find ourselves at the point of being asked to make choices that would go against faith and conscience. We know that we must obey You before we would obey any earthly institution.
Therefore, Father, we plead with You to intercede on our behalf with those in authority in our government. We ask that You convince them that these proposed policies would not enhance the lives of the citizens of this nation. Rather, it would force numbers of loyal citizens to go against sincerely held fundamental beliefs or disobey their government.
Father, give us wisdom to act graciously and continue to love and pray for our government. Give us wisdom as to how to react to policies that would have us violate conscience. Father, give us courage to do Your will even if that goes against the policies of our nation. Father, give us courage to honor You by the choices and actions that we as believing people must follow.
Father, we pray for a rebirth of freedom in our nation. May our nation return to its position as a light of freedom of conscience among the nations. Father, bless our nation and draw it back to the values upon which it was founded.
Father, we offer this prayer in the name of Your precious Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
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