Posted by: pendrops | August 27, 2008

prayer for a nation

I’m usually way behind on current events, seeing as I steer clear of the media in general.  However, I’m only a couple days behind on all-things-DNC this week.  What piqued my interest in the Dems was a prayer offered by one of my favorite authors and speakers, Donald Miller.

While Pendrops will never be a place to find controversial statements on society, politics or religion, I couldn’t help letting you know about Miller’s prayer for our nation.  You can check out more at his site, but I’m including the text of the prayer below.

Somehow, Miller’s plea reminds me that in the midst of all the political hype, divisiveness and confusion, God is reaching for us. To draw us near and breathe life into us, our neighbors, this nation.  And His world.

Father God,

This week, as the world looks on, help the leaders in this room create a civil dialogue about our future.

We need you, God, as individuals and also as a nation.

We need you to protect us from our enemies, but also from ourselves, because we are easily tempted toward apathy.

Give us a passion to advance opportunities for the least of these, for widows and orphans, for single moms and children whose fathers have left.

Give us the eyes to see them, and the ears to hear them, and hands willing to serve them.

Help us serve people, not just causes. And stand up to specific injustices rather than vague notions.

Give those in this room who have power, along with those who will meet next week, the courage to work together to finally provide health care to those who don’t have any, and a living wage so families can thrive rather than struggle.

Hep us figure out how to pay teachers what they deserve and give children an equal opportunity to get a college education.

Help us figure out the balance between economic opportunity and corporate gluttony.

We have tried to solve these problems ourselves but they are still there. We need your help.

Father, will you restore our moral standing in the world.

A lot of people don’t like us but that’s because they don’t know the heart of the average American.

Will you give us favor and forgiveness, along with our allies around the world.

Help us be an example of humility and strength once again.

Lastly, father, unify us.

Even in our diversity help us see how much we have in common.

And unify us not just in our ideas and in our sentiments—but in our actions, as we look around and figure out something we can do to help create an America even greater than the one we have come to cherish.

God we know that you are good.

Thank you for blessing us in so many ways as Americans.

I make these requests in the name of your son, Jesus, who gave his own life against the forces of injustice.

Let Him be our example.

Amen.

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Responses

  1. It was a great prayer, in my opinion. I posted the YouTube video of it on my blog today.

  2. Amen and Amen!


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