A CALL TO PRAYER FOR OUR NATION AND THE WORLD by BISHOP DAVIS
We are urging every member of the Second Episcopal District - each generation - to join with us in prayer for our Nation and our World. Currently, we are caught in a vicious cycle of conflict between the United States and Iran; and wars and rumors of wars stemming from social injustice and humanity’s disregard for one another.
We believe God’s Word, despite what appears to be insurmountable and overwhelming odds. And He hears the sincere prayers of His people. In 2nd Chronicles 7:14, He assures us, "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land."
This day and in the days ahead, we call upon each of you to put prayer in action and make it a priority on your personal agenda. In the Holy Name of Jesus:
Lift up our President. We know that our leader's heart is in God’s Hand. Ask God to guide the head of our nation in the way He would have him go.
Pray that God would surround our President with wise counsel--men and women of moral integrity who place our Creator’s agenda and the good of this great nation and the world above their own and whose motives are for that which is right.
Pray that God would give our President discernment, understanding, and knowledge so that our country and world may know stability internally and abroad. Thank God in advance for working through him, so that we might lead peaceable lives in godliness and honesty.
Lift up our Congress and Senate, State and Local Government Officials. Pray that by God’s Holy Power, our legislative bodies would make laws Pray they would make right decisions concerning politics, social welfare, and the economics of our country. Pray that God’s hand and not their own personal concerns will motivate them.
Pray for the men, women and families of those serving in the armed forces. Pray for Protection those who are being deployed and have been deployed to areas where wars are being fought. Give them wisdom to make decisions that would strengthen and prosper our nation and the world. Guide their minds and hearts so that all people may one day live in true peace and freedom. Fill them with your saving grace, and the gospel of peace that they may be a shining example of your love.
As your Church, give us the strength to respond to the call for justice in the world and to love deeply in difficult times, in a complex world, where injustice is vile in so many places. Grant us, O Lord, peace in our days, peace to souls, peace to community and peace among nations.
Finally, as your ambassadors and Kingdom builders, may we be peacemakers in our church, school, family, community, nation and the world. We pray for peace on earth. And may it begin in each of us. Amen.