Thursday, May 6, 2010

National Day of Prayer

The Lord wants you to obey all human authorities, especially the Emperor, who rules over everyone. You must also obey governors, because they are sent by the Emperor to punish criminals and to praise good citizens. God wants you to silence stupid and ignorant people by doing right. You are free, but still you are God's servants, and you must not use your freedom as an excuse for doing wrong. Respect everyone and show special love for God's people. Honor God and respect the Emperor. (1 Peter 2:13-17 CEV)

To read only the parts of the Bible we like is not to believe in God but in ourselves. A loose quote from St. Augustine.Today may we pray for all in authority. Christianity is not a license to be right as we are all sinners not knowing the will of God. But if you want to know the will of God, read the whole Bible.

So today let us pray for our elected and appointed officials and ask forgiveness for ourselves when we have ridiculed those who do not agree with us. (Matthew 5:22b)

O Lord our Governor, whose glory is in all the world: We commend this nation to thy merciful care, that, being guidedby thy Providence, we may dwell secure in thy peace. Grant to the President of the United States, the Governor of this State (or Commonwealth), and to all in authority, wisdom and strength to know and to do thy will. Fill them with the love of truth and righteousness, and make them ever mindful of their calling to serve this people in thy fear; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.