O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with all of those who love him and obey his commands.” You are our Lord; you are sovereign over the earth and all who inhabit it. We belong to the kingdom of the Son whom you love; we are strangers and aliens in this world. Yet you have commanded us to pray for kings, and all of those in authority, that there will be peace and social order, that we would live godly and quiet lives, and that the knowledge of the Lord our God, God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, will be revealed in all the earth.
As we commence this historic week in the life of our nation, we pray for our leaders. Thank you that we live in a country where we enjoy the freedom to select those who will govern this nation, that we enjoy the political stability that allows for a peaceful transition of power. Thank you that we have lived these several years protected from acts of terrorism on our shores. Thank you for the diligence of President Bush and the outgoing administration, and especially for the sacrifices paid by the men and women of our armed forces that have kept us safe.
We pray for President-elect Obama as he takes the oath of office on Tuesday. We pray for the leaders of the incoming administration, and for the Congress recently elected as all together begin the work of governance. We pray that they would be men and women with godly character, with lives marked by moral integrity and honor. We pray that they would acknowledge that you are the Most High who rules over the kingdoms on earth, who gives them to anyone you wish. We pray that they would govern with skillful hands, serving the people of this nation and the nations of the world, with wisdom and with courage, with righteousness and with justice. May they hear the cry of the poor and the suffering; may they do what is right, and be kind to the oppressed; may they defend the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and love the foreigners residing among us.
Sovereign Lord, we are a powerful nation, we enjoy lives marked by your blessing. Forgive us where we have been arrogant or ungrateful. Teach us to be a humble and thankful people. May we demonstrate kindness and generosity to those around us, in our own community here at Elmbrook Church, in our neighborhoods and schools and office places, and in the wider world to which you have called and sent us. Help us to love the world as you loved it by sending your Son to rescue us from the dominion of darkness and bring us into the kingdom of the Son you love. Help us to live such good lives among the unbelievers that, though they might ridicule, they will see our good deeds and glorify you on the day of your appearing.
We pray all of this as Jesus taught us to pray: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. AMEN.