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9/23/2004

Presidential Prayer 

Bryan over at Spare Change has started something I think we should all participate in -- 40 days of Presidential Prayer (note that "days' isn't capitalized here -- I don't want Rick Warren looking for a copyright lawyer or anything!). He could use a few good bloggers, so if you're interested, head over there and let him know.

Today's prayer is here, by Bryan himself.
Father in heaven, You are not only the author of truth, You are Truth. There is no truth outside of You. As such, I come to you asking for Your Spirit to rest heavily over our nation for this day and the next forty days as we progress toward the election of our next president.
Father, will you please give both candidates a conviction to speak their messages clearly, directly, and truthfully so that Americans will not be deceived or confused as they choose the man who will lead and represent us? Father if any of the candidates are pursuing dishonest endeavors or desiring to win the office using dishonest means, please do not allow this to happen. We ask that you'd reveal all falsehoods in the days to ahead, so that truth may be known and understood.
Lord, I also ask for Your truth to rest heavily upon the people of this country. I ask that You show us where we have fallen short, where we have been selfish, where we have been wrong. I pray this over each person, each family, each municipality, and over our identity in the international community. Where we have been right and correct, I pray that You will affirm us in this and embolden us to continue. Where we have brought glory and honor to you, I pray for your encouragement and strength. But where we have been wrong and have followed our own wisdom to the consequence of our own folly, I pray you would make that known and we would turn from our ways and follow You.
We enter into Your presence with thanksgiving in our hearts for how You have provided for us, protected us, and used us to be world leaders. We dare not take Your blessings for granted, and we confess we are nothing without You. Forgive us of our sins -- individual, congregational, corporate, and national -- so that we may be one nation under God.
We pray today for the candidates for this election, that You will be glorified in them as You see fit. We ask for Your blessing upon them, giving them grace and mercy as they seek to lead this country.
Thank You for the Holy Spirit who births these prayers in us. Thank You for Jesus, who makes intercession on our behalf. And Thank You for receiving them perfectly, despite our imperfections.
Amen.


I'll be doing the Sept. 29th prayer right here, and I'll be posting and linking to the other 39 prayers.


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