Guard and Guide Our Leaders

CSBO merciful Father in heaven,
all rule and authority
in the kingdoms of the world
comes from you,
and you hold in your hand
all the might of humanity.
You have instituted
the governing authorities that exist
for the punishment of those who do wrong
and for the approval of those who do good.
Look on your servants,
the President of the United States,
the governor of this state,
our judges and officials,
and all the rulers of the earth.
May all who have authority
work as your servants
and use their authority
according to your will and command.
Enlighten and defend them by your name, O God.
Give them wisdom and understanding,
that under their peaceful governing
your people may be guarded and directed
in righteousness, quietness and unity.
God of our salvation,
protect and prolong their lives,
that we, with them,
may declare the praise of your name;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Slightly modified from the Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church (1917, 1918)

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Guide Our Nation in the Way of Your Truth and Peace

Image result for freedom of religionO God,
you led our ancestors
to this land
where they found
refuge from oppression
and freedom to worship you.
Always guide our nation
in the way of your truth and peace,
so that we enjoy
the blessing you have promised
to the people whose God is the Lord;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Paul Zeller Strodach, 1917, slightly modified from the Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church, 1917

Maintain Righteous Government

Image result for luther and princesLord,
preserve your people.
Maintain righteous government everywhere,
so that all things may take place
in an orderly way
and peace may not be destroyed
by revolution or secret enmity,
nor the eternal good order
be corrupted by debased living
or disturbed by other offenses.
Amen.

Source: Attributed to Martin Luther, modified slightly from http://www.antiochchurch.ca/famousQuotes.html

Freedom to Hear Your Word and Extend Your Kingdom

Image result for freedom of religionAlmighty God,
you have given us a land
where we are free to read and hear your Word,
confess your name
and work together
for the extension of your kingdom.
May the liberty given us
be continued to our children
and our children’s children,
that the power of the gospel
may here increase
to the blessing
of all the nations of the earth
and to your eternal glory;
through your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Henry Eyster Jacobs, 1917, slightly modified from the Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church (1917, 1918)

Original in traditional English:

ALMIGHTY God, Who hast given us a land, wherein we are free to read and hear Thy Word, to confess Thy Name, and to labor together for the extension of Thy Kingdom: Grant, we beseech Thee, that the liberty vouchsafed unto us, may be continued to our children and our children’s children, and that the power of the Gospel may here abound, to the blessing of all the nations of the earth, and to Thine eternal glory; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord. Amen.

A Prayer for All Nations

lossless-page1-800px-president_wilson_1919-bw-tifAlmighty God,
supreme Governor of all people,
Hear our prayer for all nations,
and so overrule the imperfect counsel of people,
and set straight the things they cannot govern,
that we may walk in the paths of obedience to you,
and to thoughts that purge and make us wise;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Woodrow Wilson

Source of this version: Freely modified from  A Book of Collects in Two Parts,  John Wallace Suter and John Wallace Suter, Jr., Milwaukee: Morehouse Publishing, 1919.

Original in traditional English:

ALMIGHTY GOD, supreme Governor of all men; Incline thine ear, we beseech thee, to the prayer of nations; and so overrule the imperfect counsel of men, and set straight the things they cannot govern, that we may walk in the paths of obedience to places of vision, and to thoughts that purge and make us wise; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

For Our Country

lossless-page1-800px-president_wilson_1919-bw-tifAlmighty God,
Ruler of all the peoples of the earth,
forgive our shortcomings as a nation,
purify our hearts to see and love the truth,
give wisdom to our leaders,
and steadfastness to our people,
and bring us at last
to that fair city of peace
whose foundations are mercy,
justice, and goodwill,
of which you are the designer and builder;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Woodrow Wilson

Source of this version: Freely modified from  A Book of Collects in Two Parts,  John Wallace Suter and John Wallace Suter, Jr., Milwaukee: Morehouse Publishing, 1919.

This prayer references Hebrews 11:10

Original in traditional English:

ALMIGHTY GOD, Ruler of all the peoples of the earth; Forgive, we beseech thee, our shortcomings as a nation; purify our hearts to see and love the truth; give wisdom to our counselors, and steadfastness to our people; and bring us at last to that fair city of peace whose foundations are mercy, justice, and good-will, and whose Builder and Maker thou art; through thy Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Prayer Reflecting on the Shooting in Dallas, Texas, July 8, 2016

Father in heaven, your holy Word tells us to mourn with those who mourn, and to not repay evil with evil, but to overcome evil with good (Romans 12).

Your Word also tells us that those who serve to guard and protect us are your servants who work and act for our good (Romans 13).

Day by day your people pray “Deliver us from evil.” It grieves us to see evil and violence. We are grieved once again by the shooting of police officers Dallas, Texas.

  • We pray for those who live with anger—move them to seek help and move friends, family and others who sense that anger to help them.
  • We pray for those who were injured—if it is your will, speed the healing of wounds to body and mind.
  • We pray for those who have the duty to protect and serve—give them strength to do their work with perseverance and patience.
  • We pray for the friends and families of those who were killed—draw them to yourself. Lead them to find comfort, hope, healing and peace in you.
  • We also pray that we may give faithful witness for the hope that we have, with gentleness and respect, that those around us may be led by us to you, and that they may be moved and enlightened by your gospel of peace.

…through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Expanded from  https://acollectionofprayers.wordpress.com/2016/06/19/prayer-reflecting-on-the-shooting-at-umqua-community-college-in-oregon/  © 2015 Paul C. Stratman

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