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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For Those in Authority

O 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: Modified from Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church, Board of Publication of the United Lutheran Church in America, Philadelphia, 1919, p. 226 #74

Also in The Lutheran Hymnal, Concordia, St. Louis, 1941, p. 104 #25

This prayer has several references to Romans 13:1-7.

“Under their peaceful governing… …righteousness, quietness, and unity” is a reference to 1 Timothy 2:2

 

For our Nation

O God,
you led our forefathers 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: Modified from Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church, Board of Publication of the United Lutheran Church in America, Philadelphia, 1919, p. 2256 #73

“so that we may never fail in the blessing…” is a reference to Psalm 33:12

Original in traditional English:

O GOD, Who by Thy Providence didst lead our forefathers to this land wherein they found refuge from oppression and freedom to worship Thee: We beseech Thee, ever to guide our Nation in the way of Thy truth and peace, so that we may never fail in the blessing which Thou hast promised to that people whose God is the Lord; through Jesus Christ Thy Son, our Lord. Amen.

A Prayer for Peace among the Nations

O Almighty God,
the Father of all humanity,
turn, we pray, the hearts of all peoples and their rulers,
that by the power of your Holy Spirit
peace may be established among the nations
on the foundation of justice, righteousness and truth;
through him who was lifted up on the cross
to draw all people to himself,
your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Source: William Temple, 1881-1944

Source of this version: http://www.ccel.org/node/4524

Also found here: http://jrwoodward.net/2010/02/praying-with-william-temple/

Prayer Reflecting on the Shooting in Orlando, Florida, June 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).

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 last week in Orlando, Florida.

  • 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 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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Prayer Reflecting on the Shooting in Orlando, Florida, June 2016 by Paul C. Stratman is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. Please contact for any commercial usage.