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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Vespers - 11 February 2018


(President and Leaders): Almighty and everlasting God, since righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people (Proverbs 14.34); we humbly implore you graciously to regard the President of these United States, his counselors, our Supreme Court Justices, and all others in authority over us. We pray that they may be high in purpose, wise in counsel, and unwavering in duty; and in the administration of their solemn charge and judicial decisions may they wholly serve your will, uphold the honor of our Nation, secure the protection of our people, guard the rights and property of the inhabitants of this land, and set forward every righteous cause.  O Lord, hear our prayer.

(Prisons): Lord Jesus, who for our sake was condemned as a criminal, please visit our jails, correctional facilities and prisons with your pity and judgment. Remember all prisoners, and bring the guilty to repentance and amendment of life according to your will, and give them hope for their future; and especially for any who are on death row. When any are held unjustly, bring them a fair and honest release. Guide us in improving our justice system. Remember those who work in these institutions; keep them humane and compassionate, and save them from becoming brutal or callous. Finally, bless and prosper the Christian prison ministries and chaplains that they may powerfully convey your light and peace. O Lord, hear our prayer.

(Media): Almighty God, the lips of the wise spread knowledge; not so the hearts of fools (Proverbs 15.7). We acknowledge that truth can come through many voices; and falsehood can appear very plausible. Therefore, we implore you to direct, in our time, those who speak where many listen and write what many read in our country. May they do their part in making the heart of this people wise, our minds sound, our perceptions clear, and our resolve righteous. O Lord, hear our prayer.

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