"God be merciful to us & bless us, & cause His face to shine upon us.
That Your way may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations.
Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You.
Oh, let the nations be glad & sing for joy!"
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Election Prayer 2012 [#4]
Friday, 2 November 2012
Merciful God, your Scriptures warn us for our good with
these words; “A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the
bones rot.” For generations we have voted for programs, laws and politicians
out of a heart dripping with envy, jealousy and greed, and now it feels as if
the bones of our country are rotting. Angry that others were prospering, we
have pushed for heavier taxation, consoling ourselves with “they can afford it;
they don’t have a right to so much money. How dare they!” Jealous that some
have better privileges and advantages, we have yearned for them to be dragged down
to our level. Greedy for our own personal peace and affluence, we have clamored
for greater and heavier dependence on governmental safety nets and securities.
We have increasingly been looking to our civil authorities (and others) as if
they were gods, or demi-gods who should be able to fix every catastrophe,
ailment and trauma; and if they don’t (because they can’t) we bewail the
injustice of it all and blaspheme them for their inadequacies. O God, we are a
nation of idolaters, and your own people in this land have “stubbornly followed
their own hearts and have gone after the Baals, as their fathers taught them.”
O God! Have mercy on us; forgive us; heal us; restore us, and we shall be
saved! Fill us with tranquil hearts as we prepare to vote, that we will rest in
you, casting off envy, jealousy and greed, and vote with an eye to glorifying
you and enjoying you forever; through Jesus Christ your Son. Amen.
(Prayerfully reflecting on Proverbs 14.30 and
Jeremiah 9.14) Mike
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