My 4th of July Prayer

Here is the 4th of July prayer we offered in church today.

Father God, Creator of heaven and earth—
You have made all the peoples of the earth for your pleasure,
You have appointed the nations of the world for your glory.
As a people who in faith have pledged allegiance to our Lord Jesus Christ,
We pray today for the nation in which we dwell.
We pray you would grant us to we be governed by good and wise leaders;
That we would be governed in such a manner that we may live in peace.
We pray you would give the people of our nation a hunger for righteousness and justice,
That your care for the widow, the orphan, the poor and the alien would be shown through us.
May we be a people of humility, generosity and compassion.
May the weakest among us—the unborn, the unfortunate and the elderly—
Be shown your justice and mercy.
We pray that we who are the followers of Jesus Christ and his peaceable kingdom,
Would be a peaceable people seeking to live in peace with one another.
We pray that hate and acrimony would give way to love and harmony.
We pray that the Church of Jesus Christ in our land would be found faithful.
We pray that we would be a faithful witness to the kingdom of God;
That the church in our nation would be a city set upon a hill;
That the church in our nation would faithfully model the way of salvation—
The way of following Jesus Christ.
We ask this in the name of your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Have a happy 4th of July


P.S. Recommended music for today: American Recordings series by Johnny Cash (all six albums).