Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inaguration Day Prayer

I have found myself at a loss for words today as my heart has cried out to God for our country. We all want the very best for this land we love. I could not seem to express myself until I read this on a friends blog. It says everything I feel and desire on this day for our country and our new President.
Thanks ,Z! (geeeeeZ!)

Dear God,

Be with us and our great country on this Inauguration Day of Barack Hussein Obama. Keep our country safe, keep all Americans safe. Keep him and his family safe.

I ask that our new president will put our country first in everything. Remind him of our history. Help him to understand that not everyone agrees with him on every issue and put it in his heart to consider their ideas and to at least honor them.

I pray that his Christian faith grows as he sees the terrible daily threats to this country Mr. Bush mentioned at his last speech. I pray that facts start to overtake his agenda and he sees the vital need to listen and give honest and real thought to all sides before he makes decisions. Help him pick Godly people from whom to seek counsel. Enable him to be truthful, to display dignity, to show respect for his office as he represents us around the world.

Mature this man, Lord, and teach him to lead this country in the ways that you desire. We know you love America, we know this great experiment was your idea. Please forgive our having turned from you in so many ways. Help this president to realize that it's only been through our departure from putting you first that this country has found itself in the disarray it's in and give him ways to remind us that America was a country of self-reliant, proud, hard working, honest people who don't want to depend on government but on you. Remind us how much better life always was when America put God first, regardless of the fact that we haven't always done right in some areas. We atone and ask that you help us.

On this day, particularly, I pray that you bless President and Mrs. Bush and show them in countless ways the gratitude most of us feel for the job he did in keeping us safe. Help them to feel our gratitude that they were always respectful of all of us on both sides of the political aisle, our soldiers, other world leaders, etc. Their stalwart and optimistic behavior, dignity and grace helped us through a terrible time.

May our enemies continue to be unsuccessful during this new presidency. And, if we are faced with the unimaginably difficult times some of us fear, give him the great strength and sudden and perfect abilities which will allow him to put us first in all ways and see this great country through it. Give him the tools, God, he's going to need them.

13 comments:

Jungle Mom said...

My only addition is that according to his own words, I am not sure if Obama truly understands what Salvation is or how it is acquired. But, as he calls himself Christian, I will not judge that and let God do it.

ABNPOPPA said...

JM,

Glad you posted that. I was having a little trouble with this issue also. Thanks for posting it.

Pops

By the way who's the good looking chik with the long red hair in the first pik?

Z said...

Thank you for this tremendous honor, JM. And, coming from you...I really appreciate this.
It wasn't easy....especially to 'go public' with my thoughts...

I'm glad it helped.

Tammy said...

Amen.

~~Deby said...

I so agree....amen...amen...
deby

Kathy said...

Thank you for this. I was praying too.

Brooke said...

Amen, JM.

Most Rev. Gregori said...

J. Mom: Even though I am a priest, I find myself in a situation where I really do not know what to do. I feel that if I pray for Obama's success, I will be praying for the demise of my beloved America.

Since Obama has made it clear that he WILL sign the FREEDOM OF CHOICE ACT, which will lead to unfettered abortion and kill all pro-life safe guards, and since he has made it clear that he supports legalized same-sex marriage, I cannot, in good conscience, pray for him. And since he does not represent my moral values, I cannot call him my president. Am I right or wrong? I will just have to let the Lord decide that one.

Dawn said...

Thank you for posting this prayer today. I was unable to bring myself to watch any of the celebration, since I am in a sad state today - I am so sad at what our country has done to itself. I can only hope and pray that this man doesn't keep all of the promises that he has made, and that he will soon learn that he doesn't have all the answers as his demeanor seems to indicate. I also trust and pray that history will be much kinder to President Bush than the media has been - shameful! I am sure they are very happy to be back in Texas tonight!

The Localmalcontent said...

How is your father doing, JMom? An update on his condition soon?

Findalis said...

And I'm praying for a stroke or heart attack. Something that he won't linger on.

gecko said...

Thank you for posting that jm, and interesting comments. Our household is feeling very sad at present, and we are not Americans by birth, but we sure do look on you all as family, our prayers and thoughts are with you all.
Did I read somewhere that he was looking at changing the Presidential term, from ?4yrs to indefinitely???

How's your dad, is he recuperating well?

Jungle Mom said...

Abouna,
I pray that God will change him for the good of our country. I certainly do not pray for his policies to be successful as they will cause even more damage to us.