PRAYERS FOR THE NATION

 

 

Almighty God,

 

As our nation prepares for a General Election, we pray for the help and guidance of your Holy Spirit, as we seek your Will as to how we should vote.

 

Come upon this people with power; release minds and hearts from selfishness, greed, indifference and despair; and fill the hearts of this people with a strong sense that your way is the best way; that your Laws are the best laws; that your principles bring peace and prosperity, and that in You is to be found real hope for the future.

 

On behalf of successive governments since our Queen’s Coronation in 1953, we confess to you, our God, their failure to keep the promises then made: to maintain your Laws, and the true profession of the Gospel, and the settlement of the Church of England.

 

Forgive them, and us, O Lord our God, and in your mercy bring our national leaders to a humble acceptance of their great responsibilities under your guiding Hand; their need to repent of past disobedience; and to make a fresh start following your commands.

 

These things we pray in the Name of your Son our Saviour, Jesus Christ.  Amen

 

 

 

 

O God, our help in ages past,

Our hope for years to come;

Be thou our guard while life shall last,

And our eternal home.

 

                                           Isaac Watts

 

 

 

 

O Lord our God, arise!

Scatter her enemies

And make them fall.

Confound their politics,

Frustrate their knavish tricks,

On Thee our hopes we fix –

God save us all!

 

Second verse of our national anthem

 

 

Almighty God, Who has given us this good land for our heritage, we beseech thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of thy favour and glad to do thy will. Bless our land with honourable industry, sound learning and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord and confusion; from pride and arrogance and from every evil way.

 

Defend our liberties and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endow with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in Thy name we entrust the authority of the government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that through obedience to thy law, we may show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness and in the days of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail.

 

Thomas Jefferson, a former President of USA

 

 

 

Prayers said in Linthorpe Parish Church, 25th February, 2007:

 

 

“We begin with words from Daniel chapter 9:

 

Lord, the great and terrible God, who faithfully keeps the Covenant with those who love you and observe your Commandments;

 

We have sinned, we have done what was wrong and wicked; we have rebelled, we have turned our backs on your commandments and your decrees. We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to kings and princes, to our forefathers and to the people of the land.

 

O Lord, the right is on your side; the shame, now as ever, belongs to us.

 

Lord, in your mercy – hear our prayer.

 

 

“Father, forgive us:

            For worshipping money instead of you the only God

            For making idols of people or possessions

            For the misuse of your holy Name, both in public and in private

For trading and making other people work on Sunday, your day for rest and recreation

 

Lord, in your mercy – hear our prayer.

 

 

“Father, forgive us:

            For the attacks on family life and the belittling of parental authority

            For the tacit encouragement of sexual licence, adultery and perversion

            For the encouragement of covetousness and greed, especially by the advertising industry

 

Lord, in your mercy – hear our prayer.

 

 

“Father, forgive us:

            For the cheapening of human life in violent films and plays, with disastrous effects in real life

            For the killing of thousands of unborn children simply for convenience

            For the great increase in cheating and theft, from corporate theft and embezzlement to pilfering and shop-lifting

            For the blatant disregard of the truth, from politicians and the Press, down to schoolchildren

 

Lord, in your mercy – hear our prayer.

 

 

We pray for our nation in the person of the Queen:

 

Father, we bring before you our gracious sovereign lady, Queen Elizabeth, and pray for your defence of her and the Royal Family against all attacks, both physical and verbal, and that by your Holy Spirit you would inspire her and them in their service to this nation.

 

Lord, in your mercy – hear our prayer.

 

 

“We pray, Father, for the High Court of Parliament, and all Government officers, both central and local;

 

May your Holy Spirit guide them in all their decision making, and give them wisdom and truth in all that they do; and a desire to return to your Laws.

 

Lord, in your mercy – hear our prayer.”

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