Maine State Senate Opening Prayer
Today I opened the Maine State Senate in prayer. It was a great experience. I am grateful for the opportunity and want to share with you the text of my prayer as read this morning and recorded in official minutes. Oh, that this prayer would be answered!
State Senate Opening Prayer
March 25, 2014
Rev. Larry J. Lakey
Good morning and thank you for the invitation and privilege to open today’s session. I respectfully ask that you would stand and join me in prayer:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for the religious liberty that has been secured in our nation as a basic human freedom. Please bless this Senate for recognizing and exercising this liberty today. May human freedom flourish as this practice of prayer is continued.
Our thoughts are first with those who are suffering today. Please be with those who are grieving following tragedy. Bring comfort to those in need today.
We confess that our nation has been deeply divided. Discourse in the civic arena is often angry and contentious. Trust in elected officials is low. We no longer assume the best of each other or portray each other in the best way possible. This same division is visible at times in the political discourse of our own state. Forgive us for this. Help these elected representatives to lead the way forward and out of bitter division. Let their respect for each other and collegial manner set an example for others.
Please give them patience to listen. Help each member of this assembly to realize that no one person or one party has all the answers to the important questions, or solutions for the difficult problems that we face. Only you, Father, see all and know all. By your grace, give them insight and understanding.
Please give them honesty to speak truth to each other and to the world. Protect them from the temptation to oversimplify or exaggerate or tell only part of the story. Only you, Father, dwell in perfect truth. Help them to see, to know, and to speak the truth.
Please give them the unity to act. Help them to find common ground today where there seemed to be none before. Bless them with creative solutions. Only you, Father, can do the impossible. Help them to know which steps of action to take and how to build a necessary consensus to do good.
Please give them humility to serve. Remind them of their place in your grand scheme. Protect each from thinking too highly of herself or himself. Only you, Father, have demonstrated perfect humility in the Gospel. Help their actions to benefit those whom they serve in these elected offices.
May today, gracious Father, be a day of great accomplishment. No authority exists that has not been granted by you. Throughout history, not all have been good stewards of this authority. Help this assembly, help each member here today, to faithfully administer this stewardship for the common good, and for the prosperity of every citizen in the Great State of Maine.
I pray this in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.
Thank you and may God bless you in every way.
Tell me what you think: If you had the chance to open a government assembly in prayer, how would you pray?