The Substance of Faith

The Substance of Faith

You can scroll the shelf using and keys

A Prayer for Christian Citizenship

From Robertjrgraham.com

A significant number of hits for this site come from searches for prayers, particularly for prayers on perplexing subjects.   My commitment when drafting these prayers has been to keep them above the fray of partisan politics. For instance, I wrote A Prayer for Elected Leaders in 2015 – in anticipation of a divisive election – and before anyone could claim it spoke to one side of the American divide or the other.

A Prayer for Refugees and Strangers  appeared here before the current illegal alien debate.  Again, whatever side of the divide you lean, surely we Christians can see the need to pray for people adrift in the world.  Jesus did say, “I was a stranger and you took me in.”

I offer the following prayer in the same spirit.  Our citizenship should be shaped by the living Lord, Jesus Christ.   Not by which primary we vote in.  Our nation when we are united. Surely we stand a better chance of being united when we all reflect the Spirit of Christ in the way we conduct ourselves in all things.

Therefore, here is a prayer for Christian Citizenship.

Lord of all life, we who claim citizenship in this great land give you thanks today for the benefits of liberty and freedom.  Help us to use our freedom as an aid to do what is right without fear of punishment, rather than as license to do whatever we please without thought of consequences.

Teach us to live each day in a manner that honors those who died that we might enjoy these blessings.  Remind us often that the sacrifice of the brave was not to protect us from all self-denial on our part, but in the hope that we might bear a lesser cost to pass a good nation to our children and to their children.  In this country as in your kingdom, lead us to live in the gratitude of knowing something has been done for us that we have not done ourselves.  May our lives today honor what past generations have given to us.

Remind us by your spirit that this country has always been its best for its citizens when our individual lives reflect the angels of our better nature.  Remind us that the moral compass of our collective leadership in the world is never more influential than when we shine as a thousand points of light.   Therefore, lead us always to seek first your righteousness.  For if we know that if we live in a way that is pleasing to you we shall do our part in preserving this noble experiment of democracy and in spreading it to the world.

As we open ourselves to your Spirit, we see now that the best way to secure the blessings of liberty for each of us to live in a way that is worthy of your blessings.  Teach us therefore, to speak peace, to live charitably with all, to bear our individual responsibilities willingly and nobly, and to fulfill our obligations of duty and citizenship  with the same character that has made this country great.

Remind us that as much as we love this land, our highest citizenship is in heaven.  That Jesus is Lord of Lords and the ruler of our hearts.

Look kindly upon all your children, in whatever land the dwell.  Guard those who suffer merely for serving you.  Hasten the day when the freedom of Christ and the liberty of the Gospel comes to them as well.

In the name of Jesus we pray.   Amen

Send to Kindle

What do you think?

Please keep your comments polite and on-topic.

* Copy This Password *

* Type Or Paste Password Here *

8,173 Spam Comments Blocked so far by Spam Free Wordpress