While the prayer in another form likely predated Jefferson, it stands for itself as a powerful prayer.
Today America finds itself filled with entitlement, arrogance and confusion. We need the sentiment of this prayer more than ever.
I can think of no better way to present this prayer than to let it speak for itself. I won’t add concluding remarks, I won’t sum it up and ask you to consider it.
I hope a prayer similar to this is already in your heart.
Almighty God, Who has given us this good land for our heritage; We humbly beseech Thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of Thy favor and glad to do Thy will. Bless our land with honorable ministry, 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 multitude brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues.
Endow with Thy spirit of wisdom those to whom in Thy Name we entrust the authority of 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 time of prosperity fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in Thee to fail; all of which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Written by Tom Wise Copyright © Finding Wonder 2016