This prayer was on my heart today during our struggle as a nation to find our way.
It is you in you that we proclaim our trust as a nation, as a people under your providence.
We come to you as the Almighty God but also as the suffering God who knows our sin and pain.
We pray for the leaders of our nation especially the President and the Congress.
We ask that you may soften all their hearts. Turn them from stone to flesh that with charity and wisdom they may reason together what is good for ALL people within our nation, and at our border. Please let them see that in weakness YOU are strong and that YOUR grace is sufficient.
This whole crisis seems to be about money, safety, survival and power but we know O God that it is to you about faith and love.
Teach faithful people how to love one another and to love the ‘least’ in our world.
And it’s not just our leaders. It’s all of us O God who with our pride, greed and arrogance have wandered away from the Christ who died for us. He made a way for us to you and said that ‘our love for one another’ will show the world that we are yours.
In this immigration crisis O Lord we have been less that loving to the sojourners in our midst. And we do not love each other.
Oh God of suffering let our hearts be broken for those without work and health. Let our souls be restless until they find their rest in you, not in power or personal victory.
Lord we have all sinned, this supplicant no less than any other.
Please forgive us and heal our land and the lands at our border.
We are humble and weak and need YOU ALONE above all earthly powers.
In the name of your Son Jesus, Amen