PRAYER FOR OUR NATION
by Dr. David Anderson
Below is the written manuscript of the public prayer for reconciliation that was given by Dr. Anderson on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Steps for our nation at the National Day of Prayer (May 1, 2014)
Dear God in heaven, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; the God of men and women, boys and girls, the God of Americans, Native Americans, immigrants and strangers.
To the maker of the heavens and the painter of the sky, to the omnipotent and all-powerful creator God of the universe, we bow.
We bow humbly before you in the presence of the entire world to call on your name.
We earnestly beseech you God with 3 humble requests:
1. FIRST, WE PRAY FOR A SPIRIT OF FORGIVENESS OVER RETALIATION.
May we be a people who are quick to forgive, not because we don’t care about justice, because we do. But we are called to go beyond justice to “Just As”.
“Just as” you had MERCY on us; let us have mercy on others.
“Just as” you had COMPASSION on us; let us have compassion on others.
“Just as” you LOVED us; let us love others.
And “Just as” you FORGAVE US; let us forgive others!
May the sweetness of forgiveness be on our lips and in our hearts so that we match what was on your lips and in your heart on the cross of crucifixion when you said:
“Father, forgive them for they no not what they do!”
2. SECOND, WE PRAY FOR A SPIRIT OF RECONCILIATION OVER DIVISION.
May we chose to come together in Washington and beyond, instead of staying apart.
May we choose to compromise in areas that will not compromise our faith in you.
May we choose to consider agreement over discord and dissension.
Give those of us who have been given the mantle and ministry of reconciliation (like those who are standing here today)…May we who have been given this mantle and ministry of reconciliation represent you as peaceful ambassadors of your love, as if you yourself, God, were making your appeal of love through us.
3. THIRD, AND FINALLY, WE PRAY FOR A SPIRIT OF GRACISM OVER RACISM.
May your grace flood this place.
May Gracism become a household word and a way of life, where we choose to extend grace in spite of, and sometimes because of, color, class, and culture.
Help us to reach out to the margins of society and be inclusive of every person on the face of the planet.
Forgive us for our prejudice, our prejudgments, our hypocrisy, and our duplicity.
Forgive me, Lord, for all of my sins of prejudice, prejudgments, hypocrisy, and duplicity. Forgive us, forgive me! We repent humbly before you.
Make me a better GRACIST, and not a racist.
Dear Father in heaven, hear our prayers for these 3 humble requests forFORGIVENESS, RECONCILIATION, AND GRACISM!
I pray a DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS, a SPIRIT OF RECONCILIATION, and for AMANTLE OF GRACISM over this land!
I pray this prayer in unity with my brothers, sisters, and friends in the name of my personal Lord and savior, Jesus Christ of Nazareth…together all of God’s people said “AMEN AND AMEN!”