Inauguration Prayer

Thank you to Pastor Rich Villodas from New Life Fellowship in NY City for his guidance about prayer this past week.  Visit the Missio Alliance website to read Pastor Rich's original prayer.  Pastor Joel Shenk quoted and adapted his prayer (see below) this past Sunday, January 22, 2017 at Toledo Mennonite Church.

Lord we come before you in a spirit of prayer.   

We give you thanks for your son, Jesus the Christ, the way you have shaped us as your children, and have called us to be your disciples. 

For the ways you have saved us, healed us, and redeemed us, we give you thanks.  

We come humbly before you today acknowledging our need of you.

In a world of hostility, we need your redeeming and healing love. 

Come among us so that we can be your people; your prophetic and priestly people who proclaim your mighty acts that have called us out of darkness and into your marvelous light. 

In your mercy, Lord, hear our prayer. 

Lord, you call us to pray for our leaders, those in positions of power and authority.  And so today on this Sunday after the presidential inauguration, we pray for President Trump. We recognize the complexity of issues that face governing a nation.  And so we pray that you would grant President Trump wisdom. May this wisdom flow from a deep place of humility. We pray that President Trump’s life would be one marked by humble searching for wisdom.

We also pray that the words President Trump uses would be tinged with unity, healing, and grace, and not with division, condescension and marginalizing. Touch his heart in such a way that his words would restore hope in our society.

We pray for his protection, his health, and the protection of his family.

Lord, we also pray that President Trump would live a life of repentance. May he learn to turn to you, confessing his sins, and receiving your grace, as we all learn to do in our daily lives.  We pray for him to deeply experience your kindness, which would lead to concrete acts of repentance in thought, in word and in deed.

In your mercy, Lord, hear our prayer. 

Lord we pray for the incoming administration. 

We pray that it would remember to protect the most vulnerable among us. Whether the vulnerable is found to be the refugee, the immigrant, the unborn, the family beneath the poverty line, a religious minority, or the earth itself, grant a spirit of love and mercy to those in power. We pray that each member of President Trump’s administration would carry the burden of justice and compassion for all, and especially the least of these. 

In your mercy, Lord, hear our prayer. 

Lord we pray for the church.

This political season has revealed some deep divisions in your body, the Church. We have often chosen the way of judgmental partisanship and lust for power over the way of your cross. 

In moments like these you call us to take on postures of humility, discernment, unity, justice and reconciliation. In humility, grant us the posture that confesses our blind spots and limited understanding. Grant the Church the gift of your wisdom so that we might discern rightly in our world today.  We live by faith and not by sight.  Our faith is rooted in your faithfulness.  

Lord, give us a deep sense of unity in your church.  Give us a deep sense of conviction that what unites us as your body is not our political affiliation. What fundamentally unites us is our confession that Christ is Lord.  May this confession lead us to be people who live in the way of your kingdom. 

God we pray too that you would grand your church courage and boldness in both prayer and action for your kingdom. Form us, like the homeowner in your parable (Luke 11:5-8), who received a knock at the door, and boldly went to ask and seek for provision the neighbor.

God, we have heard the knock of the black community at our doors, and so we boldly come and ask for an end to racial injustice.

God, we have heard the knock of immigrants at our doors, and so we boldly come and ask you to end xenophobia toward outsiders.

God, we have heard the knock of the working poor at our doors, and so we boldly come and ask you for jobs and wages that provide for the daily bread, health, and wellbeing of the working poor in this country.

God, we have heard the knock of women at our door who have faced harassment, assault, abuse, and glass ceilings.  And so we boldly ask that you would heal their wounds and protect them from further insult and abuse. 

God we have heard the knock of the LGBT community and other marginalized groups who are filled with fear and anxiety for the future.  And so we boldly pray that your faith, hope, love, and peace would fill their lives. 

God we have heard the knock of our Muslim neighbors at our door who unfairly bear the blame of extremist religious ideologies.  And so we boldly ask for compassion and understanding between faiths. 

In all these things we ask for your love and justice to transform the brokenness of the world, and inspire your people to courageously act to resist any and all forces of evil that malign your beloved children.  

In your mercy, Lord, hear our prayer. 

Lord, our society is divided. Families have been torn apart in this past election season. Friendships have been called into question. We have often viewed each other in reductionistic ways. We have often failed to see the fears, the pain, and the hopes of our fellow citizens. We pray for a spirit of goodwill between each other. May this goodwill start by seeing each other as more than who we voted for. May we seek to understand before being understood. 

In your mercy, Lord, hear our prayer. 

God we pray that your kingdom would come and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 

And so in all of this, we remain confident in the reality of your inaugurated kingdom, Lord Jesus. In your birth, life, death, resurrection and ascension, your kingdom and rule has been put into effect in our lives and in this world. We long for the day when you will fully and finally reign. As we wait for that glorious day, we join together and pray, the prayer that you taught us to pray,

Our Father in heaven,

   hallowed be your name,

   your kingdom come,

   your will be done,

   on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

    as we forgive those who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial

    and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours

    now and forever.