Jun 22, 2012

Canada Day: A Prayer from Psalm 72

Here’s a prayer for Canada from Linda Stover.  She’s based it closely on Psalm 72.

Prayer for Canada
(based on Psalm 72)

God,
give us your love of justice and righteousness.
Help our government to rule in the right way.
Let the poor always be treated fairly.
May our mountains yield prosperity for all,
and may the hills be fruitful.
Help us to defend the poor,
to rescue the children of the needy,
and to bring a final end to all oppression.
May we love and respect you God as long as the sun shines,
and the moon remains in the sky. Yes, forever!
May our country be refreshing like spring rain on freshly cut grass,
like the showers that water the earth.
May those who love God flourish,
and may our country experience abundant prosperity
until the moon is no more.
May we be united from sea to shining sea,
and may our influence go out from here to the ends of the earth.
May our enemies never overtake us,
and may we have the respect of the nations.
Empower us to rescue the poor who cry to us,
and help the oppressed who have no one to defend them.
Show us how to rescue the weak and needy,
redeeming them from oppression and violence,
because their lives are so precious.
May our country continue in fruitfulness.
May we continue as long as the sun shines!
Call our people to pray!
May there be abundant grain throughout the land,
and may the fruit trees flourish.
May the people thrive.
May all nations be blessed through us and bring you praise,
because you God, do such wonderful things!
Praise your name forever!
Let the whole earth be filled with your glory! Amen.

~ written by Linda Stover. Posted on Ray Wiseman’s Professional and Personal website. http://ray.wiseman.ca/opinion.html

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