Prayer for Canada Day

Here’s another prayer for Canada Day (July 1).  It is an adaptation of a prayer from Trinity Anglican Church in Barrie, Ontario.

Prayer for Canada
(inspired by Psalm 72)

“He shall have dominion from sea to sea….” Psalm 72:8

O Lord,
we gather together in your presence on this Canada Day.
We read of your “dominion” in Psalm 72,
and claim this promise—that your will would prevail in this land.
We pray for the movement of your Holy Spirit across this nation
and for the work of your church in every city and village.

O Lord, make us mindful of your generosity,
and glad to do your will.
Bless our land with honest industry, truthful education,
and an honourable way of life.
Save us from violence, discord, and confusion;
from pride, arrogance, and from every evil course of action.
Make us, who come from many different backgrounds and countries,
a united people – one in purpose and vision.
Give our government a spirit of wisdom and compassion
that there may justice and peace in our land.
When times are prosperous, lead us to thanksgiving,
and when times are troubled, lead us to a deepening trust in you.

All this we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

~ adapted from a prayer on the website of Trinity Anglican Church in Barrie, Ontario.

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