Prayer for Independence Day

Here’s a prayer written for American Independence Day by Elizabeth Kaeton.

Independence Day Prayer

O Lord our Governor,
bless the leaders of our land,
that we may be a people at peace among ourselves
and a blessing to other nations of the earth.
Lord, keep this nation under your care.

To the President and members of the cabinet,
to Governors of states, Mayors of cities,
and to all in administrative authority,
grant wisdom and grace in the exercise of their duties.
Give grace to your servants, O Lord.

To Senators and Representatives,
and those who make our laws in states, cities, and towns,
give courage, wisdom, and foresight
to provide for the needs of all our people,
and to fulfill our obligations in the community of nations.
Give grace to your servants, O Lord.

To Judges and officers of our courts,
give understanding and integrity,
that human rights may be safeguarded and justice served.
Give grace to your servants, O Lord.

And finally, teach our people to rely on your strength
and to accept their responsibilities to their fellow citizens,
that they may elect trustworthy leaders
and make wise decisions for the well-being of our society;
that we may serve you faithfully in our generation
and honor your holy Name.
For yours is the kingdom, O Lord,
and you are exalted as head above all. Amen.

~ posted by Elizabeth Kaeton, on Telling Secrets.  It’s part of a longer Service of Lessons and Hymns for Independence Day.