Prayer for the Opening of the Senate of the State of Michigan
June 5, 2013
O God, by Your Eternal Word, you created the heavens and the earth and all that is in them. You, O God, raise up nations and topple kingdoms. You plant righteousness and uproot evil. You give life to all mankind and breath to every living creature.
I thank you that you have given your gift of life to each of the men and women here when you formed them in their mothers’ womb. And I praise you that in your infinite wisdom, you have set them in positions of authority to serve the citizens of our great state, to uphold justice, and to promote the good of all those whom you have lovingly created.
You, O God, have desired that we seek You and find you. But we have foolishly wandered away from You. And though you have fixed a day on which we will each be judged according to the standard of your righteousness and not our own, we have set our desires and the imagination of our hearts against You and your commands.
But you have not left us without hope. With a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, you have worked salvation for us. You sent forth Your Eternal Word which took on flesh when a virgin miraculously conceived and gave birth to a Son.
In sinless perfection He grew and walked before you obedient to your will and faithful to your commands. You laid upon Him the guilt of our disobedience. In our place, He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried.
And on the third day you raised this man – bodily – from the dead and you seated Him at your right hand of power and might. You, O God, have crowned Him with all glory, and honor, power and dominion in heaven and on earth and under the earth, that when He returns to judge the living and the dead – at the name of this man, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that He is Lord over all.
His resurrection from the dead declares your promise of forgiveness and new life in His Name and for His sake. Therefore, I pray in the Name of this Man, the Name of Jesus, who has wonderfully worked salvation for us by suffering, dying and rising again – For He lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God now and forever. AMEN.