Posted by: alliehope | November 5, 2008

A New Day in America

I went to sleep last night praying for this nation, about to make history. I woke up at 1 a.m., and checked CNN online, to find out we had: Barack Obama will be our next President!

There are tears in my eyes as I think about the struggle for civil rights, the work that we as a nation have done to get to this momentous occasion. I feel a swell of hope, knowing that we have come so far, and I also feel a tinge of reality setting in: we have so much farther to go.

The fact is that Obama will not be able to do the things he wants to do alone. He will need each and every one of us stepping up in whatever ways we can, supporting him, and praying for him. Even if we disagreed with the outcome of the elections, we can be proud of our country, and stand behind him in the dream of making America stronger and better than it ever has been. “Yes we can” is now “Yes we did”, and it needs to be, “Yes we will”.

Scot McKnight over at Jesus Creed has posted a marvelous prayer for Obama, one that, regardless of party affiliation, many of us can say amen to. And so, in that spirit, I offer my own prayer:

Father God, thank You for this new day in America. This is a day of hope awakening, of dreams renewed, of courage reborn. And so, on this day, I pray that You would infuse Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and all those with him with strength and wisdom that only comes from You, wisdom that will enable them to bring needed justice and righteousness to this great nation. Grant, Father, that they would seek Your will above all things, even above the interests of their own party. Help them to bring unity and healing to this beautiful and troubled nation at a time when they are most needed, and peace to the conflicted places in the world that need it. Be glorified in their actions and decisions, Father, so that a little more of Your kingdom comes to America, our little plot of earth, as it already is in Heaven. Through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever, amen.

In the Name of the Father, and of Son, and of the Holy Spirit, amen. +

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