MARY REICHARD, HOST: Today is Wednesday, November 4th. Good morning! This is The World and Everything in It from listener-supported WORLD Radio. I’m Mary Reichard.
NICK EICHER, HOST: And I’m Nick Eicher. Next up, prayers for our nation.
Bringing you today’s selections are Marcia Johnson, Hannah Gardner, Kathryn White, and Cynthia Longabaugh.
REICHARD: And rounding it out is David Bahn reading from the Lutheran Service Book.
MARCIA JOHNSON: For our nation, I pray from Psalm 46:
God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth give way,
though the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.
He says, “Be still and know that I am God.” Amen
HANNA GARDNER: For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure, then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness. James 3:16-18
KATHRYN WHITE: Lord, we thank you for your ultimate control, regardless of who is elected. As you say in Proverbs 21:1—The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord. He turns it wherever He will.
Please have mercy on us and help turn our nation’s hearts and minds toward you.
CYNTHIA LONGABAUGH: Lord God, we remember that you are the God who raises kings and deposes them. And so Lord we pray that you would raise up this president. That the president that you raise up is the one we should have and the one who will lead in a manner worthy of you. Lord, that you would surround this president with those who also would seek to please you and that he would receive good advice and wisdom.
Lord, we pray that for every election, up and down the ballot, that you would raise up men and women who want to lead this nation in a manner that honors you and lines up with your Biblical principles. Lord, protect us and fight for us. We ask that this election would be true and fair and that when all the votes are counted the winner is the one who won. And that no shenanigans would be allowed to prevail. Amen, Jesus.
DAVID BAHN: Almighty God, you have given us this good land as our heritage. Grant that we remember your generosity and faithfully do your will. Bless our land with honest industry, truthful education, and an honorable way of life. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion. From pride and arrogance and from every evil course of action. Grant that we, who came from many nations, with many different languages, may become a united people. Support us in defending our liberties. And give those to whom we have entrusted the authority of governance, the spirit of wisdom, that there may be justice and peace in our land. When times are prosperous, may our hearts be thankful. And in troubled times, do not let our trust in you fail. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.