Holy God, creator and sustainer, in Your infinite wisdom You have set individuals
in families, families in communities, communities in cities, cities in counties,
counties in States and States in nations. This week we are burdened for the multitude
of civil servants who work to make living, sharing and working together, fruitful,
fulfilling and joyful. We pray for those who serve in positions of great responsibilities
and those of lesser responsibilities, those who represent millions and those who
serve hundreds, those whose decision will affect generations still to be born and
those who serve the immediate needs of today. Grant that every civil servant may
treat the rich and the poor, the young and the old, the educated and the uneducated
with dignity and fairness. May they serve without prejudice or partiality in times
of prosperity or poverty, peace or war. O God, may every civil servant be a person
of integrity, reliability and commitment; one who serves out of a sincere compassion,
never seeking personal gain, status or prestige. May they make every effort to
make their communities, cities, counties, states and nation, not only a better
place to live, but a place known for its mercy, justice, righteousness and fairness.
Give to each of them knowledge, insight, courage and strength. May they know right
from wrong, when to be flexible and when to be firm.
Father, we confess that recently our faith in our government and in our civil servants
has been tested. We wonder if our system of government can function in an immoral
culture in which lying, cheating and disobedience of rules and regulations is the
norm for both those who serve and those who are served. When influence is peddled
and sold to the highest bidder. We have felt betrayed, deceived and disappointed
when civil servants have had their lives examined and found wanting. When the rumor
is that many who are qualified to serve refuse because they fear having their lives
scrutinized. O God, have all forgotten that there is an all seeing eye and on the
judgment day all shall give an account of how they have used their power and influence?
Is our recent experience but the tip of the iceberg? If so, we fear lest the
experience of the Titanic be a foreshadowing of our own destiny? When we learn of
the back-scratching, special interest, lobby-driven parochialism that takes place
in our government, we wonder if our civil servants have the backbone and the moral
integrity to lead our nation. Or has decay already advanced to the stage where we
are hopelessly lost.
Heavenly Father, be merciful to our great land and to those who lead us in our communities,
cities, counties, states and national government. Give to each a sense of calling.
May each put a high value on justice, righteousness, honesty and service. May all
have a pure heart and the peace and joy of knowing they have taken the high road.
O God, no one said it would be easy and no one said it was going to be this hard.
But may the day come when we can say, “Praise the Lord, we have come this far.”
This we pray in the name of the Righteous of the righteous; the Purest of the pure.