What I Prayed at the Iowa State Capitol to open the House of Representatives and Senate

Yesterday (Wed. March 23rd, 2011) was homeschool day at the state Capitol and I was asked to open both chambers with prayer as the honorary “pastor of the day.”  It was a neat experience just as it was in January 2009 when I last prayed there.  This is what I prayed:

“Father in heaven, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, I ask that You might come now to the men and women who make up this Legislature.    I pray that You might give to each of them the wisdom of Solomon, the patience of Job, and the perseverance of Paul. 

Father, by the word of your own mouth You have established that we are to be subject to the governing authorities and that whoever resists the authorities resists what You have established. 

But O Lord, may those who make up this esteemed assembly grasp the weight of the truth that even their authority to govern is a derived authority from the Supreme Authority…the Creator and Sustainer of this universe…who holds the stars in their courses above and yet also knows when every sparrow falls to the ground.   

Lord God,  You are the One who makes it possible for human beings even to speak and communicate with one another.  Grant O Lord, that the communications and deliberations that occur in these chambers today be done with civility in mind, love in the heart, and the humility that recognizes the privilege and honor of serving the people of Iowa in the strength that you alone provide.

In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”