A Prayer for America

VICAR

Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine, I trust that You and Your family are well. I hope You are not too full of Halloween candy.

This week I would like us to pray for the United States, which you may have noticed is on the point of conducting another set of elections. The US is of course a close ally of our country and the most powerful country on planet earth. Let us pray that the elections are free and fair. Let us also pray that they are not marked by chaos or violence, as some pundits have predicted. Whoever wins the Presidential elections – Mr Trump or Mr Biden – let them find the grace to act with some humility and find the necessary measure of wisdom required by such a powerful office.

1 Peter 2:13-17
Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. Honour everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the emperor.

This week I would also like to pray for those Christians slain this week by Islamists across the world. That they may reside in God’s splendour in Heaven. Let us pray that the darkness the terrorists seek to perpetrate becomes illuminated and stopped in its tracks by Jesus’ light.

I wish You a peaceful Sunday and a good week ahead, in spite of another lockdown starting Thursday. I know this is a really tough time for a lot of You and You should know that You are in my thoughts and prayers. Please be well and look after Yourselves. God bless You all.

Let us pray for the world and all its leaders,
May leaders of nations have the courage to walk the path of peace together
so that the most vulnerable in their lands may live with dignity and hope.

Let us pray for America in this time of discernment, election, and transition.
May all citizens cast their vote in a spirit of reverence for this right, charity for those they disagree with,
and concern for the good of all as they strive for a more perfect and peaceful union.

Let us pray for all Christians and people of faith and goodwill.
May the Father of all grant us in Christ a spirit of wisdom and understanding,
counsel and knowledge, fortitude, right judgment, patience, and kindness,
as we discern what is good and just and follow our conscience.

Amen