At 9:30 a.m. Thursday (May 12), the Rev. Chris Justice, pastor of Lee Park Church in Monroe, is scheduled to offer this opening prayer on the floor of the U.S. Senate:
“Father in Heaven, Your name is Great. You are Sovereign and Holy. You offer Christ-centerd Salvation and Peace. You are ever present in our time of need.
We thank You for the great gift of the United States of America. We ask You to protect, guide and direct the members of the United States Senate.
For all the issues that divide us, I pray your Spirit would enlighten us and convict us to fulfill Your call to love one another as You have loved us.
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May it be true that in all our ways we would acknowledge You so that You would make our paths straight.
May it be true that we would humble ourselves before You, seek Your face, turn from wickedness and trust that You will hear our cries, forgive our sins and heal our land.
May it be true that we would desire and actively pursue that Your will be done and Your Kingdom come on earth now as it is in Heaven.
May it be true that we would be careful to give You all the praise, honor and glory due You.
We Pray to You and Praise You in Jesus name. Amen.”