2013 PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION PRAYER
Updated: Apr 15, 2020
O Lord, Our God, whose name is excellent, whose power is matchless and whose ways are past finding out, we gather as a grateful nation this 57th Presidential Inauguration, to give you thanks, praise and adoration, just for who you are---our Creator, Sustainer, Protector and Guide.
Our grateful hearts are filled with exuberant joy and hopeful expectation for the second term of our beloved President, Barack Hussein Obama, whose honor it is to serve, lead and inspire a great nation and a great people. For First Lady Michelle Obama, Sasha and Malia Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden, Cabinet members, advisors, our military and their families, we give you thanks for their sacrifice and service.
We ask you to spread your arms of protection, hand of mercy, ark of safety, and gift of wisdom over the President’s life and leadership, so that people of every background, race and creed might prosper in this historic time. Who, but an awesome God of the universe could so steer the course of history, that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Holiday and the second term of the first African American President, would occur on the same day. For that, we give you our collective hallelujah!
Give us the holy boldness, dear Lord, to finish Dr. King's dream of a nation lifted from the dark valley of the triple evils of racism, poverty and militarism, to the sunlight mountain of brotherhood, sisterhood, prosperity for all Americans, and a world of peace. And now, God, we ask you to raise up leadership with godly character and integrity, joining heads and hearts across every dividing line, to help us become one nation under God indivisible. . .until justice rolls down like water and righteousness as an ever flowing stream. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.