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Prayer to Be Light In Dark Times

November 3, 2022 | by Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner | NCNW National Chaplain and President of Skinner Leadership Institute|

O Sovereign God, our troubled hearts, weary souls, and anxious spirits know that there is no god in

heaven or on earth, who can do the deeds and the mighty works that you do. Yet, in dark times like

these, when the hearts, even of men and women who say they know and love you, grow cold, and compassion for the impoverished, the left out, and victims of violence fade daily, give us the courage, the heart, and even the backbone to be who you called us to be when you said, “You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14).

Help us today, Lord, to be light in the darkness and safeguards against brazen efforts to replace a fragile, imperfect yet hope-inspiring democracy with evil and perverse systems of government that work only for a White minority ruling a majority of diverse citizens.

We pray today for the nation’s election process, where we select those who will lead, guide, direct, and shape national and local financial order and public policies to advance the common good. God, today, we pray against every diabolic, devious, deceptive, and dishonest scheme, plot and plan to obstruct the precious, nearly sacred right for every eligible voter to vote for their convictions and values. And then, O Lord, when the final vote has been tabulated, even into days following the election, we pray that winners and losers alike will affirm and respect the outcome and continue to work steadfastly, even in collaboration with those holding opposite views, for an America where every person in our increasingly diverse nation has an opportunity to live lives of dignity, respect, value, and worth. May your light, Almighty God, continue to shine so brightly through us that it shatters the darkness of these times. In your mighty and matchless name we pray, Lord Jesus, AMEN

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