He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
I believe in you and who you say you are. I believe that you rule above our world and only you have the final say over its fate. Since you are the only one truly capable of healing our planet, I ask that you grant the following:
Lord, I pray for the planet. Lord, you have given us a wonderful bounty of resources and gifts that we have wasted, trashed, and obliterated. You have created entire species of plants and animals that we have thoughtlessly eliminated in our quest to rise above. Please heal our land so we can enjoy your gifts to the fullest. Please heal our water so no one ever has to die of thirst. Heal our air so we can breathe and not get sick.
Lord, I pray for other countries. Help us to eliminate outdated concepts of “enemies” and “territories”. Help us to again acknowledge that all things were created by you for us to use, not to own. Help us to give to others the resources they need that were never really ours to begin with.
Lord, I pray for this country, that we somehow restore the word “UNITED” in our name. Forgive us all when we use labels to distance others from us. Forgive us when we demand that others act in a way that we would never. Forgive us for forgetting that others are really our neighbors, not strangers.
Lord, I pray for my state. Help our government officials stop making decisions without our input. Help them make informed decisions for the good of all, not just for those who can do something for them. Help our “politicians” return to being “statesmen”. Help them pass measures that are good and decent for all.
Lord, I pray for our first responders. Police, Firefighters, medical, and all who deal with the public. Remind them of the Golden Rule of doing unto others as you would have done unto you. Give them patience and reason when dealing with intense situations and allow them to act only if their actions will be beneficial.
Lord, I pray for my neighbors, every single one of them. I pray for those who worship you daily, those who have rejected your name, and all people in between. I pray that our emotions never escalate a situation and that all people see each other as simply another human being.
I pray that the strongest emotion people ever experience is LOVE. I pray that everyone puts others second, after God and before themselves. I pray that we all see the value of human life, regardless of their circumstance. I pray, that since we are created in YOUR image, we cherish another’s life more than our own.
I pray that kindness, civility, politeness, and respect make their way back into our values. I pray that tolerance replaces outrage, decency replaces humiliation, and thoughtfulness replaces the need to be number one!
I pray for true freedom. I pray that no one ever feels afraid or embarrassed by who they are. Let everyone hold their head high, acknowledging that they have value, rights, and responsibilities. Let all people feel safe and secure.
Lastly, I pray that the majority of people feel the same way. Help us to stand up to injustice, repression, and other things that seek to divide and conquer us. Help us not to be defeatist, pessimistic, or dismissive. Give us the strength to stand up and shout “Enough is Enough!”
In all this, we pray in your name Lord! Amen!
*I know that I should be the last person who should be adding their thoughts about what is happening to our world at this time in history. As a white male in a white male-dominated society, my opinions are practically null and void. All I can really do at this time is take a deep breath and pray.
If you have a few minutes, I suggest you listen to the following song. “Second Nature” was written by Neil Peart of RUSH in 1987 and the lyrics still haunt me to this day.
A memo to a higher office Open letter to the powers that be
To a God, a King, a head of state A captain of industry
To the movers and the shakers Can’t everybody see?
It ought to be second nature I mean, the places where we live
Let’s talk about this sensibly We’re not insensitive
I know progress has no patience But something’s got to give
I know you’re different You know I’m the same
We’re both too busy To be taking the blame
I’d like some changes But you don’t have the time
We can’t go on thinking It’s a victimless crime
No one is blameless But we’re all without shame
We fight the fire While we’re feeding the flames
Folks have got to make choices And choices got to have voices
Folks are basically decent Conventional wisdom would say
Well, we read about The exceptions In the papers every day
It ought to be second nature At least, that’s what I feel
“Now I lay me down in Dreamland” I know perfect’s not for real
I thought we might get closer But I’m ready to make a deal
Today is different And tomorrow the same
It’s hard to take the world The way that it came
Too many rapids Keep us sweeping along
Too many captains Keep on steering us wrong
It’s hard to take the heat It’s hard to lay blame
To fight the fire While we’re feeding the flames
Songwriters: Neil Elwood Peart / Gary Lee Weinrib / Alex Zivojinovich
Second Nature lyrics © Ole Media Management
Please feel free to comment if you agree, disagree, or add your prayer.