The Inauguration Prayer

Posted by Kevin |


Rick Warren's Prayer

Almighty God, our Father:

Everything we see, and everything we can’t see, exists because of you alone.

It all comes from you, it all belongs to you, it all exists for your glory.

History is your story.

The Scripture tells us, “Hear, O Israel, the LORD is our God, the LORD is one.” And you are the compassionate and merciful one. And you are loving to everyone you have made.

Now today, we rejoice not only in America’s peaceful transfer of power for the 44th time, we celebrate a hinge point of history with the inauguration of our first African-American president of the United States.

We are so grateful to live in this land, a land of unequaled possibility, where a son of an African immigrant can rise to the highest level of our leadership. And we know today that Dr. King and a great cloud of witnesses are shouting in heaven.

Give to our new president, Barack Obama, the wisdom to lead us with humility, the courage to lead us with integrity, the compassion to lead us with generosity.

Bless and protect him, his family, Vice President Biden, the Cabinet, and every one of our freely elected leaders.

Help us, O God, to remember that we are Americans—united not by race or religion or blood, but to our commitment to freedom and justice for all.

When we focus on ourselves, when we fight each other, when we forget you—forgive us.

When we presume that our greatness and our prosperity is ours alone—forgive us.

When we fail to treat our fellow human beings and all the earth with the respect that they deserve—forgive us.

And as we face these difficult days ahead, may we have a new birth of clarity in our aims, responsibility in our actions, humility in our approaches, and civility in our attitudes—even when we differ.

Help us to share, to serve, and to seek the common good of all.

May all people of good will today join together to work for a more just, a more healthy, and a more prosperous nation and a peaceful planet.

And may we never forget that one day, all nations--and all people--will stand accountable before you.

We now commit our new president and his wife, Michelle, and his daughters, Malia and Sasha, into your loving care.

I humbly ask this in the name of the one who changed my life—Yeshua, 'Isa, Jesus [Spanish pronunciation], Jesus—who taught us to pray:

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.


Of course a Christian Pastor praying before millions at the inauguration is going to stir up controversy, but this article made me laugh. People are mad that his prayer was too 'Christian?' Really? He's a Christian, how would he pray and not come across Christian? Maybe you can disagree with Obama's choice of who would pray, but you sound close-minded to judge Warren's prayer as anything other than who he is.



Ryan Billings said...

I do not agree with this man's beliefs or the way he goes about spreading them, but I respect the choice these two men (Obama and Warner) made, setting aside their differences and showing the world that while you may not agree with everyone on everything, there is room for compromise, this is the time to unite.

Kevin Davis said...

Ryan - word. If there was one message that came across yesterday, it was unity. I was so cool to see so many diverse people celebrating the inauguration together. And of course his speech was incredible as usual. I hope he continues to defy traditional politics and be bipartisan.

The Running Golfer said...

Talking about unity, I`ve never seen the two of you be nicer to each other on this blog... :)

Kevin Davis said...

Francois - I love Ryan - we just agree to disagree a lot. Ryan is like my childhood BFF.

The Running Golfer said...

Hey Kev, yeah I can see you guys are good buddies. Only good friends will rag each other as much as the 2 of you. Always entertaining!

Kelli said...

I was so proud and encouraged when listening to Warren's prayer. YEsterday was just so powerful for many different reasons.