This was the invocation given at Tuesday’s meeting of the Manassas Tea Party. A finer display of the heart and soul of the Tea Party movement may never before been delivered so well, in my opinion…
First of all God, we thank You for the myriad of blessings and favor our nation has enjoyed for so long. Even today, Lord, we sit under the shower of the residue of Your benefits. And though our nation has turned away from You, Lord, we remain the beneficiaries of the seeds sown by previous generations. We are not worthy, God. But we are grateful.
Your Word tells us that, first of all, we are to pray for our leaders and for all of those in authority over us. So, we now, in faith, ask your blessings upon them. And we say “in faith,” oh God, because we can do this only as an act of obedience. It is not a prayer that flows easily from our hearts. We are weary as watchmen on the walls, and tired of the fight. Those whom we battle are arrayed with many weapons. They utilize numerous tools and so many of their hearts appear to be filled with wicked machinations.
This is only what we see, Lord. But You sit high above the fray, and only You know the true heart of every man and woman. So we relinquish our grip on what we think and what we want to think, and ask that you grant us to see with Your eyes, and not our own, clouded ones.
O Lord, consider the man who occupies the Oval Office. Enlighten his eyes that his efforts would be right, and so that the enemy of his soul will not prevail against him. Shine Your divine light upon his heart. Pierce, point out and disclose to him what he must see, what he needs to see. May Your divine light travel through his eyes and enter his heart to bring about the kind of divine revelation that produces a genuine change of heart, for the good.
Many of our representatives in Congress also, Lord, seem to be grabbing for the kind of power that is only Yours. Our court system too is in disarray. Judges at every level abandon our Constitution and the Judeo-Christian ethic. They foolishly seek, oh God, to forge a new-age, humanistic, socialistic utopia. We ask that You deliver them from this stupidity.
Lord of mercy, focus Your gaze upon all of our leaders. Awaken their consciences. May your Holy Spirit move in concert with the Word of God to separate them from the foolish ideas they entertain. God replace their desire to serve themselves and to build their own kingdoms with a new, bold, internal desire to do what is right.
And Lord, lift the veil of deception covering the eyes of so many of our countrymen. We seem surrounded by the deceived, the apathetic, and those who would rather hide from the truth than face up to it. Give them fresh light, Lord, courage where courage is needed, and the fear of a Holy God to compel them into action.
We pray as well, Lord, for our media. They, too, seem trapped in their own ideological prisons. Shake them Lord. Shake them loose from their chains and set them free.
Lord, we Tea Partiers find ourselves to be the targets of our foes. They try hard to provoke us to an undignified word or act. Guard us Lord, not so much from the assault, but from our own potential reaction. Help us to keep our eyes set on the end prize, not the immediate gratification of lashing out or reacting in some unfortunate way.
Finally, Lord, and perhaps of greatest importance. Search our own hearts. Probe them for dark, hidden pockets of resistance to You, probe for cavities housing secret sins, hatred, ungodly anger. Root them out of us so that we might know the truest of liberties.
We bring these petitions to You with humble, grateful hearts. In Your name we pray. Amen.
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