A Prayer for the Nation

Almighty God,
you have given us this good land as our heritage.
Make us always remember your generosity and constantly do your will.
Bless our land with honest industry, truthful education,
and an honorable way of life.
Save us from violence, discord & confusion;
from pride and arrogance and from every evil course of action.
Make us who came from many nations
with many different languages a united people.
Defend our liberties and give those
whom we have entrusted with the authority of government the spirit of wisdom,
that there might be justice and peace in our land.
When times are prosperous, let our hearts be thankful;
and, in troubled times, do not let our trust in your fail.
We ask all this through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

Lutheran Book of Worship, 1978

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