Doctor Lloyd Ogilvie
Chaplain of the Senate
Date of Prayer: 05/03/2001
Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:
Almighty God, on this National Day of Prayer , we join with millions across our land in intercession and supplication to You, the Sovereign Lord of the United States of America. As we sound that sacred word Sovereign, we echo Washington, Jefferson, Madison and Lincoln along with other leaders through the years, in declaring that You are our ultimate ruler. We make a new commitment to be one Nation under You, Dear God, and we place our trust in You.
You have promised that if Your people will humble themselves, seek Your face and pray, You will answer and heal our land. Lord, as believers in You, we are Your people. You have called us to be salt in any bland neglect of our spiritual heritage and light in the darkness of what contradicts Your vision for our Nation.
Give us courage to be accountable to You and to Your Commandments. We repent for the pride, selfishness, and prejudice that often contradict Your justice and righteousness in our society.
Lord of new beginnings, our Nation needs a great spiritual awakening. May this day of prayer be the beginning of that awakening with each of us here in the Congress. We urgently ask that our honesty about the needs of our Nation and our humble confession of our spiritual hunger may sweep across this Nation.
Hear our prayers, the prayers of Your people, and continue to bless America.
In Your Holy Name, Amen.
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