The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Harvey Sparks

Temple Hills Baptist Church
Temple Hills, MD

Date of Prayer: 01/04/2016

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Father, Your Word tells us that blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked nor stands in the way of sinners nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates day and night.

Father, as we begin a new year that is full of both promise and hope, may we be a people who seek Your righteous wisdom. May we reject the sins of selfishness, greed, and pride. May we avoid apathy, ridicule, and division. This new year help us to seek Your truth and submit ourselves to Your law so that we might experience the rich blessings of Christ.

Regardless of what challenges the new year holds, let us not lose hope because Christ has defeated the grave. It is in His holy and precious name that we pray.


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