Tuesday, March 8, 2011

God Bless Texas

Kris and I have been in Austin for the last 2 days.  Kris was asked to be the House Chaplain for the Texas Legislature today.  Here are some pictures and the prayer that he opened the House with. 

To act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with you God.  Micah 6:8

Dear Heavenly Father,

We recognize today that you are sovereign. You have everything under control. Regardless of the countless issues of the day and the great challenges facing this legislature---it is in God we trust. Nothing has passed into our lives which has not first passed through your hand. For everything has been created by you, and is for you, and you hold all things together.

We thank-you, Father, for your grace toward us as individuals and a state. Even in what has been difficult economic times in our country, you have taken care of this great state. Texas has always been a special place, with a rich, bold, and Godly heritage. As we strive to seek your Kingdom, please continue to prosper our land in the future.

As we consider the business of this legislature, I pray you would give each member of this house wisdom as they make decisions that impact so many Texans and others. I know that many of these men and women carry this burden with great emotional and mental anguish. Your Word, the Bible, instructs us to ask you for wisdom and you will give it. As each one seeks your wisdom, reveal it to them. Then, Father, let them with confidence in act Your will. May each one of these lawmakers follow in the example of your son, Jesus Christ, and the godly men and women who proceeded them.

Further, Lord, I ask your holy hand and favor to be on each one of these law makers. You tell us as citizens to pray for Kings and those in authority over us. As we submit to their leadership we submit to you, Lord. I pray they would not fear the criticism of  opponents or be anxious about the challenges that face them. Let them only fear you and you alone.

Finally, Lord, we thank-you for your son, Jesus Christ. And that through His death, burial, and resurrection, we can have eternal life. Let us live this day as a glory to your name. Thank you for your many blessings and God bless Texas. In the strong name of Jesus we pray. Amen.