As many of you know, the Philippines will be holding national elections next week. I have a few friends that are there as international observers as well as friends for whom this election will greatly impact their lives. This is a prayer that has been offered by friend and colleague, Mark Koenig, coordinator, Presbyterian Peacemaking Program. Feel free to use this as you best see fit.
God of peace . . . open the people and the leaders of the Philippines to new possibilities in their life together.
Provide vision and touch minds so that the leaders and people break down barriers and pursue new possibilities.
Grant courage to nurture relationships that cross well-defined lines in surprising ways so that long-time animosities may be transformed.
May they live together, seeking the well-being of all.
God of justice . . . inspire the people and the leaders of the Philippines to seek food and freedom and jobs for all.
Instill wisdom and give discernment so that the leaders and people challenge injustice and inequity.
Grant courage to nurture relationships among all the people, leaders, and institutions so that together they seek to remake systems in ways that benefit all.
May they live into the justice which you intend and to which we are called.
We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Please feel free to use or revise this prayer. Revision would be especially important depending on when the prayer is used. If possible, attribute to Mark Koenig, coordinator, Presbyterian Peacemaking Program. If you could let him know you used the prayer, that would be great [Mark.Koenig@pcusa.org].