I Humbly submit the following prayer presented at the 2011 Ames, Iowa Straw PollSubmitted by rxgrote on Tue, 01/03/2012 - 07:04
The following prayer was spoken by Pastor Doug Holmes of Sovereign Grace Church, in Dows, Iowa, at the Iowa Straw poll this year. I ask that you consider it and keep our humble candidate and our fellow Iowa Ron Paul caucus goers in your thoughts and prayers today for this historic occasion.
Our Father & our God, we come before you this morning to offer testimony to our faith in your sovereign Being, care and purposes. We acknowledge that You alone are God, and as God, deserve all Glory and Honor in all that we say, do, & think. Your purposes far surpass our limited and finite perspectives. Remind us of our Place!
We come before you today at a political event in which we will have the opportunity to visit, meet with and perhaps debate various candidates for the highest civil office in our land, along with their supporters & to make our preferences known in an informal ballot. We anticipate a profitable, informative and enjoyable experience here with family, friends & others from around our state. We would ask that you would keep us safe during this time & keep our passions checked by the recognition of our own limitations in these very important matters.
We pray especially for our friend Ron Paul and his campaign for the Presidency of our country. Many do not regard him as a serious contender, and he is sometimes not given the attention his views deserve. We pray that that would change & through his efforts you would re-awaken the hearts and minds of our fellow countrymen that they might discover the truly dangerous plight in which we find ourselves and grant him success in so far as his endeavors reflect your own sovereign purposes.
Many of us are fearful and wary of what appear to be difficult days ahead. There are economic & monetary concerns in much of our world today which translate into personal difficulties for many. In many places these issues are prompting violence and rioting. Many Christians don't believe that money and economics are moral issues. But with all that Your Word teaches about the dangers and abominations of unjust weights and measures we realize that such thinking is mistaken & short-sighted in the extreme. We realize that these and other important concerns are not just a matter for political theatre between political parties. Both Republicans and Democrats have unclean hands in these matters.
As we assess the situation more honestly we find that the problems start with us. Among our deficiencies is a tendency to neglect the personal responsibility which must accompany true liberty; there is further a loss of meaning & trust when officials who vow to uphold the Constitution sponsor & vote for legislation which mock it; we forget that theft can be committed by governments and other public institutions, as well as by individuals. In our foreign policy we think that because we are strong, that makes us Right! There has clearly been a collective loss of humility before You as Sovereign God, before your Word as true & authoritative and before your Son as not only Redeemer but Lord as well.
In all of this we recognize that if we are to seek Your blessing while neglecting your commands we will reap Your wrath. Cleanse our consciences and forgive us our sins, grant us the humble courage of our convictions and steel our hearts for a journey which, though it prove difficult, frustrating and fraught with unknown perils, will, under-girded by Your Blessing & Grace, result in final Victory!
We pray these things in the Name and authority of our Only True Sovereign, the Lord Jesus Christ, Redeemer of the world and a terror to tyrannous usurpers everywhere, whose Law alone provides the transcendent foundation for real Liberty!