Urging our nation's leaders to end hunger

A Prayer to "Make It Happen"

Woman_prayingBy Robin Stephenson

Now that we have made it past the fiscal cliff and the new 113th Congress has been installed, it is time to think about the presidential inauguration taking place on Jan. 21.  During the 2012 presidential campaign, people of faith asked the candidates to vocalize their plans to address hunger if elected to office. It is time to remind President Obama of his promise to maintain a circle of protection around programs that are vital to hungry and poor people and to work for a better future for all Americans. We pray that the president and Congress will find common ground and work together to carry out this commitment.  Consider using this prayer and sharing it with your faith community in the weeks leading up to inauguration.

A Prayer for the President

Psalm 72 (Selected verses)

 Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to a king’s son.

May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice.

May the mountains yield prosperity for the people, and the hills, in righteousness.

May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the needy, and crush the oppressor.

May he live while the sun endures, and as long as the moon, throughout all generations.

May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass, like showers that water the earth.

In his days may righteousness flourish and peace abound, until the moon is no more.

For he delivers the needy when they call, the poor and those who have no helper.

He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy.

From oppression and violence he redeems their life; and precious is their blood in his sight.

Long may he live! May prayer be made for him continually, and blessings invoked for him all day long.

May there be abundance of grain in the land; may it wave on the tops of the mountains; may its fruit be like Lebanon; and may people blossom in the cities like the grass of the field.

May his name endure forever, his fame continue as long as the sun. May all nations be blessed in him; may they pronounce him happy.

Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things.

Blessed be his glorious name forever; may his glory fill the whole earth.

Amen and Amen.

Psalm 72:1-7; 12-19 NRSV

You can turn your faith into action by signing this petition to President Obama.  Learn more by visiting the “Make It Happen” website.  And please let us know if you and your faith community are praying.

To spread the word using social media, copy and paste the sample tweet below:

Pres @BarackObama remember your promise to maintain a #circleofprotection around programs vital to hungry & poor people http://ow.ly/gw55y

Robin Stephenson is Bread for the World's national social media lead/senior regional organizer, western hub.

Photo: A woman prays during the second day of Bread for the World's 2011 Gathering at American University in Washington, D.C. (Laura Elizabeth Pohl)


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