April 19, 2014

Text: Pastor Rick Warren, Inauguration Invocation | January 20, 2009

(Source: Christianity Today)

Let us pray.

Almighty God, our Father, everything we see and everything we can’t see exists because of you alone. It all comes from you. It all belongs to you. It all exists for your glory.

History is your story. The Scripture tells us, “Hear O Israel, the Lord is our God. The Lord is One.” And you are the compassionate and merciful one. And you are loving to everyone you have made.

Now, today, we rejoice not only in America’s peaceful transfer of power for the 44th time. We celebrate a hingepoint of history with the inauguration of our first African American president of the United States. We are so grateful to live in this land, a land of unequaled possibility, where the son of an African immigrant can rise to the highest level of our leadership. And we know today that Dr. King and a great cloud of witnesses are shouting in heaven.Give to our new President, Barack Obama, the wisdom to lead us with humility, the courage to lead us with integrity, the compassion to lead us with generosity. Bless and protect him, his family, Vice President Biden, the cabinet, and every one of our freely elected leaders.

Help us, O God, to remember that we are Americans, united not by race, or religion, or blood, but to our commitment to freedom and justice for all. When we focus on ourselves, when we fight each other, when we forget you, forgive us. When we presume that our greatness and our prosperity is ours alone, forgive us. When we fail to treat our fellow human beings and all the earth with the respect that they deserve, forgive us. And as we face these difficult days ahead, may we have a new birth of clarity in our aims, responsibility in our actions, humility in our approaches, and civility in our attitudes, even when we differ.

Help us to share, to serve and to seek the common good of all. May all people of good will today join together to work for a more just, a more healthy and a more prosperous nation and a peaceful planet. And may we never forget that one day all nations and all people will stand accountable before you. We now commit our new president and his wife, Michelle and his daughters, Malia and Sasha, into your loving care.

I humbly ask this in the name of the one who changed my life, Yeshua, Isa, Jesus [Spanish pronunciation], Jesus, who taught us to pray:

“Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”

Comments

  1. Jerry Roller says:

    When prayers are prepared and offered in such areas of high public scrutiny, I am doubtful they are really prayers, but statements.

    That said. When reading through the text of Pastor Warren’s prayer, and in comparison to Reverend Gene’s “statement”…I found my self praying along with Pastor Warren.

    PS: Not all gays and lesbians want gay marriage. This is a lie propagated by activists and the ignorant media.

  2. Joanie Korte says:

    My heart opened up when Pastor Rick Warren expressed our love for God, America and wisdom for our new President. Asking the entire American population to join in The Lord’s Prayer was way over due and during that brief moment I hope that this audience opened their hearts, too.

  3. Daniel says:

    I was most touched when Pastor Warren asked for God to forgive us. Sometimes we Americans can be a little egocentric. A little humility goes along way in my book.

    All in all…well done I’d say.

    More important than my opinion…. I wait expextantly now for the Lord to answer this heart felt plea.

    After all…it was a prayer….not a performance.

  4. Shushannah S. Lopez says:

    I believe that this portion is not necessary. “We celebrate a hingepoint of history with the inauguration of our first African American president of the United States. We are so grateful to live in this land, a land of unequaled possibility, where the son of an African immigrant can rise to the highest level of our leadership. And we know today that Dr. King and a great cloud of witnesses are shouting in heaven”.

    Obama’s background as African American should not be any longer sensationalized. Black Americans should not be in your vocabulary but instead addressed everyone as Americans. Thank God that we believe in a God who does not play favorites. Truthfully Americans live in a land of unequaled possibility, that should no longer be a topic of any discussion. I should say American should support their newly elected president to the best of their abiltiy and not only wait in expectation and doing nothing.

    it is as if this portion of the invocation was meant to glorify a person, it would have been better if it has gone straight to the portion of “Give to our new President, Barack Obama, the wisdom to lead us with humility, the courage to lead us with integrity, the compassion to lead us with generosity. Bless and protect him, his family, Vice President Biden, the cabinet, and every one of our freely elected leaders”. In my opinion, Pastor Warren should have delivered a more God glorifying prayer focused on requesting for God’s guidance to Pres. Obama.

    God bless President Obama, God bless America, God bless all the Americans!

  5. Dave says:

    I think this prayer, like Obamas candidacy, was a masterpiece of non partisan, ideologically non commited, tightrope walking.
    Warren mentions Jesus, but in an antiseptic, secular way, by calling him the one who changed my life, instead of Lord, and using a litany of names, such as Isa and Yeshua, which other religions will accept. Such timid witnessing however, will not sit well with Christians, for whom Jesus is the Way (not a way) the truth (not my or your truth) and the Life. Then Warren said the Lords Prayer, which will rancor non Christians. So there you have it.
    I believe Obama’s presidency will be the same. He will gain foes and allies from accross the ideological divide. He opposes gay marriage, but is for abortion. He wants out of Iraq, but will stay in Afghanistan. He wants to use TARP funds for auto workers, but will have Larry Summers-architect of theClinton’s 1990s bank deregulators. He will increase Federal Reserve money creation but then again his advisors are billionaire Warren Buffet and Paul Volker, the last Fed chairman to increase interest rates and decrease the money supply. Should be a roller coaster.

  6. John White says:

    I doubt that this post will remain, even if posted. I feel so terribly depressed that in the 21st century, in what should be the most enlightened country of the world, there are so many educated Americans completely ignoring the words of some of your most intelligent people. Please grow up and act your age. Listen to what your own scientists are saying about the cosmos (that we are such an insignificant part of). Stop obeying the dictates of ancient simple people, and start living your lives. There is no second chance, this is it, don’t waste it. Forget about heaven, it doesn’t exist. It was a ‘fairy tale’, put out to keep you in line. Be good for your own sake and for the sake of others, not because you’ve been threatened by some imaginary force. Now is the time. you’ve shown incredible good sense in electing a person with sense and intelligence as your 44th President. Go for it! John

  7. Jerzy Marcol says:

    I want to comment on what John White wrote. There are truths that are above time. In the ancient times 1 plus 1 equaled 2. Today it is the same. In ancient times people were sinners and believed in the Savior, that was to come. Today people are sinners and believe in the Savior that did come! In the ancient times people needed hope for eternal life. Today they need the same hope and this hope can become true only in the person of Jesus Christ.
    I am very grateful to God that he gave courage to Rick Warren to pray in the name of Jesus for Pesident Obama, his family and the Cabinet. America, repent and return to the Bible, andf than God will bless you again.
    Jerzy

  8. John White says:

    Thank you Jerzy for responding to my comment, and to the site’s administration for allowing the post to remain for others to read. Jerzy, I’m a little puzzled that you feel that ‘eternal life’ is something to strive for. But apart from that, your faith is based on the writings of ancient, simple folk, which, in turn, was based on word of mouth, and it would be very unusual for there not to have been some exageration in the telling. The stories contradict what science has proven to be true. Why believe in something passed on to you by ignorant foreign shepherds, who had no idea how you would be living your life in the 21st century? Don’t get me wrong. Although I don’t believe in Gods, (any of the thousands of different versions available), I can see the help that passing the buck onto some hidden higher authority can give to the lonely or desperate, but there are surely better ways that we can help each other. We have to stand on our own two feet and accept responsibility for ourselves and each other. Kind regards, John

    • Jerzy Marcol says:

      Dear John, I do not know on what ground you rejected the testimony of people who saw Jesus after his resurrection and accepted the ideas of people who rejected God.
      Mahomet and Budda are still in their graves, but the grave ogf Jesus is empty! Why? because God rose him from the death! And this if the final proof for Jesus credibility.

      I once was also drifting towards atheism. I was aware that I had broken His commandments and wished that he did not exist. However, by reading the Bible, I came to know quite different image of God that I had had before. I realized that He forgives on the ground of faith in the perfect sacrifice of Jesus on the cross of Calvary. It gives me peace and motivation for life!

  9. Neel says:

    I’m very sorry, Pastor Warren, but Mr Barrack Obama is not the son of an African immigrant. His father, a Kenyan, was a foreign student at University of Hawaii at M?noa, where he met Ann Durham (Barrack’s mother). Mr Obama senior went back to Kenya soon after the couple divorced three years after the marriage. This does not make Mr Obama senior an immigrant.

  10. takeheed says:

    It’s important to note that in the official text of Mr Warren’s prayer on his church website only the first part of the Jewish SHEMA is in quotation marks – “Hear O Israel, the Lord is our God”. The next phrase is printed as follows – The Lord is One, and You are the compassionate and Merciful One and You are loving to everyone You have made. This virtually Jesuitical phrasing was designed to infer that the Jewish ‘Lord and God’ is also the same ‘Lord and God’ of Islam and Christianity – NOT TRUE!
    My full assessment of this prayer can be viewed on
    http://www.takeheed.net/CurrentConcerns_2/Warren_inaugural_prayer.htm

  11. Anonymous says:

    LET US CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA FOR WISDOM, AND INSIGHT FOR EVERY DAY. THE NATION IS IN DEEP FINANCIAL CRISES AND IF YOU READ THE PAPERS OR SAW THE NEWS THEIR ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE CHOOSING TO WIPE OUT THEIR FAMILIES. THESE ARE DESPERATE TIMES AND PEOPLE ARE CHOOSING DESPERATE MEASURES.
    LET US LEND A HELPING HAND AND PRAY FOR OUR NATION AND ITS PEOPLE. WE NEED EACH OTHER. GOD BLESS YOU AND MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS AMERICA AND FAVOR HER AGAIN.

    • Pelikan says:

      I hardly ever “moderate” comments on this blog, but why do some people think that writing in all caps is a good thing? It’s annoying and makes things hard to read. Anonymous – writing in all caps is like shouting. Why are yelling?

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