On Our National Day of Prayer: George Washington’s Prayer for the Nation

By The Stream Published on May 2, 2019

Each day there is a public wreath laying ceremony at George Washington’s home of Mount Vernon. During this ceremony a prayer that is read. It’s adapted from Washington’s Circular Letter to the States, written in 1783 as he prepared to step down as commander of the military. 

On this National Day of Prayer, let’s hand the mic over to our Founding Father and first U.S. President. 

I now make it my earnest prayer, that God would have the United States in his holy protection, that he would incline the hearts of the Citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to Government, to entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another, for their fellow citizens of the United States at large, and particularly for their brethren who have served in the Field, and finally, that he would most graciously be pleased to dispose us all, to do Justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that Charity, humility and pacific temper of mind, which were the Characteristicks of the Devine Author of our blessed Religion, and without an humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy Nation. 

Amen

 

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