As George Washington reminded us in his farewell address, morality and faith are the pillars of our society. We confess these pillars are being eroded in an increasingly materialistic and permissive society. The whole world is watching to see if the faith of our fathers will stand the trials and tests of the hour. Too long have we neglected Thy word and ignored Thy laws. Too long have we tried to solve our problems without reference to Thee. Too long have we tried to live by bread alone. We have sown to the wind and are now reaping a whirlwind of crime, division and rebellion. And now, with the wages of our sins staring us in the face, we remember Thy words, "If my people who are called by my Name shall humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."
Help us this day to turn from our sins and to turn by simple faith to the One who said, "Ye must be born again." So we pray, O God, as we enter a new era, that we as a nation may experience a moral and spiritual restoration. Thou hast said, "Promotion comes not from the east nor from the west, but from Thee." We acknowledge Thy sovereignty in the selection of our leaders. We remember the responsibility Thou has placed upon each individual to honor those in authority, to obey those in authority and to pray for those in authority.
So we pray for President Ford and all who govern. We beseech Thee that he will have Thy divine guidance and power daily. Help him as Thou didst help Thy servants of old. Our Father, we know his burdens and responsibilities will be overwhelming. O God,. our new President needs Thee as few men ever needed Thee in leading a people! There will be times when he will be overwhelmed by the problems at home and abroad that have been building up to the breaking point for many years. Protect him from physical danger. And in the lonely moments of decision, grant him an uncompromising courage to do what is morally right. Give him a cool head and a warm heart. Give him compassion for those in physical, moral, and spiritual need.
We pray that Thou wilt so guide Gerald Ford in handling the affairs of state that the world will marvel and glorify Thee. What we pray for President Ford we pray for his Vice-President, and for all members of the Cabinet. May they be given a wisdom and a courage that is beyond their own. Bless them as a team to lead America to the dawning of a new day with renewed trust in God that will lead to peace, justice and prosperity.
We pray especially for our former President and his family at this time, that in the days ahead they may know the peace that only Thou canst give, just as he sought to bring peace to the world. We pray this humbly in the Name of the Prince of Peace who shed His blood on the Cross that men might have eternal life. Amen.