Governors are sent by Him to punish the evildoers and praise the virtuous (1 Peter 2:14).

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The PRESIDENT pro tempore. Today's opening prayer will be offered by Dr. Andrew Chaney, senior pastor at First and Calvary Presbyterian Church from Springfield, MO.

The guest Chaplain offered the following prayer:

Let us pray.

Almighty God, bless these Senators You have chosen to preserve the heritage of America. Bless their families to provide homes of loving support and civility so our Senators will govern with hearts filled with compassion and service to others. We pray for strength of character in our Senate. Fortify weak places that might give way to moral compromise. We pray for faithfulness. If they become discouraged, may their first instinct be to seek Your light shining in the darkness. We pray for spiritual empowerment. If they feel overwhelmed, lead them to green pastures. If they feel irritated by noise and busyness, lead them beside the still waters. When they feel exhausted, restore their souls. We pray for strength and leadership. Give them courage to be humble, to forgive, to stand up for what is right. Give them the courage to confront injustice. Give them the courage to stand for American ideals, the courage to resist temptation, and the courage to trust in You with their heart, mind, and soul.

We pray this in the power of Your Holy Name. Amen. ____________________


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