Opening Scripture and Prayer                             
Illinois General Assembly
March 30, 2009

Pastor Tyson Graber
Herscher Christian Church
Herscher, IL

1 Peter 2
 Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every authority instituted among men: For it is God's will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men.  Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God.  Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.

Let’s pray.

Dear Heavenly Father, you have created all things and you rule over all things.  You are worthy of our greatest praise and respect. Thank you for instituting earthly government for the good of your people.  Thank you for our nation with its freedoms and blessings.  Forgive us of our sins and free us from our arrogant desires.  Give these leaders at this very moment in Springfield, IL a renewed zeal for justice and an attitude of servant leadership.

Together we pray for our men and women of service both here at home and in distant lands.  Powerful Father, protect them from harm and deliver them in their times of trial.  Comfort and strengthen them and their loved ones who await their safe return. 

Lord we understand that at this time the responsibility on these men and women in this room is very intense.  I ask that you encourage them, strengthen them and give them a spirit of unity that can only come from you.  We thank you for these public officials and their gifts, please allow them to lead at all times for the greater good of all people. 

In the name of your one and only son, Jesus Christ, we pray,



(Pictured is Sen. Gary Dahl with Tyson Graber)