In my Nov.-Dec. column for Together, written before the final results of the presidential election were known, I asked you to pray for our new President of the United States, no matter who that might be. Now as we prepare for the inauguration of President Barack Obama, I ask all United Methodists in Indiana to join in the following prayer on Sunday, Jan. 18, just two days before his Inauguration. It is my hope that every one of our 1,200 congregations in Indiana will include a time of prayer, and perhaps even use this prayer in their worship services. Thank you.

Let us pray.

Almighty God, we offer these prayers to You in the sure and certain knowledge that You are the One who rules the world. You alone deserve our ultimate allegiance and faith,

We pray with thankful hearts that we live in the United States of America where we can help elect and select our President. We lament that too many people in the world do not live in such freedom, and we celebrate that we have the freedom to choose our political leaders.

Now as we anticipate the inauguration of our new President, Barack Obama, we join with all people of good will in praying for him. We pray his safety and the safety of his family. We pray for wisdom and guidance for his administration. We pray for cooperation among all leaders, both Republican and Democrat, to work for the good of our nation. We pray for peace in our world and for the United States to be a leader in the ways of peace. And we pray that Your will may be done, through our new President and through all of us.

Almighty God, may our new President sense Your presence, Your power and Your wisdom as he makes decisions and conducts the administration of this nation. May he be guided by the same sense of a higher purpose that guided so many leaders before him. And may all of us be blessed with the fruit of faith, peace, love and joy.

We offer these prayers in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and our Savior. Amen.

Bishop Michael J. Coyner
Indiana Conference of
The United Methodist Church
"Making a Difference in Indiana …
and around the world"