Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorifyyour Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)O God our Father, Who is the source of light and life, Whose glory is in all theworld, without Whom no one is strong, no one is good - make us one with You aswe begin this day. May our faith in You make us strong, hold us steady and keep usserene as we face the responsibilities and the tasks which confront us.May we always know that You are with us. May we always believe that You areleading us. Amid all our differences may we be one in spirit, one in purpose, andone in good will as we give ourselves in deep devotion to the welfare of ourbeloved State of Missouri and for the good of all citizens. May the light of YourSpirit shine forever in our hearts.In Gods name we pray. Amen.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will we notfear. (Psalm 46:1)O God, our Almighty Father, You are the refuge and strength of Your people inevery age and our refuge and our strength in this present hour in this Chamber.We pause in Your presence to offer unto You once again the devotion of ourhearts.Amid all the changes and distractions of this life, help us to rest our spirits uponthose eternal foundations of truth and love which You have laid for us. Save usfrom unnecessary restlessness, from lasting confusion, and from perpetualmovement. Draw us unto Yourself that for this moment we may be still and knowthat You are God.With the assurance of Your Holy Spirit may we accept the responsibilities of thisday and fulfill all our obligations with fidelity and honor. Into Your loving arms wecompletely commit ourselves and our State of Missouri - praying that together wemay be one in You: through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
"Frost and chill bless the Lord; praise and exalt Him above all forever. Ice and snow,bless the Lord; praise and exalt Him above all forever". (Daniel 3:67-70)On this cold morning our thoughts and voices echo the words of the great prophetDaniel, "Frost and chill, bless the Lord; ice and snow, bless the Lord, praise andexalt Him above all forever!" We praise God for the beauty of the snow and thewonderful gift of the change of seasons that our beautiful state experiences eachyear.We continue to lift up in prayer all public servants who are in danger. We recallthose who have died and/or were wounded in Arizona. Give eternal rest to thedead, rapid healing for the wounded, wisdom to all medical professionals, andgratitude to all who acted rapidly to prevent more violence. Protect and watchover this House and its members, staff, and loved ones. Keep them from harm.Finally, we recall our Missouri history on this day when in 1822 the Great Seal ofthe State of Missouri was adopted, and in 1865 when slavery was abolished.We ask this as all things in Gods Holy Name. Amen.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise: bethankful to Him and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy iseverlasting; and His truth endures to all generations. (Psalm 100:4,5)Almighty God, Ruler of the Universe, Sustainer of Life, and Creator ofPeople, unto You do we lift our hearts in prayer and in praise. We thankYou for the gift of life ever fresh from Your hand, for the blessings ofhome, for work to do and the strength to do it, for friendships whichwarm our hearts, for a nation that is free and for our faith in You whichkeeps us strong, holds us steady and carries us through every experiencewith honor.May Your wisdom make us wise, may Your patience help us to be morepatient: may Your love strengthen us to love others and may Yourforgiveness help us to forgive one another.Sustained by Your presence may we walk the paths of truth and love thisday, harboring no ill will, but filled with good will growing evermore likeYou who have revealed Yourself. Amen.
In solemn truth I can see that God is no respecter of persons, but that in everynation the man who reverences Him and does what is right is acceptable toHim. (Acts 10:34)O God, Creator of the World, Sustainer of Life and the Ruler of all Nations, inquietness and reverence we lift our hearts anew to You, praying that Yourgrace may cleanse us, Your power may strengthen us, and Your love develop inus greater good will. Forgive our selfishness, our narrowness, our prejudices,and our pride. Set us free from the unneeded bonds which separate us anddraw us together in You as one people in spirit and in truth.Bless our Honorable Governor who will be present in this Chamber in a fewhours to deliver his State of the State address. Give him illumination toexpress with clarity both strength and weakness of these times in which welive.May our ears and minds be attentive and reflective to His message. We askthis in Your most Holy Name for You live and reign forever and ever. Amen.
The Lord God is a sun and shield: The Lord will give grace and glory: no good thingwill He withhold from them that walk uprightly. (Psalm 84:11)"Spirit of God, descend upon my heart; Wean it from earth; through all its pulsesmove; Stoop to my weakness, mighty as You are; And make me love You as I oughtto love."Spirit of God descend upon our hearts - this is our prayer this snowy morning.Make us daily aware of Your presence and in Your spirit may we find the attitudeswe need for this day. Slow us down, Lord, slow us down; we work too hard, we eattoo fast, we hurry too much. Help us to take time to think clearly, time to praysincerely, and above all time to cultivate the sense of Your presence in our heartsand in our homes. Then give us the faith and the fortitude to walk uprightly inYour way, for the good of the State of Missouri and for the glory of Your HolyName.We recall today our Missouri history when in 1872 Governor Brown became thefirst occupant of the current Executive mansion. Bless all who have resided there,past, present and future. Strengthen the dedication of all who strive to protectand preserve this residence.We beg this favor in the name of Him, Who is the Ancient of Days. Amen.
God who made the world and all things therein seeing that He is Lord of heavenand earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; neither is worshipped withmens hands, as though He needed anything, seeing He giveth to all life, and breath,and all things. (Acts 17:24,25)Eternal God, from Whom comes all things good, true, and patient, in the quiet ofthis morning we open our hearts to You. You are everywhere, You are everywherepresent, and now in the silence of this moment we would find You and would befound by You. Breathe on us, breath of God, fill us with life anew, that we may lovewhat You love, and do what You would do.Strengthen our Faith, renew our courage, make us great in goodness and good ingreatness that we may triumph over wrong and conquer every evil intention. Putbeneath us, the representatives of our beloved state, Your strong foundation andsend us forth our vision clear, our faith confirmed, and our spirits strengthened tobe Your loyal and loving children, so we would open our hearts to Yourtransforming presence.We ask this in Your Holy Name. Amen.
God is not far from each one of us, for in Him we live and move and have our being.(Acts 17:28)O You in Whom we live and move and have our being, without Whom no one isstrong, no one is good, we pause in Your presence this morning once again to liftour hearts to You in prayer. We need You, our God, we need You as we confrontthe problems of this day, as we endeavor to meet the challenges of this hour and aswe seek to make wise use of the living of these days that we fail not our citizensnor You. Amen.
I am the vine, you are the branches. He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the samebringeth forth much fruit. (John 15:5)We thank You, our Father, for Your spirit which follows us all our days, for Yourlove which will not let us go, and for the strength of Your presence which neverlets us down. Help us to open wide the door of our hearts that we may receive Yourspirit, welcome Your love, claim the strength of Your presence and be made readyfor the experiences and responsibilities of this day in this Chamber.By Your grace may we put goodness before evil, truth before falsehood, highprinciples before low prejudices, the rights of the weak before the wrongs of thestrong, and may we put You above all else in our hearts, minds and souls.Amen.
God is love: and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God and God in him. (I John4:16)O God, You are the Father of all weather. We thank You for every expression ofYour love to us, and for the experience of love we enjoy in the home, in our circleof friends, and here in the halls of the State House.Strengthen the ties that bind us together. Give us courtesy and consideration inour attitude toward one another.May we not allow our disagreements to make us disagreeable, or our differences tomake a difference in our relationships, but now and always may the spirit ofgoodwill abide in our hearts. Keep us ever mindful of Your presence, eager to doYour will and loyal to the dignity within ourselves.We pray for rapid healing of Representative Wanda Brown, may the Divinephysician grant her the recuperation necessary to resume her duties.Protect our State and its citizens during this period of snow emergency. Protect allwho must travel, work and serve today and tomorrow. Restrain this wintery blastaccording to Your will.Finally, as we begin the month dedicated to recalling the contributions of allAfricans and African-Americans to the history of our nation and state may oureyes truly see the dignity of all peoples.We beg this in the name of the One in Heaven. Amen.
They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up withwings as eagles; they shall run and not weary; and they shall walk and not faint.(Isaiah 40:31)Quietly and sincerely, Our Father, do we wait upon You. Without the strengthwhich You alone can give we faint, falter and walk not in faith and love. With thestrength You do cause to arise within us, we are made ready for everyresponsibility, equal to any experience and adequate for all of life. Make us readyfor responsibilities of this day, equal to the experiences of this hour and adequatefor the actions we take this session of the Missouri House.Strengthen our Speaker as he leads and presides over us; and all Members of theHouse as they take action on behalf of our citizens.In Your strength may we be made strong indeed, in the name Almighty we begand pray. Amen.
This is life eternal, to know Thee the only true God, and the One, whom Thou hastsent. (John 17:3)Eternal Father of our souls, once more we humbly and reverently bow our heads inYour presence, offering unto You the morning devotion of our hearts. You are thesource of light and life. You are the fountain of flowing love. You are in everythingthat lifts and liberates the human soul. Lift us, we pray You, and liberate ourspirits that we may be led from the seen to the unseen, from the unreal to the real,from things as they appear to be to the things as they truly are.Bless all those who have dedicated their lives to the eradication of all diseases ofthe human heart. We lift them up in a special way during this month. Guide theirefforts and grant every success to their cures.Give wisdom to our Chief Justice who will be present in this Chamber in a fewhours. May his words inspire us in all things to be just and to fear not. May eachone of us draw the things as we see it, for the God of things as they are: in Yourdear Name, for the good of Missouri, we pray. Amen.
I am the vine, ye are the branches. He that abideth in me, and I in him, the samebringeth forth much fruit; for without me ye can do nothing. (John 15:5)O God, our Father, without Whom our world drifts into darkness and despair, letthe light of Your spirit shine upon us as we for this moment worship You in spiritand in truth. Deliver us from unworthy ambitions which close our eyes to therights of others and from a self-centeredness which grows into suspicion and illwill.Make us mindful of the needs of people in our state and around our nation.Beneath all differences of race or creed help us to see human aspirations comingto fruition and seeking to be satisfied. Abiding in You, may the fruit ofcompassion and understanding and love be brought forth anew within us. Amen.
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly; nor standeth inthe way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in thelaw of the Lord; and in His law doth he meditate day and night. (Psalm 1:1,2)Write Your Law upon our hearts, O God, and Your words upon our minds, as welift our souls to You this refreshing morning. We believe in You, and we pray thatYour spirit may so dwell in us that Your peace and Your power may be ours thisday. Guide us in the decisions we make, give us support in our efforts to be true toYou, and grant us courage to do what we firmly believe to be right. Just as we arenow, strong and free, to be the best that we can be for truth and righteousness andYou, Lord of our lives, we come and bring with us all our Missouri citizens andtogether we say, “Amen.”
Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, wish the Spirit, thatthey may rest from the labors; and their works do follow them. (Revelation 14:13)Almighty God, Our Heavenly Father, from Whom we come, with Whom we live,and unto Whom our spirit returns, grant us Your blessing as we pray and enable usto put our trust in You that we may find comfort and courage for facing the eventsof this day for our state.We remember before You those who have given their lives for our country.Comfort the hearts and the homes that walk in sorrow and in grief. Even as theyjourney through the valley of the shadow of death, may they feel Your presencenear and in the assurance of Your love find strength sufficient for every need.May we and all our people hear the summons to a greater and nobler living whichcomes to us as we remember our loyal and loving dead - a summons to give ourbest that a government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall notperish from the earth.In Your Holy Name we pray. Amen.
Create in us clean hearts, O Lord, and renew a right spirit within us. (Psalm51:10)O Lord, our God, before Whom all deceit fades, all pretense fails, all ill willfalls, Who is the way, the truth and the life - bless us this day as we open theHouse with Your spirit and help us walk in Your way, to believe Your truth andto live Your life.Forgive our foolish ways, the mistakes we make, the sins we commit, theharsh criticism we direct toward those who disagree with us, and our slownessto see the good in others and the wrong in ourselves.Then, create in us clean hearts, O Lord, and renew a right spirit within us -that Your will may be done in us, in our beloved state of Missouri, and in allpeople we serve. The House says "Amen".
In returning and rest shall you be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall beyour strength. (Isaiah 30:15)O God, our Father, the light of the minds know You, the life of the spirits that loveYou, the strength of the souls that live with You - in quietness and confidence welift our hearts to You in prayer this Missouri morning. Deliver us from unworthythoughts, overanxious moods, tense spirits, and may we find rest and peace andjoy with You.Forgive our shortcomings, our failure to give You right-of-way in our lives, ourinsistence upon our way rather than Your way. May we never think of ourselves assufficient for our responsibilities but may we find our sufficiency in You.Strengthen our hands and our hearts this day and use us for Your glory and for thegood of our citizens.We thank God for the return of Representative Wanda Brown in our midst today.May God continue to heal her.In Gods Name we pray. Amen.
My presence shall go with you and I will give you rest. (Exodus 33:14)Our Father in heaven and on earth, Who has given us life and the promiseof life eternal, on every hand we see evidences of Your spirit and of Yourgoodness to us. For the beauty of the earth, for the glory of the skies, forthe love which from our birth over and around us lies, Lord of all to Youwe raise this our prayer of grateful praise.We thank You for Your presence in our hearts, making us strong, giving usconfidence, and helping us to live in good will with our fellow citizens.We thank You for our nation and state - this land of the free and the homeof the brave. May we now and always play our full part in keeping the flagof freedom forever flying over our Show- Me State.We thank You for these men and women in the House for their devotionto Missouri and their dedication to You. May Your presence go with themall the day long in the Chamber, in their offices, and in their homes.The House says, "Amen!"
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in yoursight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer. (Psalm 19:14)Our Father, Who art in heaven, we come to You conscious of our shortcomingsand our faults, yet confident that You are with us and that with You sins areforgiven, discouragement gives way to encouragement, fear changes to faith, and anew glory enters human life.Give us the courage of our convictions - the confidence to say yes to what is right,the courage to say no to what is wrong, and the wisdom and insight to know thedifference. May this spirit enter the hearts of all our people. So shall we bechildren of You, serving You faithfully all our days. Let the words of our mouths,and the meditations of our hearts, be acceptable in Your sight, O God, ourstrength and our joy.We remember the late Corporal Frank Woodruff Buckles, born near Bethany,Missouri, who passed away this weekend at the age of 110. He was the last livinglink to all who served in our armed forces during the First World War. May he andall veterans rest in peace.And the House says, “Amen.”
This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm118:24)Our Heavenly Father, we bow before our altar of prayer with hearts overflowingwith gratitude because You have been so wonderfully good to us. We are what weare, we have what we have, not because we deserve it, not because we have earnedit, but because Your goodness has attended us.Your strength has made us strong, Your love has undergirded us, and Yourpresence has blessed us all our days.Help us to be worthy of Your gifts and to use each day for Your glory, for the goodof our state and for the welfare of our citizens. Thus, may every day be a gloriousadventure in great living.And the House says, “Amen.”
Where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst ofthem. (Matthew 18:20)Our Heavenly Father, Who has given Your word that where two or three aregathered together in Your name,there You are in the midst of them - make us aware of Your presence this momentas we assemble in the House in Your name, invoking Your blessing upon us andpraying that You would make us adequate for the tasks of this day, give us wisdomfor the decisions we have to make and courage always to do what is right and just.And the House says, "Amen"!
You are my God, and I will praise You; You are my God, I will exalt You. (Psalm118:28)Our Heavenly Father, in Whom we live and move and have our being, so fill uswith Your spirit that we may not yield to temptation on this Mardi Gras, but bestrengthened with inward power for outward tasks. May we meet our obligationswith honor, our duties with faith, and our responsibilities with a high regard forthe good of all.Stimulate us with those deep and abiding convictions which keep our state ofMissouri strong, which makes our houses of worship vital, and fill our homes withlove and joy and peace. May noble virtues live nobly in us, and may we give themhands and feet in our day and for this hour in which we live.And the House says, "Amen"!
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? (Psalm 27:1)Eternal God and Father of all, facing responsibilities that tower above us likethreatening waves beyond our power to meet adequately - we bow in Yourpresence, praying for the strengthening uplift of Your Holy Spirit. In quietconfidence we come with humble and contrite hearts, on this Ash Wednesdaymorning, acknowledging with the Psalmist - The Lord is the strength of my life,my light, and my salvation.As we face the tasks of this day, help us to be conscious of Your presence, andeager to do Your will and to work for the good of our state.In this time of tumult, through these days of economic uncertainty, give us asteadiness of purpose, a devotion to duty, and a determination to complete thework we are called to do.And the House says, "Amen!"
O give thanks to the Lord; for He is good; for His mercy endures forever. (Psalm118:29)O God, our Father, Who knows us better than we know ourselves, Whose mercynever lets us down and Whose love never lets us go - by Your spirit help us to takean honest look at ourselves and our frustrations, our fears and the futility thatmarks our daily lives - so much of which separates us from You and from oneanother.Grant to us the assurance of Your forgiving spirit, the consciousness of Yourredeeming love and the confidence of Your empowering presence that we maybegin again this day to walk in Your way, to believe Your truth and to live Your life.And the House says, "Amen!"
Teach me to do Your will, for You art my God: Your spirit is good; lead me into theland of uprightness. (Psalm 143:10)On this Ides of March O Eternal God, Who is ever pouring out Your spirit uponYour people, we thank You for all those in every age who have opened their heartsto You, for men and women who have dreamed great dreams, seen wonderfulvisions, and who possessed courage to stand firm for what is right and good for all.For those who trust in truth amid lies; who stand for justice amid injustice; whowalk in good ways amid evil times; who quietly work for unity even when peopleare splintered; who possess a vision of life with You at the center even when Yourpresence is denied - we thank You, O God. By Your Spirit help us to be in thisnumber of these great and good people.And the House says, "Amen!"
If any man walks in the day, he does not stumble because he sees the light of thisworld. (John 11:9)Almighty God, our Creator, Whose mercy is from everlasting to everlasting andWhose truth endures forever, in all humility and reverence we bow in Yourpresence offering unto You once again the devotion of our minds and hearts.Amid all the traffic of our ways, turmoils without, within, make in our hearts aquiet place and come and dwell therein. Sure of Your presence may we face thetasks of this day with a dauntless courage, a quiet faith and with a never failinggood will.In the struggle between light and darkness in our time may we walk in the lightand live in the light that we and our state may continue to be the light of thenation.We lift up Representative Sylvester Taylor in our prayers. May the Lord continue toheal him and give him and his family peace and comfort.And the House says, "Amen!"
He hath showed you, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of you,but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8)O God, Whose will it is that we do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with You,grant unto us as we wait upon You the confidence to do what we ought to do, thecourage not to do what we ought not to do and the wisdom to see our way clearly.Deliver us and our state from discord and disunity. May we find our concord andour unity in You. Give to each one of us the consciousness of Your presence, thecontinual strength of Your Spirit and the constant awareness of our duty to leadour people in the ways of freedom and justice and peace.Help us to keep our faith in You, and may this faith keep us walking in the way ofYour commandments all the days of our lives, and as we begin Spring Break onthis St. Patricks Day may all Irish eyes be smiling!And the House says, "Amen!"
Brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion tothe flesh, but by love serve one another. (Galations 5:13)Almighty God, Father of all people, Who is ever seeking entrance into our lives,forever knocking at the door of our hearts - we open our spirits to You in prayerthis morning.We pray humbly and sincerely for our state - this land where we can speak ourminds without fear, where we can pray as we choose and where we can elect thosewho govern us. May it now and ever be the land of the free andthe home of the brave.During these trying economic days, help us to think clearly, to make decisionswisely and to courageously do what is right and good for all. Above all, may we putour trust in You and keep this faith as long as we live. In the Masters name wepray. And the House says, "Amen!"
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. (Psalm 33:12)O God, our Master, You are the creator and the sustainer of all mankind, withoutWhose blessing all our labor is in vain, we pray that our lives may be built notupon the shifting sands of superficial and shallow living but upon the rock ofeternal truth and enduring love - so we come to offer unto You once again thedevotion of our hearts, the dedication of our minds, and the discipline of ourlives. May this moment of devotion at the end of this business week be the opendoor to an increasing fellowship with You and with one another.We are mindful of the experiences and the events which bind us together as astate. By a common devotion to a common cause - the welfare of our beloved land- may we close ranks and by understanding and sympathy and good will bringtogether our different classes, heal the rift between peoples and make us a stateunited in spirit, eager to do Your will and to keep Your commandments.And the House says, "Amen!"
God is able to provide you in abundance for every good work. (II Corinthians 9:8)O God, our Creator, Whom we seek to serve and to Whom we look for guidance,we bow before the altar of prayer offering unto You the gratitude and the loyalty ofour hearts. We thank You for this new day fresh from Your hand with itspossibilities for great and good living. By Your spirit may we always be honest andkind and forgiving;may we be generous in our criticism of others, patient with those who criticize usand considerate with those who differ from us. As we follow the Master who wentabout doing good, may we also stop merely going about and begin, like Him, to goabout doing good to all.Through this long day bless our beloved Speaker, members of the House and allwho work with them. May the benediction of Your presence rest upon us all thisday and every day. We recall the 150th anniversary of the Civil War - a conflictwhich changed our nation and state forever. Together lead us in the paths of unityand peace for Your Names sake.And the House says, "Amen!"
They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. (Isaiah 40:31)Our Father God, Who is from everlasting to everlasting, to You we come and untoYou we lift our hearts in prayer. Always You are with us, always You seek to ariseanew within our minds. Help us to be aware of Your presence and, by clearthinking, clean living, and a creative faith, we may find Your spirit coming to newlife deep within our own being.We pray for greater strength - strength to resist evil, strength to overcome ourtemptations, strength to do what we ought to do and to live as we ought to live. OGod, come into our hearts and help us do for ourselves what we cannot do byourselves - win the battle over our own weaknesses. Thus, may we be givenstrength to do our full part in making our hearts good and sound and wise.And the House says, "Amen!"
Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we hope in Thee. (Psalm 33:22)Eternal and Almighty God of our spirits, we pause in Your presence with headsbowed in prayer as we begin the demanding duties of this long day. Make YourSpirit real to us, for we need You, every hour we need You.Temptations and evil lose their powers when You are near us.We come concerned by the spirit of our times, weighted down by economic worry,concerned by our failure to do what really needs to be done, tempted at times togive up - yet here we are. Give us the faith we need for this hour, the courage to dowhat is best for our state and the confidence to leave the results with You.We recall our Missouri history today when Harry S Truman became the Presidentof the United States in 1945.May his legacy and Missouri influence continue to have an impact in our world.And the House says, "Amen!"
Now, O God, strengthen Thou my hands. (Nehemiah 6:9)Almighty God, our Heavenly Host, the source of all that is beautiful and good inlife, again we come to You, restless, seeking rest in You; weak, seeking strengthfrom You; uncertain, seeking certainty in Your presence. Lesserthings have laid their hands upon us, we have majored in minors, we havetriumphed with trifles - yet You are always with us endeavoring to lead us alongthe better way to life and to a greater life together.Strengthen us with Your Spirit and help us to deal wisely and well with the highbusiness before us this day.May we go from this moment of prayer to be true children of Yours, serving Youand our fellow citizens with all our hearts. Because we have lived this hour andthought and prayed, may the world become a better place in which all people canlive together in peace.And the House says, "Amen!"
God is Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth. (John 4:24)O God of truth and love, without You our world drifts into the valley of darkness and despair, letthe light of Your Spirit glow within us as we worship You this moment. Deliver us from greed andbitterness, from misunderstanding and ill will - which are the seeds of contention and confusion.By the might of Your presence and by the strength of Your Spirit in our hearts make us one in You.With this oneness may we launch out into an adventurous cooperation among each other whichshall be a pattern of life for our own state and for all the people of Missouri.Underneath all differences of political parties help us to see human life struggling to be free and tofindsatisfaction on higher levels of daily life. We believe You are showing us the way in Your Word -help us to walk in it to the glory of Your name and for the good of our citizens.We recall our Missouri history today when on this date in 1841 the University of Missouri, the firststateuniversity west of the Mississippi River, was opened.And the House says, "Amen!"
The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. (Hebrews 13:6)Eternal God, our Father, in Whom we live and move and have our being, we are Your children, creaturesof Your hands, sustained by Your Spirit, redeemed by Your love and guided by Your wisdom. Steady us, wepray to You, and give us strength to do what we ought to do.Save us from accepting too easy answers to the problems that confront us. Save us from yielding to thetemptation to accept the second best when the best can be ours. By the power of an inner spiritualtriumph may we conquer all pettiness, all narrowness, and all unworthy desires. May we put first thatwhich is first, second that which is second, and last that which is last. May Your Spirit rule our hearts,and together may we serve our state to the limit of our faith and our ability.Finally, we pray for the repose of former Congressman Harold L. Volkmer of Hannibal, who served in theHouse from 1967 to 1976. May he rest in peace.And the House says, "Amen!"
For thus saith the Lord God, in returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall beyour strength. (Isaiah 30:15)O Almighty God, eternal source of wisdom, power, and love, Whose mercy is over all Your works andWhose will is ever directed to Your childrens good - in quietness and in confidence we lift our heartsunto You. In the assurance of your presence we face the responsibilities of this day.May the brightness and the glory of goodwill dwell in our hearts and may all ill will die. Fill us withkindness, compassion, and understanding - with all those moral qualities which make our life together ahappy and enduringexperience. May we lead our people away from the treacherous road of deceit, hypocrisy, and pretenseand along the pathway of justice, freedom, and peace. Thus, may we follow You all the days of our lives.And the House says, "Amen!"
You are the light of the world. (Matthew 5:14)Eternal God, spirit of light and life, in this day, in this world of sometime suffering and sorrow we wouldpurify our hearts as we face the unique responsibilities and demands committed to our care and to ourattention this day. Let our littleness be swallowed up in Your greatness, our pettiness in Your pursuingpresence, and our trite criticisms in Your triumphant spirit.Before the altar of prayer we bow, confessing our faults, asking Your forgiveness, and praying that You willgive us strength and wisdom that in these days we fail neither our citizens nor You.And the House says, "Amen!"
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (I Corinthians 13:7)O God, fount of all that is good and true and beautiful, Whose love endures forever, we thank You for thereverence which lifts our hearts to what is real, and for the love of home that reflects Your gracious spirit.Bless, we pray You, those whom You have brought together. May our consecration be beautiful andeverlasting.We invoke Your blessing upon our labors this day that we may help to build a better world in which menand women can live together in peace and good will and in which their children may grow into fullermanhood and finerwomanhood. Teach us that only through love can we begin to perceive the divine mysteries of life and thetrue glory of our relationships.Blest be the tie that binds our hearts in steadfast love; the fellowship of kindred minds is like to thatwhich is above.And the House says, "Amen!"
Thou wilt show me the path of life: in Thy presence is fullness of joy. (Psalm 16:11)O God, Ruler of governments, You have surrounded us with Your mercies, You have guided us with Yourwisdom, You have blessed us with Your love. Continue to breathe upon us, breath of God, fill us with lifeanew, thatwe may love what You love and do what You would do - so may our lives be more worthy in Your sight andour labor be in accordance with Your Holy will.Deliver us from pride and prejudice and bless us with the glorious liberty of an open mind and responsiveheart.Clothe us with the spirit that never fails to bear the fruit of happiness, integrity and love. Finally, giverelief and comfort to all who have suffered from the recent floods and tornadoes in our state.And the House says, "Amen!"
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way. (Psalm 37:23)Eternal God, Who has promised unto the upright in heart a light that shines in the darkness and astrength that never fails, grant unto us such good attitudes and such high purposes that shall lift us abovethe shadow of doubt and fear and help us to realize the power of Your presence. Give to us the wings offaith, the lift of love, and the heart of hope as we commit ourselves anew to You and to Your will for ourlives.May we walk the ever changing roads of our daily life with confidence and courage, knowing that You arewith us always and all the way. Give to us this day a healthy body, an understanding mind, a happy spirit,a loving heart and with it all a will ready to do good to others where we can do good and to be faithful toYou.And the House says, "Amen!"
The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. (Deuteronomy 33:27)O God, Who is the refuge and strength of all who put their trust in You, grant us a real measure of YourHoly Spirit as we lift our hearts to You in prayer this morning. You are the Father of all people, and we areYour children.Help us to love You as children ought to love their parents. Help us to love one another as we ought to loveone another in all sincerity and truth. In this free land may we learn to live together in peace and goodwill.Bless Missouri with Your continued presence, and may our state be Your servant for freedom, and breatheYour peace into our hearts.And the House says, "Amen!"
These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy may remain in you and that your joy might be full. (John15:11)O God, Whose light never fades, Whose love never fails, and Whose life never dies - as we open thewindows of our hearts to You in prayer this morning, may we be filled with the glory of Your presence,with the greatness of Your spirit, and with the grandeur of Your grace.Grant unto us the royalty of an inward happiness and the serenity of mind which comes from living closeto You. Daily renew in us the sense of joy and let Your eternal spirit dwell in our minds and bodies, fillingevery corner of our hearts with light and grace, so that we may be diffusers of life and may meet all illsand accidents with happiness giving You thanks always for all things.And the House says, "Amen!"
The Lord is my shepherd. (Psalm 23:1)O God, Whose strength sustains us in our work, Whose hand supports us in our weariness, and Whosepresence gives us security in the time of trouble, grant unto us the renewing power of Your Holy Spirit aswe wait upon You in prayer. Lead us into green pastures, beside still waters, and along paths ofrighteousness in which our souls are restored.When we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, may we feel Your presence near and in theassurance of Your wisdom find deliverance in the midst of our distresses.Fill our hearts with such a faith in You that, by night and by day, at all times, and in all seasons we maycommit ourselves and those near and dear to us to Your never-failing compassion and to Your never-faltering mercy. Thus, may Your goodness and Your mercy follow us all the days of our lives, and in spiritmay we dwell in Your houseforevermore.And the House says, "Amen!"
Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving. (Psalm 95:2)Let Your presence be revealed to us, our Father, as in this quiet moment of prayer we wait upon You.Strengthen us by Your spirit that no trouble may overcome us, no difficulty may overwhelm us, and noduty may overtax us, but may we now and always be equal to every experience, ready for everyresponsibility, and adequate for every activity. Help us to be more positive in our thinking, to lookincreasingly on the bright side of life, to be awake to the good everywhere present, and to be ever gratefulfor Your gifts to us and for the love which surrounds us all our lives.On this last day of session, help us to live our faith, to rejoice in Your presence, to maintain an attitude ofgood will toward all Your children, to learn to forget ourselves, and serve our state and our peoplefaithfully and well. Take Your rightful place in our hearts - for in You alone is peace and joy and life.And the House says, "Amen!"
Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not Thyself from my supplication. (Psalm 55:1)Our Ancient God, Whose love is from everlasting to everlasting and Whose truth enduresforever, we pause in Your presence with bowed heads, lifting our spirits to You - unto Whomall hearts are open, all desires known, and from Whom no secrets are hid. Cleanse thethoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of Your Holy Spirit that we may love You moreperfectly, do Your will more confidently, and serve You and our state more faithfully.We come disturbed by the troubles of our time, burdened by the weight of worry, anddistressed by our inability to see clearly what we ought to do. We pray for our nation, for ourstate and for ourselves that we may increase the spirit of goodwill and thus be a part of thesolution and not a part of the problem that confronts us. Give us the courage to carry onknowing that in You we find strength for each task.And the House says, "Amen!"
He that loveth not, knoweth not God; for God is love. (I John 4:8)Our God, to You do we come in prayer, lifting our minds and hearts into Your Holy presence as we beginin 2012. Assure us that You are with us and that we have a real place in Your heart and in Your endeavorsto bring righteousness and peace and good will to our state.We know that we are all too imperfect and that we have offended You - yet we believe that You are withus, loving us with a love that never lets us go and never lets us down. In Your love we live, by Your love welearn, and through Your love we find light for our day. May we be our loving best as we face the tasks ofthis day and session.And the House says, “Amen!”
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. (Psalm 121:1)O God, Who is ever near and ever ready to help those who put their trust in You, clear our vision andstrengthen our hearts as we wait upon You. Deliver us from doubt, free us from fear, and save us from thespirit that promotes confusion and disunity.Help us to turn away from all movements which would stifle the liberties of free people and lead us intothe fresh air of freedom, justice, and good will. By Your grace may we and our state live in this high moralclimate all our days - so shall we be true children of Yours and so shall we serve well the citizens of ourbeloved Show Me State.And the House says, “Amen!”
In Him we live and move and have our being. (Acts 17:28)Eternal God, Who is the life of our spirits, the law of our minds, and the love in our hearts, with simpletrust we draw near to You, opening our lives to Your renewing presence. Strengthened with might by Yourspirit in the inner being, may we launch out into this new day sustained by an unfaltering faith whichholds us up and supported by an unfailing fortitude which will carry us through with honor to ourselves,to our state and to You.Into Your keeping we commit our loved ones, our staffs and the people of Missouri. Keep us steady, makeus confident and give us the courage to face each day with a firm trust in You.And the House says, “Amen!”
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. (Psalm 121:1)O God, Who is ever near and ever ready to help those who put their trust in You, clear our vision andstrengthen our hearts as we wait upon You. Deliver us from doubt, free us from fretfulness, and save usfrom the spirit that promotes confusion and disunity. Help us to turn away from all movements whichwould stifle the liberties of freepeoples and lead us into the fresh air of freedom, justice, and good will. By Your grace may we and ourstate live in this moral climate all our days – so shall we be true children of Yours and so shall we servewell the citizens of Missouri.And the House says, “Amen!”
The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear Him, in those that hope in His mercy. (Psalm 147:11)God of Life and Light, by Whose love we have the gift of a new day, we thank You for this moment ofprayer when we may draw close to You and let You draw close to us S as we face the demanding duties ofthese hours. From the noise of the outer world we would turn to the quiet of the inner world where inquietness and in confidence we may find strength in You for this day.Help us to accept our privileges with thanksgiving, to carry our responsibilities with honor, to meet ourdifficulties with courage, and to discharge our duties with fidelity. Whatever good we do this day S maywe do it with cheerfulness and with all sincerity of mind and heart, and to You shall be the praise worldwithout end.And the House says, “Amen!”
God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (II Timothy 1:7)Eternal God, Who is the refuge of Your people in every age and our strength in this present hour – makeYourself real to us as we bow humbly in Your presence. Help us to recognize our dependence upon You,our constant need of Your strength, Your guidance, and Your love. Give us to know that You are alwayswith us and that with You we can be made ready for every responsibility and equal to every experience.We pray for peace in our world, for good will among our people and for a faith in You which makes usstrong, gives us courage and helps us on our upward way. May Your spirit touch each one of us withhealing power. Kindleour faith, make sensitive our consciences, dedicate our strength, fortify us in our difficulties and send usout strong in You and in the power of Your might.And the House says, “Amen!”
Be still and know that god is. (Psalm 46:10)Eternal God, so high above us that we cannot comprehend You and yet so deep within us that we cannotescape You, make Yourself real to us as we pray today.Tired are we of our littleness and we pray that You will lift us into the fellowship of great minds. Tired arewe of our thoughts of discouragement and pray that You will lift us into the companionship of greathearts - that in these relationships our faith may be renewed, our hope strengthened, and our courageconfirmed.Bless these Representatives as they wait upon You. May they be wise with Your wisdom, strong with yourpower, and faithful in Your faithfulness to them. According to our needs, may the riches of Your graceenter the hearts of every one of us.And the House says, “Amen!”
Why are thou cast down, O my soul? And why art thou disquieted in me - hope thou in God. (Psalm 42:5)Eternal God, from Whom our spirits come, with Whom they live and unto Whom they return when lifeon earth is over - in the quiet of this moment we humbly lift our hearts unto You in prayer. We believe inYou with all our minds - do make Yourself known to us in our hearts. Grant unto us a song on our lips inthe morning, strength for the day, good will for one another, a steadfast loyalty to our country, courage tomaintain high ideals in our political life, and a faith that gives us confidence and helps us to overcome theevil in the world.Give to us an inner spirit of hospitality to that which is high in life and send us forth masters of ourselvesbecause we are mastered by You. By Your spirit of truth alive within us, may we be among that companyof Your children who lift up the world and do not lean upon it, and who leave it a better place in which tolive.And the House says, “Amen!”
I will extol Thee, my God, O King; and I will bless Thy name forever and ever. (Psalm 145:1)Eternal God, Who commits to us the swift and solemn trust of life; since we know not what a day maybringforth, but only that the hour for serving You is always present, may we wake to the instant claims of YourHoly Will, not waiting for tomorrow, but yielding to today. Consecrate with Your presence the way ourfeet may go that the humblest work may shine and the roughest places be made smooth. Lift us abovefear and doubt by a simple andsteadfast reliance on Your Holy Will.May the light of faith burn brightly within us, may the life of hope ever glow in our hearts, and may theloveof truth always lead us in the way of Your peace.And the House says, “Amen!”
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you. Let not your heart be troubled. (John 14:27)Eternal God, from the shifting scenes of our earthly life we pause to lift our hearts in prayer to You - Whoare from everlasting to everlasting. From daily duties which consume so much of our strength, frommeetings and schedules which take up so much of our time, we would for this fleeting moment raise oureyes of our hearts to heaven and gaze upon Your face.In all anxious moments grant unto us the assurance that You are with us; that behind every shadowstands Your presence; within every situation abides Your Spirit and beneath every experience are Youreverlasting arms. Breathe Your Holy Spirit upon us, upon our people and upon our state.And the House says, “Amen!”
Blessed is everyone that feareth the Lord; that walketh in His ways. (Psalm 128:1)O God, Who is the Creator and the Sustainer of all peoples, without Whosebenediction all our labor is in vain and with Whose blessing we walk the way tolife and light - we pause before You this quiet moment seeking strength, peaceand guidance from You.Strengthen us when we are weak. May the peace of Your presence still the turmoilin our hearts, and when we would stumble on the way make straight our pathsbefore us and give us courage to walk with You forever.For our loved ones, for our districts and for our whole state we pray. Together maywe be led from stress to peace, from fear to faith, from ill will to good will, fromthe depths of shallow living to the heights of a noble and sincere devotion.We recall our Missouri history today when two hundred years ago, the NewMadrid area was devastated by an earthquake. We pray that God will protect usfrom all earthquakes and other natural disasters in the future.And the House says, “Amen!”
The Lord will give strength unto His people; the Lord will bless His people withpeace. (Psalm 29:11)Our God, grant us Your peace as we begin this wintery day - give us peace in ourown hearts, peace in our homes, peace in our districts and in our state. Grant tous, and all who meet with us, the sense of Your presence and the power of Yourspirit. Out of these endeavors may there come a greater peace to our world and anincreasing desire and determination to live together in greater harmony and fineraccord.May we meet the pressures of this present period with courage and faith throughthe presence of Your spirit living in our hearts.And the House says, “Amen!”
My presence shall go with Thee. (Exodus 33:14)Almighty God, Who is from everlasting to everlasting, Whose truth enduresforever and Whose love never fails, we pause before You this solemn moment aswe begin another day in the history of our beloved state and in the story of ourlives together as the leaders of this great House of Representatives.Awaken within us the realization that You have a purpose for each one of us, thatYou are the supporter of our own human spirits. May Your presence strengthen us,Your spirit guide us and Your wisdom make us wise. Bless our Speaker and ourRepresentatives, together may they strive for peace and for the well-being of thepeople of Missouri.And the House says, “Amen!”
Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there isno other. (Isaiah 45:22)Spirit of God, arise within our hearts and make us ready for the tasks of this day.Help us to turn our thoughts to You and to open our hearts to Your spirit that wemay always be honest in our dealings, understanding in ourendeavors, and loving in our relationships.From this moment of prayer on St. Valentine’s Day, may there come a power whichwill carry us through every experience with courage, love and faith.Bless our people with Your favor, that being mindful of Your spirit we may livetogether in peace and good will, and all of us work for the good of all. May thosewho walk through the valley of the shadow of death find comfort and strength inYou.And the House says, “Amen!”
Let the words of my mouth, and the mediation of my heart, be acceptable in Thysight, O Lord, my strength, and my Redeemer. (Psalm 19:14)Our God, Who is in Heaven and on Earth, we pause in Your presence once againto acknowledge our dependence upon You, and to offer to You the devotion of ourhearts. Make plain to us what we should do this day and give us courage to walk inthat way.In all our thinking, in all our speaking, in all our doing, may Your love motivate us.Your strength support us, and Your spirit guide us for the good of our state and forthe well-being of all people.And the House says, “Amen!”
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadowof the Almighty. (Psalm 91:1)O God, Who is a tower of strength to all Who put their trust in You, help us toturn from the noise and clamor of the world, and to find peace in the assurance ofYour presence. Keep us sensitive to the needs of others, understanding amid ourdifferences, and determined to live in the spirit of good will. May we ever bemindful of the fact that we are one family in You, and in this oneness may we doour work and live our lives.Our minds and hearts reach out in prayer for those in the Armed Forces of ourcountry. Keep them strong in temptations, resolute in duty, and faithful to You,Who is ever with them and with us. Lord God of Hosts, be with us all - lest weforget, lest we forget You.And the House says, “Amen!”
Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established. (Proverbs16:3)Eternal God, as we bow before the altar of prayer on Mardi Gras, grant unto us arealization of Your presence and the assurance that as we face the demandingduties of these days that You are with us. As we turn to You, may we find wisdomto make wise decisions, strength to stand for what is good for all, and good will tomotivate all ourendeavors.May we think of You - not only this moment - but throughout this day, and fromthese moments may there come a confidence and courage which will enable us tolead our state to better days and to a greater spirit between our people.And the House says, “Amen!”
The Lord is just in all His ways, and kind in all His doings. (Psalm 145:17)Almighty God, unto Whom all hearts are open, all desires known and from Whomno secrets are hid, cleanse our hearts as we at this moment wait upon You inprayer on this Ash Wednesday. And as we prepare ourselves for the period of Lent,give us grace to recognize the awakening of Your spirit within us and to listen to allYou have to say to us. Let us not yield to the temptations of the world, but strongin You may we face our experiences with courage and faith.In all sincerity do we pray for each other and for all those with whom we associatethis day. In our minds may we think of our friends with love, our enemies withforgiveness, and our fellow people with abounding good will. Unto You do wecommend ourselves and our state. Together may we walk in the way of Yourcommandments, speak Your word of love, and obey Your will to serve our people.And the House says, “Amen!”
In God we live, and move, and have our being. (Acts 17:28)Our God, Who is the source of light and life, and Whose glory is in all the world,without Whom no one can live - make us one with You as we move through theexperiences of this day. By ourselves we are not adequate for our daily tasks, butwith You we are made ready for every responsibility and equal to every experience.This day, help us to think, and to think clearly; help us to speak, and to speakwisely; help us to live, and to live faithfully. May we always do our very best andthen leave the results with You.And the House says, “Amen!”
My help cometh from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. (Psalm 121:2)Almighty God, Who has given us this good state for our heritage, we humbly praythat we may always be a people mindful of Your favor, eager to do Your will, andglad to be of service to our fellow citizens.Save us from discord and discrimination, from pride and prejudice, fromvindictiveness and violence, and lead us into the glorious liberty of those who puttheir trust in You, and who walk in the way of Your commandments.Give us wisdom to know Your will and the strength to do it. Fill us all with the loveof truth and righteousness and good will, that we may be a blessing to our stateand in turn our state be a blessing to our nation.And the House says, “Amen!”
I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you, for God did not give usthe spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and of a sound mind. (II Timothy 1:6-7)Our God, beyond Whose love and care we cannot drift, in the glory of a new daywe come lifting our hearts unto You, praying that Your spirit may guide us, Yourstrength support us, and Your peace pervade our minds and hearts.Within the noise and commotion of this day may we hear Your still small voiceand responding find our weakness changed to strength, our fear to faith, and ourill will to good will.We are disturbed by the dangers in our world, weighted down by many burdens,and tempted to be critical if not cynical, because of human error and human evil.Give us the spirit to carry on with courage and faith, believing that You are withus, and believing that together we can do what needs to be done.And the House says, “Amen!”
Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him; fret not thyself. (Psalm 37:7)Eternal God, Who has made us for Yourself so that our hearts are restless untilthey find rest in You, we pause in silence before You as we begin our duties on thisleap year day. We would quiet our spirits in Your presence and find rest in thesupport of Your sustaining strength.Forgive our folly and our excuses, our coldness to human suffering, ourindifference to those treasures of the spirit which are light and life, and ourneglect of Your wise and gracious laws. So change our minds and turn ourthoughts to You that we may walk in the way of Your commandments and withcourage serve our state, with compassion help our citizens, and with confidencekeep our lives committed to You.Finally, watch over and bless all who were harmed last evening by severe storms inSouthern Missouri. Spare and save us from all harmful weather in the future.And the House says, “Amen!”
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I untoyou. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27)Eternal God, our refuge and strength in every generation and Whose creativespirit does ever call us to new frontiers of thought and action, we bow before Youthis moment as we enter another day and month together. With Your wisdom wewould be made wise, by Your strength we would be made strong, inspired by Yourspirit we would be made ready for our responsibilities.May no danger overwhelm us, no difficulty overcome us, no discouragementoverburden us, no duty overtax us, but may we now and ever keep our faith in Youand in the leading of Your wise and gracious spirit.Bless our state and all the States of America - together may we seek peace,patiently pursue it and persevere in our pursuit until peace reigns in the hearts ofall and in the heart of our world.And the House says, “Amen!”
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. (Psalm121:1)Almighty God, Who is ever present in our world and with us always all ourlives, grant unto us Your spirit which will enable us to live this day withdignity, do our work with patience, and serve our state with completedevotion.Lift up before our eyes the standards of truth and love. May they lightenour path, and may we be given courage to walk in that way for the good ofour spirits, for the well-being of our state, and for the welfare of allpeople.We commend to Your wise and loving care those who walk in sorrow,those who have given their lives for our country. May we match theirdevotion with our dedication, their willingness to sacrifice with ourreadiness to serve the great State of Missouri.And the House says, “Amen
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.(Proverbs 3:5)Dear Lord, our spirit’s unseen and powerful friend, make Your ways known to usas we bow in Your presence this morning after a long day yesterday. May thismoment of prayer be an open door to the reality of Your spirit andas we look up to You may we find our strength renewed, our souls restored and begiven courage and wisdom for the living of these days.Grant us with one mind to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with You,and in so doing to promote the welfare of all our people. Give to us and to all ourcitizens a love for truth, a passion for doing our duty, and a dedication to Youwhich will hold us steady amid difficult times.And the House says, “Amen!”
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:3)O God, our Creator and Sustainer, the strength of those who labor and thesupporter of all who put their trust in You, in reverence we bow before You thismoment. You are ever with us and we pray that we may always be aware of Yourpresence and keep our lives open to the guidance to Your Word.By Your spirit may we become conscious of our own sins and shortcomings, ourown limitations and liabilities.May we not mistake prejudice for principle nor conceit for confidence, but in allhumility depend upon You for guidance and grace for daily living. Cleanse ourhearts of selfishness, pettiness, and narrowness of mind. Create in us a new spirit- a new faith in You, a new joy in living, a new courage for life, and a newenthusiasm for good will among all our people.And the House says, “Amen!”
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. (Matthew 5:4)O Eternal God of our spirits, Who is the light of the minds that know You, the life of thesouls that love You, and the strength of the hearts that serve You, help us so to know Youthat we may come to love You, so to love You that we may be able to serve You with all ourhearts.We face tasks that are beyond our power to meet adequately; we have responsibilities thatare more than we can manage acceptably; we are confronted by duties that are greater thanour ability to master competently - so we pray for the sustaining power of Your presence inour lives. Even in distress and sorrow may we feel the comfort of Your Holy Spirit.Lead, Kindly Light, amid the encircling confusion, lead on us - that with clean hearts, clearminds, and courageous spirits we may usher in the day when peace shall reign and good willrule the hearts of all. So may Your kingdom come and Your will be done on Earth.And the House says, “Amen!”
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. (Matthew 5:5)O God, in these anxious moments and uncertain hours, we come to You withneeds and longings only You can help us meet. As we live through these lengthylegislative days, grant to us beliefs big enough, hearts honest enoughand spirits strong enough to make us more than a match for the mood of thismodern time.By Your spirit help us to rise above all that is narrow, petty and selfish, and withincreased devotion may we work together for the well-being of our state and forthe welfare of all our citizens.To this end guide us in our thinking, direct us in our speaking, and govern us inour living, that at the end of this day we may hear Your voice say, “Well done, goodand faithful servant.”And the House says, “Amen!”
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.(Matthew 5:6)Eternal God, amid the maddening maze of daily duties and the fever and fret oftrying times, we would dwell for a moment in the secret quiet place of the MostHigh and abide under the shadow of the Almighty.In this quiet moment of prayer we make ourselves receptive to You. Help us tohear Your voice and to be obedient to the call of Your spirit. May our hunger fortruth and our thirst for life find their fulfillment in Your presence.As we live through this long legislative day may we keep our hearts open to You,Who is the source of strength for the faithful soul.To You we bring the members of this body and for them we pray. Give them clarityof insight to see what is right, confidence to do what is right, and the courage tokeep on the right path now and always.And the House says, “Amen!”
The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh Him.(Lamentations 3:25)Almighty and Eternal God, Whose love is eternal and Whose patience never ends,in all quietness of mind and sincerity of heart we wait upon You. Fill us with YourHoly Spirit that this afternoon may be a good afternoon and this week a greatweek. Purify our hearts from every vain and sinful thought and prepare our spiritsto live with You and to work for the welfare of our beloved state.Strong in You, may we receive power to think good thoughts, strength to do ourduty to ourselves, to others, and to You. Grant unto us the confidence to say “yes”to what is good; the courage to say “no” to what is evil and the insight to know thedifference. So may Your will be done in us and in all people.And the House says, “Amen!”
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. (Matthew 5:7)Almighty God, the creator of all things, the sustainer of all life, and the giver ofevery good gift - again we bow in Your presence and in spirit kneel before theThrone of Mercy. We acknowledge our selfishness, our shortcomings, and oursins. We have done that which we ought not to have done, and we have leftundone that which we ought to have done. We do earnestly repent and are heartilysorry for these our misdoings.Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father, we humbly beseech You. Forgive us,and receiving Your forgiveness, may we in turn, forgive one another; as we havereceived mercy may we also be merciful; as love has come to us may love also goout from us to others.As we bow before You in prayer give to us the assurance, that with You, all goodthings are possible. So may we do good, speak good, live good, because in You, weare good.And the House says, “Amen!”
Blessed are the pure in heart; for they shall see God. (Matthew 5:8)Eternal God, from the busy traffic of daily living we pause in Your presence andwait upon You seeking strength for the day, wisdom to make wise decisions,courage to carry our responsibilities with honor, and love tomotivate all our endeavors.Should we fail in achieving some of our objectives, let not the spirit of defeatdampen our devotion; should others criticize, let not criticism get us down, butseeing the good in it may we let it lift us up; if others misunderstand, let notbitterness blight our best judgment; and if we can win, help us to be humble invictory.In this moment of prayer we recharge our lives that we may face this day with highprinciples, real integrity, abounding good will, and with a pure heart that seesYou.And the House says, “Amen!”
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called children of God. (Matthew 5:9)O God, we know that by ourselves we are not adequate for this day, nor are weready for our responsibilities, nor are we equal to our experiences. By Your gracewe can become adequate, by Your spirit we can be made ready, and by Yourpresence we can be equal to every experience.As we wait upon You in prayer, reveal Yourself anew to us, and come into ourhearts. Then with new peace, greater power, and with better perspective may weserve our state well this day and all days. Help us, the representatives of ourpeople, to see clearly, to choose wisely, and to act courageously, that we may beamong the true peacemakers of our time.And the House says, “Amen!”
Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad: for you are the salt of the earth. (Matthew 5:12, 13)O God, Who is above us yet within us, far off yet very near - nearer than breathingand closer than hands and feet - we bow in Your presence with hearts filled withgratitude because You have been so wonderfully good to us.We are what we are and we have what we have not because we deserve them, butbecause Your goodness has blessed our days, and Your spirit has led us along theway.We thank You for these men and women, our representatives who are givingthemselves in real and deep devotion to our state, who are seeking to put justiceabove injustice, and good will above ill will, principle aboveprejudice and liberty above license. May they continue to have the courage of theirconvictions and in these crucial days fail not us nor You.Bless our state with Your favor and our leaders of this House with Your spirit.Together may we be channels for peace and for prosperity.And the House says, “Amen!”
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify yourFather who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)Eternal God of our hearts, in this sacred moment of quiet prayer, we turn our thoughts toYou and open our minds to Your spirit that we may be wise in our decisions, understandingin our relationships, and faithful in our devotion to You and to our state.Let not this period of prayer be the only time we think of You this day, but as the hours passmay we continue to be mindful of Your presence and ready to do Your will.Bless the people of Missouri with Your continued favor. May we be great enough in spirit andgood enough in heart to be the channel for peace and justice in our state and among peopleeverywhere. To this end, help us this day, and lead us in Your way.And the House says, “Amen!”
This is my commandment, that ye love one another, even as I have loved you. (John15:12)O Thou, Who is the source of every noble impulse and the goal of every worthyaspiration, we bow in Your presence, praying that humbly and sincerely we receiveYour spirit anew into our all-too-human hearts. Grant that in the midst oftroubled times and demanding duties we may be sustained by Your presence,supported by Your grace, and strengthened by Your spirit.Lead us into the fellowship of those who, in an upper room heard Your voicespeaking to them and, responding, found in You new life, new light, and new love.Inspire us with the assurance that You are with us, and may our faith in You give usconfidence to face this day with courage and to live through these days with goodwill. May we be forgiven as we forgive and may we love as we ought to love. In usand in all people may Your name be glorified.And the House says, “Amen!”
I am the vine, ye are the branches. He that abideth in Me, and I in Him the samebringeth forth much fruit; for without Me ye can do nothing. (John 15:5)O Lord, Who is the source of light and life, and the fountain of peace and power,let Your spirit arise within us as we worship You this moment. Open our heartsthat we may receive the good seeds of Your Word and let Your spirit ripen theminto the fruits of righteousness and love.Prosper our state in all its life and work that there may be no want anywhere andfavor us with Your presence that good will may reign in the hearts of all ourpeople.Bless our Speaker and all these representatives of our state - may they be filledwith Your spirit, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, of faith, and of love.Undergird us in our freedom that we may be forever the land of thefree and the home of the brave. May You be with us and may we be with You.And the House says, “Amen!”
You are the light of the world. (Matthew 5:14)Eternal God, Whose truth endures forever, Whose love never fails, and Whose mercy is fromeverlasting to everlasting, we come to You with minds aglow with Your presence and withhearts aflame with the desire to serve You, our state, and our fellow citizens.In the quiet of this moment, help us to hear Your still small voice, which alone can changeour attitude from fear to faith, from caution to courage and from darkness to light. Togethermay we abide in the confidence of Your sustaining strength and in the peace of Yoursupporting presence.And the House says, “Amen!”
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake: for theirs is thekingdom of heaven.(Matthew 5:10)O God of us all, Who is in heaven and in earth, we acknowledge our dependenceupon You and offer to You the devotion of our hearts. We come because we needYou, every hour we need You. Temptations lose their power when You are near,bitterness fades away in Your presence, resentments lose their weight, and we aregiven courage to stand for what we believe to be right.Grant us Your spirit as we in quietness lift our hearts in prayer to You. If we arecriticized because of the stand we take, if we are misunderstood in our decisions,may we not let the disagreements of others make us disagreeable, nor may weallow a difference of opinion to make a difference in relationships, but through itall help us to keep our faith in You and in righteousness, justice, and good will.May Your kingdom come in us and through us begin to come in all.And the House says, “Amen!”
We know that in everything God works for good with those who love Him. (Romans8:28)Almighty God, from Whom we come, with Whom we live, and unto Whom ourspirits return, may we feel the tap of Your finger upon our shoulders and the touchof Your spirit upon our hearts as we at this moment lift ourselves to You in prayer.Always You are with us - always. Help us to become more aware of Your presence,renewing our faith in the goodness of life, restoring our spirits to the comfort ofYour love, and reinvigorating our minds with fresh and positive thoughts.We do not pray for relief from heavy responsibilities but for the gift of Your powerwhich will help us to meet them with honor; not for fewer burdens but for greaterstrength to manage them with patience; not for less trouble but for more trust inYou which will help us to master trouble with confidence. In all of life may we bemore than conquerors through Him Who loves us.And the House says, “Amen!”
“Fear not”, saith the Lord, “for I am with you.” (Isaiah 43:5)O Lord, we give You thanks for the rest of the day and for the gift of a new daywith its opportunities of serving You and our fellow Missourians, and leading ourstate into right and good paths.By the might of Your presence in our hearts help us to master the spirit of prideand prejudice which separates people and causes them to strive against eachother. Lead us and our citizens into the paths of mutual helpfulness and mutualconcern, that in all good will and as free people we may live together in peace.Guide us into the ways of justice and truth and establish peace which is the fruitof righteousness.And the House says, “Amen!”
The Lord is my shepherd. (Psalm 23:1)O shepherd of our souls, in days of doubt and in times of trouble, we realize anewour need for You. We need Your grace to cleanse us, Your love to strengthen us,Your power to heal us, and Your spirit to keep us free. Truly You are our shepherd,Your rod and Your staff are our sure supports. Strengthen our assurance that Yourhand is upon us leading us in Your way and giving us the courage to walk in thatway with You.Bless our men and women in the Armed Forces of our country facing constantdanger and death. Comfort the bereaved, sustain those who are wounded,strengthen those who face the ordeal of battle, and by Your spirit make us worthyof victory and ready to seek an enduring peace.And the House says, “Amen!”
He that doeth the will of God abideth forever. (John 2:17)God of Grace and God of Glory, pour Your power upon us as we wait upon You inprayer on this beautiful May morning. In days of darkness we have no light butYours, in times of trouble no refuge but in You, in periods of perplexity nostrength but the strength You bestow upon the believing heart. To You do wecommit ourselves and our state praying that in weakness we may be made strong,restless may we find rest in You, and when confused may we be aware of Yourpresence.Grant us the courage to walk in the way of Your commandments, the confidenceto do Your will and the consciousness that You are with us every moment of everyday. So may we live as we pray and as we pray so may we live.And the House says, “Amen!”
Lord, who shall abide in Thy tabernacle? Who shall dwell on Thy holy hill? He thatwalketh uprightly and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.(Psalm 15:1-2)O God, Who is never far from any one of us, for in You we live and move and haveour being, help us to be aware of Your presence, to walk in the way of our faith andto receive Your love which daily is offered to us. Give to us such a regard for truth,such a desire for guidance, and such a readiness to love that we may go beyond alldoubt and discouragement and center our minds on You for You will keep us inperfect peace whose minds are stayed on You.And the House says, “Amen!”
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. (Psalm 23:3)Eternal God, Whose love never lets us go, Whose patience never lets us down, andWhose justice never lets us off, hear us again as we offer unto You our morningprayer. We come out of a sense of need, out of a conviction that You are with us,and we would find our confidence and our courage in the support of Yoursustaining strength.We pray for light upon our way, love along our path, and speed amid the dailyduties of our demanding day.Center our lives and the lives of our citizens around faith rather than fear, aroundjustice rather than injustice, and around high principles rather than lowprejudices. Strengthen us where we are weak, hold us firm when we would fall,steady us when we start to slip, and lift us up when down we go.Remind us of the integrity which has strengthened our state, the freedom which isour rich heritage, and of our faith in You which has made and still makes Missourigreat and strong. Lead us in the paths of righteousness.And the House says, “Amen!”
My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest. (Exodus 33:14)O God, beyond Whose enduring love we cannot drift, in the glory of a new day welift our hearts to You. We devote ourselves to the duties that demand ourattention. We would be still in Your presence and rest in the assurance of Yoursustaining strength.Bless these representatives of our people as they think together, plan together, andwork together for the good of our state. Help them to take the tensions and thetrials of their tasks, the stress and strain of modern life in their stride, and toovercome them by learning to relax by taking time to keep Your spirit alive in theirhearts.May we discover the secret of the power of prayer; may we be led in right paths,and may our days be filled with faith, hope and love.And the House says, “Amen!”
It is more blessed to give than to receive. (Acts 20:35)O God, Who created us in Your own image and gave us a living soul that we mightlive in fellowship with You, grant unto us Your blessings as we wait upon You inprayer on this last week of session. Make us good in thought,gentle in work, and generous in deed.Call to our minds again that it is better to give than to receive, better to ministerunto others than to be ministered unto ourselves, better to be governed by Yourspirit than to be goaded by our own selfish desires.Bless our Speaker and these representatives of our people. May the benediction ofYour spirit abide in their hearts and lead them in the paths of righteousness,truth, and good will that the lamp of freedom may burn more brightly in our dayand the banner of honor may fly forever above our state.And the House says, “Amen!”
For the kingdom is the Lord’s: and He is the governor among the nations. (Psalm22:28)Eternal Lord of our spirits, we pause in Your presence once again to listen to Yourvoice and to receive the ministry of Your grace. You are ever calling us to work withYou to keep justice and freedom and good will alive in our world. May Your spiritbe so real to us that we shall continue to erect in this land a temple ofunderstanding and love to which all citizens may turn for healing and for ahelping hand.We pray that all peoples of Missouri may be open to the leadership of Your spirit.We pray for the Speaker and these representatives of our people. Guide them,sustain them and bless them with courage and faith.And the House says, “Amen!”
In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loves us.(Romans 8:37)Almighty and Everlasting God, Who is always more ready to hear than we are topray, and gives more than we desire or deserve, we humbly beseech You to takeour lives into Your loving hands and to hold us steady that we may feel Your powerunderneath us, Your love about us, Your truth above us, and Your spirit within uson this last day of session.Help us to cast out every fear, strengthen us to walk in all good ways, set ouraffections upon things above, and give the joy that humble service bestows andthe peace of heart that comes to those committed to You and to the coming ofYour kingdom.Bless all assembled here representing our people, especially those whose terms areconcluding. Grant unto them the spirit of wisdom, goodness, and truth; and sorule their hearts and bless their endeavors, that law and order, justice, and peacemay everywhere prevail to the honor of our state and glory of Your name.And the House says, “Amen!”
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost.And the House says, “Amen!”