Shown above with Governor Bill Haslam and his wife, Papa Joe greatly appreciated being chosen as one of three to pray a corporate prayer at the 2014 Governor’s Prayer Breakfast. Papa Joe was appointed to bring a corporate prayer of confession. His complete prayer is shown below:
Heavenly Father, you are God and there is none other. We reverence your holy name. We bow our heads before you and confess that all to often we have stepped into the trap of neglecting to bless our government and state officials. Your Word says in James 3:10 that “blessings and curses come from the same mouth, this should not be.” This day we renounce all unprofitable words and bless our government and state officials. We pray that you will cause their thoughts to become continually agreeable to your will so that your plans will be established and succeed.
Heavenly Father, in the presence of your holiness, we humbly confess the need for a greater revelation of your love so that we, as ambassadors of Christ, will love one another as ourselves and bring active love to the fatherless and the poor in order to anticipate in a greater way those wonderful words of Matt. 25 verses 35, 36 and 40: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” Father, we confess a greater need to love like You… Unconditional. In Jesus name, Amen.