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Prayers for world leaders

 O  almighty God,
who can bring good out of evil,
and who can make even the wrath of humanity turn to your praise:
we pray that you will so order and dispose the affairs of the nations
that we may be brought through strife to lasting peace;
and that the nations of the world
may be united in a new fellowship
for the promotion of your glory,
and the good of humankind,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Help us, good Lord, to follow the example of your Son
in fearlessly holding to those things which are true,
despite the divisions both in human society
and in the understandings of others.
But give us the strength also, Lord,
to recognize our liability to error,
and to venerate your presence
in the hopes and lives of others.
So let us, at the last,
be drawn into the Kingdom of true righteousness
where all are drawn together
in acknowledgment of your will.
Edward Norman

We lift up our hearts, O Lord,
in intercession for all who carry civic and political responsibilities.
Grant that, putting aside all merely selfish ambition,
they may seek to be the instruments of your will
and carry out your purpose for the welfare of your people;
and may they both seek and see your glory
in happier human lives,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Leslie Weatherhead