PRAYER
(House of Representatives - May 23, 2013)

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                                 PRAYER

  Pastor Frank Hampton, Jr., Church of God, Jackson, Michigan, offered 
the following prayer:
  Our Father in Heaven, we are eternally grateful for the opportunity 
to approach Your throne as we open this session of Congress in prayer.
  We pray for Your particular blessings on those in authority. Please 
give them guidance, the understanding to recognize the gravity of their 
responsibilities, and the courage to be unwilling to compromise 
integrity and moral convictions for any political advantage.
  Lord, we are cumbered with critical issues and we are exhausting our 
resources. In this time of chaos and confusion, we need Your mercy and 
divine assistance as no other time in our Nation's history. And You 
said, if we would acknowledge You in all our ways, You would direct our 
path.
  Although circumstances are mounting, Your Word gives us hope. It 
says, ``If My people, which are called by My name, will humble 
themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, 
then I will hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal 
their land.''
  So Lord, at this time we are honestly appealing to Thee in the name 
of Jesus Christ, our Lord.
  Amen.

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