Dr. Craig Kraft
/Sunday, September 19, 2021
Our Gracious and Almighty Father,
We praise you for your powerful presence in our lives and our world. We praise you for your faithfulness through all of time. We praise you for your relentless pursuit of us as your children and your blessing upon all who follow you.
We recognize your almighty wisdom and power and your ultimate control over all things. You know the stars in the sky and the hairs on our heads. You are intimately in tune with your creation.
We thank you for the incredible privilege of living in a free and democratic nation blessed with tremendous resources and talent.
Canada is a nation of great blessing and potential, a gathering place for the nations of the world who chose this as their home. We boast of great diversity; diverse people, backgrounds, cultures, beliefs, and ideologies have made this nation what it is today, a land of opportunity for all.
Today we will exercise our cherished right to vote for our leaders. We are divided in our opinions of who will lead best, but we are united in our desire to see our nation flourish.
Father, we submit our election's outcome to you and ask you to unite us in support of our newly elected leaders. We pray that you will grant them the ability to serve with wisdom, courage, and integrity as they represent us and govern our nation. We pray that you will open their eyes and hearts to see our greatest needs as a nation and set the priorities for our government.
Father, we pray for your blessing upon each leader. We pray that each of our representatives will be surrounded by wise and godly people who provide wise counsel and encouragement. We pray that they will know your hope, wisdom, and mighty strength as they govern our nation.
Father, we also recognize that not everyone who has campaigned hard will win. Yet, many men and women took great risks to present themselves, their views, and their opinions to gain our support. May we learn from them, their love for our country, and their commitment to their values. Help us to show love and respect to those with whom we disagree.
We commit our new parliament to you.
We also commit ourselves to you: to uphold our leaders in prayer, to love, honor, and respect them, and to engage with them when we support their decisions and when we need to voice our opposition.
Father, help us to demonstrate the love and grace you have shown to us in our interactions with our leaders and neighbors.
"God keep our land, glorious and free, O Canada we stand on guard for thee."
This prayer was written by Dr. Craig Kraft, the Executive Director of Outreach Canada. After 15 years of pastoral ministry in western Canada, Craig, with his wife Heather, served with OC in southern Africa before returning to lead the ministry in Canada. Craig is a graduate of Northwest Baptist Seminary at ACTS and a graduate of Asia Graduate School of Theology with a Doctor of Intercultural Studies. His study has focused on diaspora missiology in Canada. His dissertation explores the potential for revitalizing Canadian churches through the practice of biblical hospitality with refugees and immigrants. Craig loves to watch sports, work in the yard & spend time in the woods.