Opening Prayer before the Maryland Senate in Annapolis
Pastor Pat Packett of Chesapeake Christian Fellowship gave the opening prayer to the Maryland State Senate in Annapolis this past Wednesday, February 6, as stated below.
PRAYER BEFORE MARYLAND STATE SENATE
February 6, 2013
We are living in very trying times and the problems that we face are many.
Father, I pray for wisdom from You for the men and women of this body, that they might realize that we can’t solve our problems by dealing with their symptoms or with their manifestations. We must deal with their root cause.
I believe that as a nation, as a state, our real problem is spiritual. The things we see are just manifestations, a result of the underlying cause. And if our underlying problem is a spiritual one, then all of our social, political, and economic solutions will do nothing to remove it. A
spiritual problem can only be solved by a spiritual solution.
Our problem? As a nation, we are moving further and further from You.
Our only solution, as a nation and state, is to return to You.
Heavenly Father, unless we repent and turn from our godless ways and turn back to You, we will surely suffer the consequences and the judgments that are certain to come.
Almighty God, forgive us, have mercy upon us, and help us to return, once again, to the faith of our fathers, the faith upon which our nation and state was founded.
May our actions, once again, glorify Your Name.
-- Amen --
James A. "Pat" Packett
Chesapeake Christian Fellowship
377 W Central Avenue
Davidsonville, MD 21035