Rick Warren’s Inaugural Prayer

Let us pray:

Almighty God, our Father, everything we see, and everything we cant see, exists because of You alone. It all comes from You, it all belongs to You, it all exists for Your glory. History is your story.
Scripture tells us:

“Hear oh Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One; and You are the compassionate and merciful One.”

And you are loving to everyone you have made. Now today, we rejoice not only in Americas peaceful transfer of power for the 44th time. We celebrate a hinge-point of history with the inauguration of our first African American President of the United States (Cheers). We are so grateful to live in this land. A land of unequal possibility. Where the son of an African immigrant can rise to the highest level of our leadership. And we know today that Dr. King and a great cloud of witnesses are shouting in heaven.

Give to our new President, Barack Obama, the wisdom to lead us with humility, the courage to lead us with integrity, the compassion to lead us with generosity. Bless and protect him; his family, Vice President Biden, the cabinet; and every one of our freely elected leaders.  Help us, oh God, to remember that we are Americans; united not by race or religion or blood; but to our commitment to freedom and justice for all.

When we focus on ourselves, when we fight each other, when we forget you, forgive us;
When we presume that our greatness and our prosperity is ours alone, forgive us.
When we fail to treat our fellow human beings and all the earth with the respect that they deserve, forgive us.

And as we face these difficult days ahead, may we have a new birth of clarity in our aims, responsibility in our actions, humility in our approaches, and civility in our attitudes, even when we differ. Help us to share, to serve, and to seek the common good of all. May all people of good will today join together to work for a more just a more healthy and a more prosperous nation and a peaceful planet. And may we never forget that one day, all nations and all people will stand accountable before you.

We now commit our new President, and his wife Michelle, and his daughters, Malia, Natasha, into your loving care. I humbly ask this in the name of the One who changed my life, Jeshua, ‘Isa, Jesus (in Spanish), Jesus, who taught us to pray,

“Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever, Amen.”

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16 Comments on “Rick Warren’s Inaugural Prayer”

  1. Bill Says:

    I never know what to make of Rick Warren, especially when he dabbles in politics, but I have to say, he did a great job with this prayer. He was true to Scripture and he prayed in Jesus’ name in four languages! Bishop Robinson on the other hand was true to his heretical, non-orthodox Christian self in all his rainbowy color.

  2. James Patterson Says:

    “Issa,” not “Esau.” “Jesus” twice, once in English pronounciation, once in Spanish.

  3. Thanks Dr. Patterson for the correction. The copy and paste job was quick, so I did little proofreading to it!

  4. Pregador27 Says:

    Issa? What on earth is that? Is that the muslim word for Jesus? I believe Isa is the word islam uses for Jesus. Please correct me if I am wrong (which is possible). It was more of a Christian prayer than I expected for sure.

    Second: what does Mr. Obama’s mother think about him being called African-American all the time- since she is not African-American? Though voting in a biracial man is also very impressive with our nations racial history. Maybe more of a history maker than if he was African-American.

  5. Pregador: At a time in our countries history it took one drop of blood to be considered black. He is bi-racial, but this is a momentous moment for the black people.

    I was impressed with Rick Warren’s prayer and thought it powerful.

  6. Pregador27 Says:

    Well then, by that thought (one drop of blood) to be black is probably the majority at this time. However we recognize biracial at this point in time. I think we should be thought of as Americans, not black, white or biracial Americans. I only used the term to make the point that is being made by those who need a label. I know many who voted for Obama solely because of his skin color. They (both white and black) heard what they wanted to hear, whether he said what they heard or not.

    While it is good that Mr. Obama is the first biracial man elected as the president of the United States, he is not someone I would support because of what he stands for: liberalism and socialism. And I am not a racist for opposing him. So I will not accept anyone trying to label me as such.

  7. Pregador: It seems you are wishing to argue. I am not. I simply answered your comment and Timmy’s question. My mistake. If you can find the word racist in the words that I have given, then you are finding more than I am.

  8. Dr. Paul W. Foltz Says:

    Warren did all he could, in the position he was in. As for me I would not have prayed for an pro-homosexual, pro-abortion, pro-one world government president, of any race.

  9. Matthew 5:44 (NKJV)
    44 “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,

  10. Jackie Gilliam Says:

    1 Timothy 2:1-4 (New King James Version)

    1 Timothy 2
    Pray for All Men
    1 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

  11. Dr. Foltz: As the verses above indicate, we are to pray for the very person you have described. I will be praying daily for him. As another Conservative Christian said well, if Obama fails, we all fail.

  12. John Says:

    Of course we are to pray for him, but surely Jesus or Paul didn’t envision this to mean the kind of praying Warren did. Granted, he did well considering the circumstances. But clearly we should be praying something like,

    “O God, may President Obama live according to the faith he professes to have in Christ . . . Let him feel conviction for his support of sinful activities . . . Humble him . . . Move to have compassion for the unborn . . . Cause him to love you more than political victory or power . . . etc”

    Though I am praying these things in private (fulfilling Scriptures exhortations), it would probably not have been appropriate to pray those things at his inauguration.

  13. Pregador27 Says:

    Ms. Kaufman,
    I am not seeking an argument, I was merely responding to clarify my position. As for the racism issue, that was not meant for you necessarily, more a “preemptive” statement before someone tried to go that route. I do understand why you would read that as being part of my answer to you; however, it was not.

    I have had some people try to claim my support of another candidate as being racially motivated (though my first choice was actually Alan Keyes). I abhor racism and do not want to be lumped with such miscreants.

    Also, I will pray for Mr. Obama to be used by God to lead our society in such a way that the Gospel is able to continue to go forth in power to the salvation of many.

  14. John: I would agree to pray those things in private, even to say it in private. I don’t necessarily agree that praying that in public would have been appropriate. There is a time and a place for these things.

  15. John Says:

    don’t necessarily agree that praying that in public would have been appropriate. There is a time and a place for these things.

    Yes, that was my point, Debbie: “it would probably NOT have been appropriate to pray those things at his inauguration.”


  16. […] of talk about Rick Warren’s prayer, especially in comparison with others. See the video from Tim Brister’s blog, the comparison from Internet Monk, and perspective on the Bishop’s prayer from Denny Burk. […]

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