August 10, 2022

Prayer for those who Influence Public Opinion

Almighty God, you proclaim your truth in every age by many voices: Direct, in our time, we pray, those who speak where many listen and write what many read; that they may do their part in making the heart of this people wise, its mind sound, and its will righteous; to the honor of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Psalm 100

Hold not your tongue, O God of my praise; *

for the mouth of the wicked,
the mouth of the deceitful, is opened against me.
They speak to me with a lying tongue; *

they encompass me with hateful words
and fight against me without a cause.
Despite my love, they accuse me; *

but as for me, I pray for them.
They repay evil for good, *

and hatred for my love.
[Set a wicked man against him, *

and let an accuser stand at his right hand.
When he is judged, let him be found guilty, *

and let his appeal be in vain.
Let his days be few, *

and let another take his office.
Let his children be fatherless, *

and his wife become a widow.
Let his children be waifs and beggars; *

let them be driven from the ruins of their homes.
Let the creditor seize everything he has; *

let strangers plunder his gains.
Let there be no one to show him kindness, *

and none to pity his fatherless children.
Let his descendants be destroyed, *

and his name be blotted out in the next generation.
Let the wickedness of his fathers be remembered before the Lord, *

and his mother’s sin not be blotted out;
Let their sin be always before the Lord; *

but let him root out their names from the earth;
Because he did not remember to show mercy, *

but persecuted the poor and needy
and sought to kill the brokenhearted.
He loved cursing,
let it come upon him; *

he took no delight in blessing,
let it depart from him.
He put on cursing like a garment, *

let it soak into his body like water
and into his bones like oil;
Let it be to him like the cloak which he wraps around himself, *

and like the belt that he wears continually.
Let this be the recompense from the Lord to my accusers, *

and to those who speak evil against me.]
But you, O Lord my God,
oh, deal with me according to your Name; *

for your tender mercy’s sake, deliver me.
For I am poor and needy, *

and my heart is wounded within me.
I have faded away like a shadow when it lengthens; *

I am shaken off like a locust.
My knees are weak through fasting, *

and my flesh is wasted and gaunt.
I have become a reproach to them; *

they see and shake their heads.
Help me, O Lord my God; *

save me for your mercy’s sake.
Let them know that this is your hand, *

that you, O Lord, have done it.
They may curse, but you will bless; *

let those who rise up against me be put to shame,
and your servant will rejoice.
Let my accusers be clothed with disgrace *

and wrap themselves in their shame as in a cloak.
I will give great thanks to the Lord with my mouth; *

in the midst of the multitude will I praise him;
Because he stands at the right hand of the needy, *

to save his life from those who would condemn him.

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