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A Prayer For Our Times - These Six Things Does The Lord Hate

Mon, Jul 26th, 2021 8:23:33 pm

 Scripture Reading: Proverbs 6:16-19

16. These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:

17. A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

18. An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,

19. A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.


Let us pray…

Our Heavenly Father, we are in a day when men are speaking lies and sowing discord among your people. The proliferators of hate are having their way in our nation at this time. But your Word declares “How good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.” We seek unity and peace with our fellow man, but there are those who seek to divide us and sow discord. We freely admit to You that we are incapable in and of ourselves to accomplish unity and reconciliation. We need your wisdom and grace to guide us.


We look to the example of your servant President Abraham Lincoln who served our nation in a time of great divide when his fellow countrymen were literally killing each other on battlefields across the country. During those days of conflict and war, President Lincoln had a recurring dream. He saw himself on a fast ship, moving quickly to an indefinite shore. The President had this dream again as he urged Congress to pass the 13th Amendment before the close of the war that would abolish slavery. When the President spoke of the abolition of slavery, he stated, “Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history. We of this Congress and this Administration will be remembered in spite of ourselves. No personal significance or insignificance can spare one or another of us.”  The President in his dream saw the shore on which all men will live free.


Your servant Martin Luther King, Jr., also had a dream that he would live in a nation where his children would not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.  We seek to advance the dreams of President Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr. Now we ask that you bless this gathering tonight in our time and fellowship together. This we ask this all in Christ’s name. Amen.  – OCA President Chris Long Invocation at the Summit County Lincoln Day Dinner 2021



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