The Voice of the Church in the Public Square

Editor’s Note:  The following was Pr. Chris Thoma’s prayer at the Michigan State Senate.

In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Almighty and most merciful God, You have made the promise by Your holy Word that You are near to all who call upon You in truth. Draw near to us this day and give ear to those who call upon you in faith.

Help us, we pray. The storm clouds of besetting sin are rolling through the stratosphere of this State and Nation. There is much evil being called good and much good being called evil.

We are plagued by the irreverent disregard for much that is simply and objectively true. We behold our own populace drowning in the high-tide of radical individualism. Self-worship is our idolatrous trade, and arrogant contempt for your natural law is our creed.

Behold, we confess that Your perfect and Holy design of male and female is being given over to the borderlands of confusion.

See for Yourself, O God, that we are complacent in the face of atrocity, that we have crossed over into the black waters of hell as we wittingly allow for the grinding into bits the most vulnerable – the unborn child. Regard with Your own eyes, O God, as we dehumanize these helpless ones – ever so prideful, and blindly gratified by our defense of the “right” to choose even as the tiniest of human hearts beats toward its last in the palm of our hand.

Where are you, Lord? Do you not hear us? The Christian Church, Your body of the redeemed throughout this nation and world, is even now being persecuted and criminalized. Here in our own cities and towns are we being forced to obey unjust laws and penalized for steadfast Christian conviction. And just beyond our nation’s borders, believers set by an unearthly courage in Jesus, are crucified or beheaded simply because they will not recant and trade their confession of Christ for Islam.

How long, O Lord? Are we all but lost? Has the course of this State and this Nation been run?

And yet, the Christian soul is steady, for you have declared, “Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you…” Hear our cries this day, for with You there is hope; with You there is mercy. Do not turn us away in judgement. Remember Your promises and be gracious to us, for you are slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love. You heal the brokenhearted. You bind up their wounds. Your thoughtfulness is beyond measure and You lift up the humble. Look upon us and heal us. Purify and enlighten us that we would not dwell in darkness and in the shadow of death, but would dwell in the righteous light of your love given perfectly and completely through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, Your Son, and the only way of eternal life.

By this Gospel, give strength to our backs and vigor in our stride. Empower and convert the hearts and minds of all who serve in this place, that any efforts found straying from what is good and true would be discovered and stripped clean from the agenda. Cause the servants here to know and to do Your will, that in wisdom they would serve faithfully in the offices entrusted to them by the citizens of this great State. And through their service, establish and ordain for this government to be called “good.”

By and through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, do we lift our heads and go forth in confidence knowing that all we have petitioned this day, You have heard, and all that is according to your Holy Will, indeed, will take root, sprout, and grow to the benefit of the citizens of the State of Michigan and to the glory of Your Holy name.

All of this we pray in the name of Jesus, who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.



The Voice of the Church in the Public Square — 15 Comments

  1. Thank you for a courageous prayer of intercession in the midst of what seems to be a very vulnerable time for the church in this nation. Did you receive many negative remarks from those present?

  2. Wow. A quiet, calm voice. A powerful and convicting appeal to the Triune God. You covered a lot of ground and wasted not a word.

    Thank you, Pastor Thoma, for having the courage to preach Law and Gospel (couched in a prayer) to a Genesis 6 people:

    5 The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.

    Come and gather, the Ark is waiting.

  3. My prayer is that this prayer inspired believing members in session (it certainly did, me!) And that it touched the conscience of those unbelievers, too, among that assembly. It was inspiring to read, and even more so to watch. Thank you Pastor. My further prayer is that our synod will continue to raise up Pastors such as yourself (blessedly, my own among them) to guide us in Spirit and in Truth. Thanks be to God.

  4. Absolutely great. And all true. People of this country NEED to return to the Word of God and Praise His Holy Name. Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. Hossana in the Highest.

  5. The Michigan Senate consists of 38 senators (27 Republicans and 10 Democrats*).

    One prays that the prayer’s references to the genocidal atrocity against humanity in the womb, as well as to anti-Christian terrorism in the U.S. and the world, brought repentance to those ten senators in the Demoncratic “black waters of hell,” and especially to those representing the area around Dearbornistan.

    *There is one vacancy following the resignation of a Democrat senator from Detroit sentenced to jail for shooting up his ex-wife’s Mercedes-Benz early one morning last year after she arrived to find the senator naked with another woman in the house.

  6. @wineonthevines #1

    I received several comments of commendation from various folks present, some in the moment, others by mail. I received only one pointed comment and it was a passing murmur insinuating that to call Christ the only way of eternal life is arrogant. So be it.

  7. @Pastor Chris Thoma #7

    Pastor Thoma,
    Oh, what a beautiful prayer. This is an excellent example of a well written prayer, executed in a reverent manner that included everything we needed to hear as well as the Michigan state senate.

    Blessings to you,

  8. Outstanding job Pastor Thoma. You seized your opportunity to stand for the Lord and in so doing you inspire Christians everywhere.

  9. Pastor Thoma,
    What a terrific job of covering the many issues of the day. Thanks for the courage to boldly proclaim God’s truth through both Law and Gospel in this setting.

  10. I say, good job, Pastor. You hit the nail on the head. Thanks for the courage to tell the truth.

  11. *This* is what the 1st Amendment is all about. We may have to endure false prophets at the same podium from time to time, based on said 1st Amendment, to be sure.

    Unlike what a certain former Lutheran Hour speaker, who “auditioned” for the position of chaplain of the U.S. Congress years ago seems to have thought, there is *nothing* in the Constitution that would prohibit such a faithful and *pointed* petition to the one true God, the Holy Trinity, known *only* in Christ, the Crucified.

    If we are asked to pray, have the opportunity to pray without any form of compromise, like this, in the public square, by all means! And if we are not asked back, so be it. The Lord will determine issues like that.

  12. What a beautiful testimony. As a fellow Lutheran I want to say
    thank you for saying what had to be said. God bless you.

  13. Thank you, Pastor Thoma! What a wonderful witness in the public square. We need about 10 thousand more doing the same. Continued blessings in your ministry.

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