We commend our nation and its leaders to your merciful care,
praying that Republicans and Democrats,
praying that the congress and the administration,
might work out the differences that divide them
and bring resolution to our national budget crisis and sequestration.
Give all in authority the wisdom and strength
to know your will and to do it,
working for the common good and in our national interest
rather than looking only so far as the next election.
Help them remember that they are called to serve all the people
as lovers of truth and justice,
not as representatives of only special interests or an ideology. Amen.
Adapted from a prayer For Government Leaders, # 61, pp. 816-817, PC(USA) Book of Common Worship