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001collinsSenator Jacqueline Collins delivered a prayer at this year’s Illinois Prayer Breakfast today at the Michael J. Howlett Building in Springfield. Her prayer is below.

Father God, we thank you for this day that you have made.  A day we have never experienced before and a day we will never encounter again.  So, Father, on this special and sacred day, we thank you for the opportunity to gather together as a family of faith, a faith rooted in your love, your mercy and your grace.

Like Moses, we join with our beloved brothers and sisters today, to part the destructive waters of denominationalism and division, and cross over to the promised land of spiritual prosperity and perfect peace.

For the God of endurance and encouragement has called us to live in harmony, for we are one in the Spirit, and have come together like Esther for such a time as this, to rebuild the wall of mutual respect like Nehemiah, to restore the hope of mankind like Jeremiah, and revive the dry bones in the valley of the least, last and lost like the Prophet Eziekiel.

We pray that the Spirit of the Lord, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of power and might, the spirit of knowledge and oneness shall rest upon us and anoint us to preach the good news to the poor, to heal the broken hearted, restore sight to the blind and set the captives free. 

For we are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, ordained by Him to declare the praises and virtues of Him who has called us out of the darkness of doubt into His marvelous light.

We pray that God continues to bless us with the faith of Abraham, the power of Elijah and the courage and conviction of Isaiah as we seek to be obedient and hear the voice and call of Yahweh to do justice, to love mercy and to walk humbly before our God.

As we depart this place today, may we let our light so shine that people may see our good works and give glory to God, our Father in heaven.  And I pray that the life of Jesus the Christ be our example, the love of Christ our strength and inspiration, and the glory of Christ our ministry and mission.


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