Prayer, Principles and Political Candidacy


Three and a half years ago I was invited to render the opening prayer for the NC State Senate during the absence of the Senate Chaplain. Now, I am balloted as a candidate for NC House State Representative in District 25 (Franklin and Nash Counties). I am sharing the prayer that I prayed again as it embodies the very principles that have led me to run for political office.

Good morning. Thank you for allowing me this privilege to be with you today

For those who may pray differently than I do or for those of you who may not pray at all I would like to begin with a moment of silence in respect of your belief

Let’s Pray

Our Father and our God. I thank you for being a prayer answering God and a covenant keeping God.  I thank you for giving us access to you who alone holds all power, majesty and authority. Thank you for the promise that if we abide in you and your words abide in us then we can ask what we desire and shall receive them. Thank you for the promise that the effective, fervent prayers of a righteous man avails much.

I pray today for this body of officials, Senators, legislatures – in specific the North Carolina General Assembly. I pray for every elected and appointed official to assemble in this chamber. I pray for the most senior statesman here to the most newly elected. I pray for their families, the desires of their hearts. I pray you would keep them in good health and sound mind

I thank you for this nation we live in. I thank you for the vision of our forefathers that we might be governed by a division of powers so that our destiny does not rest in the hands of one person. To that end God I pray that our destiny will not be controlled by special interest or personal agenda or by racial prejudice or injustice.

I pray God for policies, discussions and outcomes that are compassionate and also common sense

I pray that decisions will be made in this place to empower people to do great things and not enable people to be irresponsible

I pray for wisdom to make decisions that would strengthen and prosper our State. I pray for both social and capital entrepreneurism

I pray for policies that benefit those that wear a Timex as well as a Rolex.

I pray for polices that benefit those in public housing as well as those in gated communities. For those with a PHd as well as those with a GED

I pray for every business, every belief and every burden

I pray for Healthcare that is affordable and accessible

I pray for an education system that results in our children being critical thinkers and not reduced to good test takers

I pray for the wealthiest and the poorest of this state. I pray for those of us who have been really blessed to prosper and our acknowledgement that we are the beneficiaries many years removed of the entitlements of land grants,  GI Bills,  and the Homestead Act

I pray for the Common Good. I pray that no select group of people would feel entitled to make choices around their own comfort and convenience that would have an adverse effect on the masses. That G.K. Chesterton was correct in 1909 when he stated, “The first principle of democracy is this: that the things common to all men are more important than the things peculiar to any man”

I pray for a spirit of gratitude that we were not born in Burundi or Madagascar or Afghanistan but here in the greatest nation and the greatest state to exist. Help those in this chamber to he thankful for this opportunity you have given them to lead and to govern and remind them at each deliberation, each meeting, each vote that they too will be held accountable for the decisions and the deeds done while in these offices.

Give us a productive day that you can be pleased and be able to say, well done.

In Jesus name I pray. Amen


What connects with you most in this prayer? What would your prayer be? As always, I welcome your feedback.

3 thoughts on “Prayer, Principles and Political Candidacy”

  1. This has the most impact on me:
    “Help those in this chamber to he thankful for this opportunity you have given them to lead and to govern and remind them at each deliberation, each meeting, each vote that they too will be held accountable for the decisions and the deeds done while in these offices.”

    May the Lord hear that prayer today and always as He did that day, and may He remind every man and woman in that assembly that He alone is sovereign over all those decisions — both the decision for them to hold the offices that they do and over the decisions that they make on our behalf.

    If I could, I’d vote for you. Your character and integrity are an inspiration.

    Alas, I live and vote outside your district.

    God bless and Godspeed!

  2. I appreciate the fact that they request you for Prayer. The fact that you are praying for all rich, poor,educated, non educated, school’s, healthcare and those in power who make the decision’s for our state and country. Praying for all area’s that need God’s attention and Blessing. You can’t take God out of the equation. We must correct what is wrong. We need God’s people in position and you Sir are in position. Enjoy the journey God has something so AMAZING and MIND BLOWING for your life can’t wait to hear the testimony!😊

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