Government officials are sometimes called the city Fathers. Fathers want their sons to succeed. It seems appropriate that those in political offices would work for the good and prosperity of the city. The following is the prayer that William Penn offered for the city of Philadelphia. It is still inscribed on the outside wall of City Hall in Philadelphia.
And Thou Philadelphia the virgin settlement of this province named before thou wert born, what care, what service, what travail have there been to bring thee forth and preserve thee from such as would abuse and defile thee. O that thou mayest be kept from the evil that would overwhelm thee, that faithful to the God of thy mercies in the life of righteousness, thou mayest be preserved to the end. My soul prays to God for thee that thou mayest stand in the day of trial, that thye children may be blest of the Lord and thy people saved by His power.
This was a prayer for the prosperity of the city. In 2008 as a sitting, elected school board member in our local school district, I had the opportunity to pray a prayer of blessing and prosperity over a new Middle School building we were opening. This same prayer was then mounted on the wall inside the main lobby of the building.
An intercessor friend of mine recently met with the mayor of a large US city of six million people. The input he gave him was to say a blessing over the city each morning as per Proverbs 11:11, “Through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, but by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed.” Many times local citizens will say negative things about their city, but a prosperous person will speak blessing over his city.
Amen, may we bless and not curse! Thanks for the reminder.
There is so much negativity out there. Yes….bless the place in which we live.