The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live. I Timothy 2:1-3 (The Message)
It was my honor to have been asked to offer the invocation at the swearing-in ceremony for Mayor Tony T. Yarber. It was a powerful service, and Mayor Yarber shared a dynamic message to us about his servant leadership and the future of our capital city.
The prayer follows in its entirety.
You are Alpha and Omega. And the government rests upon Your shoulders.
For the revolutionary love and legacy of our late mayor, Chokwe Lumumba, and for the sage and quiet leadership of Acting Mayor Charles Tillman, we give You thanks and praise.
And now, O Lord, we praise You that by Your grace we have seen another peaceful transfer of executive power. Everyday people throughout our city have called upon Tony T. Yarber to serve and lead us as our next Mayor. We thank You that this educator and motivator has been chosen to lead the City with Soul at such a time as this. In days and years to come, guide Tony as he initiates progressive infrastructure improvements, promotes an aggressive approach to crime reduction, and innovates in order to support economic stability downtown and around town.
We intercede for Tony and for the noble task that is before him. Grant him Abraham’s faith, Joseph’s integrity, Joshua’s courage, David’s heart, Solomon’s wisdom, and Peter’s boldness. Grant him spiritual wisdom and supernatural insights beyond his 36 years. Show forth Your glory through his administration and help him shepherd Jackson with excellence so that peace and prosperity will be our portion.
Bless also our First Lady Rosalind, and Carmen, Cameron, and Toni Michelle. Envelope the First Family with Your protection and care.
As we move Jackson ahead together, let Your favor radiate over every ward and every sub, every business and every home, every church and every school. Unite us across gender and generation, colors and creeds, so that we will be one city, with one aim, moving toward one destiny, for Your glory and the good of our city.
Bless Tony and bless Jackson, our capital city.
In Your Name we pray,