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Rick Warren DOES Use The Name Of Jesus During His Prayer At The Inauguration Of Barack Obama (Includes Transcript)

We have to give Rick Warren credit for this one.

Not only did Rick Warren emphatically use the name of Jesus during his prayer at the inauguration of Barack Obama, but his prayer was definitely one of the most "Christian" inaugural prayers of the post World War II era.

Warren also recognized the historical importance of this day when he prayed: "We know today that Dr. King and a great crowd of witnesses are shouting in heaven."

But what will have the blogs buzzing about Warren's prayer is his very forceful use of the name of Jesus and his very clear identification of the God that he was praying to.

Read the following transcript of the prayer and you can see for yourself what we are talking about.....

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WARREN: Let us pray.

Almighty God, our father, everything we see and everything we can’t see exists because of you alone. It all comes from you, it all belongs to you. It all exists for your glory. History is your story. The Scripture tells us “Hear, oh Israel, the Lord is our god; the Lord is one.” And you are the compassionate and merciful one. And you are loving to everyone you have made.

Now today, we rejoice not only in America’s peaceful transfer of power for the 44th time. We celebrate a hinge-point of history with the inauguration of our first African-American president of the United States.

(APPLAUSE)

We are so grateful to live in this land, a land of unequaled possibility, where the son of an African immigrant can rise to the highest level of our leadership.

WARREN: And we know today that Dr. King and a great cloud of witnesses are shouting in Heaven.

Give to our new president Barack Obama the wisdom to lead us with humility, the courage to lead us with integrity, the compassion to lead us with generosity. Bless and protect him, his family, Vice President Biden, the Cabinet, and every one of our freely elected leaders.

Help us, oh God, to remember that we are Americans, united not by race or religion or blood, but to our commitment to freedom and justice for all.

WARREN: When we focus on ourselves, when we fight each other, when we forget you, forgive us. When we presume that our greatness and our prosperity is ours alone, forgive us. When we fail to treat our fellow human beings and all the Earth with the respect that they deserve, forgive us.

And as we face these difficult days ahead, may we have a new birth of clarity in our aims, responsibility in our actions, humility in our approaches, and civility in our attitudes, even when we differ.

Help us to share, to serve and to seek the common good of all.

WARREN: May all people of good will today join together to work for a more just, a more healthy and a more prosperous nation and a peaceful planet. And may we never forget that one day all nations and all people will stand accountable before you.

We now commit our new president and his wife, Michelle and his daughters, Malia and Sasha, into your loving care.

I humbly ask this in the name of the one who changed my life, Yeshua, Essa (ph), Jesus, Jesus, who taught us to pray, “Our Father who art in Heaven hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.”

Amen.

(Source: http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?parm1=5&docID=news-000003013206)

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The following is a video clip of Rick Warren giving his prayer.....



We applaud Rick Warren for identifying himself with the Lord Jesus Christ. Indeed, the Lord Jesus himself said in Luke 9:26 that if anyone was ashamed of Him, He would be ashamed of that person at His coming.....

If anyone is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.

May God bless Rick Warren for standing up for Him today.

1 comments:

kathy.settles said...

I stand in complete agreement to the prayer Pastor Warren rendered at the Inaugural. It was thorough and concise and I pray Our God hears and helps us do all that was prayed. We need The Father God in all areas of our nation and may we never forget that. When nations do forget God, they die. God fill President Obama with Your Holy Spirit that he does righteous work on behalf of You and this nation, America!

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