Obama’s Prayer

This is reportedly a prayer that Sen. Barack Obama posted on the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem.

It says: “Lord–Protect my family and me. Forgive me my sins, and help me guard against pride and despair.  Give me the wisdom to do what is right and just. And make me an instrument of your will.”

Let’s not turn this into a political debate…but I would be interested to hear your thoughts on this.

(HT: ysmarko)

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6 thoughts on “Obama’s Prayer

  1. I don’t give it much thought either way, positive or negative. It was a foregone conclusion that someone would dig the prayer out of the wall and read it (though I thought it would be a tabloid person or a US journalist), so I don’t think it’s indicative of his real prayer any more than what a typical minister prays aloud from the pulpit (after all, have you ever heard a minister pray from the pulpit, “Lord, help me not hate Elder Brown and keep me from looking down the organist’s blouse again while I’m preaching”).

    It is a good prayer, but I have to think that Obama wrote it knowing that it would likely be read and published, so I don’t think it gives any insight into his heart or soul. Now, if that was in his personal diary that was stolen or said when he thought a microphone was off that would be another story.

  2. The prayer is generic enough to be open and not really all that specific. Heck, some non-believer could spin that thing out. So not really sure that it matters b/c its just there. And he might actually believe and think those very things no matter how off his theology is.

  3. While I agree that if it was a genuine prayer, who am I to judge; and that yes, he could’ve written it knowing the media would grab hold of it…in all honesty, I think it’s a very selfish and self-centered prayer. (just to share my thoughts)
    Not that we can’t ask God to look after us and guide us, I most certainly pray for guidance on a regular basis. But I would think at the wailing wall, one would pour out their deepest, most desired, heartfelt prayers. Four sentences, five “me”s mentioned. Nothing about his nation, the soldiers fighting for our freedom, the future of our country. Perhaps he was keeping it safe (though I would argue that it wasn’t his true prayer if that’s the case.) I personally couldn’t leave the wailing wall without asking for the salvation of some specific people in my life, along with the course of my nation to turn back to God. But, I’m not running for president, and I don’t have to travel half the world to pray such a prayer. Just my thoughts. Thanks for the invite to share. 🙂

  4. Is it common for those professing to be Christian to put prayers in the wailing wall? I’ve typically thought of it as a Jewish practice.

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