O Me of Little Faith

O Me of Little Faith


Don Miller at the DNC

posted by Jason Boyett

Just to follow-up on last week’s post, here’s the video and transcript of Don Miller’s prayer at the Democratic National Convention. When Cameron Strang graciously backed out from giving the prayer, Don stepped in.

Because, in his words, “Somebody calls you and asks you to pray, you do.”

I recognize that not everyone’s the biggest fan of Don and/or his politics and books, but honestly? I can’t think of anyone better to represent the new generation of American evangelicals, and I’m glad he was willing to take advantage of this opportunity.

Here’s the YouTube clip, courtesy of Bryan at donmillerfans.net. A transcript of the prayer will follow.

Please join me for the next few moments in our Benediction.

“Father God,

This week, as the world looks on, help the leaders in this room create a civil dialogue about our future.

We need you, God, as individuals and also as a nation.

We need you to protect us from our enemies, but also from ourselves, because we are easily tempted toward apathy.

Give us a passion to advance opportunities for the least of these, for widows and orphans, for single moms and children whose fathers have left.

Give us the eyes to see them, and the ears to hear them, and hands willing to serve them.

Help us serve people, not just causes. And stand up to specific injustices rather than vague notions.

Give those in this room who have power, along with those who will meet next week, the courage to work together to finally provide health care to those who don’t have any, and a living wage so families can thrive rather than struggle.

Hep us figure out how to pay teachers what they deserve and give children an equal opportunity to get a college education.

Help us figure out the balance between economic opportunity and corporate gluttony.

We have tried to solve these problems ourselves but they are still there. We need your help.

Father, will you restore our moral standing in the world.

A lot of people don’t like us but that’s because they don’t know the heart of the average American.

Will you give us favor and forgiveness, along with our allies around the world.

Help us be an example of humility and strength once again.

Lastly, father, unify us.

Even in our diversity help us see how much we have in common.

And unify us not just in our ideas and in our sentiments—but in our actions, as we look around and figure out something we can do to help create an America even greater than the one we have come to cherish.

God we know that you are good.

Thank you for blessing us in so many ways as Americans.

I make these requests in the name of your son, Jesus, who gave his own life against the forces of injustice.

Let Him be our example.

Amen.”

Amen, indeed. Nice job, Don.



Advertisement
Comments read comments(4)
post a comment
Felicity

posted August 26, 2008 at 1:24 pm


I love the way he takes personal responsibility for the prayer at the end, “I make these requests….” Brilliant.



report abuse
 

Erik

posted August 27, 2008 at 7:02 pm


Thanks for sharing! I actually hadn’t heard that Don was doing the prayer at the DNC. What an honor and how humbly he took it on. Awesome.



report abuse
 

Micha

posted August 28, 2008 at 2:32 pm


I think the prayer was beautiful. Exactly what needed to be said. But as someone who is always annoyed by Miller’s writing style, I have to complain about how he messed up a lovely cadence and sense of language by repeating “figure out” over and over. I could go on about that. But instead I’ll say that I’m pretty happy that Miller had the opportunity.



report abuse
 

Jason Boyett

posted August 28, 2008 at 2:40 pm


@Micha:Yes, but you’re a poetry MFA snob. Us regular people appreciate how he used phrases like “figure out” as a way to portray humility. Pretty necessary, when lots of people look at Christians and see only arrogance and demanding self-absorption. I think it works.



report abuse
 

Post a Comment

By submitting these comments, I agree to the beliefnet.com terms of service, rules of conduct and privacy policy (the "agreements"). I understand and agree that any content I post is licensed to beliefnet.com and may be used by beliefnet.com in accordance with the agreements.



Previous Posts

More blogs to enjoy!!!
Thank you for visiting O Me Of Little Faith. This blog is no longer being updated. Please enjoy the archives. Here are some other blogs you may also enjoy: Red Letters with Tom Davis Recent prayer post on Prayables Most Recent Inspiration blog post Happy Reading!

posted 2:25:22pm Aug. 27, 2012 | read full post »

Farewell, O Me of Little Faith
You said you had a big announcement coming today. What is it? The announcement is this: Right now you are reading the final post on this blog. Ever. Ever? Ever. So you're shutting this blog down? Well, I'm going to stop writing any new posts for it. But the blog will still be here. Th

posted 6:11:49am Jun. 01, 2011 | read full post »

My Introvert Interview
On Monday, author Adam McHugh delivered a guest post about the "snarling 8-headed monster" of the writing process. Today I return the favor -- sort of -- via an interview at his blog, Introverted Church. We talk about how my introverted personality has impacted my faith and doubt, and how the extrov

posted 3:05:36pm May. 25, 2011 | read full post »

Harold Camping: "Invisible Judgment Day"
When the rapture didn't occur as predicted on May 21, 2011, Harold Camping had a few options. Here is how he could have responded to the failed prediction, in descending levels of crazy: 1. He could announce that he was wrong. This is the most reasonable option and was therefore unexpected. I wou

posted 9:06:24am May. 24, 2011 | read full post »

The Phases of Writing (Adam McHugh)
If you've ever felt out of place among all the exciting, expressive, emotional enthusiasm of a contemporary church service...or an evangelist's demands that you need to constantly be sharing your faith boldly to strangers...if it simply wipes you out to be surrounded by people all the time,  then y

posted 7:46:00am May. 23, 2011 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.