Day 4, January 14, 2016
We pray for equity in the appropriation of funds -- that balancing the state's budget is not at the cost of much-needed services for children and families.
Day 5, January 15, 2016
We pray that all elected officials will have the courage to act out of kindness, rather than being driven by popularity and the possibility of re-election. (Lesley-Ann Drake, St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church)
Day 6, January 20, 2016
We pray that as members of the General Assembly make decisions that affect children, they make those decisions as if their own children were listening to them and would be directly impacted by their decisions. (Beatrice Soublet & David Waters, Our Lady of Lourdes)
Day 7, January 21, 2016
We pray that the spirit of harmony, peace and collective good will be the principles that guide our legislators during this session. (Beatrice Soublet & David Waters, Our Lady of Lourdes, ICM Board)
Day 8, January 22, 2016
That God’s will be done before political expediency. (Normer Adams)
Day 9, January 25, 2016
I pray that our legislators will have space to breathe. In that time, I pray tht they hold the children of Georgia in their hearts and find ways to make things better for the "least of us."
Day 10, January 26, 2016
Holy, God, I come to you today with great thanks for the day I spent at the Capitol and the way it has even more opened my heart and eyes to some of the issues in our very own State. I offer my prayers that all of us and our state representatives find the best ways our children will be able to live their lives in a healthy, happy, loving and stable way. Amen (Sue Ownbey)
Day 11, January 27, 2016
My prayer is that all legislators honor the children of Georgia and that we legislate to create healthy, literate children.
Day 12, January 28, 2016
"O God, the fountain of wisdom, whose will is good and gracious and whose law is truth: We beseech thee so to guide and bless," the members of our GA state legislature," that they may enact such laws as shall please thee, to the glory of thy Name and the welfare of this people." Amen (Deborah Betsill, Book of Common Prayer, page 821)
Day 13, February 1, 2016
I pray that the legislators will be in tune to their divine spirits and act in the best interest of our most important resources, our children. May they tune out the voices of greed, of self interest, of hatred and hubris and revalue the needs of people. (Bettieanne Hart, Big Bethel AME)
Day 14, February 2, 2016
Baha'i Prayer: O Son of Spirit! The best beloved of all things in My sight is Justice; turn not away therefrom if thou desirest Me, and neglect it not that I may confide in thee. By its aid thou shalt see with thine own eyes and not through the eyes of others, and shalt know of thine own knowledge and not through the knowledge of thy neighbor. Ponder this in thy heart; how it behooveth thee to be. Verily justice is My gift to thee and the sign of My loving-kindness. Set it then before thine eyes. (Baha'u'llah, The Arabic Hidden Words)
Day 15, February 3, 2016 (ICM Day at the Capitol!)
Dear God, let us not grow weary in well-doing.
Day 16, February 4, 2016
A man once asked the Prophet what was the best thing in Islam, and the latter replied, ‘It is to feed the hungry and to give the greeting of peace to those one knows and to those one does not know’. (Hadith of Bukhari)
Day 17, February 8, 2016
A Prayer For the City's Children.
Imam Mansoor Sabree
We begin with Bismillah- Ar-ahaman-Ar-Rahim,
With the name of G’d the Merciful Benefactor the Merciful Redeemer , The Eternal, Absolute, the Master of yesterday ,Today & Tomorrow. The Creator and Sustainer of All worlds .
G’d of LOVE !
Give us compassion for the babies, the children.
Day 18, February 9, 2016
Dearest Lord—We humbly come before Thee in this Holy Temple of Prayer to thank Thee for the beginning of Wisdom that has started being shown in this Legislative Session; and we pray in thy Grace that it may continue and grow as this session progresses. We pray that the needs of the people of Georgia override the temporary and short-term gains of selfishness; and that the children of Georgia will be at the top of the priorities list. May they grow in wisdom as witnessed by the Saints and the Enlightened Ones and may they listen to the voice of our Lord. In humble gratitude we pray--amen (Christian-Buddhist prayer)
Day 19, February 10, 2016
We pray that our legislators have the courage to defend the oppressed, the poor and the powerless against the might of the powerful. (Kathryn Stanley, ICM Board)
Day 20, February 11, 2016
Dear God, Be with our decision makers and let them know what an impact their decisions have on "little people" -- that they may be conscientious in not doing harm to our little ones, but that their lot in life be improved! Let them look at ways to secure their needs -- for schools, for food, for homes, for security. May your will be done. (Denise)
Day 21, February 16, 2016
"De profundis clamavi ad te, Domine; Domine, exaudi vocem meam." (Psalm 130:1) "From the depths, I have cried out to you, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice." These powerful words of cry for help, O Lord, are coming from the voiceless angels of your Creation--children. Please bless our lawmakers to work for us, as you alone can pull us out of our depths through these leaders, who are set to govern us, for us and for our good. Amen. (Rex S. Arul)
Day 22, February 17, 2016
May future societies look back with gratitude for the decisions we make today.
Day 23, February 18, 2016
Great is thy faithfulness unto your people. Amen.
Day 24, February 19, 2016
Our prayers are a reflection of our faith; therefore, we come boldly before the Almighty with confidence in your love, grace and mercy, O God, that you will hear our call for peace and love to rule and abide in the hearts of all elected officials. Amen.
Day 25, February 22, 2016
O, Most High God, Wonderful Counselor, Prince of Peace: Please bless the state of Georgia. Bless our elected officials, Mayor Kasim Reed, the Atlanta City Council, Governor Nathan Deal and the Georgia General Assembly. Impart divine wisdom in each person represented on these decision-making bodies. Move before them and through them to ensure that they will make the very best decisions possible for the common good of the people that they represent and for their well-being as citizens fo Georgia. Amen. Mildred Gunn
Day 26, February 23, 2016
Let us reflect on our own everyday actions and reactions as we urge others to do what is best for Georgia's children.
Day 27, February 24, 2016
May this day bring our elected officials englightenment as to what is right and good and courage to act in good faith of the new revelation.
Day 28, February 25, 2016
Dear God, give us mindful leaders who are fully present in the work they are doing. Make them aware of themselves as servants of the people and of You and the impact of their decisions on the lives of others.
Day 29, February 26, 2016
We stand with hope.
Day 30, February 29, 2016 (Crossover Day)
We stand in faith.
Day 31, March 2, 2016
I pray that the lawmakers will keep the best interests of all children in the state of Georgia as they legislate this session. God has entrusted their welfare to us to safeguard. Help us to remember that charge and responsibility. (Kathy Brockman)
Day 32, March 7, 2016
That all children regardless of sex, age, socioeconomic status or education be given the opportunity to grow and strive in a holistic safe environment--at home, at school and in the community. (Debra Thompson)
Day 33, March 8, 2016
I pray that our elected leaders will unselfishly work for laws that are thoughtful and focused on long range good for our society. (Donna A. Willoughby)
Day 34, March 10, 2016
May the voices and faces of our children serve as constant reminders of the good we can do. Therefore, we pray that the members of the Georgia General Assembly and the Governor's office govern with hearts and minds bent towards the higher callings of love, justice and mercy for all.
Day 35, March 11, 2016
May our legislators understand that you have blessed us with long days and that each day we should strive to be better than we were the day before.
Day 36, March 14, 2013
We pray that our elected officials serve with the knowledge that service for the good is the greatest reward.
Day 37, March 15, 2013
May our legislators understand that the work that they do in these 40 days of session reflects their level of commitment to the well-being of Georgia’s children.
Day 38, March 16, 2013
We work together to create a more civil world--one in which our first response is to greet each other with hospitality.
Day 39, March 22, 2016
May our legislators respond to God's call to do what is right in God's sight. May they awake from the slumber of political dreams and realize the true purpose of being a servant of the people.
Day 40, March 24, 2016
May God grant our legislators wisdom and incline their hearts to yearn for the well-being of every child in Georgia, such that their decisions will be rooted in affirming that desire to do what is good, what is right, what is fruitful for their lives.