Every day of the Senate impeachment trial has been opened with a prayer offered by Senate Chaplain Dr. Barry Black. Each of Black’s prayers has included admonitions that are particularly applicable in the current tense atmosphere, as well as in the every day functioning of Congress and the nation.
On the opening day, for example, the heart of Black’s prayer is his appeal to the Lord to keep all of the trial’s participants mindful that there are men and women of good character and integrity on both sides:
January 22, 2020:
Let us pray.
Sovereign God, author of liberty, we gather in this historic chamber for the solemn responsibility of these impeachment proceedings. Give wisdom to the distinguished Chief Justice John Roberts as he presides. Lord, You are all-powerful and know our thoughts before we form them.
As our lawmakers have become jurors, remind them of Your admonition in 1 Corinthians 10:31 that whatever they do should be done for Your glory. Help them remember that patriots reside on both sides of the aisle, that words have consequences, and that how something is said can be as important as what is said. Give them a civility built upon integrity that brings consistency in their beliefs and actions. We pray in Your powerful Name.
January 23, 2020:
Similarly, Black’s prayer on the trial’s second day was a powerful reminder that understanding requires hearing, which in turn must be accompanied by genuine listening:
Let us pray.
Almighty God, our rock of ages, be omnipresent during this impeachment trial, providing our Senators with the assuring awareness of Your powerful involvement. May they strive to have a clear conscience in whatever they do for You and country. Lord, help them remember that listening is often more than hearing. It can be an empathetic attentiveness that builds bridges and unites.
May our Senators not permit fatigue or cynicism to jeopardize friendships that have existed for years. At every decision point throughout this trial, may they ask, “Which choice will bring God the greater glory?” We pray in Your mighty Name.
January 24, 2020:
On day three of the trial, Chaplain Black implored the Lord to guide each senator to keep in mind that differences of opinion about facts should not result in broken relationships.
Let us pray.
Almighty God, as we resume this impeachment trial, let Your will be done. Enlighten our Senators, as you show them Your will. Guide them with Your wisdom, supporting them with Your power. In spite of areas of disagreement, may they still strive for civility and respect. May they respect the right of the opposing side to differ regarding convictions and conclusions. Give them the wisdom to distinguish between facts and opinions, without lambasting the messengers. We pray in Your strong Name.
January 25, 2020:
With day four of the trial came an appeal by Chaplain Black that the Lord refresh senators with renewed strength and humility before Him:
Let us pray.
Eternal God, the way, the truth, and the life, unite our Senators in their striving to do Your will. Lord, You have been our help in ages past. You are our hope for the years to come. We trust the power of Your prevailing providence to bring this impeachment trial to the conclusion You desire. Lord, we acknowledge that Your thoughts are not our thoughts and Your ways are not our ways; for as the heavens are higher than the Earth, so are Your thoughts higher than our thoughts and Your ways higher than our ways. Lord, we love You. Empower our Senators. Renew their strength. We pray in Your dependable Name.
HillFaith thanks Chaplain Black’s superb staff for providing these texts. The rest of his prayers will also appear here after the trial reaches its conclusion.