Waitangi - What Really Happened (Pretty Much) - Part 2

Old Testament Reading - A King's Prayer


54-55Solomon had been kneeling with his hands outstretched toward heaven. As he finished this prayer, he rose from before the altar of Jehovah and cried out this blessing upon all the people of Israel:

56“Blessed be the Lord who has fulfilled his promise and given rest to his people Israel; not one word has failed of all the wonderful promises proclaimed by his servant Moses. 57May the Lord our God be with us as he was with our fathers; may he never forsake us. 58May he give us the desire to do his will in everything, and to obey all the commandments and instructions he has given our ancestors. 59And may these words of my prayer be constantly before him day and night, so that he helps me and all of Israel in accordance with our daily needs. 60May people all over the earth know that the Lord is God and that there is no other god at all. 61O my people, may you live good and perfect lives before the Lord our God; may you always obey his laws and commandments, just as you are doing today.”

. . . . .1 Kings 8:55-61

Special Prayer

God, the source of all authority
bless our queen, Elizabeth, her family
and the family of nations she upholds;
may they remain a worthy focus of our loyalty,
and point unfailingly to a higher commonwealth,
the true humanity
to which she and all her subjects owe allegiance;
for you are the God of nations;
you are our God.