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U.S. Reps. Dan Boren and James Lankford give book of prayers for Obama to House colleagues

Book written by former Oklahoma City pastor encourages specific prayers for the president, his family and administration.
BY CHRIS CASTEEL Published: November 24, 2011

Lankford said all of the feedback he has received from colleagues has been positive.

“I haven't had a negative comment,” he said, adding that some members had sent notes thanking him for helping them keep things in perspective.

Specific in prayers

Garriott, who still travels regularly to Oklahoma for prayer sessions at the state Capitol, said he came up with the idea for the book after a prayer meeting with friends to discuss Obama a few months after his inauguration in 2009.

He said prayers about leaders are often generic, but that he believes Jesus wanted people to be specific in their prayers.

The idea for the book, he said, “Was that if people were going to pray for the president and his administration, they ought to be specific about it.”

So Garriott structured his book into 12 different “petitions” that begin with a verse from Proverbs, some historical and current context for the verse, and a suggested prayer.

There are prayers for truth, wisdom, justice, mercy, family and other topics.

The prayer for mercy says: “May his concern for the poor and destitute not be for political gain, but out of a desire to please you and help others.”

The prayer for favor says: “We pray that those in the administration would work with integrity and justice. It is our prayer that those who work with President Obama in Congress would be encouraged to work well with him. When differences or opposition arise, we ask that our president would be wise, diplomatic and gracious with his words and actions.”

Garriott said he understands some people would have trouble praying for someone with whom they differ strongly on issues.

“I realize that there are so many issues that we're going to differ with, and I'm not saying it's inappropriate for someone to pray one way or the other on those particular issues,” he said.

“But I think we need to pray that ultimately God would be honored and glorified through the service of this individual.”