Look for this prayer each week. God, in this season of the celebration of our American Independence, I am cognizant that our nation's leaders need our prayers. You tell us that we should pray for all our leaders. And so I pray earnestly for all our leaders. I pray that they will seek you for wisdom and guidance in their decision making. I pray you will give them a heart that seeks to work together. Give them a spirit of willingness to put aside politics and defensiveness to provide what is best for all people. Lord, fill them with a heart like your heart...allowing love, compassion and peace to prevail in all their words and actions. Help me, God, remember that you come as my first priority...the official ruler of my soul. I have a responsibility to be obedient to you beyond all else...even my own personal preferences and desires. With your help, I will conquer that which challenges my faithfulness to you, and seek to help build your kingdom here on earth. Following your way of doing that will not always be the easy or popular way, but I'm willing to carry that burden because you are my God...and I love you. Amen.