Prayers written by Senate Chaplain Barry Black

Read three recent prayers written by U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry Black:

June 18, 2007

Eternal and dependable Creator of the universe, we acknowledge you as the giver of every good and perfect gift. You are our solid rock; you arm us with strength. Thank you for the seasons and climates, for sowing and reaping, for color and fragrance. Thank you for the time of harvest when our labors and dreams are rewarded.

Today, bless our lawmakers. Illumine their lives to keep them on the right paths. May the creative power of your word produce in them a stronger faith and an indomitable hope. Keep them from slipping; fill them with courage as you show them your unfailing love. Give them an attitude of openness to receive the fullness of your grace and truth. We pray in your precious name. Amen.

Tuskegee Airmen
U.S. Capitol Rotunda
March 29, 2007

God of our weary years, God of our silent tears, we do not doubt your generous love. We know that you gave our nation the gift of heroic men and women who became the first African American airmen. Because of your providential love, you equipped the Tuskegee Airmen with the intelligence, skill, courage, and patriotism to expand the role of African Americans in the military. You enabled them to produce a record of excellence in spite of having to encounter racism, discrimination, and bigotry in America and overseas.

Lord, you infused them with the courage to disobey unjust laws, engaging in judicious civil disobedience that opened doors of opportunity for thousands who followed them. Thank you, Lord, for the gift of the Tuskegee Airmen.

As we have been blessed in honoring these great Americans at this wonderful ceremony, give us this day:

forgiveness for the past,
courage for the present,
and hope for the future.

In the days to come, bless the Tuskegee Airmen in their going out and coming in, in their rising up and lying down, in their moments of pleasure and sorrow, in their labor and leisure, until they cross the bar to experience another medal ceremony in a land beyond sun, moon, and stars, where the days know neither dawn nor darkness. May they hear you, the commander in chief of the universe, say to them in that day, “Well done, good and faithful servants. You have been faithful over a few things, come on up a little higher, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter now into the joys of your Lord.” We pray this in your sovereign name. Amen.

December 30, 2006

Eternal Lord God, the giver of every good and perfect gift, this evening we express our gratitude to you for giving our nation the blessing of President Gerald R. Ford.

Lord, when this land desperately needed strong moral leadership, you gave it President Ford’s astuteness, honor, commitment, and courage. When we needed a model of unswerving integrity, you provided us with someone who was true and honest. Accept our gratitude for his courage to decide based on principles, for his pragmatic leadership during cynical times, and for his long life of exemplary service. Thank you for his efforts to do what was in the country’s best interest and for helping to bind the nation’s wounds after Watergate and Vietnam. Thank you also for permitting him to remind us that family and faith still matter and that right living is a language which is clear to everyone.

Comfort those who mourn, particularly Mrs. Ford and the children. May the memory of President Ford’s dignity, decency, diligence, and decisiveness challenge us to use our lives for your glory.

We pray in the name of him who is the resurrection and the life. Amen.

  • johanna butler

    looking for copy of opening prayer for senate on Nov. 4 2009. thank you

  • Ahaoma Onyebuchi

    I bless the Lord for Barry Black. I want to pray like him.

  • Evelyn Cone

    “MY people shall know MY name…MY people shall call me by MY name.” So, how can prayer have any power, at all, without actually saying the name? Is Chaplain Black afraid of speaking the name or has it been voted out, voted down, so as not to offend anyone that there is only ONE who claims credit for “creating the heavens and stretching them out, who spreads forth the earth and that which comes from it, who gives breath to the people on it, and spirit to those who walk on it …” and Chaplain Black seems unaware that HE is EL ELYON, “the MOST HIGH…the HOLY ONE of Israel,” EL ECHAD. How can a Chaplain continue to pray without using “the Word?” ELOHIM (Trinity – Hebrew) says, “So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of YHWH,” and all I read is paraphrasing…a form of godliness without its power.” No wonder HIS Word says, “Truly these times of ignorance HE has overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent.” Acts 17:30 I suggest Chaplain Black read Deuteronomy 28, Leviticus 26 and Daniel 9, the ONLY terms remaining to “a nation (who) sins against ME by persistent unfaithfulness,” America!

  • Teresa Hebard

    I was blessed by the interview Dr. Black did on the program” Really Living” on July 2, and moved by the prayer he gave called “DIsturb Us Oh Lord”. Il tried to google it, but could not find it. Could you send me a copy? Thank you.

    Teresa Hebard

  • Sheryl Spicer

    Dear Rev Black, I recently saw you on Charles Stanley, all I can say is WOW and Praise the Lord!!!! You came thru the television set and grabbed my heart. I am a Christian but let me tell you if I weren’t I would have been after watching and listening to you! I sure wish you had a show on TV where we could watch you more often. It was a blessing and honor to have you with us and may I say it sure makes me feel a lot better knowing that you are in our government. I pray for our leaders at night, some of them really need it. I would love to find on the ” net” any of your preaching or presentations if they are available or any CDs if you have any.

    You have a new follower, you are doing our Lord Jesus Christ proud. I thank you sir so much for your work, and thank you for your time in serving our Country. My husband spent many years in, now my son is serving our beautiful land in the Air Force following in most of my family’s footsteps. We are proud Americans and Christians.

    Thank you for your precious time, God Bless you and your family.


    Sheryl Spicer

  • Peace

    Disturb Us, O Lord

    Disturb us, O Lord, when we are too pleased with ourselves;

    When our dreams come true because we have dreamed too little;

    When we arrive safe, simply because we have sailed too close to the shore.

    Disturb us when, with the abundance of the things we possess,

    we lose our thirst for the waters of life;

    And having fallen in love with life, we cease to dream of eternity;

    And in our effort to build a new earth, we permit our vision of a new Heaven to dim.

    Disturb us to dare more boldly,

    to venture on wider seas where storms will show Your mastery;

    Where losing sight of land, we will find Your stars.

    In Jesus’ name, A-men. by Chaplain Barry Black