We worship you this day, O Lord, as the true God; you are the living God, the eternal King. No one is like you, O Lord; you are great, and your name is mighty in power. Who should not revere you, O King of the nations? This is your due. Among all the wise men of the nations and in all their kingdoms there is no one like you. When you are angry, the earth trembles and the nations cannot endure your wrath. Pour out your wrath on the nations that do not acknowledge you, on the peoples who do not call on your name and who seek to make our land and our cities a desolation. You made the earth by your power; you established the world by your wisdom and stretched out the heavens by your understanding. You are the one who formed all things. When you utter your voice, the waters in the heavens roar; you make clouds and mist rise from the ends of the earth. You send lightning with the rain and bring forth the wind from your storehouses. I know, Lord, that my life is not my own and that my way is not in myself; it is not in me to direct my steps. And so I pray that you will correct me, but only with justice – not in your anger, lest you reduce me to nothing. I choose not to boast in my wisdom, strength, or riches, but only boast in this, that I understand and know you. I pray this day for ______________________ as well as for myself. I pray that we as a people will once again hear the word that you speak to us. We ask you for political leaders, for shepherds, who will inquire of you so that we as a people may prosper. I pray that we will not learn the way of other nations, for their customs are vanity. I pray that none of us who are wise will boast in our wisdom. I pray that none of us who are strong will boast in our strength, and I pray that none of us who are rich will boast in our riches. I pray instead that when we boast, we will boast about this: that we understand and know you. May we be circumcised in heart, and know and understand that you are a God who delights in exercising kindness, justice, and righteousness on earth. In Jesus' name I pray these things. Amen.