On Influencing Public Opinion

In the Book of Common Prayer this morning, I came across a prayer called “For Those Who Influence Public Opinion.” Since that’s the very reason why I attempt to write this blog, I paid close attention to it and prayed the prayer for myself.

I was taken by how the words spoke directly to what I seek to do.

Here’s how it goes.

Almighty God, you proclaim your truth in every age by many voices: Direct, in our time, we pray, those who speak where many listen and write what many read; that they may do their part in making the hearts of this people wise, its mind sound, and its will righteous; to the honor of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

My audience is comparatively small compared to those who reach vast numbers, but I nevertheless took to heart the message of this prayer. I continue to hope that all I write in this blog and teach in my classes may contribute something toward wisdom, a sound mind, and a desire to live righteously. And I do pray that all I write or speak may give honor to Christ.