Speaking Blessing

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In my last post (Full Circle, you can read it here) I told you I was invited to give the Invocation at my home town Chamber of Commerce. The opportunity to speak a blessing over my home town was more exciting than I first realized and I enjoyed it immensely. Everybody was warm and sincere in thanking me afterwards, even mentioning to my wife how beautiful the prayer was. So, I thought I share the prayer with you all…and ask an question along with it. First the prayer.

The Old Testament contains a Scripture I’ve adopted for my home town of Hyde Park. Jeremiah 29, verse 7 says this:

“Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper."

With that thought in mind, would you please join me in prayer?

Dear Heavenly Father,

We seek Your Blessing on our gathering tonight, on the food and the fellowship we share together.

We are thankful for neighbors, friends and family here with us tonight, enjoying laughter and conversation, that Father, is a huge blessing.

I ask that you would bless all the businesses of Hyde Park; along with the wide variety of political, community and religious leaders also. I pray that every facet of their lives will prosper; their finances, their health and their relationships. Empower these leaders with all that they need to make wise decisions in all those areas, so that the blessings flow into the lives of others as well.

Father God, help us all work together to provide economic opportunities, places to learn, grow and develop. Enable us by your wisdom, to live and serve together as part of a healthy community, continuing to make Hyde Park a place we’re all proud to call home.

We ask all this in the name of Jesus,


So, how important do you think it is to bless and pray for your hometown?
Does the verse in Jeremiah speak to you?


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Jay Cookingham said…
I saw it as a huge gift to me and was aware of His presence throughout the evening. My small town has big challenges and I so want it to prosper with His love! Thanks Bill!
floyd said…
That is a wonderful prayer, Jay. I pray for our nation as a whole almost daily, but I never brought it that close to home. I'll follow your lead and do just that. If it's in God's word it is our example. Thanks for yours.
marthaorlando said…
Beautiful prayer, Jay!
Jay Cookingham said…
Thanks Martha...appreciate that!
Jay Cookingham said…
I feel so "called" to my hometown now...that prayer helps me connect in new ways. Thanks bro'!
jasonS said…
I think it's so important to bless our city, leaders, businesses, and decision-makers. I marveled when I saw that Paul connected the idea of being thankful and praying for our leaders and our lives of peace and people coming to Jesus. It's so important to release His blessings! Good stuff, Jay. Thanks.
Jay Cookingham said…
Felt the importance as I was praying Jason...it was tangible that God imparted something.
Dusty Rayburn said…
We are the salt of the world. Wherever we are, we should be blessing.
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Michael Kimball said…
Delighted that our Elder Brother, Jesus, chose you to speak for Him at this event, Jay!

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