Let us pray.
Dear God, I want to thank you for each leader standing in this room today, and I thank you for giving them the gift of leadership.
We live in a pivotal time when our people hunger for wise and purposeful leadership. Father God, I pray that you would give the Mayor and each leader here wisdom to lead skillfully. Give them insight and clarity.
They're often faced with complex and perplexing decisions that they are called to make and there's often no easy answer. Be with them as they wrestle through their options. God, I pray that you would give them wisdom.
Also help them to skillfully work together in unity for the common good of the people of our city in spite of passionately differing views at times. May their passion continue to inspire excellence and creativity. May the greater love for our people and our city outweigh our personal preferences.
And, God, please give them courage and endurance along the way. They live in the public spotlight, which often is challenging and hard, so give them trusted and loyal friends to walk with them through the ups and through the downs.
And, Lord, I pray that you would bless their relationships with their families. May each one of their homes be a safe refuge to return to each day, and may their homes be places of love, comfort, and of peace.
I thank you for the great honor that they have to serve this incredible city that you've blessed us all with.
In Jesus' name, amen.