Independence Prayer – Zambia
24 October 1964
Almighty and eternal God, [Creator] of all [people,]
into thy hands we commend our land of Zambia.
Draw into closer unity the people of all races who dwell here.
Send out [your] light and [your] truth
that they may lead us into paths of fellowship and peace.
Deliver us from the pride that fears not God
and the selfishness that regards not [humanity].
And grant that political freedom may, by [your] blessings,
be an instrument for good to us and to the nations of the world.
Strengthen us we beseech [you],
that we may fulfil the law of Christ
and so continue a place and a people
to do [you] service to the end of time.
Through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Redeemer.
Reprinted from ‘Zambia’s National Development Plan: A Christian View,’ a series of broadcasts by Mr Wilfrid Grenville-Grey, Principal, Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation, 1967. Adapted for contemporary usage and inclusion of all. Text alterations are noted by [brackets].
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