Sen. Branden Durst filled in for the Senate Chaplain James Wibberding on Tuesday, offering a prayer to open the floor session with an appeal to touch all 105 Idaho lawmakers.
Durst, D-Boise, asked that lawmakers feel the hand of God "and they would be able to reach out and use your compassion and your mercy" to "give them hearts to see."
Durst's full prayer follows:
Dear Lord, we thank you so much for the awesome responsibility that you've bestowed upon us to serve this great state.
We just pray that today we would be reminded of that authority and responsibility, Lord, that you would bring special opportunities for us to gracefully and compassionately apply that authority, Lord.
Lord, I pray for each and every one here today that you would touch each of them individually, Lord, and that you would put your hand upon them and guide them in the direction that would be in accordance with your will, Lord.
I pray specifically for their families, Lord, for children that haven't seen them for awhile. For those that have children at home, I just pray specifically for them as well, Lord, that you would extend grace to those families, Lord, that you would bless them and that you would help them.
Lord, I just pray especially for all of our lawmakers in this building that you would give them hearts to see and they would be able to reach out and use your compassion and your mercy to do that, Lord. I thank you for your desire to work through us, Lord, your desire to have relationship with us, Lord.
Let us pray today that you would continue to be on our hearts as we go on throughout the acts of our day.
In Jesus' name, Amen.