I found this interview with Donald Miller on why he did the prayer at the DNC in his own words.

Some interesting things I learned about him:

1. He strongly supports Obama.

2. What he says about America and the Christian faith, “…is
perceived as arrogance, bullying, an inability to negotiate peace, an
inability to listen.”


Here’s the transcript of the prayer:

“Father God,

week, as the world looks on, help the leaders in this room create a
civil dialogue about our future. We need you, God, as individuals and
also as a nation. We need you to protect us from our enemies, but also
from ourselves, because we are easily tempted toward apathy. Give us a
passion to advance opportunities for the least of these, for widows and
orphans, for single moms and children whose fathers have left. Give us
the eyes to see them, and the ears to hear them, and hands willing to
serve them. Help us serve people, not just causes. And stand up to
specific injustices rather than vague notions.

those in this room who have power, along with those who will meet next
week, the courage to work together to finally provide health care to
those who don’t have any, and a living wage so families can thrive
rather than struggle. Help us figure out how to pay teachers what they
deserve and give children an equal opportunity to get a college
education. Help us figure out the balance between economic opportunity
and corporate gluttony. We have tried to solve these problems ourselves
but they are still there. We need your help.

will you restore our moral standing in the world? A lot of people don’t
like us but that’s because they don’t know the heart of the average
American. Will you give us favor and forgiveness, along with our allies
around the world? Help us be an example of humility and strength once

Lastly, Father, unify us.

in our diversity help us see how much we have in common. And unify us
not just in our ideas and in our sentiments—but in our actions, as we
look around and figure out something we can do to help create an
America even greater than the one we have come to cherish.

we know that you are good. Thank you for blessing us in so many ways as
Americans. I make these requests in the name of your son, Jesus, who
gave his own life against the forces of injustice. Let Him be our