King of Kings,
In these dark times, we find it difficult to submit ourselves to earthly powers. So often we convince ourselves that we know better and can choose a better way for ourselves. Ultimately, we rebel against the Supreme Authority, trusting in our flesh instead of your perfect will. Humble us, Lord, that we may bow before you with a glad surrender. As a stiff-necked and rebellious people, we know that we have modeled insolence and disrespect in many ways; may __________ learn better than we. Demonstrating complete trust in your sovereign will, may he/she submit to every authority instituted among men for your sake (1 Peter 2:13). There is no authority—from the highest government to the lowest servant—except that which you have established in your perfect wisdom (Romans 13:1). Teach __________ never to rebel against you, and consequently, never to rebel against those authorities instituted by you. In all his/her dealings with his/her parents, church leaders, teachers, and civil servants, may he/she exhibit absolute confidence in you.