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Dr. Kevin Myers, lead pastor of 12Stone Church in Lawrenceville, Ga., was recently invited to serve as the guest chaplain and give the opening prayer during the September 29 session of the United States House of Representatives in Washington, DC.

The pastor of the largest church within The Wesleyan Church was introduced by Rep. John Boehner, Speaker of the House.

During his one-minute prayer, Dr. Myers spoke about forgiveness, wisdom, and leadership.

“If you kept a record of wrongs, no one would stand a chance. But with you, there is forgiveness,” said Dr. Myers. “We need your wisdom under pressure. Leadership pressure strains our marriage and family. Would you give us grace to love our spouse and wisdom to make time for family?”

He also spoke about political leadership.

“The stress of political leadership can tempt us to sweep aside our convictions. Give us wisdom and grace to lead with courage . . . give us discernment beyond ourselves for the sake of our country.”

He then closed with part of Micah 6:8: “May we act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with you, our God.”

Rep. Rob Woodall, from Georgia, briefly talked of Dr. Myers’ obedience when he and his new wife moved to the state to plant a church after selling everything they owned.

“12Stone started in a movie theater and 69 people showed up on that first day,” said Rep. Woodall. “Through those dark times, Dr. Myers was faithful. There are now 17,000 people who call that church their faith home. Every single one of those godly families loves on our community because of the loving and faithfulness that Kevin inspires.”

Kevin Myers offers the opening prayer during a recent session of the U.S. House of Representatives.