Editor’s note: This prayer by Rev. Harry Parker, pastor of First Baptist Church of Oak Park, recently appeared in the church bulletin: We thank you, Lord, that you are a living God who is present with us at all times and in all places. We thank you that you are a loving God, not one who is indifferent and uncaring. We thank you that you are a listening God who promises that if we ask anything according to your will you hear us and will grant us whatever we ask. We come before you with our requests, trusting they are in accord with your will and that you will honor them.