Let me make a comment about each of these requests. First of all, if we want community spirit, can we emphasize pluralism (A form of society in which minority groups maintain their independent cultural traditions)? Secondly, where does this discernment and wisdom come from? Proverbs says, "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom/knowledge." Thus, if we apply this prayer request biblically, we need to pray that our leaders with have a strong fear of the Lord. And, is the goal to meet the challenges of all our citizens? What does he mean by all, each and every individual citizen or the community/nation as a whole? Pleasing an individual can be harmful for the community, but what is best for the whole might not please every individual. I thought these were good prayer requests, but even by meditating on them briefly, one can see the need to spend much more time for our governmental leaders than we already do.
By the way, did you read or hear the excellent speech by President Obama about Trayvon Martin and young African American men? Excellent words. Look it up and read it. I believe he handled the Trayvon Martin issue well. Even more, he had some excellent insights into the challenges of being a young African American man. I wish he would have added one thing to his speech though. I wish he would have challenged the fathers of these young men to be fathers. The last I read 72% of African American children are born to unwed mothers. The president's daughters, Malia and Sasha, are fortunate to have their dad at home. Fatherlessness and lack of father role model is not just an African American problem though; it is a human problem across all ethnicities. Poverty, violence and so much more result from fatherlessness. Our nation really needs for fathers to be an active part of their families. Again, we see a great need to pray for our nation. Not only should we pray for our leaders, but also for our families.