…At this week’s gathering, the group called on God to bless the city, alleviate the smog and put an end to crime. And though the temperature was soaring close to 30 C outside, it was nothing compared with the passion heating up Committee Room 1 at City Hall.
…"We felt it was crucial to pray for those who have been chosen to lead our city," says Rev. Dexter Quinlan, a pastor of Danforth Gospel Temple, a non-denominational church. "It doesn’t matter if we agree politically."
And according to Mr. Nicholson, the group’s efforts have had effects, most recently on the swift passage of the municipal budget. "We prayed for quick approval of the budget because we knew how long it took the previous year," he says. Not long after, a committee chairman told him, "Your prayers must really work because the budget went through so quickly this year." [Source]
Lord save us from a prolonged budget approval? I would be more inclined to pray Lord save us from budgets period. But as for smog, “for now we see through the air dimly, but one day face to face.”