It's part of the liturgy of the Catholic mass to pray for the nation's leaders.
In the Australian Parliament the Standing Orders require the Speaker to say the following prayer in opening proceedings:
"Almighty God, we humbly beseech Thee to vouchsafe Thy blessing upon this Parliament. Direct and prosper our deliberations to the advancement of Thy glory, and the true welfare of the people of Australia" followed by the Lord's Prayer.
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