It’s no secret that we’re a mess, O God. Our country has lost its way and that scares me. How long can we go on like this before we end up destroying ourselves?
How long will we foolishly wander from Your presence, Father, stumbling in our ignorance, rebellion and pride?
Forgive our stubborn and willfully destructive ways. And have mercy on us for arrogantly forgetting why this nation was founded and the sacrifices of those who gave birth to America.
Father, show us our future.
Show us what will become of us if we don’t repent. Because the growing hatred we have toward one another and the disrespect we constantly display against You and Your Word absolutely terrify me. Help us to trust You and to know that Your ways are truly good and right for us.
Show us how to pray for ourselves and for our country. Reveal to us where we, as individuals and as a nation, are smug and full of pride. Then give us the courage that comes with humility. Give us the strength and wisdom to humble ourselves before one another – and, most of all, before You.
Reveal to us where we’re missing the mark. Show us where we’re wrong. Forgive us for the way we’ve been treating each other within our own country, including within our churches. Help us to see clearly what the real issues are and who our real enemies are.
We ask all of this for Your Name’s sake because we have no right to call upon Your mercy and lovingkindness again. But who else can we turn to? You are our only hope. Hear our prayer, O Lord – and please heal our land so that we can, once again, find our way back to You. Amen.
(The National Day of Prayer is observed every year on the first Thursday in May. This year’s theme, as quoted from www.nationaldayofprayer.org, is ‘“For Your Great Name’s Sake! Hear Us … Forgive Us … Heal Us!” Taken from Daniel 9:19 [NIV], which says, “O Lord, Listen! O Lord, Forgive! O Lord, Hear and Act! For Your Sake, O My God…’”)
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