Monday, January 24, 2011

Prayer For the Nation

 “Now say to the rebellious, to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “O house of Israel, let us have no more of all your abominations” (Ezekiel 44:6).

Father our nation has “legally” killed over 50,000,000 babies in the past 37 years. This is an abomination of the highest kind. Our leaders have lead us here. Our people have pushed our leaders to lead us here. We have not stood up as one man to decry and condemn this travesty. Our nation is deeply imbedded in sin. It shows in the way we are governed—as if we were animals not created in your image. We show it in the way people of other nations are treated—as if they were competitors or victims or whatever makes sense to keep ourselves on top of the heap. Father we implore you to forgive our sins and to turn our nation back to you. We pray that you would grant us repentance and that you would turn our faces back to you and to your children. That you would give us clean hands and hearts.

We know, Almighty and Gracious Lord, that if we in the Church regard iniquity in our own midst, or in our own hearts, this prayer will be ineffectual.

So we confess thinking that our sin is small and insignificant on the grand scale. You have called us to be holy, sanctified and set apart living and we have run after those around us to as if you don’t notice. We squabble and fight because we envy one another. We gossip and slander one another, defending it with the claim that we would say the same things if the person we are talking about were present. We are proud and boast about our achievements claiming that we are correct in our assessment, we are very good, cool, smart, whatever. But Lord, this is all sin and we confess it to you now and ask that you would cleanse our hearts and forgive us. We confess our individual sins to you now... In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.

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