Thursday, May 02, 2013

On the National Day of Prayer -- 2013

Prayed this cool morning on Quantico Virginia and in Suburbia Majora...

Almighty and ever-living God, we thank you for the privilege to gather before you to intercede on behalf of our nation. We thank you too, for the burden you’ve placed in our hearts for this land, and for our fellow citizens.

As we gather, we stand in the shadow of those who’ve come before us. We gaze through history’s rearview mirror and see how our grandparents sought you at the birth of our nation. We see too Lord, your providential hands that nourished and protected this young Republic. In times of both plenty and peril, our predecessors knew you to be their source of provision, protection and guidance.

As we pause in your presence, we would seek your mercy for ourselves, and for our nation.  Too often, we’ve been like the prodigal child who though desiring their father’s riches and bounty, was determined to live life on their own terms.  In this we ask your mercy, and for the strength and resolve to live lives of gratitude.

We ask that you would move within our lives, that we would be used as change agents for good. We pray that we might become channels of your peace and mercy to those you’ve placed in our lives and paths. We pray too, as public servants, that through your help, we will be faithful and diligent stewards of the nation and its collective trust and treasure.

We find ourselves today Lord, in a moment of trial.  We face enemies that would seek our downfall.  We face stealthy adversaries who strike in secret against the unarmed.    We’re wracked with internal struggle and economic woes that at times seem to be insurmountable. Surely Lord, we need your hand in such a time as today.

We lift up those who govern and lead this nation. We ask that those elected would always place stewardship and statesmanship ahead of ambition and strife; in so that they might be sensitive to your leading. In this, that our nation might be that shining city on the hill; a beacon of hope and a haven of justice for all nations.

We commend to you those in our nation who are in need or who suffer this morning.    We call out on their behalf, asking that you would open you storehouses of mercy for them.  Too, we offer ourselves that we might become you heart and hands extended to those in need.  Make us channels of your provision.

Finally Lord, we seek your protection against our enemies, both here in our homes and around the world. Not because we are deserving, but because you are one whose first principles include mercy and loving kindness. Protect us not only from our enemies, but also from ourselves that we might not only be recipients’ stewards of your blessings in this day, but also be able to bequeath your bounty to those who will follow after us.

All of this, we ask, seek and hope for in your name.


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