A Prayer for America

It is because I love the United States of America that I pray with passion for her. Lord, You have greatly blessed our nation. From our beginning, there have been those in leadership who have honored You and sought to lead us in righteousness. You have made us a beacon for freedom around the world for those who are oppressed and downtrodden. The material blessings from Your hand have welled up in national generosity to help those who are hurting, both within and outside our borders.

We recognize our imperfect human nature and structures. While fighting for freedom, we had periods of slavery within our own nation. Even with slavery behind us, freedom was not always available to all in the same measure. The list of our sins, Lord, is long. Without Your mercy, who could stand?

Throughout our nation’s history You have blessed us with times of spiritual awakening and revival. Your Spirit moved in our midst to restore godly worship. You empowered Your people to be witnesses to Your truths and to take stands for righteousness and justice.

O God, do it again! Come upon Your people again in reviving power. Before our nation can be changed, our hearts must be changed. Turn us from selfishness and sin to Your loving ways.

Your Word tells us, Lord, that judgment begins in the house of the Lord (1 Peter 4:17). May Your mercy and grace also begin there. Pour out a spirit of repentance upon the Church in America. Forgive us for making our faith more about us and our comfort and preferences than about Your purposes on planet earth. Fill our pulpits with godly preachers who will proclaim Your Word fearlessly.

We will respond to Your Word as those who are called by Your name, humbling ourselves before You and in prayer, seeking Your face and turning from our wicked ways. Father, will You then hear from heaven and forgive our sin and heal our land (2 Chronicles 7:14)?

We ask this in the powerful name of Jesus! Amen.

–Adapted from the article Praying God’s Purposes for America by Dave & Kim Butts in the Premiere Issue of Prayer Connect magazine

Prayer Point

Today, please pray for the Family: Pray for commitment to relationships, holiness, and the bringing up of children in God’s ways. “He [an overseer] must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect” (1 Timothy 3:4). See also: Deuteronomy 11:19; Ephesians 5:22-33).

Prayer

Father, our hearts are grieved by the condition of families in our nation. We turn to You, asking for a restoration of godly marriages and homes. We pray that You will once again be the foundation upon which our homes are built. May the hearts of children be turned towards their parents and the hearts of parents be turned towards their children so that holiness and respect can be reestablished in our nation. We ask this in the powerful Name above all names, Jesus Christ!

***Tomorrow,  November 14th, we will transition back to our regular Connection! devotions format, which has been devoted to praying for our nation over the past 40 + days. PLEASE do not stop praying for the nation! The prayer is not about the election – it is about seeking God on behalf of America.  2 Chronicles 7:14.

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