A Prayer for our Nation

O Lord, God of Heaven, great and awesome God, who stays faithful to Your covenant with those who love You and who strive to love others as ourselves.  You alone are the Lord.  You made the heavens, the highest heavens, and all their host, the earth and everything upon it, the seas and everything in them.  You have blessed us with life, the most precious gift of eternal life through Your Son Jesus Christ, through whom we have been given all things.

You have given us this great nation, full of beauty and wonder, from the mountains to the prairies, from sea to shining sea, we see Your artistry and majesty.  You have given us a land rich with natural resources, everything we need to live and prosper.  You have blessed our nation with founding fathers who had the wisdom to acknowledge that we stand united under You as our sovereign guide and protector, because all things come from You.

O God, we are so grateful.  We are grateful for Your provision and Your protection, for even in our most challenging times, Your presence gives us the courage we need to set aside our differences, to unite and rebuild, to reform and redefine, and to become even stronger in the process.  You enable us to unite, despite our differences, to achieve great things and we strive to do this in return for all we have been given, because it pleases You.

But O God we confess that often we have not kept Your commandments.  We have not loved You with our whole hearts, and we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.  We have shunned the stranger, belittled those who are different from us, and turned away from those with whom we disagree, even among our friends and family, and we break Your heart by our unwillingness to love one another as You have loved us, just as we are.  O God, forgive us, we pray.

Remind us that we are all Your children, that we who trust in You can be like great trees planted by the water, great trees that send their roots by the stream.  When the heat comes, we will not fear for our leaves will remain green.  When the drought comes, we will not be anxious and we will not cease to bear good fruit.

In our world there are many who need to know Your love, O God.  We pray especially for the leaders of our world, that they may turn to You, that they may truly desire to serve Your people in justice and peace in Your holy name.  We pray for our own leaders, Lord.  May they realize their need for You.  May they seek Your guidance as they make decisions, and may they boldly follow Your will.  May they share Your passion for people, for truth, and for righteousness.

O God, bless and protect all who serve in the cause of our nation’s freedom.  Comfort the families of those who have lost loved ones in service, and empower those who have served and are striving to make new lives back home.  For all courageous men and women in uniform and all veterans, here and across the world, Lord, we are so grateful.

Thank you for our blessings of life and liberty.  Thank You for shining Your face on us, for allowing us to live without fear as we place our trust in You, and You alone.  Bless our great America.  Heal it in its hurting places, protect it where it may be vulnerable, shower it with opportunity and prosperity in all things and for all people as we strive to be a beacon of light to the world.

These things we ask in the precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Amen.

Leslie Watkins

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