Thursday, May 07, 2009

National Day of Prayer

On this National Day of Prayer...

Father, I praise You for Your greatness, for Your unfailing, unconditional love, for Your faithfulness.

Today I lift up our nation to You and ask forgiveness;
forgiveness for our shortcomings, for our denial and neglect of Your presence.
I ask that in the times when we choose not to recognize that You are our Sovreign King, in times when we don't put You in Your rightful first place in our lives and in our country's agenda, that You would extend grace and mercy to us. Help us to recognize that it is You who we need to honor with our hearts. May we be ever mindful that You are the King of Kings - the Ruler of nations, the One and Only True God.

I pray for our government today. From our local township officials all the way up through to those who govern our nation. Lord, fill them with Your wisdom. May they seek Your counsel as they make decisions which affect our land. Guide their steps and their hearts.

For our men and women in uniform who protect and serve our great nation, I ask first and foremost for Your protection. Keep them safe from harm. Allow them to carry on their duties and accomplish the things which You direct them to accomplish. May they do their jobs effectively and with honor. I pray this not only for those serving in the military, but also for those who protect and serve in our local community of Greenville, and in all the local municipalities and states in our nation. Grant them strength and wisdom, patience and endurance.

I ask that You would turn the hearts of the people of The United States toward You. That in this day of uncertainty, when so many trials so often are set before us, that we would remember to keep You in the center of our lives. For without You, we can do nothing.

You have said in Your Word that if we humble ourselves and pray, and turn from our wicked ways, that You will hear from heaven and heal our land. Help us to do just that. May all the prayers that will be prayed today on this National Day of Prayer not just be lipservice to You, Lord, but may they be sincere pleas for forgiveness and for Your will to be done in our lives and in our nation.

Grant us peace and protection. Fill us with hope. A hope that can only be realized in You. As we strive to place You first, may we be blessed.

I ask these things in the precious Name of Jesus,

Now therefore, I pray,
if I have found grace in Your sight,
show me now Your way,
that I may know You
and that I may find grace in Your sight.
And consider that this nation is Your people.
-Exodus 33:13


Diane said...

Deb, what a beautiful prayer! I am so blessed just to have read it. My heart is heavy for our country. I was so broken to read that President Obama will not have an official ceremony at the WH to recognize the National Day of Prayer. As broken as I feel in my own spirit, I am even more broken for our country. Thank you again for this beautiful, heartfelt prayer. May the Lord bless you today!

Many hugs........


Trish said...

Amen Deb. We need God's help now more than ever!

Terry said...

thank you for that prayer deb.
it is national day of prayer here in canada, too and we surely need it because the days are getting darker and darker.
our premier of ontatio booted the lords prayer out of the house and even his own mother doesn't like the idea deb!
you are a faithful christian and i really appreciate terry

Constance said...

WOW! I think that says it better than anything else! AMEN!

Trish said...

Deb...It was hard for me not to go on a rant...That's why my post was short and sweet. I need prayer so that I have a better attitude...I watch the news and I end up ranting to myself...I guess that's better than voicing my not so good opinions eh?
Thank you for working in the spirit!

Char said...

Amen, sister!