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Sunday, January 11, 2015

A Prayer for America

Dear Heavenly Father,
Your Name is sacred among us.
Your Name is the very definition of good.
May your reign be established on Earth, as it is in Heaven.

Before the foundation of the world,
You planned us.
You knew that we would sin,
Knew that we would need a Savior,
And you chose Jesus your only Son,
to be Our Christ and Redeemer.

Higher than the galaxies are above Earth,
are Your ways higher than our ways.
We are fallen,  and need redemption.
But You, You are perfect in all your ways.
Mankind is petty, selfish, and always looking to take advantage,
But Your loving kindness always seeks to do us good,
From everlasting to everlasting.

Only you are truly just, Father,
Your all-seeing eyes see truth,
You divine the intent of the heart
In ways no human court can know.
You punish the evildoer justly,
According to their thoughts and deeds.

Father, we confess our sinful ways.
We are tempted to envy the wicked when they prosper.
We are tempted to think "they are getting away with it."
We fear what the corrupt in power can do to us,
Even though we know Your Son told us to fear them not, but to
"Fear him who can destroy both body and soul in Hell."

Father, we pray that we may see true justice re-established in our land.
That we may see officials punish evildoers instead of their political enemies.
Father, help us return to a state of justice closer to your standard,
Where it is possible for an honest man to live his life and provide for his own,
Without breaking one of the thousands of made-up laws on the books,
Which are designed to enrich the political class at the expense of the people.

Father, I do not mean to complain.
We are thankful, Lord, for America, and Alabama, where you placed us.
We are thankful that there are many here who fear God.
Thank You for the freedom we have enjoyed.
In our time, those who hate You have not persecuted us.
What the ancients considered "light and momentary troubles",
We act like it is the end of the world.

By Your Providence, we have enjoyed health and prosperity
Beyond what any nation in history has enjoyed.
We are so blessed, but confess we are not thankful enough,
And do not do enough to help our brethren bear their burdens.

We ask for our sick, that you will let them live.
And Father, give us perspective when we have to bear under pain.
Give us grace to endure more patiently,
And the strength to carry on, even when we don't feel like it.
Increase our faith, so that we will trust You more.

In the powerful name of Christ,
Amen.

-- Delivered this date by Ol' Backwoods at the country church of Christ I attend.

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