Dear Father, we come before you pleading for our nation and its future, because we know you established all the nations and their boundaries, and you hold the future of all in your hands. We know you are almighty, that you know everything and nothing escapes your attention. No one can fool you or hide from you. And you are good. You work out good for all who love you–ultimate good, even when the package in which your goodness arrives sometimes looks frightening to us.
We know Father that you hold the fate of all nations and all leaders in your hands. In the bible we are taught “For exaltation comes neither from the east nor from the west nor from the south. But God is the Judge: He puts down one, and exalts another.” Psalm 75:6-7
We are also reminded “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, for wisdom and might are His. And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.” Daniel 2:20-21.
And we are taught: “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes.” Proverbs 21:1.
We believe these things Father, and so we believe you have chosen our leadership, even if sometimes they are disobedient, rebellious and arrogant before you. We know you could take away their place if you chose, and you could change their thoughts and hearts if you chose. Sometimes you are working out purposes we cannot see. Yet, Lord, we fear leaders who would force us to turn away from your will for us and away from you. Please do not allow such leaders to have power over us for the temptation to disobey you out of fear of our government might be too great for us.
Father, change our leaders hearts and turn them toward you, but even more change the people of this nation. We confess we have sinned against you. We have often looked to our government to solve our problems instead of looking first of all to you for your guidance and your help. We have sinned in other ways–our violence, our selfishness, our misuse of everything that is good, our sin against your will for family life, our failure to love you as you deserve and our failure to love our neighbor as you have commanded.
Father, please forgive us, and please change us. Please give us a future and do not destroy our nation. Change our hearts toward you. Help us put your first. Give us new hearts that love you and love others. Give us the desire, patience and strength to maintain the families you planned for us to have. Our sin and selfishness have destroyed our families and other relationships. Because we are so far from you, we have become angry, divided people, blaming others for our woes. Yet, our separation from you is to blame. Only when we recognize you, appreciate you, thank you and walk humbly before you, will we let you heal us. Do what you must to this nation Lord. Shake us awake, make us aware of what we must change, and give us the strength and wisdom to turn back to you and your ways.
We need you more than ever. We sense the time is short before you must stop the evil on this earth. Help us Father. We ask this in the name of Jesus, name above all names, most powerful name in the universe. Amen