Prayer for the Nation

This is created from the prayer off the prophet Daniel for his nation, recorded in the book of Daniel 9:1-23.

O Lord, you are a great and awesome God.  You always fulfill your promises of mercy to those who love you and who keep your laws.  But we have sinned so much.  We have rebelled against you and scorned your commands.  We have refused to listen to the words of the prophets and disciples recorded in the bible.  We have refused to listen to the words of Jesus. Again and again, down through the years, you have sent your servants to call us back to obedience.

O Lord, you are righteous, but as for us, we are always shamefaced with sin, just as you see us now, yes, all of us.  The men and women of America, the people of our government, the people of our churches, the people of our neighborhoods, the people of business, medicine and education–all the people have been disloyal to you.  Lord, we are all weighed down with shame for all our sins.

But Lord you are merciful and pardon even those who rebel against you.  We have disobeyed you, and we have suffered all the disasters you warned us about.  We have had crime, broken families, violence, abortion, child abuse, human trafficking, murder, disease, poverty and war.  Every curse written about sinners have all come true, and we still refuse to turn from our sins, confess to you and do what is right.

Though we have sinned so much and are full of wickedness, yet because of all your faithful mercies, please turn away your furious anger from America.  For the sake of our forefathers who founded this nation on Your principles and honored God with their laws, and for the sake of those in this land who love you and have ceaselessly prayed for the redemption of this land, please hear and answer our prayers for forgiveness.  In your mercy, pour out your Holy Spirit on this nation.  Drench us with a spirit of confession and repentance.  Give us the burning desire to please you.  Set our hearts on fire with love for you and compassion for one another.  We plead with you not because we merit help, but because you are so merciful despite our grievous sins.

O Lord hear; O Lord, forgive.  O Lord listen to us and act!  Don’t delay, but for the sake of those who love you and speak for you, and those within our nation who bear your name, forgive, heal and restore us.  Amen.

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