Author’s note: Rick Warren has a daunting task ahead of him during his upcoming inaugural prayer for Barack Obama. Here are some brief humble suggestions for him as he prepares for this historic moment. May we be in prayer for Obama’s salvation and national repentance
Lord we begin this year with our heads low and our hearts contrite.
We have neglected your Word and commandments.
Forgive us Lord for embracing “Change” without repentance.
Forgive us for putting “Country First" instead of Christ.
Forgive us for worshiping our presidential choice.
For promoting pragmatism, and endorsing evil.
Remind us our vote is the currency of our virtue.
Forgive us for applauding an Esther (Palin), when she was a sign of God’s judgment.
Remind us that judgment begins at the house of God.
Forgive us for putting our tax exempt status before Christ.
Forgive us for teaching that God is a God of love but not of justice and wrath.
For creating a God in our own image and worshiping him.
For preaching peace, peace when there is no peace.
Forgive us for loving sinners to death, when God says, He hates the workers of iniquity.
Forgive our complacent American Church,
For using the rapture as an excuse for sloth.
For using taxation (coercion) to fight poverty when the Church should be serving them.
Forgive us for making innocent life “above our pay grade.”
For believing “life begins at conception” yet allowing embryo experimentation.
Forgive us Lord for voting single issue on the economy.
Remind us there can be no financial security until there is security in the womb.
Forgive us for having unjust measures, paper money (fiat currency) not backed by gold.
For rewarding covetousness and greed, and squandering our children’s inheritance.
Forgive us for decrying socialism (bailouts) while sending our Christian children to socialist schools.
Forgive us for railing against (same-sex) marriage (which we should) while indulging in pornography and embracing divorce.
Forgive us for battling AIDS (which we should) but neglecting the sin often at its root.
Forgive us for making global warming an idol.
Remind us you are coming in judgment with fire to judge the quick and the dead.
Use the coming tribulation to shake off the rotten fruit of the corporate, seeker sensitive mega-churches and leave fruit that lasts.
Turn the father’s hearts to their children, and bring true revival to America
Change is coming.
God Bless America,
In Jesus name, Amen