Thursday, July 04, 2013

A Prayer for Independence Day

Sovereign God, You created the Heavens and the Earth and all that is in them in six days.
You created Man in Your Image and cast him out of the Garden when he sinned.
When every thought of man was only evil all of the time, You destroyed the Earth with water.
You delivered Your people from the oppressive hand of Pharaoh.
You brought them through the Sea on dry ground.
When Your people turned away from You, You sent them prophets to warn them.
When they stoned Your holy messengers, You sent the Babylonians to punish Your people for their idolatry and injustice.
When the enemies of Your people destroyed their cities and their land, You preserved the words of your holy prophets.
You sent Your Son to redeem all those who would believe in Him and repent of their sins.
You called apostles and holy prophets to write the words of Your Son Jesus and the words of the New Covenant with Your Children.
When the enemies of God again killed the holy prophets and apostles, the Church grew like wildfire.
When they killed those who translated Your Holy Bible into English, You preserved and multiplied their work and opened the eyes of the people.
The Pilgrims escaped persecution to find a better land and were preserved by Your mighty hand.
You guided them to a great land and made them very prosperous and gave them liberty.
You defeated the armies of the British when they harassed us with swarms of officers. You blessed us with the means of throwing off their oppressive yoke.
When we mistreated the Negroes of our land, you punished us with a bloody war and took away many of our freedoms.
When we again turned further away from You, You allowed more of our freedoms to be taken away.
We have murdered babies, glorified detestable behaviors, stolen from one another, and forgot the words of the Holy Bible which You gave us.
You punished us with more wars by giving us greedy, corrupt and foolish leaders.
We have prayed for the economy in vain.  We have prayed for peace in vain.  Our soldiers die in vain.
You will not hear us because we cherish sin in our hearts and have no regard for Your law.
Dear Lord, please help us to humble ourselves so that we will turn from our wicked ways,
And You will hear Us from Heaven, forgive our sins and heal our land.
Please help us to listen when You speak to us!

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