A Prayer For Our Nation

As I sat before our congregational prayer time this morning, I found myself reflecting over the events of the past week.  Not personal events, but those that deeply impact our country.  And honestly, not only the past week, but so much longer.  As my pastor hubby called the church to a time of prayer, the Holy Spirit led me to Psalm 85.  As I fell to my knees, my heart cried this prayer for our nation.  (Italicized words are mine.)

Return to us (our Nation), God of our salvation,
and abandon Your displeasure with us (and forgive our abandoning of You).
Will You be angry with us forever?
Will You prolong Your anger for all generations?
Will You not revive us again
so that Your people may rejoice in You? (Father, oh please, revive Your people.  Let revival begin in each of us.)
Show us Your faithful love, Lord,
and give us Your salvation. (Fill us with Your love for all, so that we will not fear sharing Your truths. Our nation’s only hope is You.  Spark a revival in the hearts of Your church, grow it there until it can’t be contained.  Then allow it to spill over into the streets, cities, states, country & world, Father. )

God is our only answer, guys!  We keep allowing Him to be pushed out of every aspect of our nation.  He will never abandon us, but we are continually abandoning Him.  This, my friends, is why there is so much hate, so much anger, so much apathy everywhere.  Will our country ever return to God?  I don’t know, but as believers, will we continue allowing Him to be pushed out?

prayernation

I ask that you take this chapter of this book of the Word of God and meditate on it.  Join me in praying it during this week leading to Memorial Day.  If the thought of losing our nation to the world doesn’t pierce your heart, it’s time for a check-up.

Psalm 85 (HSCB)

Lord, You showed favor to Your land;
You restored Jacob’s prosperity.
You took away Your people’s guilt;
You covered all their sin. Selah
You withdrew all Your fury;
You turned from Your burning anger.

Return to us, God of our salvation,
and abandon Your displeasure with us.
Will You be angry with us forever?
Will You prolong Your anger for all generations?
Will You not revive us again
so that Your people may rejoice in You?
Show us Your faithful love, Lord,
and give us Your salvation.

I will listen to what God will say;
surely the Lord will declare peace
to His people, His godly ones,
and not let them go back to foolish ways.
His salvation is very near those who fear Him,
so that glory may dwell in our land.

10 Faithful love and truth will join together;
righteousness and peace will embrace.
11 Truth will spring up from the earth,
and righteousness will look down from heaven.
12 Also, the Lord will provide what is good,
and our land will yield its crops.
13 Righteousness will go before Him
to prepare the way for His steps.

Pray and be blessed!

-De

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