National Day of Prayer- May 3, 2012
Scripture Reference: Lamentations 5
Remember, O LORD, what has come upon us; Look, and behold our reproach!
Father, there was once a day when we lived in an attitude of thanksgiving for Your kindness to us, and for Your grace that is greater than any nation in history- other than Your beloved Israel of old- has ever experienced. Behold us now, the nation that fights to expel Your Name and forget Your favor; the nation that smears and mocks the hearts of our founding fathers; and the nation that betrays Your heavenly friendship.
Our inheritance has been turned over to aliens, and our houses to foreigners.
The inheritance that remains is that which we leave our children and our children’s children. No longer an inheritance of good and prosperity, but instead an inheritance of wickedness, corruption, and bondage to debt. We have enslaved our children to aliens- be it China and all of our debtors who own us though not yet possess us. You have in the past used foreigners to judge and punish the ones You have loved; this who calls itself Your “church” are perhaps are deserving the worst punishment for having freely received Your grace and freedom from Law, then dishonored and disgraced our freedom with self-serving, self-centered, and lavish abuse of that freedom while outside our luxury living our neighbor-nations’ widows, orphans, hungry, sick, and oppressed die in their afflictions.
We have become orphans and waifs, our mothers are like widows. We pay for the water we drink, and our wood comes at a price.
Lord, by our actions and the actions of those we put in power over us, we have given our children and grandchildren as collateral for our debts; and the time is at hand that when the mortgager seeks to be paid, we who have seen only freedom will see our children become slaves.
They will be pursued; they will labor and have no rest. We have given their hand to the foreigner and the moneylenders, to be satisfied with bread.
Lord, we have sinned…and our children and their children will remember us and charge us with the failure to heed Your commandments. Who can blame You for utterly rejecting us, for being angry at us. We sit in our pews in our extravagant temples of worship- the ones in which we live and the one in which we are entertained on Sundays, exchanging niceties and relishing in our worksless faith mocking those who make the effort towards real holiness as being legalistic. We are quick to point out the flaws of “church” and the flaws of “religion” while closing our eyes to our own desperate wickedness and corruption hidden behind closed doors and curtains.
The crown has fallen from our heads! Woe to us, for we have sinned.
Will You turn us back to You, Lord? Would we be restored? As a nation, Lord, is there really any hope? Are we so arrogant that we can presume upon Your grace to transcend our wickedness that spits into the face of Your grace? Do I even dare think to ask You for Your forgiveness, much less this nation ask? How can You think anything of the empty words so often said, “God bless America.” Your beloved Israel enjoyed Your grace while she sinned greatly under the Law and was punished. How much greater is the punishment of Your Church who enjoys Your unmerited favor while sins in the face of Your grace?
Dear Heavenly Father, deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed- the repeated crucifixion of Your Son by my besetting sins repeated over and over and over! You are the God of my salvation. You could be the God of America’s salvation. The sacrifices that You desire are a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart- these O’ my God, You will not despise.
My prayer today, Lord, is that You will do whatever is required that we would be humbled by Your favor rather than be increasingly arrogant with it; my prayer, God, is that You will preside over this nation with whoever You deem is necessary to save our nation- it this is even possible- or to separate Your sheep from the goats. And my own personal prayer, Father, is that Your mercy prevails as You judge my own sin, my own failure, and my own arrogant lavishness.