Robert Finley, Ph.D.
Prayer for America
Updated: Jun 27, 2020
“Then I set my face toward the LORD God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes. And I prayed to the LORD my God, and made confession, and said, “O, LORD, great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who keep His commandments, we have sinned and committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and rebelled, even by departing from Your precepts and Your judgments. Neither have we heeded Your servants the prophets (Bible preachers), who spoke in Your name to our kings and princes (political leaders), to our fathers (ancestors), and all the people of the land (citizens of America). O Lord, righteousness belongs to You, but to us shame of face, as it is this day—to the men of Judea, to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and all Israel (America), those near and those far off in all the countries to which You have driven them, because of the unfaithfulness which they have committed against You. Lord, to us belongs shame of face, to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, because we have sinned against You. To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against Him.
We have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God, to walk in His laws, which He set before us by His servants the prophets. Yes, all Israel (America), has transgressed Your law, and has departed so as not to obey Your voice; therefore the curse and the oath written in the Law of Moses (Deuteronomy 11:26-28), the servant of God have been poured out on us, because we have sinned against Him. And He has confirmed His words, which He has spoken against us and against our judges who judged us, by bringing upon us a great disaster; for under the whole heaven such has never be done as what has been done to Jerusalem (Washington). As it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come upon us; yet we have not made our prayer before the LORD our God, that we might turn from our iniquities and understand Your truth. Therefore the LORD has kept the disaster in mind, and brought it upon us; for the LORD our God is righteous in all the works which He does, though we have not obeyed His voice. And now, O Lord our God, who brought Your people out of the land of Egypt (England), with a mighty hand, and made Yourself a name, as it is this day—we have sinned, we have done wickedly! O Lord, according to all Your righteousness, I pray, let Your anger and fury be turned away from Your city Jerusalem, Your holy mountain (America); because of our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem (Washington), and Your people (Americans), are a reproach to all those around us. Now therefore, our God, hear the prayer of Your servant, and his supplications, and for the Lord’s sake cause Your face to shine on Your sanctuary, which is desolate. O my God, incline Your ear and hear; open Your eyes and see our desolations, and the city which is called by Your name; for we do not present our supplications before You because of our righteous deeds, but because of Your great mercies. O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and act! Do not delay for Your own sake, my God, for Your city and Your people are called by Your name.” (Daniel 9:3-19, emphasis added for personal application).
These are some thoughts to ponder.
Learning to serve,
Robert D. Finley, Ph.D.