Our God and Father, we acknowledge You as the creator of all and the ruler over all power and authority—those recognized as having national significance and those unseen by the human eye.
On a day when our nation is called to pray we love to sing God Bless America. Forgive us when we mentally add “only” or “especially.” As citizens of heaven, we want to confess that we know that God is not an American and America is not our God.
When I was a little girl I thought our country represented Jesus to a world that needed Him. Now, through aging eyes, I see that, as a nation, we are as broken and fallen corporately as I am personally.
We turn today from faith in our nation and our political systems to place our hope in Christ, alone. We ask forgiveness for creating our own definition of truth. We acknowledge blessings that are clearly an extension of your grace. We ask you to help us steward our blessings to those in greater need. We ask that those of us who have lived long lives would now so live that our grandchildren will inherit a country that lives in prayerful dependence.
“Hear my voice when I call, O Lord; be merciful to me and answer me.” Psalm 27:7
“I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:13-14.