2016-2017 National Prayer
Almighty God, you are our Mighty Fortress, our refuge and the God in whom we place our trust. As our nation faces great distress and uncertainty, we ask your Holy Spirit to fall afresh upon your people - convict us of sin and inflame within us a passion to pray for our land and its people. We long for peace and justice within our borders and so we lift before you our leaders in government, our families, our communities, and those in law enforcement and the Armed Services. Grant each an awareness of their desperate need of wisdom and salvation in you until sin becomes a reproach to all and true righteousness exalts this nation.
Protect and defend us against our enemies and may the cause of Christ always prevail against those who seek our harm. Raise yourself up in the midst of our schools, courts and homes and most of all, your Church. You are mighty to save, so please send a spirit of revival and renewal and may it begin in our own hearts.
Remember America, we pray. Remember the foundations on which this country was built. Remember the prayers of our nation's fathers and mothers, and do not forget us in our time of need. We confess our sin, praise your name, laud your Gospel, and commit to extending your grace to all, especially the poor and needy. Thank you for listening to our cry for you are greatly to be praised!
In the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ, Amen.
Prayer has always been used in this country for guidance, protection and strength-even before we were a nation or a handful of colonies. The Pilgrims at Plymouth relied on prayer during their first and darkest winter. Our founding fathers also called for prayer during the Constitutional Congress. In their eyes, our recently created nation and freedoms were a direct gift from God. And being a gift from God, there was only one way to insure protection-through prayer.