Debbie Salter Goodwin
A Prayer for Our Nation
You are over all kingdoms and leaders.
You know every heart and motive.
You weave your will using people and processes we protest.
We pray that you will again
use complexities and divisions
In ways that surprise and humble us.
To be known as a land of plenty demonstrates how you have blessed us.
To be known as a divided land demonstrates how we have misued Your gifts.
In the same way that
Isaiah, Jeremiah, Hosea
and other prophets
Raised their voices against
the unfaithfulness of
Your set-apart people,
May we use our voices
to bring the Family of God together.
May we act in every Christlike way
to point people to
our God of unfailing love
So that no one ever accuses God
of being who He is not.
May we pray boldly for all elected leaders
that Your over-all sovereignty
is not challenged by lifestyles and values that scare us or anger us.
Bring us to our knees because
of the ways we have played
into the rhetoric You do not
want us to participate in.
Challenge us to be your people who are called out to be
Your redemptive voice,
Your healing hands,
Your servants who never act by their own preferences.
Hear our prayer.
And heal our land!