• Debbie Salter Goodwin

A Prayer for Our Nation


God

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

understanding

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 reconcilers.

Your servants who never act by their own preferences.



Oh God

Hear our prayer.

Forgive us

And heal our land!

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