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Heavenly Father, in a world of unprecedented storms, earthquakes, tidal waves, flooding, fires, disease and death all around us; and with crime and corruption everywhere we turn, it is most obvious to all but the spiritually blind that the days in which we now live are indeed, “As it were during the time of Noah.”

With anxious hearts we wonder where to turn — where to look for comfort and protection. As our daily lives become increasingly chaotic, we hear you whisper into our hearts, saying, “Look up, Child.” Lord, we know that you are not a god of chaos, but the God of Peace.

We hear you command the raging tempest churning within our soul, “Silence, be still.” In this year 2020, the “year of vision,” we pray, “Open the eyes of our heart.” Today, on bended knees we lift our hands and look up to you Father… Creator of the universe and all it holds.

We see you seated upon your throne of glory, firmly in control of all things; we will be still, and know that you are God. We know that you are the God of mercy; of peace; of grace; of faithfulness; of loving kindness… of forgiveness.

Today, Father, we reject the failures of the past, the uncertainty of the future, and the fears of the present. We place our faith in you alone, for you alone are God. You have promised that your eyes are always upon us; that your ears are open to our cries; that your arms are long enough to reach us; and, that your hands are strong enough to hold us.

We pray, Father, hold us now. Hold us close, Be our shield and our strong tower. Protect us by the power of your name. Quiet our restless souls; breathe your spirit of peace into the turmoil within us, casting out all fear with your perfect love.

Even as we pray for your peace to rest upon us, I wonder in my heart; could perhaps this insidiously wicked and invisible enemy the country, and indeed the world, is now fighting against — COVID-19, with well over two million infected and more than 150,000 deaths — a disease which has shuttered nations and decimated the global economy, halting the workforce of countries great and small — could it be this global catastrophe may be the much needed spark which ignites a spiritual fire of awakening, revival and repentance in America which I, and so many others have been praying for?

Are you wanting our attention, Father? Could you be demanding of us as watchmen, that we arise and wake up in our relationship with you? I know that as “One nation, under God,” we so very desperately need to awaken from our slumber. The night is nearly over, the dawn awaits; wake us to your glorious light, for there is no darkness in you.

We have legalized open defiance to the holy institution of marriage; a foundational truth which you ordained from the Garden of Eden between man and woman; husband and wife. We celebrate relationships which contradict your divine precepts and violate your holy mandates.

We have given place to Molech and Baal, legalizing the extermination of life which you created and which bears your image. And we commit such acts of abomination in the name of the “god of convenience” as we call it “our right.”

Abba, you have my undivided attention! Like the faithful prophet of ages past, I turn to you in great humility and shame as I humble myself at your feet, and on behalf of my people — on behalf of my country — confess before you and all the angels of heaven, many of our national sins:

I confess as a nation we have allowed our own government to proceed unchecked, becoming a cesspool of corruption at every level, a body politic led by self-serving partisans who have forgotten God. Who, in their quest for power and wealth oppress the poor and trample the needy and broken underfoot.

I confess that corruption and false teaching abound even within assemblies and that a great many of our church ministries fail due to an absence of godly shepherds and an apathetic flock. Can none of us tend your sheep?

I confess our national addiction. Addiction to drugs, to alcohol, to sex, to pornography, to money, to possessions, to pleasure, to excess, to convenience, to technology, to self.

It is written: “Only a fool says there is no God.” I confess our utter foolishness of denying the One True God, Lord of Life, Lord of All, our creator to whom we are all accountable.

“Father, let not the words, “In God We Trust” be merely the praise of our lips, but rather, the desire of our hearts.“

I confess our national hypocrisy. Eighty-one percent of Americans identify themselves as Christian and yet the dire state of our nation would reveal that 81% of Americans do not follow Christ. We proclaim ourselves to be “One nation under God,” and our currency bears the motto, “In God we trust,” while in practice, we trust only wealth and have become “One nation under self,” at best, and “One nation under many,” at worst — a nation of isolators.

I confess our unbridled greed and covetousness which has birthed trillions upon trillions of dollars in national and personal debt; a debt which we can never begin to repay, henceforth leaving so great a burden to fall upon future generations.

I confess our peremptory and prideful ways which have brought us to the false belief that we are all-sufficient in and of ourselves, and leaving no room in our hearts for you or your grace.

I confess the spirit of Rome and Babylon which permeates American society with the belief that our status and prosperity among the nations is because ours is a great and mighty country, refusing to acknowledge that all blessings, that all good and perfect gifts come from you — the Father of Lights.

I confess that we rely upon the strength of our military and vast economic power to force our will upon weaker nations in the name of national interest or national security while all along we deny, defy and ignore your sovereignty.

I confess we have failed to heed your holy proverb which warns, “Like a muddied spring or a polluted well are the righteous who give way to the wicked.” We have succumbed to the pressure to be politically correct by embracing worldly values, worldly morals and worldly wisdom with its desire to be all-inclusive, in that we go as far as to honor other so called “gods” as though you were merely one God among many with all paths leading to salvation.

I confess that we live as if material gain is the key to all happiness and that we can find true Joy apart from you.

I confess that we marginalize the truth and propagate the lies; we have acquitted the guilty and condemned the innocent to judgment.

America is lost, Father. Like sheep, we have gone astray. Oh, to be found! We have become apathetic, polarized, divided by our prejudice and bigotry, net worth and social status. We have granted ourselves license to sin, with justice which no longer follows the rule of law.

Father, your word tells us, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people.” Father, we the people, stand before your throne of judgment condemned. Have mercy upon us.

Your holy word also tells us, “For lack of guidance, a nation falls.” Holy Spirit, be our guide. Lead us, Son of God, for you have promised, “I am with you always even unto the end of the age.” Be with us now. Direct our steps. Make straight our paths.

Father, let not the words, “In God We Trust” be merely the praise of our lips, but rather, the desire of our hearts. Holy Spirit, convict us of our sin and our guilt; bring us to repentance in sackcloth and ash. Bring us out of darkness and into your glorious light.

Lord, we stand upon the promise you gave to Solomon, son of David, whom you recognized as a man after your own heart. You said to King Solomon: “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locust to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

Father, we are your people. There is a dark plague upon the land. Hear our prayer. We humbly seek you and ask your forgiveness. Have mercy upon us, Lord, for we are a sinful nation. Wash away our inequity, cleanse us by the Blood of the Lamb. Forgive us our sins. Heal our land. Give to us a new heart and the mine of Christ. Sanctify us by your word — your word is truth and life. Set us apart to be a holy nation; a royal priesthood to serve your will. May we serve you well.

Heavenly Father, on behalf of our nation, as a good soldier of Christ and ambassador of heaven, I volunteer to don the full armor of God and stand in the gap, opposing Satan to his face. For this purpose, I was born to serve.

In the name of Christ Jesus our Lord and Saviour, the name above every other name we pray.

Amen.

 
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David W. McDaniel

David W. McDaniel is a writer incarcerated in FCI-Ashland in Kentucky. He enjoys writing poetry, short stories, and faith-based works. He was born and raised with ten sisters and two brothers in rural Appalachia. He is currently working toward his degree in pastoral counseling with a minor in addictive behavior treatment. Wayne Daniels is a pseudonym for the writer, who has requested that his name be withhold for fear of reprisal.