This afternoon I had the honor and privilege of sharing at the Pike County, Georgia National Day of Prayer. The entire address can be found here. My prayer is below:
Heavenly Father, Creator, Sustainer, Giver of Grace and all Good things, King of the Universe.
You search the hearts of men, women, and children because you have formed those hearts, for those of us who know You, You have taken our hearts of stone and given us hearts of flesh. Every heart here today beats because You will it.
We beseech You today on behalf of our families, communities, county, state, country, and world – we are in a state of emergency and we need your rescue, and we thank you that the ultimate rescue has taken place in the coming of Your Son Jesus Christ, and will be consummated in His return and the coming of the Kingdom, and for that we pray – that Your will we be done on earth as it is in heaven.
We pray today thanking you for the freedom that we enjoy by being citizens in the place where we were born because of Your Sovereign will. We thank You for those who have laid their lives on the line and paid the ultimate price because you will it still. We thank You for a country in which we may freely assemble, but at the same time pray for our brothers and sisters across the globe who assemble in the dark of night, just as freely, because they have Freedom in Christ.
We thank You that You are Sovereign over every prince, king, president, dictator, chief, and prime minister in the world today, and we long for your perfect reign.
We pray today that Your kindness will lead us to repentance, as a country, as peoples, immigrants, legal and illegal, natives and neighbors.
Break our hearts for loving ourselves more than You,
Break our hearts for pursuing the American Dream when we should be pursuing Your plan for the nations,
Break our hearts for loving our country more than Your Kingdom,
Break our hearts that we live in a place where it is illegal to crush the egg of a bald eagle but legal to crush the egg of a human,
Break our hearts that children go to bed hungry across the world, and across the street.
Break our hearts that millions are in bondage today in sexual slavery and our governments stand idly by while we say nothing.
We pray for the day that we know is coming when every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. And it is in that name that is above every name that we pray as we pray
Yours is the Kingdom, The Power, and the Glory Forever, Amen.