O Father, Solomon knew the people so well. Even as You inhabited the Temple, and Your Glory shone all around, he knew Your people would turn away from You. He prayed for Your forgiveness and mercy, and You answered with a promise we can claim today.
“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 will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
Father, I belong to You. I am called a Christian after Your Name “Christ.” So it is my responsibility to intercede: pray for my community, my country. That also makes it my responsibility to humble myself and turn from my sin.
It’s so easy to point a finger at corrupt people who take advantage of and mislead others. Or to ask for forgiveness for “corporate sin” – the sin committed by others in my nation or society as a whole. But You did not stipulate only the guilty looking people confess, but Your people.
I cannot get away from the need to confess my personal sin too.
So Father, I humble myself before You. I have not measured up in so many ways. I do not deserve the blessings You pour out on me. Show me where there is wickedness in my life: my words, my actions, my attitude.
Forgive me when I have spoken but should have held my tongue. Forgive me when I held my tongue but should have spoken.
Forgive me when I have acted and should not have, or should have acted, and did not.
I have allowed fear to dictate when I was willing to stand up for You when it was easier not to. I have allowed my comfort to set the limits of my generosity when it comes to giving of my time and talents and treasure.
Lord I seek Your face to bring a spiritual awakening and revival upon my country. Renew the Biblical values this country was founded on. Let Your people once again know Your presence, Your power and Your blessing.
Father, bring America together in unity, across boundaries of race, politics, faith, status, income. Help us join together to seek the common good and Your direction for our lives and our country.
“I love You Lord. You are my strength. You are my rock, my fortress and my deliverer. I call to You, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.” Amen