When a Prayer from 2020 Breaks Your Heart Again

After the nation watches a man die, . . . the call for a nation to repent.

A Mid-Day Prayer for Revival (from the summer of 2020)

“Lord, today has been a day of wicked responses
to wicked acts by men with power in Minneapolis.
There are some among us who delight in chaos,
who use wickedness as a license for more wickedness.
All around our country cities are in flames.
Philadelphia, Nashville, Charlotte, Los Angeles, Dallas
these are just a few of our cities that are burning tonight.
The rage and frustration of the nation
has boiled to the surface.
There is cause Lord, but Your word makes it clear,

         “the anger of man
         does not produce the righteousness of God.”* 

Clearly Lord, our nation doesn’t believe Your word.
Lord, as a nation, we are demonstrating our need for You.
We are demonstrating that without You we are powerless
to control our worst impulses.
O God of justice, we pray for the family of George Floyd.
Comfort them; strengthen them.
They have experienced a tragic loss.
Give them peace. Assure them of Your presence.
Give them wise comforters filled with compassion.
Lord God Almighty, we need You,
forgive us but unite us as a nation.
Draw our hearts to You. Unite us in Christ.
Bring peace to our hearts and our nation.
And change us O God,
For these sorrows are too great for us to bear.”

 *Cf. James 1:20

 


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