Lord, in this season of difficulty and danger, we submit ourselves to you in humiliation, fasting and prayer for our nation. We acknowledge that the prosperity of our nation is the result of men and women two centuries ago, who willingly submitted their lives to almighty God as a matter of duty in their integrity, their marriages, their businesses, and their investments in America. Lord, we acknowledge that your judgments against the prevalent iniquity in America are just, and You are calling us to repentance and reformation. Our personal lives are compromised by selfishness and pride, by gluttony and ungodly entertainment. Our marriages are broken and no longer reflect Christ and His church in honor and love. We have allowed our children to be falsely educated in a godless system, and have not protected the unborn. We have enslaved the poor with broken systems of aid rather than creating opportunity for significance and creative work. We have shifted our economics from production to debt in defiance of your commands to owe no man, and have become slaves as you warned us: the borrower is servant to the lender. We have failed to take our rightful place in elected offices even as advisers at the city gates, and tenders of your vineyard in the world You love.
For these failures of duty we ask for forgiveness and mercy. We repent and turn from our neglect and rebellion, and if you will lead us once again, we shall reign upon the earth as you have promised. We worship you as the one who has prevailed, and stand in the gap as your heirs of the kingdom. May your will be done once again in this One Nation Under God.
I pray specifically for our broken institutions—our homes that they might be pure and undefiled, our businesses that they would prosper and demonstrate your demands for integrity; our schools, that our children would learn to fear God, to love his precepts, and to understand His ways; our system of food and health, that we might care for our bodies as the temple of the Holy Spirit and esteem the words of Your mouth more than our necessary food; our legal system, that justice and truth would reign in Congress, in the supreme Court, in our federal and state court systems, in our family courts, with our state governors and assemblies, and with city governments. Lord call Your people to restore the integrity lost in our legal system.
We pray for President Obama, for Governor Bevin, for our Kentucky legislature, and for the town councils and school boards of Jefferson County. I pray for prisoners to be reached with the gospel, and for the foster care children, the homeless and handicapped to be cared for and restored through us Your people. I pray that Louisville would never be divided East and West, black and white, Christian and Muslim, rich and poor, young and old, capable and used. May the people of New Life Church be clay in your hands to remold our city into a social order that honors our God with justice and mercy.
Thank you God that you are shaking the things that are made, that those eternal things which cannot be shaken may remain in our lives, and in our hearts. And as President John Adams prayed, that the principles of integrity and sound morality may influence the minds and govern the lives of every citizen; and that the blessings of peace, freedom, and pure religion, may once again be speedily extended from America to all the nations of the earth.
In the power and the name of Jesus Christ,