“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 heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:1
All powerful and wise Heavenly Father, I realize that this verse in the Old Testament was referring to Israel, but all the truths in it also apply to America today.
Thank you for doing for the United States what the phrase in the song America the Beautiful says: “America, America, God shed His grace on thee, and crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea.”
Father, forgive us individually and as a nation for taking Your blessings for granted and for turning to so many destructive ways that You disapprove of in Your instructions to us in the Bible.
Help us as believers to take to heart verse 4 in the song, Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: “In the beauty of the lilies Christ was borne across the sea with a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me; as he died to make men holy let us die to make men free.”
As your children, remind us daily that it is our responsibility to cry out to You and seek Your face, both individually and as a nation, to ask for forgiveness from our wicked ways. Direct us to repent and turn back to You.
We ask that You pour out Your mercy and grace on our country so that we can continue to be blessed with America the Beautiful.
We bring these requests and praises in Jesus’ Name. Amen.