|Suggested prayers ...|
God of all, we plead for an awakening in Your church. Convict us of our responsibility to live and speak Your truth and grace into our culture. Protect Your church, O God, from being absorbed into the ways of this world.
Father, Your word is crystal clear that when Your people repent, You will hear our prayers and heal our land. Your church is in desperate need of true repentance. Open the eyes of our hearts, Lord. Show us the folly of our ways and lead us home to You.
We plead with You, O God, to protect seminaries and churches from deception and distortions of Your truth.
We ask for religious leaders who understand and are devoted to Your truth and who proclaim Your truth boldly, with courage and insightful grace.
Thank You, Heavenly Father, for equipping each of Your children in unique ways. We ask for discernment to understand Your truth, and pray against confusion in the minds of those who know you. We pray to be true Christ followers and beacons of light in our given circles of influence.
We pray for Your Spirit to work in and through the heart of every pastor, church, believer and gathering of believers in America, asking You to draw us to You in prayer. Reveal Your heart to us, Lord, that we may accurately reflect Your character and beauty in our world.
Show us how to be effective in proclaiming Your truth and Your grace so that even our enemies will be drawn to You. Give us insight to discern, evaluate and judge rightly, knowing that any and all judgment is Yours alone.
We pray for courage and wisdom for Your people, Lord. Give us the boldness to show up, stand up and speak up for Your truth in the public square, with winsomeness and grace. Forgive us, Lord, for ever misrepresenting You in the way we live, speak or act. Correct us and guide us, we pray.
Lord, we ask for Your protection from persecution and from all attempts to silence the voice of Your church.
We ask that You open our eyes to our responsibility as individuals and as churches to minister to those in poverty and distress. Forgive us individually and forgive Your church, Lord, for abdicating our responsibilities to government.
We ask You to move in our hearts to make us a generous people, not only with our finances, but with our time and our talents. Open our eyes, Lord, to clearly see genuine needs around us, and show us how to serve those needs most effectively.
We ask that Your Church be exemplary to a watching world in the way we tend to our marriages. Help us to honor You in how we love our husbands and our wives.
We pray for authentic, radical Christianity.
“The foundation of all progress, all government and all civilization...is religion. Our country is not lacking in material resources...It cannot be said to be lacking in intelligence. But certainly it has need of a greater practical application of the truths of religion. It is only in that direction that there is hope of the solution of our economic and social problems. Whatever inspires and strengthens the religious belief and religious activity of the people, whatever ministers to their spiritual life is of supreme importance. Without it all other efforts will fail. With it, there lies the only hope of success. The strength of our country is the strength of its religious convictions.”
President Calvin Coolidge – September, 1923