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Repentance/Forgiveness

Suggested Scriptural references ...

From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from my statutes and have not kept them.  Return to Me, and I will return to you, says the Lord of hosts.  Malachi 3:7

But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.  Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first.  Revelation 2:4-5

Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or His ear dull, that it cannot hear; but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God.  And your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear.  Isaiah 59: 1-2

If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  I John 1:9 

Do you presume on the riches of His kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?  Romans 2:4 


Suggested prayers ...

Lord, we are profoundly aware that we are at this critical point in our history because our nation has been moving away from You for decades.  We repent.  We turn around.  We turn to You and ask for Your forgiveness.  We ask for Your mercy.  But for the faithful righteousness of 10 You saved a city.  Will You now save a country?  Will you consider the heartfelt pleadings of Your people now?  Will You give us the chance to return to You with all our hearts?  We ask this of You now, knowing that there is much, much work to be done on our part.  With humble faith in the righteousness of our beloved Savior, we approach You now on behalf of our country.  The country that once honored You.  Forgive us, Father.  Help each one of us, God our Father, to be a part of reclaiming, redeeming and rebuilding our beloved country.

Thank You. Lord, that as we genuinely repent, You promise to extend Your mercy and pardon.  Please lead us and all Americans to an understanding of how far we have strayed as a nation.  We humbly and sincerely ask forgiveness for abandoning You. As a people, as a culture and as a country we long to be restored to You.  

As Your church, we especially pray in repentance for our lukewarm ways.  Forgive us, we pray.  May we see our pride, arrogance, self-centeredness, greed, fear, judgments and other shortcomings in light of Your cross. Forgive me for failing to love as You love, and for holding unforgiveness in my heart when You died to forgive me.

Father, help me to see my heart as You see it, that I may confess, repent, be forgiven and set free.

Father, cleanse me from all sin. Fill me with knowledge and wisdom that I may be worthy of Your blessing and may be equipped to stay strong in my faith. Grant me patience as I labor to make Your ways known in my nation and Your world.

We pray for Your mercy, Your patience and protection over America as we seek to turn our country back to You. Forgive us for our attempts to control and fix this broken world in our own power.  We plead for Your aid.

Forgive me for the things I have said or done which have contributed to hostility toward the Christian faith.  Show me the error of my ways, and allow me to seek, find and live in the center of Your will.  

Forgive me when I have neglected to speak up when Your name is blasphemed.  Give me boldness to speak out in Your defense, with humility and reverence for You.  May Your name be reverenced once again in the public arena.

Forgive my silence, Lord.

Father Your Word makes clear that we cannot mock You without consequence.  Forgive our nation, Lord.  Show us a perfect balance of living gracefully and championing truth.  May our lives be evidence of your goodness and righteousness.

You told us through Your prophet Isaiah, that You long to be gracious to us and to have compassion on us.  Thank you for leading us to genuine repentance.  Thank You for the hope of Your mercy and pardon.

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The awful calamity of civil war, which now desolates the land, may be but a punishment inflicted upon us for our presumptuous sins...We have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious Hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us! It behooves us then to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.  

President Abraham Lincoln – March 30, 1863



 
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