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Prayer for Our Nation #7

Prayer #7:  Prayer for Gratitude

flag-whandsDear God,

Thank you for your sovereignty.  Thank you for your holiness and wholeness.  Thank you for being in complete control, and thank you for guiding our steps even when we don’t realize you are the one leading the way.

Help us Lord, as a nation, to grasp the vastness of your goodness and the infinite nature of your love.  Help us to better understand who you are and who we are in you.  As a result, Lord, I believe we won’t have the capacity for any other response, any other posture, any other perspective than that of gratitude and gratefulness.

We are blessed.  

Despite the bad days and bad news and bad breaks, we are blessed.  

We are favored.  We are loved.

Those are the facts.  Help us Lord to magnify the good.  Give us your lens for our life.  Help us to see what you see, and I believe in doing so, we will have a greater propensity toward a spirit of thankfulness.  It will emanate from our pores and be the scent other sense when they come near.  Let us emit and radiate gratefulness wherever we go and in whatever we do.  Let our aroma of gratitude draw those around us to you.

Your word says to enter your gates with thanksgiving and enter your courts with praise (Ps. 100:4).  Help us to start each day with words of gratitude on our lips, clothing ourselves with the garment of praise.  Forgive us for coming to you with our “want list” and forgetting entirely the millions of blessings we’ve already been given.  Help us to start with “Thank you Lord …”  After spending time in an atmosphere of thanksgiving, I believe our prayers, our priorities, and our petitions will shift into alignment with your heart and your will.

So, Lord, we just want to take time now to let you know that we ARE thankful.  We are grateful beyond measure for the gift of your son Jesus who has saved us and set us free.  We thank you for your infinite love for us that knows no bounds.  Thank you for being our provider, protector, healer, and way maker.  You are our all in all, and we need you now more than ever before.  

We are believing that things in our nation are shifting back into alignment with your will and your word.  As we continue to pray for our nation, Lord, we vow to do our best to begin each day and each conversation with you by acknowledging your goodness and our gratefulness.

We love you Lord, and we thank you for hearing our prayers and fighting our battles.  In you, we already have victory.  

In Jesus’ name we pray,

Amen

Prov. 17:22 – A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.

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Prayer for Our Nation #6

Prayer #6:  Prayer for the Lost

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Lord, many of these prayers were meant to stir up the faith of the believers in this nation and remind them that our nation needs their intercession.  However, today’s prayer is specifically for those who don’t know you as their savior — those who have not received the FREE GIFT of everlasting life that was wrapped in love through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

We pray today for those who have never heard of you, those who’ve heard but rejected you, and for those who were once close to you, but have chosen to walk away.  We ask that you wrap your loving arms around them, revealing who you are.  Help them to know they are yours.  Allow them to hear the Gospel today — the Good News of your son Jesus dying to save them from sin to give them life everlasting and Kingdom purpose.  Allow your children to hear it in words, actions, events in their life, experiences with you, and in any other way that causes the message to penetrate deep into their hearts.

Your heart longs for the lost — it grieves for the lost.  

2 Peter 3:9 says that it is your will that NONE should perish, but that everyone come to repentance.  Jesus came to SEEK and SAVE the lost.  

If it was Jesus’ mission, it’s our mission.

In Luke 15, you gave us a clear picture of how significant it is for the lost to be found.  The shepherd left the 99 to find the lost 1, the woman searched high and low in every nook and nesting place to find her lost coin, and the prodigal son’s father waited patiently for him to arrive back home, welcoming him with open arms, an open heart, and so much more.  Every lost one is significant to you.  Help us to feel the longing for the lost that you feel.  Help us to go to the unpleasant places and uncomfortable spaces to bring them home.  Forgive us for our lack of urgency in this area.  

So, today Lord, we ask you to use us in the lives of your children who are lost to show them your love, reveal to them the free gift of salvation that you’ve already purchased, and celebrate with them as they become a part of the family of God.  Heaven is celebrating — like wild, crazy, loud celebrations over ever single person who’s saying yes to you.  Let us join with the angels in Heaven as we praise you for your goodness and your unending love.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen

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