I recently had the opportunity at a political event to give the prayer. I asked the Lord to give me the words to say, and I want to share that prayer with you now. Thank You, Lord, for the prayer that You have laid upon my heart, for I only seek to be Your humble servant.
Dear Lord, We thank You that “Your thoughts are not our thoughts and neither are Your ways our ways”. Lord, we have tried to run our own lives and our country without first asking what we should do to glorify You. We are a proud and complacent people, who have lost sight of the importance of seeking You first. Forgive us, Lord, for blindly following the devil’s agenda, just a little at a time so that we didn’t even recognize that we had turned from You.
Lord, Your Word says, “if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.” Our country is becoming more and more polarized. Forgive us, Lord for turning away from Your Word where You exhort us, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that there be no divisions among us, but that we be made complete in the same mind and in Your judgment. Lord, Your Word tells us to
- Submit ourselves to You, resist the devil,and he will flee from us.
- To draw near to You and You will draw near to us.
- To repent and mourn our sins and purify our hearts, and
- To Humble ourselves before You, and You will lift us up.
You have promised “For where two or three gather in my name, You are with us.” We beseech you to convict each of our hearts to humble ourselves before You, and ask that You remove the pride in our hearts and turn our eyes, hearts and thoughts back to You. Lord, give us the eyes to see, the ears to hear and the words to speak that glorify You.
Lord, You are always in charge. Even in the evil Babylon where Daniel faced an egocentric tyrant, he was able to stay faithful to You. Daniel knew that despite the circumstances, You are sovereign and were working out Your plans for the people and nations. Fill us, Lord, with the same faith and humbleness characterized in your servant, Daniel, and the wisdom to trust that You continue to work out Your plans.
We place our faith and trust in You and You alone. We cast out fear, we bind the enemy in Jesus’ Name. We seek Your face and we turn away from our sins; we are not afraid. For You have said, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
We claim Your solemn promise, Lord. May Your Holy Spirit help us to fulfill the conditions that you require. May the humbleness move beyond the walls of this room and fill the hearts of Your believers in this land. Lord, we ask that all of our fellow Christians in elected offices be led to also seek You first. Lord, we pray a hedge of protection around them, and ask the Holy Spirit to fill them (and all of us) with the faith and humbleness of Daniel to glorify You as You work out Your plans for our nation. We thank You for providing a hedge of protection for the men and women who have and continue to put their lives on the line for our freedoms granted by You.
“Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever;
wisdom and power are Yours.
You change times and seasons;
You depose kings and raise others up.
You give wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to the discerning.
and light dwells with You.
In the name of Jesus Christ we pray, Amen.