HEAVENLY FATHER:
        Our great Republic is in such desperate need before you--many have strayed so far away. There are a few here though, who do acknowledge that those many years ago, you sent your only Son to Earth who lived a sinless life, and died a sacrificial death, so that all who believe would have eternal blessing and fellowship with Him.
        America has made the celebration of your Son's birth on Earth as a "den of thieves" where instead of worshipping the Saviour, people merely buy and sell. Many spend time with their families and friends, but never is the glory of Christ's birth, life and salvation sacrifice mentioned.
        This Country which patriots love so dearly needs You to work in the lives of men and women, public officials and those in distress. We go to Your Word where You have promised that "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 will heal their land".
        Our Nation gives glory back to you, because "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness". Only You have the authority to hand down these rights to the people whom You love, and only You have the rightful claim to remove those rights. Yet there are some among us who have deceitfully stolen what You as our Creator and Lord may give and may take.
        As we praise You in these days for sending Your Son to deliver us from the penalty of our sins, we turn back to the Scriptures where You have instructed and promised, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and he will make your paths straight".
        We as a Nation and we as a people confess our sin before You. We who have received your blessing as no others now state our dependency upon You, and our determination by Your grace and power to stand up for that which is holy, just, and true. We vow to first present the truth of the Saviour's ministry in our lives, and then to live and work for that which is right and
honorable by living our lives in submission to the truth of your Word.
        We so easily say, "God bless America". Sovereign Lord, we humbly plead before your holy presence, "God, deliver and protect America; and if it would be in Your pleasure, use us to work Your will for these United States which You have blessed.
        We pray these things in the Saviour's Name.
Amen.
SHADOW