Dear Heavenly Father, On this day we offer our prayers to you, our Creator, our Master, our all wise source of knowledge about all things, and the One to whom we owe deep gratitude for everything we have, including our lives. Lord, open our hearts to your wise countenance through the Holy Spirit residing within us and help us listen as He directs to the source of all goodness and light, your Son Jesus Christ, who offers us even life eternally if only we will believe in Him by faith and faith alone.
Lord, despite all of our boasting and acting like we have the answers to all things, we look back and see the trail of mistakes we have made and what it has wrought. Even as a society have allowed evil to take charge in so many ways that we no longer recognize our homeland, the USA, which we have plundered in so many ways that we know you just shake your head as you survey what we have done. Given us the vision and energy to correct those things we have done and to learn by our mistakes. We can only be appropriate overseers of the earth by so doing.
But, Lord, even though you can be a wrathful God which is the face you sometimes show us, we also know that you still love us and want the best for us as a Father always wants for His children and we children realize that we are very fortunate that you are the way you are. So, help us to open ourselves to your word and let it fill us and change us into living in the image that you intended for us. And help us to change our ways by that means and to live with compassion and love for our fellow man. But also, Lord, give us the discernment to recognize those who wish to do us harm and are not open for redemption and stand to strong in our position as living by your laws.
Lord, bless our leaders and guide them in the path that you would have for us, setting a good and positive example for others to follow and keep them safe and secure in completing the tasks their position mandates. Keep us all safe and secure and be with those who are infirm, lonely and afraid. Give them strength, the help they need and keep all of us ever mindful of the needs of so many more fortunate than us. And give special grace and your full body armor to protect those in assignments under arms who protect us around the world and all over the land, whether they be military or the men and women in blue. And Lord, also help us to live with forgiveness in our hearts by accepting those who seek forgiveness sincerely to start with a fresh slate going forward and Jesus would have us do.
Thank you, Lord, for hearing this prayer and for giving us the strength and fortitude to stay the course for you no matter what our secular world might suggest. And we ask it in the name of Jesus Christ our Savior, who lived to guide us and show us the way and who died knowing that the life He gave up would give us the opportunity for redemption, thereby giving us the opportunity to live forever with the acceptance of His offer for redemption. Amen.