A Prayer for the Nation by Mark Tullos
This Fourth of July as you celebrate the freedom you enjoy as an American, pause to pray for our nation and its leaders. Following is a Scripture passage and suggested prayer to guide you in your petition.
“Happy is the nation whose God is Yahweh — the people He has chosen to be His own possession! The LORD looks down from heaven; He observes everyone. He gazes on all the inhabitants of the earth from His dwelling place. He alone shapes their hearts; He considers all their works. A king is not saved by a large army; a warrior will not be delivered by great strength” (Psalm 33:12-16).
Through trials and tears, through victories and challenges, you have guided this nation. We pray today for your hand to guide us. Your Word has said, to whom much is given, much will be required. O Father, how you have blessed us! Our soil can feed the world. Our strength can secure justice. Our dreams can heal nations. But without You, we can do nothing.
We pray that we’ll never forget the price that was paid, the foundation that was laid, and the blessing we enjoy in this land of plenty. Give us hearts that seek to heal. We pray for strong churches in the United States that can and will do infinitely more than any law, bill or platform could ever do. May our hope be even greater than our heritage.
We confess our utter helplessness to impact the world eternally without the work of the Holy Spirit. For this reason, we ask you Lord, for a spiritual awakening that gives life to our land. Call us once again in this time of great challenge to honor you with great vigor. Teach us how to love one another. Help us to see injustice and right it. Help us to see their pain and with Your heart, heal them. Help us to see hopelessness and like the Samaritan, sacrifice, respond, heal, and restore.
May we say to a world ravaged by disease, starvation and discord: “Rise up! Take heart!” Teach us how to have an unquenchable passion for your mission. Show us how to stop violent intentions with radical love. Lord, we look forward to the day when our swords will be beaten into plowshares. When your kingdom will come and your will shall be done in America as it is in heaven. Give us the bread of reconciliation and the cleansing water of forgiveness. For Yours is the kingdom, power and glory, forever!
In Jesus Name, Amen.