A Prayer for Our Nation
I pray this morning for the family of George Floyd. His death was such a senseless loss of life. Your Word tells us in Psalm 56:8 that You keep a record of all of our sorrows. I pray that his family will lean on You and look to You in their grief. Your Word tells us in Psalm 147 that you will heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds. We pray that for George's family today. Your Word tells us that in Romans 12, we mourn with those who mourn, so Father, we mourn this tragic loss of life.
We affirm that George Floyd was made in Your image. Your Word tells in Psalm 139 that You knit us together in our mother's womb. It also says that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. We pray for a world that sees each and every human with intrinsic value and worth. We long for the day when the world will see one another as Jesus does. As we sing to our children, "Red and Yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight, Jesus loves the little children of the world." Father, forgive us where we have not done that, and transform our hearts to love and to see one another in that way.
Father, we pray for our leaders in this country and ask that you give them wisdom. Change their hearts so that they may fear you. Gives us leaders who do as your Word says in Micah 6, seek justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with You. Give us leaders like that.
Father, we pray for justice. You are a God of justice. You Word tells us in Psalm 89 that justice and righteousness are the foundation of Your throne. Father, as your people, we ask that you move in our hearts to be motivated for justice. To live as your Word says in Isaiah 1, that we "Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice" May we pursue justice to that end.
When we see what's happening in our streets, may we do as your Word says in James 1, be quick to hear and slow to speak. May we hear the experiences and pain of others and try to understand. May we ask what we can do to be peacemakers.
Father, we pray for peace in our country. Your Word in Romans 12 tells us that vengeance is in your hands, not ours. Your Word tells us again in Romans 12, the way to overcome evil is not with more evil, but with what is right and what is good. Your Word tells us in Matthew 12, a divided Kingdom will not stand. We ask, if it be Your will, to bring unity under Your name in our land. We pray for protection for those right now on the streets trying to maintain peace (especially our police officers, firefighters, emergency personnel, and peaceful protesters) and for their families who undoubtedly afraid. We cannot overcome hate with more hate.
Father, it feels like we are in a dark valley right now. There is fear and uncertainty. But your Word tells us in Psalm 23, "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. For you are with me." Lord, write that verse over our hearts in these uncertain days.
Father, Revelation 21 tells us of a day when there will be a new earth. A day when you will redeem all things. A day when there are no more tears, no more death, no more injustice. We long for that day. Come quickly, Lord. Save the peoples of the earth, and bring to us your eternal Kingdom.
We ask all this, and all the things we lack the wisdom to pray, to be done. Your will on earth as it is heaven. Oh Lord, hear our prayer, change our hearts, heal our nation. In the name of Jesus.