Wednesday, October 31, 2012

40 Days of Prayer - Day 34

State Department

Proverbs 29:26
Many seek the ruler’s favor, but justice for man comes from the LORD.

Founding Father’s Quote:
 “Righteousness alone can exalt America as a nation. Whoever thou art, remember this: And in thy sphere practice virtue thyself, and encourage it in others.”
- Patrick Henry
Heavenly Father, we come before You today and thank You for the many blessings You have bestowed upon us.  We are thankful for Your mercies which are renewed every morning.  We ask Your forgiveness for turning from You as a nation, and ask You to renew a right spirit within us.  Lord, we need You to infiltrate our homes, our cities and indeed our country.  We ask You to make our State Department conscious of what once made us great.  Give these men and women who have been appointed to stations of power Your wisdom so that they might bring back to America godly principles.  May we seek justice over the favor of men, over foreign dictators.  May we seek Your guidance as we seek to build a stronger border for our country and a more secure homeland for our families.  We ask that You protect us from our enemies, both foreign and domestic.  May those that have come to America
that seek to destroy us be cast out.  And may You grant us Your peace.  In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

First Prayer of the Continental Congress, 1774

O Lord our Heavenly Father, high and mighty King of kings, and Lord of lords, who dost from thy throne behold all the dwellers on earth and reignest with power supreme and uncontrolled over all the Kingdoms, Empires and Governments; look down in mercy, we beseech Thee, on these our American States, who have fled to Thee from the rod of the oppressor and thrown themselves on Thy gracious protection, desiring to be henceforth dependent only on Thee. To Thee have they appealed for the righteousness of their cause; to Thee do they now look up for that countenance and support, which Thou alone canst give. Take them, therefore, Heavenly Father, under Thy nurturing care; give them wisdom in Council and valor in the field; defeat the malicious designs of our cruel adversaries; convince them of the unrighteousness of their Cause and if they persist in their sanguinary purposes, of own unerring justice, sounding in their hearts, constrain them to drop the weapons of war from their unnerved hands in the day of battle! Be Thou present, O God of wisdom, and direct the councils of this honorable assembly; enable them to settle things on the best and surest foundation. That the scene of blood may be speedily closed; that order, harmony and peace may be effectually restored, and truth and justice, religion and piety, prevail and flourish amongst the people. Preserve the health of their bodies and vigor of their minds; shower down on them and the millions they here represent, such temporal blessings as Thou seest expedient for them in this world and crown them with everlasting glory in the world to come. All this we ask in the name and through the merits of Jesus Christ, Thy Son and our Savior.
Reverend Jacob Duché
Rector of Christ Church of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
September 7, 1774, 9 o’clock a.m.

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