Sunday, November 25, 2012

A modern day Nehemiah's prayer

Would this prayer be appropriate for us today?
(based on Nehemiah chapter 1)

O Lord, God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and obey his commands, let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of our country and land. I confess our sins, including myself and my father’s house, have committed against you. We have acted very wickedly toward you. We have not fully obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Jesus Christ.

We remember the commands you gave by your servant Jesus Christ, saying, "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."  And  "I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you."

We are your servants and your people, whom you redeemed by your great strength and your mighty hand.  O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor. And please send rain to end this drought.

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