Monday, August 01, 2011

Praying for Our Nation

While reading about Texas Governor Rick Perry declaring this Saturday, August 6th, as a day of prayer and fasting for our nation, I came across a prayer that was prayed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863.  Even though it has been 148 years since Mr. Lincoln recited this prayer, it seems to describe our nation today.

We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!  It behooves us then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.
Powerful words spoken long ago that remind me of the need to draw near to God, to humble myself, to confess our nation's sins and to ask forgiveness for taking God and His blessings for granted.



3 comments:

  1. Is that not the story of Israel, over and over and over again? And we (the US) follow the same path. God has blessed us mightily and we have forgotten Him. Yet He graciously offers us opportunity to repent. Oh that we may turn to Him again!

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  2. Wow, that is powerful, and just as true today as it was then. Thanks so much.

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  3. Very interesting to read that from Lincoln's time. I guess people are people all through the ages; we all struggle against being Christ-sufficient and instead settle for the poor substitute of assuming we are self-sufficient.

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