Rep. Jeff Jones Delivers Prayer at National Day of Prayer Service

National Day of Prayer Service - First UMC Brunswick Sanctuary - Brunswick, GA

Thursday, May 07, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Dear Heavenly Father,

We come before you today, humbly, on bended knee and in your honor, on this National Day of Prayer.  It is a privilege to come before your throne of grace.

We are here to give thanks to You for this Nation’s very founding and for those courageous men who, so many years ago, believed in You so completely as they worked to structure our country on Godly, Christian principals – Your principals Father.

In 1789, George Washington spoke these words:

“It is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God."

It is truly amazing and humbling, Father God in Heaven, the wisdom and courage of these men who staked their very lives on founding this country in Your name, that they deliberately and purposefully included the words “in God we trust” on our currency, and used the words “one nation, under God” in our Pledge of Allegiance to our flag and our country.

Today, we must ask ourselves Father the question posed in Psalms 11:3 – “When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?"  One important way, Father, is what we are doing here today – praying to You, our Almighty God.

We beseech you Father in Heaven to guide our leaders, both elected and appointed, to hear Your Word and to act upon them in their roles as leaders.

We thank you and praise you, Lord, for the many blessings You have bestowed on this, our Country, the United States of America, a nation established in Your mighty name.

However, as the years have marched by, Father, we – your people - have forgotten the God our founders knew to be the Creator who endowed us with life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  We took prayer out of our schools, Father. People in our country have allowed the aborting of babies, babies who are gifts from You.  Dear Father, we have divided our country by rich and poor; the have and have not’s, by the color of our skin, by those who are power-hungry and those who are power-less.  Our dearest Father, we have not treated each other with respect or been civil with each other as You command us.  We have forgotten the Golden Rule, to treat others the way we want to be treated and to do so in your Holy, mighty name.  We have blurred the lines between right and wrong, and we live our lives today in a “grey area” calling it the truth.  However, Dear Father, these things are not the truth, not Your truth.  Your truth, Father, is the only truth.

Forgive us, God, for our many sins and yet, as sinners all, we humbly pray for you to bring unity to our nation Father, and we ask for your peace to be among us, that You will to talk to us, to whisper into our ears reminding us that Your voice is the only one that matters and to follow Your direction.  We have been greedy and selfish, afraid to speak the truth in our love for You.  Forgive us, oh God. We ask you to set our country back on a Godly path.

You promised in your Word, 2 Chronicles, 7:14:
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”  We claim that promise today, Lord, and believe in You for the results.

We pray for our President and those he brings close for advice, that there be Godly wisdom in their decision-making as they lead the country.

Father, we beseech you to bestow upon our President, and all of our leaders, Your wisdom, guidance and direction.  Proverbs 1:7 says “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge …… but fools despise wisdom and discipline.”

Embolden our Congress, Father, to do what is right for the country and to truly be servants to the people, looking to You, our God in Heaven, for vision and wisdom.  Help them to seek Your face, your blessing, your guidance --- not the approval of men.

Our Supreme Court even now is debating an institution established by You, Father, so important to the very fabric of our society.  Give these men and women Your blessed wisdom, Dear Father, to act with integrity, following your direction, Father. We pray that the right decision will be made, a decision based in Godly principals.

We pray for our Governor, and for our State and Federal Senators and Representatives, and other State and Federal leaders, that they will honor You, Father in heaven, by the decisions they make for the citizens of Georgia and for our great country.

We pray that our Local officials will act in a righteous manner honoring You, Father in Heaven, in every decision and action they take.

We pray for our pastors in these trying days to preach your Word boldly and with conviction in the face of pressure to stray from a Godly path. We know this is hard, Father, but we know You are there with them in their service to You and the people of this great nation.

God, we pray for our military men and women.  Give them, and their families’ courage and strength as they protect and defend us.  We are grateful for their sacrifice and willingness to give their very lives for our freedom. Keep them in the palm of Your hand, Lord.

Thank you, Father, most of all for your Son, Jesus Christ, that you sent Him to us to save us, all we have to do is accept Him.  What an incredible gift.

Father, all of these things we humbly ask and pray in your mighty name.

Amen.

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