As this year draws to a close, please join the staff of IFI as we cry out to our Heavenly Father for His forgiveness and mercy toward our country.
Our nation has never before been so divided. Hostility, violence, and hatred simmers beneath the surface of everyday life. Love and concern for our neighbors and the least among us has grown cold. Corruption, dishonesty, and self-centeredness abound unfettered in our government halls. The lives of children – little ones who are blessings from God – are violently ended for the sake of convenience. Sexual deviancy is celebrated. Up is down. Fear abounds.
Yet, God’s Word tells us that His love and mercies are new every day, enduring forever. (Psalm 136) He invites us to cast all of our cares, our worries, and our burdens upon Him. (1 Peter 5:7)
God is so good! He urges us to take our eyes off the problems that surround and threaten to overwhelm us and instead put our trust in Him. He is our loving Father and we, His beloved children, are called to walk by faith and not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7)
Furthermore, our Creator has not left us defenseless. He has given us a powerful weapon – prayer – to demolish strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:4) and He assures us that our prayers are powerful and effective! (James 5:16) Oh Lord, remind us to utilize this divine weapon daily and often!
The Lord hates dishonesty. He hates liars and corruption; he hates dishonest scales and those who shed innocent blood. (Proverbs 6:16-19)
Almighty God sees everything – nothing escapes His eyes. Make no mistake, all will give an account. It is important that we pray for those who engage in sinful behavior. Through our prayer, the Hand of God might turn evildoers from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to Himself. (Acts 26:18)
Through His prophet, Jeremiah, the Lord instructed the Israelite exiles to pray for Babylon. Surely this sounded odd to those captives to pray for their captors, but God had a divine purpose. In Jeremiah 29:7 the prophet reveals the wisdom of God’s command, “Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” As we remember that God’s ways are not our ways and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts, let us pray for our modern-day Babylon.
Almighty Heavenly Father, we praise Your Holy Name. We humble ourselves before You and confess our sins. Please bring our sins to mind, Lord, so that we can confess them, repent and receive Your promise of forgiveness. (1 John 1:9)
Father, nothing escapes Your eyes. You have exposed a small portion of the corruption, deceit and fraud that have taken place in this recent election. Lord, we pray You will continue to expose such fruitless deeds of darkness. (Ephesians 5:11) Guard us from the schemes of the evil one. (2 Thessalonians 3:3)
We pray for Your protection over President Donald J. Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, their legal team, the courageous men and women who have signed affidavits and publicly exposed their identities, and for the families of all these individuals. Please place a hedge of protection around them, Lord.
We ask that these legal challenges and cases would be expedited and presented in the courtrooms of honest judges who fear You and despise dishonesty. Lord, expose corruption and bring to justice those who desire to circumvent the will of the people. May fraudulent votes be rejected, only legal votes counted, and justice be done.
Teach us to overcome our enemies, Lord. You have already given us authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome the power of the enemy. Thank you, Father, for Your promise that nothing will harm us. (Luke 10:19)
We pray with confidence in the name of your Son, Jesus. Amen