The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Editorials

May 3, 2013

God Bless America

There are many things to be thankful for as Americans.

Yes, we still live in the greatest country in the world, founded on principles that empower us as a nation 237 years later.

But there are also many reasons for concern.

Thursday was set aside as the National Day of Prayer. Our hope is that God will continue to bless America. That’s why the significance of this day cannot be overlooked.

Here is the text of the prayer offered by Pastor Greg Laurie, honorary chairman for the National Day of Prayer in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, May 2, 2013:

 

“Father, we come to You to pray for our nation, the United States of America.

“How You have blessed us through the years, Lord! We rightly sing, “America, America, God shed His grace on thee.” Yet we see trouble in our culture today. We see the breakdown of the family, crippling addictions and random acts of horrific violence.

“Lord, we need Your help in America. In recent days, we have done our best to remove Your Word and Your counsel from our courtrooms, classrooms and culture. It seems, as President Lincoln once said, that we have “forgotten God.” But Lord, You have not forgotten us! You can bless and help and revive our country again.

“Scripture tells us that ‘Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.’ (Proverbs 14:34). Lord, in Your mercy, we ask that You would exalt our country again. We have had a number of great awakenings in America. We have experienced times of refreshing, and revivals that changed not only the spiritual but also the moral landscape. As the psalmist said, ‘Will You not revive us again, so that Your people may rejoice in You?’ (Psalm 85:6).

“That is our prayer for America today, Lord. Send a mighty spiritual awakening that will turn the hearts of men and women, boys and girls, back to you. You have told us if we will humble ourselves and pray, and seek Your face and turn from our wicked ways, that You will forgive our sins and heal our land (2 Chronicles 7:14).

“Forgive us today, Lord, and heal this troubled land that we love so much.

“We ask all of this in the name of Jesus Christ.

“Amen.”

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