A Prayer For Our Country

I got this prayer as a forward in my email today, and thought I would share it. There is much truth in it.  It is attributed to Billy Graham.

‘Heavenly  Father, we come before you today  to ask  your forgiveness and to seek your direction  and  guidance. We know Your Word says, ‘Woe  to those who call  evil good,’ but that is  exactly what we have done. We have  lost  our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our  values. We  have exploited the poor and  called it the lottery. We have  rewarded  laziness and called it welfare. We have  killed  our unborn and called it choice. We  have shot abortionists  and called it  justifiable… We have neglected to   discipline our children and called it building  self esteem. We have abused power and called it  politics. We  have coveted our neighbor’s  possessions and called it ambition. We have  polluted the air with profanity and   pornography and called it freedom of expression.  We have  ridiculed the time-honored values  of our forefathers and  called it  enlightenment. Search us, Oh God, and know  our  hearts today; cleanse us from sin and  Set us free.   Amen!’


About reinkat

I am an iconographer, and have been studying Russian/Greek icons since 1995. I'm married with 3 children. I love hiking, camping, animals, my family and church--and icons.
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6 Responses to A Prayer For Our Country

  1. Biltrix says:

    Billy Graham is certainly one of our Country’s greatest religious leaders. I admire his continuing to preach boldly in these later years of his life.

    You’ve probably already seen this prayer from the USCCB. In our parish, we pray it at the end of the Mass before the recessional. I though I’d share it here.

    Prayer for Religious Liberty

    from your provident hand we have received
    our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
    You have called us as your people and given us
    the right and the duty to worship you, the only true God,
    and your Son, Jesus Christ.
    Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit,
    you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world,
    bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel
    to every corner of society.
    We ask you to bless us
    in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty.
    Give us the strength of mind and heart
    to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened;
    give us courage in making our voices heard
    on behalf of the rights of your Church
    and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.
    Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father,
    a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters
    gathered in your Church
    in this decisive hour in the history of our nation,
    so that, with every trial withstood
    and every danger overcome—
    for the sake of our children, our grandchildren,
    and all who come after us—
    this great land will always be “one nation, under God,
    indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
    We ask this through Christ our Lord.

    • reinkat says:

      I had not heard this prayer before. Thank you for sharing it.
      The part about all of us gathering with a clear and united voice, really resonates with me. I find myself very much concerned about ecumenism and unity among Christians, all Christians. I pray for unity and harmony. We need to have each other’s back in every corner of the world.

      • Biltrix says:

        I totally agree with you and share that concern. I believe we are seeing the grounds taking shape for a healthy ecumenism if we can seize this opportune moment to strengthen our unity as Christians. Let’s continue to pray for it. God bless!

      • reinkat says:

        I believe also that it is the icon that will be the bridge between many of us.

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