[Based on Psalm 17, Ronald Knox Bible]
And now O Father, I cry to Thee,
The One who always hearest me.
Turn Thine ear toward me this day,
And show me mercy LORD I pray.
I seek sanctuary in Thee alone,
I have no power, I seek no throne.
See my enemies gathered round,
Laying in wait to bring me down.
Treacherous lions who hid by day,
And prowl in the darkness to devour their prey.
LORD I am a sinner in need of a friend,
Protect me from these mortal men.
“Sovereign Lord, you made the earth and the sky by your great power and might; nothing is too difficult for you. You have shown constant love to thousands, but you also punish people for the sins of their parents. You are a great and powerful God; you are the Lord Almighty. You make wise plans and do mighty things; you see everything that people do, and you reward them according to their actions. Long ago you performed miracles and wonders in the formation of our Republic, and you have continued to bless us for 239 years. As you blessed Israel of old and of the present, You have also blessed other nations, especially the United States of America. You have uses these nation to make Yourself known everywhere. By means of miracles and wonders that terrified our enemies, you used your power and might to bring these nations into existence. You gave us our own land and the freedom to manage it. When we came into this land and took possession of it, we trusted You for guidance for a long time but now we do not obey your commands or live according to your teaching; we do nothing that you had ordered us to do. Now we see clearly the destruction that is coming on us. “The enemy is attacking on every front. They have taken our schools, our courts and our capital. Their numbers are so great that they appear as a vast horde. Idolatry, sexual perversion and child sacrifice are rampant while we Your people seem to be impotent and helpless. Sovereign Lord, You are our hope and our future. What ever comes will be what we deserve but we plead for mercy for we cannot stop this destruction by any power that we possess. May you get glory in the outcome and please grace us to be men of faith and courage.
[Based on Jeremiah’s prayer in chapter 32]