Authorâ€™s note: Rick Warren has a daunting task ahead of him during his upcoming inaugural prayer for Barack Obama. Here are some brief humble suggestions for him as he prepares for this historic moment. May we be in prayer for Obamaâ€™s salvation and national repentance. Lord we begin this year with our heads low and our hearts contrite.
We have neglected your Word and commandments.
Forgive us Lord for embracing â€œChangeâ€ without repentance.
Forgive us for putting â€œCountry First" instead of Christ.
Forgive us for worshiping our presidential choice.
For promoting pragmatism, and endorsing evil.
Remind us our vote is the currency of our virtue.
Forgive us for applauding an Esther (Palin), when she was a sign of Godâ€™s judgment.
Remind us that judgment begins at the house of God.
Forgive us for putting our tax exempt status before Christ.
Forgive us for teaching that God is a God of love but not of justice and wrath.
For creating a God in our own image and worshiping him.
For preaching peace, peace when there is no peace.
Forgive us for loving sinners to death, when God says, He hates the workers of iniquity
Forgive our complacent American Church,
For using the rapture as an excuse for sloth.
For using taxation (coercion) to fight poverty when the Church should be serving them.
Forgive us for making innocent life â€œabove our paygrade.â€
For believing â€œlife begins at conceptionâ€ yet allowing embryo experimentation.
Forgive us Lord for voting single issue on the economy.
Remind us there can be no financial security until there is security in the womb.
Forgive us for having unjust measures, paper money (fiat currency) not backed by gold.
For rewarding covetousness and greed, and squandering our childrenâ€™s inheritance.
Forgive us for decrying socialism (bailouts) while sending our Christian children to socialist schools.
Forgive us for railing against gay marriage (which we should) while indulging in pornography and embracing divorce.
Forgive us for battling AIDS (which we should) but neglecting the sin often at its root.
Forgive us for making global warming an idol.
Remind us you are coming in judgement with fire to judge the quick and the dead.
Lord may you use the coming financial storm to judge our idolatry, and make us more reliant on you, not our 401k's.
Use the coming tribulation to shake off the rotten fruit of the corporate, seeker sensitive mega-churches and leave fruit that lasts.
Turn the fatherâ€™s hearts to their children, and bring true revival to America
Change is coming.
God Bless America,
In Jesus name, Amen
Nicholas A. Jackson
Nick is Ohio Coordinator for Exodus Mandate. He graduated in 1997 from Ohio University and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He spends time as a free-lance writer on Christian worldview issues.
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