Oh, Father God, as I see the flags flying and the fireworks bursting, I pray for wholesale repentance across our country. Heal the wounded hearts. Soften the hardened hearts. Strengthen the weakened hearts. Give us repentant hearts that yearn to know you and live for your purposes. Turn us back to the rock that is higher. Remind us of your transcendent moral code. Bring us realization that our country was founded on the Judaeo-Christian ethical principles. Swing those who have walked away 180 to see your glory once again. Touch those who don’t know you and draw them close to you to see Jesus clearly. Forgive us, Father, for we sin against you and against each other. Purge the ungodliness and bring us to a saving knowledge of you to live righteously with one another. I ask these things in the name and authority of Jesus, according to your good and perfect will. Amen.

“This is good and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2: 3-4 ESV)