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Take time to pray for our nation

July 14, 2008

Pastor Phil Goeffrion, Albion Evangelical Free Church, rural Cokato

We celebrated the 232nd anniversary of the issuing of our Declaration of Independence July 4. We enjoyed parades, fireworks, and times of conversation and food with friends and relatives.

This is all good, and we are grateful for our heritage. But let’s remember to pray for our nation, that reality would match our declaration in the Pledge of Allegiance that we are “one nation under God.”

It’s been wisely noted that those who don’t stand for something, will fall for everything. A couple of years ago, Paul Harvey definitely stood for something when he aired a bold prayer on his “The Rest of the Story” radio program.

Please join me in taking a moment to pray along:

“Heavenly Father, we come before you today 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.

“We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.

“Search us, O God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free. Amen.”