Father, in Jesus' mighty name, You are the Sovereign Lord seated on Your holy throne as You rule over the nations. God, help us to be silent in Your holy presence, to be still and know that You are God. You will be exalted among the nations, You will be exalted in the earth. We live in a world that embraces immorality, turns a blind eye to injustice, and daily allows inhumanity to those created in the image of God. Could many of the crises that we are facing, particularly in the United States, be because of all the shedding of blood that we have allowed by law in our nation?
God, we do not even speak of all the innocent human lives that are daily killed in our country and world, let alone do much to stop it from happening. Lives that are destroyed and killed because we do not want them, do not value them, see them as an inconvenience and impediment to us achieving our dreams and plans. The ramifications of 62 million plus babies legally aborted in their mothers wombs, which should be the safest place on earth, goes much further than their tragic deaths. Millions of women and men broken, hurting, and suffering from abortion, many in silence, and the ripple effects have deeply impacted their lives and the lives of those connected to them. We've sown the wind and we've reaped the whirlwind. We've ignored Your design for sex, marriage, and family for generations that has led us to an ever increasing downward cycle of sin and death.
God, could a lot of what we are facing in our day be because of our failure to value and treat all human lives with dignity and honor that is rightly theirs as Your image bearers? We have treated people differently, and at times wrongly, based on the color of their skin, their gender, their stage of development in the womb, their physical and mental competency, and their age and usefulness to society. In many ways we've accepted the slippery slope to more and more death as a highway to freedom, liberation, and the embracing of our personal rights. While we deny or minimize the rights of others not caring about those who are being destroyed and dying all around us.
O God, cause Your people to see our failure to stand against the wicked one's schemes by being complicit and silent. Produce a godly sorrow in our hearts that leads us to repent. As we repent, would You revive us again? Give us Your heart for all human life and the boldness to stand against the evil one and those he uses to destroy it. As a result I pray that more lives be saved, physically and spiritually. Jesus, send Your holy presence before us for You are the light that shines in the darkness and it is Your life that overwhelms death. Anoint us by Your Spirit and use us out to carry Jesus and the good news of Your Kingdom to all those that You send us to.
Jesus, do not let us just stand on the comfortable shores looking out as more lives are dying and being destroyed in the deadly and treacherous waters of our world. Move us, even at the risk of our own lives, being misunderstood, and persecuted to dive in so that You may use us to save many lives. Help us to fully surrender to You and be willing to follow wherever You lead even if it does not make sense. Above all else grow our hearts for You and may Your heart flow through us to those You send us to. Open our ears to hear what You are saying and soften our hearts to do it. Open our eyes to see You and the activity that You are calling us to partner in with You. Open our mouths and use us to speak Your Words, for Your Words are spirit and life. Use Your Church, in the power of the Holy Spirit, to push back the forces of darkness and raze hell. In Jesus' name, Amen!!!