A Prayer for a Nation in Rebellion

Written by Matt Barber on August 6, 2013

We confess our national sins and entreat Your forgiveness. We confess our arrogance. We confess our selfishness. We confess that we have broken – and continue to break – the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God. We have rejected Your laws, embraced our own fallen impulses and called them laws.

We confess that we, the Church, have abdicated our duty to care for those who cannot care for themselves. We have surrendered this sacred calling to Caesar – to a woefully ill-equipped and wholly inept federal fiefdom.

Kyrie Eleison (Lord, have mercy).

We confess that we have shed blood en masse. The blood of the innocents runs in our streets. We have violated Your commandments. We have slaughtered tens-of-millions of Your children – woven together by Your perfect hands – and called this evil “choice.”

Kyrie Eleison.

We confess that we have perverted Your design for human sexuality. We have taken sins that You deem “abominable” and called them “equality.” We have mocked marriage, spurred divorce, scorned purity, glorified promiscuity, sexualized our children, belittled our stay-at-home mothers, stunted natural reproduction and called it all “liberation.”

Kyrie Eleison.

Your word tells us that “the wages of sin is death.” Indeed, as died many once mighty, hard-fallen nations before us, justice demands that we reap a yield most destructive.

And we may yet.

Even still, we implore You to suspend sentence. For these and manifold sins, hitherto unnamed, of both act and omission – individual and corporate – we beg your forgiveness, Lord Jesus.

Because, though we are not, You yet remain faithful. You have promised: “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)

America was called by Your Holy Name.

Though the hour is late, we now fall to our face, humble ourselves, pray and seek Your face.

Lord, though our public policy may lag behind, we, nonetheless, turn from our wicked ways.
Hear us from heaven, Oh Lord.

Forgive us our sins.

Please heal our land.

We declare, once again, America’s dependence upon You, King Jesus.

Kyrie Eleison.

Image: Betende Hände. Bleistift und Kohle auf Velin; source: http://www.bassenge.com/; author: Otto Greiner (1869–1916); public domain /copyright expired

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Matt Barber is founder and editor-in-chief of BarbWire.com and an attorney concentrating in constitutional law. In addition to his law degree, Matt holds a Master of Arts in Public Policy from Regent University. Matt is both an author and a popular columnist. He’s known for a unique writing style (an entertaining blend of thoughtful analysis and Swiftian satire, delivered with a rapier wit). Many newspapers and online publications run Matt’s columns, to include WND, TheBlaze, the Washington Times, TownHall and many more. Author of the book, “The Right Hook: From the Ring to the Culture War,” Matt is currently penning his first novel. In addition to frequent public speaking engagements, Matt has appeared as a cultural analyst on the Fox News Channel, MSNBC and CNN and is a regular guest on dozens of talk radio programs and networks including Michael Savage, the G. Gordon Liddy Show, Dennis Prager, the Michael Medved Show, the Janet Mefferd Show and others. Matt also co-hosts “Faith and Freedom” a daily legal and cultural issues talk radio program heard on about 90 stations across the country. Matt served twelve years in the Army National Guard, was a law enforcement officer for three years and a corporate fraud investigator for five years. Setting him apart from others in his various fields, Matt was an undefeated heavyweight professional boxer retiring in 2004. Prior to turning pro, he was a several time state and regional Golden Gloves champion, competing in the 1992 Western Olympic Trials and winning a Gold Medal in the 1993 Police and Fire World Games.