National Day of Prayer – By Anne Graham Lotz


Anne Graham Lotz
Anne Graham Lotz

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Below is the Prayer from Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of Evangelist Billy Graham.
(National Day of Prayer March 15, 2020)

Father God,

In a world of famine, floods, and fire; disease, death, and the disruption of our everyday activities, on this day when the President has called for a National Day of Prayer, we choose to look up…from our knees. We see You seated on the throne of glory, in control of all things.[1] All things.  We know that You are a God of mercy, of grace, of faithfulness, of loving-kindness.[2] So we reject fear of the coronavirus and its impact on our lives, and instead, place our faith in You. You have said that Your ears are open to our cry,[3] that Your eyes are upon us,[4] and that Your arms are long enough to reach us[5] and strong enough to hold us.[6] Hold us now. Hold us close. Quiet our racing hearts. Breathe Your Spirit of peace into the fear and turmoil within us.

Even as I pray for Your peace, I wonder…could this wicked, insidious, evil virus be the trigger that sparks a spiritual awakening in our beloved nation? Are You trying to get our attention, demanding that we wake up in our relationship with You? I know we desperately need to wake up.

We have legalized defiance of Your institution of marriage; we celebrate relationships that contradict Your instructions; we exterminate life that You created and that bears Your image…for our own convenience; we have become so secularized we don’t even acknowledge You exist, much less reverence or obey You.

You have my attention. Therefore, like the prophet Daniel of old, I turn to You in humility and shame as I confess on behalf of America some of the national sins that come to mind…[7]

  • I confess national addiction to sex. To money. To pleasure. To entertainment. To pornography. To technology. To drugs. To alcohol. To food. To television. To popularity. To ourselves.
  • I confess our foolishness of denying You as the one, true, living God, our Creator to whom we are accountable, living as though our lives are a cosmic accident with no eternal significance, purpose or meaning.
  • I confess our greed that has run up trillions of dollars of the national debt.
  • I confess our arrogance and pride that has led us to think we are sufficient in ourselves.
  • I confess to believing that the prosperity of our nation is because we are great while refusing to acknowledge that all blessings come from Your hand.
  • I confess that we depend upon our military might and our weapons systems to protect us from harm and danger while denying, defying, and ignoring You.
  • I confess that we have succumbed to the pressure of pluralism in our desire to be inclusive so that we honor other gods as though You are just one of many.
  • I confess that we have allowed the material blessings You have given us to deceive us into thinking we don’t need You.
  • I confess that we live as though material wealth and prosperity will bring happiness.
  • I confess that we have marginalized truth and mainstream lies.
  • I confess that we have become one nation under many gods, divided and polarized, with license to sin and justice that no longer follows the rule of law.

Holy Spirit of the living God, convince us of the need to turn away from our sin and get right with You.[8]

Lord God, have mercy on us! As we repent of our sin and return to You, return to us! There is no one like You to help the powerless against this mighty disease. Help us, O Lord our God, for we rely on You and in Your name we come against this vast, invisible enemy.[9]

Once again, we hold You to the promise you gave to King Solomon. You said, When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among My people, You said if My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, You said then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. You said, Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayers[10]

We hold You to Your word as we plead with You. Hear our prayer. Forgive our sins. Heal our land.  We are standing in the gap for our nation.

We pray in the name of the One who is Our Deliverer.  Our Beautiful and only Savior.  Lord of the nations.  Son of God and Son of Man.  The living, reigning, soon to return Lord of lords and King of kings, Jesus Christ.

In His name and for His glory we pray,

Amen

[1] Isaiah 6:1
[2] Ephesians 2:4; 2 Corinthians 9:14; Exodus 34:6.
[3] Psalm 4:3
[4] Psalm 33:18
[5] Isaiah 59:1
[6] Psalm 139:7-10
[7] Daniel 9:1-19
[8] John 16:8
[9] 2 Chronicles 14:11
[10] 2 Chronicles 7:13-15

鉴于冠状病毒大流行,川普总统宣布3月15日为国家祈祷日,
他说:我们这个国家,在我们的整个历史中,一直在这样的时代
    向上帝寻求保护和力量……无论你身在何处,是的,我鼓励你转向信仰行为中的祈祷。

葛培理Billy Graham)的女儿葛安妮(Anne Graham Lotz)应总统邀请,国家祈祷日2020年3月15日为疫情祷告,求神赦免很多罪过

父 神!

鉴于冠状病毒大流行,川普总统宣布3月15日为国家祈祷日,
他说:我们这个国家,在我们的整个历史中,一直在这样的时代
向上帝寻求保护和力量……无论你身在何处,是的,我鼓励你转向信仰行为中的祈祷。

父 神!
在饥荒、洪水和火灾的世界中;疾病、死亡和我们日常活动的中断,在总统要求举行国家祈祷日的这一天,我们选择抬头仰望……跪着(祈祷)。

我们看到祢坐在荣耀的宝座上,掌控万物(以赛亚书6:1)一切万物。
我们知道祢是一位仁慈、恩典、信实、慈爱的神。 (以弗所书2:4;哥林多后书9:14;出埃及记34:6)所以,我们拒绝惧怕冠状病毒及其对我们生活的影响,取而代之的是「我们相信祢」。
祢曾说过:祢的耳朵正听着我们的呼求诗篇4:3祢的眼睛注视着我们
(诗篇33:18)而且您的膀臂够长,可以伸到我们身边(以赛亚书59:1)而且强壮到足以环抱着我们(诗篇139:7-10)现在环抱着我们,环抱着让我们靠近祢;平静我们狂跳的心。将祢平安的灵吹入到我们内心的恐惧和动荡中。

即使现在,我正为着祢(赐)的平安祈求祷告,我也想知道……这凶恶、阴险、邪恶的病毒,会成为引发我们深爱的国家属灵觉醒的触发因素吗?祢是否正在试图引起我们的注意,要求我们在与祢的关系中醒来?我知道我们迫切需要醒来。

我们已将蔑视祢的婚姻制度合法化;我们庆祝与祢的指示相抵触的关系;为了我们自己的方便,我们杀灭了祢所创造并带有祢的形象的生命。我们变得世俗化,甚至,我们都不承认祢的存在,更不用说尊敬或服从祢了。祢引起我的注意。因此,就像古老的先知但以理一样,我以谦卑和羞愧向祢求助,因为我代表美国承认一些想到的国家罪行……
(但以理书9:1-19)

*我承认 全国对「性」上瘾;对钱、享乐、娱乐、色情、科技、毒品、酒精、食物、电视、流行、我们自己上瘾

*我承认 我们愚蠢地否认祢是独一的、真实的、活神,我们对之负责的造物主;我们活着好像
“我们的生命是一场没有永恒重要性、目的或意义的宇宙意外事故”。

*我承认 我们贪婪已经累积了数万亿美元的国债。

*我承认 我们傲慢和骄傲 使我们认为自己已足够了。

*我承认 我们相信我们国家繁荣是因为我们是伟大的,而我们却拒绝承认所有的祝福都来自祢的手。

*我承认 我们在拒绝、蔑视和无视祢的同时,依靠我们的军事力量和武器系统来保护我们免受伤害和危险。

*我承认 我们在包容性的渴望中屈服于多元化的压力,因此我们尊敬其他神灵,好像祢只是其中之一。

*我承认 我们已容让祢所赐与的物质上的祝福,来欺骗我们以为我们不需要祢。

*我承认 我们活着好像物质财富和繁荣将带来幸福。

*我承认 我们已将真理边缘化,并使谎言成为主流。

*我承认 我们已经成为一个在众多神灵之下分裂、两极分化的国家,拥有许可证犯罪及拥有不再遵循法治的公义。

永生神的圣灵使我们相信:有必要远离我们的罪恶,与祢同在。
(约翰福音16:8)

主、神!求祢怜悯我们!当我们为我们的罪悔改,并转向祢时,求祢也转向我们!

没有人像祢一样
帮助无能为力的人,抵抗这种强大的疾病。耶和华我们的神啊!求祢帮助我们!因为我们依靠祢,我们奉祢的名与这个巨大而无形的敌人对抗。 (历代志下 14:11)

再次,我们抓住祢对所罗门王的应许。祢说过:「我若使天闭塞不下雨,或使蝗虫吃这地的出产,或使瘟疫流行在我民中。」
祢说过:「这称为我名下的子民,若是自卑、祷告、寻求我的面、转离他们的恶行..」祢说过:「我必从天上垂听,赦免他们的罪、医治他们的地。」祢说过:「我必睁眼看、侧耳听,在此处所献的祷告。」
(历代下 7:13-15)

我们恳求祢,我们抓住祢的应许。求祢垂听我们祷告!赦免我们的罪过!医治我们的土地!我们正站在我们国家的破口当中。

我们奉那一位拯救者的名祷告。我们美丽而唯一的救主、
万国之王、神的儿子和人的儿子。现正活着、掌权
且即将回来的万主之主和万王之王耶稣基督。

我们奉祂的名和荣耀祷告,
阿们!

(非常感谢不知名的作者把英文祷告翻译成中文,与中文读者分享!)

 

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