The Bigger Picture – A Prayer for America

My Gracious Heavenly Father, As You know, I’m sitting here listening to today’s Breaking News about a shooting that took place at Alexandria, Virigina, Baseball Field where Congressman Steve Scalise and others were shot by a man who was specifically targeting Republicans.

Lord, You know that I am not a Republican and I am not a Democrat. I am registered as an Independent voter but consider myself to be a Christian Humanitarian. I felt that You led me to this choice, not because I think there is anything wrong with being a member of any political party or that I do not like America’s two parties, but because You have given me a love and compassion for people in general and You do not wish me to be isolated from me reaching anyone. You have called me to take the message of love, forgiveness and salvation that my Savior, Jesus Christ, gave for every soul and You have called me to be a servant. I am Your servant and You have called me to serve Your people.

It is for the people that I am writing this prayer to You today.

God, I see the bigger picture here. I see a country full of souls that You love dearly.
Jesus, I see people, no matter what their political views are, that You died for and cherish with a love that human minds cannot comprehend.

Father, I see so many people who are angry, scared, tired, confused or arrogant. I pray for their anger. That You would soften their hearts and calm their minds. I pray for their fears in this world, that is getting darker, that You would bring them comfort and protection. I pray for those who are tired and struggling to make it through the days that You would bring them strength, rest and hope. And God, I pray for the arrogance that is consuming our nation from coast to coast. I pray that You would instill a mindset of kindness, respect and compassion for others. God, that we would keep a humble heart and mind and to not think ourselves better than or more important than anyone else that You created and love.

Lord, people have lost sight of the bigger picture of our country and they are keeping their eyes focused more upon themselves. People want to be right. People want to be heard and people want their way.

We are losing our sense of community. We are losing sight of the fact that America was established under You as a place for all people of age, color, creed, and gender to come and live in peace. God, these are people that You created and love fiercely. We have lost sight of the fact that we believe in and have had thousands die for the gift of our freedom. Freedom we didn’t all earn but were given. Freedom to do live where we want to live, do the work that we want to do, worship the way we want, and speak our ideas and opinions without persecution.

The bigger picture is our freedom. America, land of the free and home of the brave. A land of opportunity where you have the chance to make your dreams come true. Yet, it is our freedom that we are taking for granted.

Help us God, to not immediately go to hating someone who disagrees with us. Help us to not cut them off with insults, name calling and degradation, but instead Lord, bring a peace that passes all understanding through Your Holy Spirit, so that when we leave a discussion with someone who has different views that we do, we can still show them the love of Jesus and keep our relationship in tact.

Help us God, to not cause divisions in our beautiful nation because some of us want different things than others or have different ideas, but instead to honor our faith in You and our families by working together and looking to Your Word to learn how Christ handled those who had differences with Him and follow His perfect example of love and patience.

Help us God, to restore our compassion for others in our country and in other countries, to lend a helping hand, to smile at one another, to listen and forgive as You instruct us in Leviticus 19:17  “You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason frankly with your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him. You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.” And to do as Jesus told us in Mark 12: 30-31  “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

The bigger picture is slipping away from us Dear Lord. We have started using hateful, slanderous words towards one another. We have clearly drawn lines in the sand for our differences– lines which are expanding daily and causing terrible divisions. We are getting violent in our demonstrations and protests, causing unthinkable pain to others who are innocent. And now, it is turning to actions which could prove to be deadly. Father God, please do not let a spirit of civil war break out in our nation, but let there be a spirit of civility spread from sea to shining sea.

Please help our government leaders. I pray for blessings upon them all, from the President down to the smallest town Mayors. Please protect them. Give them wisdom, temperance, compassion and honor in their leadership. Please help them to remember that they have been placed in leadership roles to serve us, “We the People”.

Please bless those who were shot today and help this horrific event bring an awakening to our entire nation, an awakening of respect and healing. Help us to remember the true meaning of freedom and to act as a nation that deserves that priceless gift that we have been given.

Help us Lord to get back to seeing the bigger picture of “One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

 

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