You know this ongoing conversation you and I have been having about this country over the last few years? You know --- and I realize --- that we are in deep trouble. I know this election will determine if we remain the country that I grew up in. I also know we are a far cry from the nation that you predetermined us to be. For that, I have repeatedly asked your forgiveness as I witness us continuing to neglect you and reject you. It has been my hope that you would not turn away from us, but continue to bless us, as long as there were enough of us who have the original vision of America, and who still believe in glorifying your Name.
I know we don't deserve it. We've been lazy about preserving the unique rights that you granted us ... Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. I guess we took them for granted, and forgot that they are derived from you, the Sovereign Creator. We forgot, along the way, that we are special. No other nation in history has enjoyed the freedoms that you instituted through our Founding Fathers. They relied on your Divine Providence for protection of this new form of government. We grew apart from you; arrogant and disobedient, separating ourselves from the principles that sustained us through good times and bad. The result has been greed, materialism, moral relativism, idolatry, social and moral decay, and a loss of our true identity.
Father, I know that you are already cognizant of who will win the election today. I am aware that the result will either be your Judgment or Grace. I pray that you will hear our petitions and pleas for another chance. We have not earned it ... I am aware of our national sins and they weigh heavy on my heart. I am aware that we are a divided nation, and that, too, is not who you designed us to be. I am aware that we have fallen from the pinnacle of a once revered and respected nation. But I am also aware that, with your help, we can renew our covenant with you; revive our ideals and principles; rebuild our relationships with each other and our allies; and restore the American character.
So, I'm sure you can see me down on my knees, Father. You know it is my desire to rely on your wisdom and plan. No matter what the results, I will abide in you, because you are my refuge. Your will be done.
And, God, because my words are neither adequate nor remarkable, I would like to borrow a prayer from someone whom I'm sure spoke to you just as fervently in his hour of need. Allow me to plagiarize a prayer from our beloved Thomas Jefferson:
Almighty God, Who has given us this good land for our heritage; We humbly beseech Thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of Thy favor and glad to do Thy will. Bless our land with honorable ministry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion, from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people, the multitude brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endow with Thy spirit of wisdom those whom in Thy name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that through obedience to Thy law, we may show forth Thy praise among the nations of the earth. In time of prosperity fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in Thee to fail; all of which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.Washington D.C. March 4, 1801
1 Kings 8:49-51 "... then from heaven, your dwelling place, hear their prayer and their plea, and uphold their cause. And forgive your people, who have sinned against you; forgive all the offenses they have committed against you, and cause their captors to show them mercy; for they are your people and your inheritance ..."