According to the law of Congress today is the National Day of Prayer. Men and women from all walks of life are called to pray to their god. But only one God who hears. The LORD, God of the Bible, who is Almighty and Powerful is able to hear and answer beyond what we can ask or imagine. The question is what matters to God in prayer?
Pro 28:9 One who turns away his ear from hearing the law, Even his prayer is an abomination.
The plight of our prayers as a nation can not be said more clearly than this verse. The horrific status of our nation is that we have turned our ear from God and his Law. We have removed the ten commandments for schools and court rooms. We remove laws in our land that once were derived from the scriptures and now have legalized abortion, drugs (in some states), homosexuality, and pornography. False religions are our greatest religions. It is folly to assume that God hears our prayers when we can meet supposed Christian with every other false religion.
Ps. 66:18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear.
The reality is that the prayers we need to offer is one of repentance. As most Christians at one time or another have likely heard this passage from Numbers 7:14 which say “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.” But rather we are a proud nation focused on fleeing from God while pray while calling for the blessing of God on our nation.
Isaiah 1:15 When you spread out your hands, I will hide My eyes from you; Even though you make many prayers, I will not hear. Your hands are full of blood.
May this verse be a sobering reminder of where we are. May we turn back and repent our sins. May we come humbly to our God and find that he is merciful and gracious to those who turn towards him.
George Washington on this subject
We ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained; and since the preservation of sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government are justly considered as deeply, perhaps finally, staked of the experiment…
Let us conclude with a final closing of prayer from a Puritan Prayer.
Confession and Petition
Holy Lord, I have sinned times without number, and been guilty of pride and unbelief, of failure to find Thy mind in Thy Word, of neglect to seek Thee in my daily life. My transgressions and short-comings present me with a list of accusations, but I bless Thee that they will not stand against me, for all have been laid on Christ. Go on to subdue my corruptions, and grant me grace to live above them. Let not the passions of the flesh nor lustings of the mind bring my spirit into subjection, but do Thou rule over me in liberty and power.
I thank Thee that many of my prayers have been refused. I have asked amiss and do not have, I have prayed from lusts and been rejected, I have longed for Egypt and been given a wilderness. Go on with Thy patient work, answering ‘no’ to my wrongful prayers, and fitting me to accept it. Purge me from every false desire, every base aspiration, everything contrary to Thy rule. I thank Thee for Thy wisdom and Thy love, for all the acts of discipline to which I am subject, for sometimes putting me into the furnace to refine my gold and remove my dross.
No trial is so hard to bear as a sense of sin. If Thou shouldst give me choice to live in pleasure and keep my sins, or to have them burnt away with trial, give me sanctified affliction. Deliver me from every evil habit, every accretion of former sins, everything that dims the brightness of Thy grace in me, everything that prevents me taking delight in Thee. Then I shall bless Thee, God of jeshurun, for helping me to be upright.
From the Valley of Vision a Puritan Prayer.