A Prayer

for

America

Heavenly Father,

Yeshua taught us about two prayers - one from a religious man who thanked You for his own righteousness, and the other from a worldly publican who cried, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner.” And You said that it was the repentant man who “went down to his home right with God rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but everyone who humbles himself will be exalted (Luke 18:14).”

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, we do repent of the multitude of our sins, the sins of our forefathers, and the sins of America.

You gave us ten “words” written in stone, the basics of the 613 mitzvot. Though they are engraved in our Supreme court, yet we as a nation have broken every one of these ten commandments.

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Father, forgive us! For You said “Do not covet...,” yet our society, no matter how rich we already are as compared to the rest of the world, we are still not satisfied with what we have. We allow the media to teach our children to covet from their youth. We allow models and magazines to teach our women and girls to covet unnatural figures. We continually want the newest, biggest, brightest, cars, houses, gadgets, and clothes. We want to “keep up with the Jones’” so much that we are even willing to sell ourselves into slavery through debt, for Your Word says that "the borrower is slave to the lender (Proverbs 22:7)."

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Father, forgive us! For You said “Do not bear false witness against your neighbor,” yet we say we are blessed by you, we say we are a Christian nation, and that we have replaced Israel as the nation God chooses to bless. We call good evil, and evil good. We teach our children and perpetuate the lie that Evolution brought us here, and that we are the greatest nation in the world, and that all other nations should follow us in our ideologies and our form of government.

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Father, forgive us! For You said “Do not steal,” yet we stole this land from the Native Americans and committed near genocide. We use faulty weights and measures - we pay unfair prices because we have slaves in third world countries, who make our goods like those made in China, our iPhones and designer clothing. We mistreat our farmers, exploit countries of their resources and then move on to the next one after destroying their lands. We allow corporations like Monsanto and McDonald’s to exist, which have no consciences but whose sole objective is profit, without regard to morality or responsibility.

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Father, forgive us! For You said “Do not commit adultery.” In our nation, we teach our children, at the onset of puberty, how to fornicate without having to be responsible for the possibility of pregnancy. In hypocrisy we condemn polygamy as a nation, yet we practice divorce for selfish and trivial reasons and promote the sins of Sodom in our schools, our media, and even our laws. In hypocrisy we condemn prostitution yet we legalize pornography, even though our Savior said “whoever looks at a woman to lust after her has already committed adultery in his heart.”

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Father, forgive us! For You said “Do not murder,” and as if killing babies through abortion were not enough, we also sacrifice our husbands & sons in the military to fight unrighteous battles for political power & economic gain. We glorify death, crime, and murder - in video games, movies, televison, and even the news. And maybe even worst of all, because we stifle Your Truth, we are ashamed of Your Bible, and we deny Yeshua - in our schools, in our government, and in our media, we keep salvation from our nation, and we commit spiritual murder.

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Father, forgive us! For You said “Honor your father & mother.” But we have raised children who lack respect because of our own example. We treat our elderly parents as if they were a nuisance. We strip parents of their sovereign rights and responsibilities for their children and divest them to unrighteous government institutions and ungodly schools. And as parents, we do not act honorably, and we teach our children the ways of the world instead of the ancient paths where they would find peace for their souls.

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Father, forgive us! You said to “Remember Shabbat” and gave us all your holy, prophetic appointed times - Pesach, Shavuot, Sukkot - that show us Your love through Your great plan of salvation. Not only do we profane your Shabbat by buying and selling and seeking our own pleasure, but we have replaced your sacred calendar with a Gregorian calendar has substituted all your holy days with man-made and pagan celebrations. Instead of holy convocations our false holidays are filled with materialism, pleasure-seeking, and vanity.

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Father, forgive us! For You said “Do not take my name in vain.” But we bear the name of Christ, proclaiming ourselves as a Christian nation as we lead the world in promoting all sorts of sins, through Hollywood, our political ideologies, the new age religion, and the new world order. And now we are even joining with the world as a Christian nation in condemning Israel, from Obama’s cabinet to the Presbyterian church’s recent decision to divest from Israel.

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Father, forgive us! For You said to have “no other gods”. Yet we worship Mamon - wealth, we idolize the rich & famous, movie & music stars, and our politicians, and the president. We even worship the earth, Satan, other human beings, and our own selves. Whatever we obey instead of you are our idols. Only You are worthy of our devotion, and only Yeshua’s life is worthy enough to be our example.

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Father, forgive us! For You said “Anochi YHWH, eloheykha,” “I am Hashem your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the abode of slavery.” Yet we look to our politicians for leadership, our courts for justice, our military for protection, and our medical institutions for healing. You are the only true King, Righteous Judge, Defender, and Healer. Yeshua alone can save us from our sins.

We proclaim with the publican: “God be merciful to us, America, sinners.”

Background

I was asked to say a prayer for America last Shabbat. I replied “I’d be honored.” I didn’t really know what I would pray about so I prayed about how to pray. I had a few ideas, but I felt like the Heavenly Father wanted me to do something different. I had a conversation with a friend from the congregation a few weeks before. His ministry was to call people to repentance, and he told me some awesome testimonies of how the Father had used him to call people to repentance in various settings. I felt the Holy Spirit draw me to that conversation, and then also to Yeshua’s teaching in Luke 18 on the prayers of the Pharisee and the publican. It was the prayer of repentance that was justified, rather than the prayer that thanked God for one’s own righteousness. It became clear what the Father wanted me to pray about.

I started writing out what I should say, and spent about 6 hours total. I did most of it the night before and stayed awake until about 4 am. When it was my turn, I went up, and invited the congregation to kneel with me as I read my prayer out loud. Some people might say that prayers should not be read, but that one should wait for the Holy Spirit to lead you. However, I had already done just that. I searched and sought the Father’s will for 6 hours, and I felt that this was indeed what I should pray, and that so long as it was spoken in humility, it would be accepted, as Yeshua said.

As I prayed, and I felt the Holy Spirit was bursting through as my voice started trembling early on in the prayer. I thought I must sound like I was crying but I wasn’t, and I really didn’t intend to or even want to sound so emotional, but there was no other way I could read this prayer, so I just pushed through until it was done. Most prayers said for America that I heard at our congregation in the past received many strong “Amens” throughout the prayer, at every few sentences, but mine received only a few faint ones that I could remember. However, I cared not, and doubted not, because I knew that this was what the Father wanted me to say regardless of how many people openly or fervently agreed with it or not. This was what the Father planted in my heart.

Some thought that I might have been too harsh, and that America was a great nation. I agree America is a great nation, and I would not desire to live anywhere else in this time in history. However, that does not mean we are sinless, nor that we are not in need of repentance.

Several people asked for a copy, so I thought I’d share it here, and invite everyone in joining with me to pray this prayer of humility for our country, America.