A Committee of Correspondence

A Committee of Correspondence

Prayer of Repentance

Our nation was founded as ONE NATION UNDER GOD. And for the first 200 years, even including a Civil War, it was still ONE NATION UNDER GOD.

But then the liberals slowly but surely began removing God from the public consciousness. In the late 1960s, He was even declared dead. Of course, just because a liberal says something is true, doesn’t make it true. In fact, it makes it more likely to be a lie than anything else.

And that is certainly the case when it comes to God and to what is good for this country.

God says: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)

The day after tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of a traditional 40 day period of repentance known as Lent. It is a time when Christians prepare our hearts through penance, prayer, reflection, fasting and self-discipline for Easter — the joyous celebration of the wonder of our Lord’s suffering and death in our place in order to offer us a pardon and the gift of ever-lasting life that He has purchased for us through His death and resurrection. It takes MANY Lents and many other just regular days of meditating on a love so great, so wonderful, so beyond our comprehension to gain even the tiniest grasp of what is, in truth, a miracle of love and grace and mercy and forgiveness.

At 82, John Newton said, “My memory is nearly gone, but I remember two things, that I am a great sinner, and that Christ is a great Saviour.”

As we age, we realize that life really comes down to that. We are sinners AND we are the undeserving recipients of God’s grace.

Newton’s tombstone reads, “John Newton, Clerk, once an infidel and libertine, a servant of slaves in Africa, was, by the rich mercy of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, preserved, restored, pardoned, and appointed to preach the faith he had long labored to destroy.”

From Newton’s realization of his need for the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ came the beloved hymn that seems always to be the first one to well up from our hearts in times of devout thanksgiving and praise for our God, as well as in times of fervent petition to our merciful Lord:

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me,
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved.
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come.
‘Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

Our land is in desperate need of healing; we cannot think of a better time than now for each and every Christian American to spend time on our knees seeking God’s face in prayer and repentance.

The Rev. Joe Wright prayed the following prayer at the opening session of the Kansas state legislature in 1995:

Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask Your forgiveness and to seek Your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, “Woe on those who call evil good,” but that’s exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We confess that:

We have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and called it pluralism.
We have worshiped other gods and called it multiculturalism.
We have endorsed perversion and called it an alternative lifestyle.
We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.
We have neglected the needy and called it self-preservation.
We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.
We have killed our unborn children and called it a choice.
We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.
We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem.
We have abused power and called it political savvy.
We have coveted our neighbor’s possessions and called it ambition.
We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression.
We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.

Search us, O God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free. Guide and bless these men and women who have been sent to direct us to the center of Your will. I ask it in the name of Your Son, the living Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

We’ve been adding to the list since 1995! But we’ve got to start somewhere and there is no time like the present.

Lord, please forgive us!

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