Posted by: valerieburgess | September 29, 2008

A National Lament (Psalm 60 and Joel 2)

I don’t know what brewing behind congressional walls today or what’s being discussed in the White House’s hallowed halls. But I do know that this country needs repair; the land is quaking. It totters. People are suffering hard things. It’s like, we, as a nation are reeling from strong drink.


But there’s a national lament abroad. God’s calling us to prayer. God hasn’t rejected us. But our defenses are broken. Restore us, Lord. Put a fortification around our cities and their leaders.


We need your help, Father God, for vain is the help of man. With God we will see victory! Restore us to you, Lord. We’ve strayed; gently lead us back. We’ve begun to fall. Make our landing soft.


Heal our land. As our knees touch the floor, bring restoration.


“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams and your young men shall see visions. Even upon the menservants and maidservants in those days, I will pour out my spirit (Joel 2:28,29).”


Our hearts our rent, our spirits bent. Heal our homes. Let your Spirit sweep gently and powerfully through each one of us. Revive our homes.  Allow the revitalization to reach from home, to church, to city, to state, and all the way to our national Capitol. Multiply your works in the structure of the House, Senate, and Judicial Branch. Stop the confusion in our minds; make solid our decisions. Give wisdom to our nation’s leaders and heal our land.


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