A Prayer for America
Inspired by the Biblical Book of Daniel 9:14-19


O LORD, THE GREAT AND dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments. We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from your precepts and from your judgments: Neither have we hearkened unto your servants the prophets, which spoke in your name to our kings, our leaders, and our fathers, and to all the people of America.

O Lord, righteousness belongs unto you, but unto us confusion of faces, as at this day; to all the inhabitants of America, because of our trespass that we have trespassed against you.

O Lord, to us belongeth confusion of face, to our kings, to our leaders, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against you. To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against him; Neither have we obeyed the voice of the LORD our God, to walk in His laws, which He set before us by His servants the prophets. Yes, all America have transgressed your law, even by departing, that they might not obey your voice; therefore the curse is poured upon us, and the oath that is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, because we have sinned against him. And he has confirmed his words, which he spake against us, and against our judges that judged us, by bringing upon us a great evil: for under the whole heaven has not been done as has been done upon America. As it is written in the law of Moses, all this evil is come upon us: yet made we not our prayer before the LORD our God, that we might turn from our iniquities, and understand your truth. Therefore has the LORD watched upon the evil, and brought it upon us: for the LORD our God is righteous in all his works which he does: for we obeyed not his voice. And now, O Lord our God, that has raised up America to bless the world with your Gospel, and has brought to you renown, as at this day; we have sinned, we have done wickedly.

O Lord, according to all your righteousness, I beseech you, let your anger and your fury be turned away from America, because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, America and your people are become a reproach to all that are about us. Now therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of your servant, and his supplications, and cause your face to shine upon America that is declining and has turned her back against you. O my God, incline your ear, and hear; open your eyes, and behold our troubles: for we do not present our supplications before you for our righteousness, but for your great mercies.

O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do.

We ask these things in the name of your blessed begotten son, Jesus Christ.