O Lord, You are a great and awesome God! You always fulfill Your covenant and keep Your promises of unfailing love to those who love You and obey Your commands. But we have sinned and done wrong. We have rebelled against You and scorned Your commands and regulations. We have refused to listen to the prophets, who spoke on Your authority to our leaders, to us and to our ancestors.
Lord, You are in the right; but as You see, our faces are covered with shame. This is true of all of us, past and present throughout this land. O Lord, we and our leaders are covered with shame because we have sinned against You. We have been disloyal to You. But the Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against Him. We have not obeyed the Lord our God, for we have not followed the instructions He gave us through His servants the prophets Our whole nation has disobeyed Your instruction and turned away, refusing to listen to Your voice.
So now the solemn curses and judgments written in the Law of Moses, the servant of God, are coming true. God is now pouring down these judgements because of our sin. Yet we still refuse to seek mercy from the Lord our God by turning from our sins and recognizing His truth. Therefore, the Lord prepares to bring disasters upon us. The Lord our God is right to do all of these things, for we do not obey Him. We have sinned and are full of wickedness.
In view of all Your faithful mercies, Lord, please turn Your furious anger away from Your nation of America. In all the nations can be heard the mocking of America and Your people because of our sins and the sins of our ancestors. “O our God, hear Your servant’s prayer! Listen as I beg You. For Your own sake, Lord, smile again on this nation. O my God, lean down and listen to me. Open Your eyes and see the despair of the few faithful that remain and have mercy upon us. We make this plea, not because we deserve Your help, but because of Your great mercy.
O Lord, hear. O Lord, turn our hearts back to You. O Lord, forgive. O Lord, listen and act! For Your own sake, do not delay, O my God, for Your people and this nation. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer in the name of Jesus! Amen!
Adapted from: Daniel 9:4-19 (NLT)