Thursday, November 11, 2010
A Veteran's Day Prayer
Not to us is the glory, O Lord! Not to us the glory. The nation we call "the land of the free and the home of the brave" has been your gift to us. If it depended upon our own abilities, we would no longer be free, and we often are not brave.
You know only too well the sins of our nation and our inherent weakness. You have looked into our hearts and seen the self-centeredness. You have seen the shame that blights our land because of the sin that taints the hearts of everyone.
Yet you have not forsaken us. You have protected us. There is a song about our nation that contains the words: "God shed his grace on thee." And this is the only reason for our safety and security. Your love, which we do not deserve, this is our strength. This is our only hope.
Continue to shield us with your faithful love. Continue to build up our faith in Jesus who has defeated the dominion of the devil and won the victory for us over death.
Lord, we thank and praise you for preserving and sustaining our nation for generations. We thank you for the faithful efforts of those who have served our country. We pray that you will continue to send forth people of courage and skill to be the tools in your hands for our protection. As our troops stand guard for us in distant and dangerous places, let them call upon you to be their guard. Then, please bring them home safely.
This we pray in the name of Jesus, the Lord of life and glory. Amen.
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