Friday, April 17, 2009

Adam McManus's Prayer at the San Antonio Tea Party

Heavenly Father,

We come to You today with heavy hearts. Our nation, founded on Biblical principles, has seemingly lost its way. We’ve forgotten who we are and Whose we are!

Thomas Jefferson said it well when he declared, “God who gave us life -- gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift from God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, and that His justice cannot sleep forever.”

Lord, how true that is! Today, April 15th, 2009, we want to reaffirm our dependence on You for our next breath. May Americans everywhere remember afresh that our freedoms, our liberties flow from You our Creator.

In these United States, we should be free to use our God-given talents to serve You and our fellow man as we provide for ourselves and our families without government intrusion and burdensome taxation. We should be free to think, speak, write and worship as we wish, even if we don’t toe the politically correct line of a morally bankrupt pop culture.

Indeed, it is our prayer that the President and the Congress would recognize that they are not our Savior nor our Deliverer. That is Your role and Your role alone.

It was James Madison, our fourth President, who uttered this profound statement: “We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We’ve staked the future of all our political institutions upon our capacity to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.”

Father, the State is not God! It is the servant of the people. May we the people, gathered here tonight in San Antonio – each and every one of us -- recognize the awesome responsibility we have to speak up and demand that our representatives begin to exercise fiscal discipline and liberate us from oppressive taxation which penalizes our hard work and sacrifice.

And, we pray, that where we have not honored You with our thoughts, words and deeds, that You would please forgive us. And where we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves, that You would pardon us.

It was at the Constitutional Convention of 1787 when Benjamin Franklin painted the big picture. He said “God governs in the affairs of man. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We have been assured in the Sacred Writings that except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. I firmly believe this. I also believe that, without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel.”

In Your Word, we read in Genesis 11:4 that the people of that time said,Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves.” And because of that prideful motivation, You confused their languages, scattering them across the face of the earth.

Lord, we see such striking similarities today! Leaders who seek their own glory and not Your glory. Replace their pride with humility. Replace their lust for power with a servant’s heart. And replace their misguided politics with godly principles.

We want You to rebuild the house known as America. We cannot stand by and watch our leaders labor in vain any longer. We acknowledge our desperate need for Your aid.

May we be a light to the nations, reflecting Your righteousness and love.

We pray all of this in the matchless name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord,

Amen.

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