Lord God, I worship you this day as the Lord Almighty, the Mighty One of Israel. You are a God of great power, a God who gains relief from your foes and who avenges yourself on your enemies. I acknowledge, on behalf of my city and nation, that you have reared us and brought us up as your children. Yet in many ways we have rebelled against you. Even though the ox knows its master and the donkey his owner’s manger, we do not know you or understand that you are the one who has given us life and freedom. We are a sinful nation and a people loaded with guilt. We have forsaken you; we have spurned you, the Holy One of Israel, and turned our backs on you. Our whole head is injured, our whole heart afflicted. From the sole of our foot to the top of our head, there is no soundness, only wounds and welts and open sores, not cleansed or bandaged or soothed with oil. I acknowledge that rebels and sinners will one day be broken, and that those who forsake you will perish. If we do not turn back to you, we will one day be like an oak with fading leaves, like a garden without water. Even the mighty man among us will become tinder and his work a spark; both will burn together, with no one to quench the fire. And so I pray that our rulers will hear your word and our people will listen to your law. May we take our evil deeds out of your sight. I pray that we will stop doing wrong and learn to do right. Prompt us to seek justice and rebuke the oppressor. May we defend the cause of the fatherless and the weak. Our hands as a people are full of the blood of the victims of abortion and the victims of violence. We know that when we spread out these hands in prayer, you will hide your eyes from us. Even if we offer many prayers, you will not listen. I pray that we will wash and make ourselves clean by your grace. I pray that we will respond to your offer to come and reason together with you. Though our sins are like scarlet, please make them white as snow. Though they are red as crimson, may they be like wool. I pray that we as a people will be willing and obedient so that we may eat the best from the land, for I know that if we continue to resist and rebel, we will be devoured by the sword. I pray for my city and nation, that we will become a faithful nation, a nation full of justice and a place where righteousness dwells. Protect us from rulers who are rebels and companions of thieves, who love bribes and chase after gifts. I ask you to thoroughly purge away our dross and remove all our iniquities. Please restore to us judges and counselors who will defend the cause of the fatherless and the weak. May we be called the City of Righteousness, the Faithful City. I pray that you will redeem us with justice and redeem our penitent ones with righteousness. I pray for myself and for ______________________, that you will thoroughly purge away our dross and remove every impurity from our lives. I thank you that in Christ, though our sins were like scarlet, they have become white as snow, that though they were red as crimson, they have become white like wool. I thank you for the cleansing power of the blood of Jesus, and I pray that we will this day choose to be willingly obedient to you. It is in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.