Almighty God, I come before you today in the name of Jesus and acknowledge your greatness. I declare that your name is great and that you are our Father and Creator. I affirm that you are the Rock who fathered us and the God who gave us birth. I declare that your works are perfect, and all your ways are just. You are a faithful God who does no wrong. You are a God who is just and upright. I pray that you will shield ______________________and me and care for us. Please circle us and care for us and guard us as the apple of your eye. Spread out your wings and and catch us and carry us like an eagle that hovers over its young. Please lead us and make us ride on the heights of the land. Feed us and nourish us with honey from the rock. I pray that we will never abandon you or reject you. May we never desert you or forget you so that you may never reject us or hide your face from us. Instead I pray that you will have compassion on us as your servants and give us strength when our strength is gone. I pray for our nation this day. I confess that in our prosperity we have grown fat and stout and sleek, and that we have forsaken you, the One who made us, and scoffed at you, the Rock of our salvation. We confess that in many ways we are a crooked and twisted and perverse generation, a nation void of counsel and understanding. We have been unmindful of the Rock that fathered us, the God who gave us birth. Grant us wisdom to discern our latter end if we provoke you to anger and stir you to jealousy by going after other gods. Please cleanse our land from all idolatry and remove all ground Satan has been given in our land through the worship of those things which are not gods at all. We plead with you not to hide your face from us, for we know if you do, our foot shall slip, the day of our calamity will be at hand, and our doom will come swiftly. I pray as a nation that we will always know that there is no god besides you, that you are the one who puts to death and brings to life, that you are the one who wounds and who heals. I pray that we will find both fear and comfort in knowing that no one can deliver out of your hand. May we find both fear and comfort in knowing that you will take vengeance on your adversaries and repay those who hate you and that you will sharpen your flashing sword to avenge the blood of your servants. I pray that the words of Scripture will not be idle words to us, but instead be our very life. Prompt us to take your word to heart and be careful to do all that you command us. Remind us to teach our children your commands and give us opportunity to share with others truth from your word. When we do, I pray that our counsel will fall like rain and our words distill like dew, like gentle rain on tender grass, like showers on tender plants. Amen.