Sovereign Lord, I pray in the name of Jesus this day for me and for ______________________. May we be so dependent upon you and so attentive to your voice that we may be able to look back on our life’s journey and see that you have directed us at every stage. I pray that we will only set out at your command. I ask you to grant us the strength to drive out all works of sin and the flesh and the world in our lives. May no works of Satan be left in us to be barbs in our eyes and thorns in our sides. I pray that each of us will be a place of refuge for people around us. May we manifest your life and compassion in such a way that hurting people will be drawn to us for sanctuary. I pray that the fellowships and small groups we belong to will be “cities of refuge” for people who need a place of spiritual shelter. I pray also for our culture, that increasingly we will come to understand the value you place on human life, and to realize that the shedding of innocent blood pollutes the land. I pray that no one who is innocent will be found guilty, and I pray that no one who is guilty of the shedding of blood will be set free. May our legislators as well our citizens see the truth of your word, that atonement cannot be made for the land on which blood has been shed except by the blood of the one who shed it. May we all recognize that borders around a nation are your idea and not man’s, and that they are to be respected and protected. I pray that the cities of our land will once again be places of safety and protection, and that you will prompt us to choose civic leaders who will govern in such a way that in every way we may lead peaceful, quiet, godly and dignified lives. Amen.