Sovereign Lord, I thank you that when no one looked on us with pity or had compassion on us, you said to us in Jesus’ name, “Live!” You have made us grow as a people like a plant of the field, and you covered us with the garment of your righteousness. We thank you for giving us your solemn oath and entering into a covenant with us. Our renown as a people has gone forth among the nations because of the splendor you have bestowed on us, and for that we thank you. We confess that as a people we have trusted in our splendor instead of in you. We have been unfaithful to you and forgotten the days of our youth as a nation. We have become proud, overfed, and unconcerned. We have lived in prosperous ease and walked in the ways of the nations instead of walking in your ways. We have slaughtered your children through abortion and have become more corrupt than the nations around us. In our shame and disgrace we acknowledge that we have even made them appear righteous by comparison. We know that if judgment falls upon us as a nation, it will only be because you have returned our deeds upon our head. I pray that you will purify us, bring to an end our unfaithfulness to you, atone for all that we have done through the blood of Jesus, and no longer be angry with us. I pray that you will cleanse us from impurity, anoint us with the oil of the Holy Spirit,and clothe us with your righteousness. I ask you, in Jesus' name, to remember the covenant you have made with us, in the days of our youth as a people, and establish it with us as an everlasting covenant, that we may know that you are the Lord. Amen.