Lord God, I bring my city and my nation before you this day. I thank you that you long to be gracious to us and that you rise and you exalt yourself to show us compassion and mercy. I claim your promise that you are a God of justice, and that you bless all those who wait for you. I thank you that you are gracious to us when we cry for help, and that as soon as you hear our prayers, you will answer. Where you have given us the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, I pray that you will bind up our bruises and heal the wounds you have inflicted. May streams of water flow on every high mountain and every lofty hill. May the moon shine like the sun, and may the sunlight be seven times brighter, like the light of seven full days. I pray that you will cause us to return to you. I pray that the eyes of those who see will no longer be closed, and the ears of those who hear will listen. May the mind of the rash know and understand, and the stammering tongue be fluent and clear. I pray that the fool will no longer be called noble, nor the scoundrel highly respected. Instead, may noble men make noble plans and may their noble deeds cause them to stand. I pray that each one of us will be like a shelter from the wind for others, and a refuge from the storm. May we be like streams of water in the desert and the shadow of a great rock in a thirsty land. I pray that those who spread error concerning you will be revealed as fools who speak folly, exposed as those who leave empty the hungry and withhold water from the thirsty. May those who are teachers of truth be hidden no more, but be seen by everyone. Whether we turn to the right or to the left, may our ears hear your voice, and the voice of your teachers, saying “This is the way; walk in it.” I pray that you will remove our complacency and our false sense of security and pour out your Spirit upon us from on high. May the desert become a fertile field, and the fertile field seem like a forest, and become places where justice and righteousness dwell. I pray that the fruit of your righteousness will be peace, and that its effect will be quietness and confidence forever. May our people live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest. May our leaders reign in righteousness and our rulers rule with justice. I pray that we will not rely on horses or trust in the multitude of chariots and the great strength of our horsemen for our national security. May we not depend on those who are men and not God, who are flesh and not spirit. Instead, may we look to you, the Holy One of Israel, and seek help from you. I pray that you will protect us from those who seek to destroy us. I pray that the name of the Lord may come from afar, with burning anger and dense clouds of smoke. May your tongue be a consuming fire and your breath like a rushing torrent. Shake hostile nations in the sieve of destruction. May you fight them in battle with the blows of your arm, and may your breath be like a stream of burning sulfur that sets them ablaze. May our hearts rejoice, as when people went up with flutes to your mountain, the mountain of the Lord, the Rock of Israel. Cause us to hear your majestic voice, and make us see your arm coming down with raging anger and consuming fire, with cloudburst, thunderstorm, and hail. May your voice shatter our enemies. I pray that you will come down to do battle on our behalf. May you shield us, like birds hovering overhead, and deliver us. Pass over us and rescue us, I pray. This I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.