A Prayer For The Remnant In America

Inspired By Psalm 35 & Psalm 143

Contend, O Lord, with those who contend with us; fight against those who fight against us! Stand up for our help! Close up and block off the way of those who pursue and persecute us. Say to us, "I AM your deliverance!"

Let them be put to shame and dishonor who seek and require our lives; let them be turned back and confounded who plan our hurt! Let them be as chaff before the wind, as you Lord drive them on. Let their way be through dark and slippery places, as you Lord pursue and afflict them.

For without cause, they have hidden for us their net; without cause, they have dug a pit of destruction for our very lives.

Let that same destruction befall our enemies unaware; let the net they have hidden for us catch them.

Then we shall be joyful in the Lord, we shall rejoice in Your deliverance and all of our bones shall say, "Lord, who is like You, You Who deliver the poor and the afflicted from those who are too powerful?"

Malicious and unrighteous witnesses rise up; they ask us of things that we do not know.

They reward us evil for good to our personal bereavement.

But as for us, when they were sick, when they were troubled, we hurt for them and prayed for them. We behaved as if grieving for friends and family members. We bowed down in sorrow, as one who bewails his mother.

But in our stumbling and limping, they rejoice and gather together against us; they slander and revile us, and we don't even know them; they cease not to slander and revile us. Day in and day out, they rage! Like profane mockers at feasts, they gnash at us with their teeth.

How long, O Lord, will You look on without action? Silence them! Rescue our lives from their destructions, and our dearest precious lives from these blood-thirsty lions! We will give You thanks in great assembly; we will praise You among a mighty throng.

Let not those who are wrongfully our foes rejoice over us; neither let them wink with their eye who hate us without cause.

For they do not speak peace, but they devise deceitful matters against those who are quiet in the land.

Yes, they open their mouths wide against us; and they say, "AHA!! AHA!! Our eyes have seen what you did!!"

You have seen this, O Lord our God; don't be silent! Don't be far from us! Arouse Yourself and awaken to the justice that is long overdue, even to our righteous cause. Judge them and vindicate us according to Your righteousness and let not our foes rejoice over us!

Let them not say in their hearts, "Aha, that is what we wanted! We have swallowed them up and utterly destroyed them." Instead, let THEM be put to shame and confusion together who rejoice at our calamity! Let THEM be clothed with shame and dishonor who magnify and exalt themselves over YOU and over us!

Let those who favor our righteous cause and who have pleasure in our uprightness shout for joy and be glad and say continually, "Let the Lord be magnified, Who takes pleasure in the prosperity of His servants and His children." And our lips shall speak of Your righteousness and justice, and of our reasons for Your praise all the day long.

Hear our prayer, O Lord, give ear to our supplications! In Your faithfulness answer us, and in Your righteousness.

Do not enter into judgment with Your servants, for in Your sight no one living is in themselves righteous or justified. All of us have contributed in some way to our nation's sins. All of us have gone astray in one way or another. But we remembered your promise in 2nd Chronicles 7:14.

For many years now, a remnant of us who are called by Your Name, we have humbled ourselves, we have prayed, we have sought Your face, and we have turned from our wicked ways; so that You would hear from heaven, You would forgive our sin, and You would heal our land. So please hear our prayer, O Lord, give ear to our supplications! In Your faithfulness answer us, and in Your righteousness.

For the enemy has pursued and persecuted our souls and the very soul of this nation, he has crushed our lives down to the ground; he has made us to dwell in dark places as those who have been long dead. Therefore is our spirit overwhelmed and faint within us. Wrapped in gloom, our heart deep within our chest grows numb.

We remember the days of old when we used to follow You as a nation; we meditate on all You have done for us throughout the centuries, despite our sins and shortcomings, we see where You have remained faithful even when we were unfaithful, we ponder the work of Your hands.

We spread forth our hands to You; our soul and the soul of this nation thirsts after You like a desperate thirsty land for water.

Answer us quickly, O Lord, for our spirit fails; hide not Your face from us, lest we become like those who sink down into the grave.

Cause us to hear Your loving-kindness in the morning, for on You do we lean and in You do we trust. Cause us to know the path we should take and the way we should walk, for we lift up our inner selves to You.

Deliver us, O Lord, from our enemies, both physical and spiritual; we flee to You to hide us.

Teach us to do Your will, for You are our God; let Your good Spirit lead us into a level country and into the land of uprightness.

Save us, O Lord, for Your name’s sake; in Your righteousness, bring us out of trouble and free us from distress.

And in Your mercy and loving-kindness, cut off our enemies and destroy all those who afflict us, for we are not only Your servants, but we are Your adopted sons and daughters, purchased and redeemed by the blood of the Lamb.

Hear our cries, O Lord our God, for we pray all these things...