Prayer for America

By Gene Graves | Feb 21, 2014

What is the importance of praying for our country?

One of the most powerful examples of prayer directly influencing the U.S. Constitution took place five weeks into the Constitutional Convention of 1787. As the delegates were attempting to draft this document with the proper wording, their efforts seemed a dismal failure. Just before the exasperated delegates were to recess and return back to their respective states, Benjamin Franklin challenged them to a time of prayer, saying in part, “Have we now forgotten that powerful friend, or do we imagine we no longer need his assistance?” He went on, “Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel.” He then suggested a prayer time imploring the assistance of heaven and its blessings on their deliberations. The delegates agreed to this proposal and started the practice of a daily prayer time.

From that point on, the wording of the Constitution began to take on a near divine character of its own. I believe that presently the Christian foundation of our America has been so eroded, whether by intent or error, that we have removed ourselves from the sacred principles of the Bible and that this same God who originally showered us with great blessings, is not even acknowledged any more. This downward trend becomes evident when you see what the high court of our America has declared. Starting in 1947, under the misguided definition of separation of church and state, these the following rulings were made for our public schools: in 1962, the removal of prayer; in 1963, the removal of Bible reading; in 1965, religious speech outlawed; in 1980, the posting of the Ten Commandments outlawed. God said, “For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” II Timothy 4:3

So, humbly, let me offer this prayer on behalf of all Americans:

“Our Heavenly Father,

We are a Nation in desperate need of your assistance.

We have turned our ears away from the truth of your word and have become prodigals.

When our founders left England, they came with a spiritual faith in you and because of that, you blessed us beyond our dreams.

And that inspired liberty that made us prosperous for 200 years is now in jeopardy.

Shortly after your victories that brought us through World War II, we began a downward spiral of removing ourselves from your teachings, which soon caused our complacency.

Soon this complacency led to apathy and caused our dependence on a more intrusive government.

My prayer is that we as a nation, with your direction, will recognize our sins against you and of our desperate need for your help.

As we come to you in humility and surrender to your will, return us to our roots of spiritual faith in you, our creator and our Lord.

We ask it in Christ’s name.…


Gene Graves is from Rockport.

Comments (3)
Posted by: Kendall Merriam | Feb 26, 2014 21:54

Actually, I do not agree with my wife who is an atheist, while I  am a pantheist, believing that Gods and Goddesses are in everything.  You may follow my theory in my first book, GOD IS A FOX.  Kendall Merriam

Posted by: Kathleen D Daley | Feb 24, 2014 11:20

In regards to Phyllis Merriam's comment, Jews and Christians know that there are folks of non- Judeo/Christian faith, and we have no problem with that. Jews and Christians also believe in equal rights for folks of other faiths or no faith at all. We believe in freedom of religion for all. However, it seems that non- Judeo/Christian Americans are not willing to give Jews and Christians the same rights that they demand for themselves. We can practice our faith in secret, but no one must see, hear or in any way be aware of our beliefs and practices while they scream and shout theirs from the roof tops. There appears to be double standards and hypocrisy going on here. We Jews and Christians believe in loving and respecting all people. I suggest that you, Ms Merriam, can pray to your god for America while we Jews and Christians pray to our God. Of course, there is only one God, so actually we will be praying to the one, same God. If I sound sarcastic, I sincerely apologize. I don't mean to, and I do wish you and all folks the best. Please can't we live in peace, love and mutual respect!

Posted by: Kendall Merriam | Feb 23, 2014 14:00

There are many prayers that could be offered. Not all Americans are of the Judeo-Christian faith, as your editorial seems to assume.  By Phyllis Merriam

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