23 Days of Prayer for America – reward good and restrain evil

The authorities are God’s servants, sent for your good. But if you are doing wrong, of course you should be afraid, for they have the power to punish you. They are God’s servants, sent for the very purpose of punishing those who do what is wrong. – Romans 13:4 NLT

Prayer: Reward Good and Restrain Evil

I’d like to ask Christians to pray for strong leadership for our country — and for our military, people who will put their oath to the Constitution above their careers. People who, when destructive policy is handed down, would lay their stars on the table and say, “This policy is destructive. It does not enhance readiness; it degrades readiness, and I will not be part of it.”

Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William G. “Jerry” Boykin is executive vice president of the Family Research Council and formerly commanded the U.S. Army’s Delta Force.


Merciful God:

America has been at war continuously for 15 years. We have been led by feckless administrations into global misadventures without the will or resources to win, while successive Congresses abdicate their Constitutional responsibilities.

Our military misadventures have created chaos in the Middle East that has invited global adventurism and the advancement of global evil.

+ Lord, have mercy on us.

We have abandoned the weak and unprotected Christians who are suffering the horrific effects of our foreign policy.

+ Lord, have mercy on us.

We have become unreliable friends of our closest allies and have rewarded our enemies and their evil proxies.

+ Lord, have mercy on us.

At a time when evil is advancing and our enemies are increasing in strength, our military forces no longer have the resources needed to restrain evil.

+ Lord, have mercy on us.

Religious liberty is under assault in our military and good people are leaving because they are unable to publicly live out their faith.

+ Lord, have mercy on us.

We are led by a commander-in-chief who has allowed his social agenda and political considerations to override all military, strategic and operational concerns.

+ Lord, have mercy on us.

Gracious God: I ask that our next president rethink our entire foreign policy and be intentional about America’s need for a strong defense. I ask that our next president rebuild our military capabilities at every level so that we may be agents of global peace through overwhelming military strength. And I ask that our war weary veterans and their families may receive the resources and support that they need while they serve on active duty and when they come home.

May our new government reward good and restrain evil – that freedom may be preserved, including the free exercise of religion and the proclamation of the Gospel.

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit – one God forever. Amen.

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