Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.
Lord, we as a nation are far from You. We admit our neediness, selfishness, and pride as a people. Lord, we repent in dust and ashes with weeping and mourning. We have allowed sin to overtake us. Holiness is far from us. We have allowed the values of this world to rule our hearts. We have permitted worldly thoughts to be our thoughts. We have put the gods of money, sex, and power to come between us and You. The idols of pride, success, and entertainment have diverted our souls from seeking You.
Forgive us, Lord! You love us and long for us to conform our hearts to Your Word. We humbly ask that You have mercy and leave behind a blessing, the blessing of Your Holy Spirit. We need the blessing of Your power, the power of Your Spirit. The power to overcome sin and temptation. The power that brings forth forgiveness, healing, and deliverance. We need more of Your Holy Spirit. We need You, Lord. Amen!
~~ India B. Davis