The Importance of Repentance in Intercessory Prayer
Overwhelming issues face our church and nation. No person or group can resolve them. We need the Living God to take on the battle, to relent from His judgment, and heal our land.
If we humble ourselves, and pray, and seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways, He will hear from heaven, forgive sin, and heal our land and Your Church. (2 Chronicles 7:14)
Prayer is vital, but more than prayer is needed. There can be no revival without repentance.
Repentance is a unique privilege to come into His presence and grow in His Holiness. (Hebrews 3:14; 1 Peter 1:14-15)
We all fall short of His glory. But we are made in His image and He calls us to be holy as He is holy. Repentance is a wonderful privilege by which we are not only forgiven of our sins but have the choice to choose His Purity. He leads us on His paths of righteousness; He loves to cleanse each of us to become His Bride without spot or wrinkle; a glorious church, holy and without blemish.
A Call to Repentance (Joel 2:12-17a)
“Now, therefore,” says the Lord, “Turn to Me with all your heart, With fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.” Blow the trumpet in Zion, Consecrate a fast, Call a sacred assembly; Gather the people, Sanctify the congregation, Assemble the elders, Gather the children and nursing babes; Let the bridegroom go out from his chamber, And the bride from her dressing room. Let the priests, who minister to the Lord, Weep between the porch and the altar.”
Lord, open up my heart and mind to want to be holy as You are holy. You call us a “royal priesthood” and yet we all fall so far short of Your glory. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Remove any lukewarmness in my spirit. May I be zealous to repent personally and for my nation. In Jesus’ Holy Name, Amen. Each of us repenting of his or her own sins, contributes to the cleansing of the Bride, the Body of Christ: “That He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” (Ephesians 5:27)
Heavenly Father, Creator of the Universe, Leader of all Nations: We humbly beseech you to hear our prayers. Our nation and, indeed, the entire planet is in a state of spiritual chaos and disorder. We have become apostate and drifted far away from our Judeo-Christian heritage. In the name of “democracy” and “equality” we have instead invited in false idols and pagan gods. We have compromised Your Truth countenancing the culture of our day. In the name of “social justice” we have squandered our children’s inheritance. In the name of “fairness” we have embraced human secularism. Now, in the Name of Jesus Christ, the Name above all Names, the King of kings and the Lord of lords, we pray that you would touch hearts throughout this nation and Your Church. We pray that our public humbling and sincere repentance would ignite the passion of all of mankind towards the gospel of Jesus Christ and that we would help complete the Great Commission mandate as Your Bride. Amen.
The process of repentance was set out clearly in Solomon’s day and remains for us today.
A PRAYER OF REPENTANCE:
Father God, we come before Your Throne of Grace today, asking for Your mercy in our time of need. Abba, in our nation church and in our personal lives, we have sinned greatly and have fallen far short of the commands of Scripture which, if followed, would yield blessings. Instead, today, we are living in a land/church cursed with countless iniquities, and their fruit – especially in the lives of our children’s generation. We have been quick to blame others while imagining ourselves innocent.
We find ourselves in the Valley of Achor (“trouble”), but in the Book of Hosea, Lord God, You promise to turn this valley of trouble into a door of hope, that we shall know the Lord and be betrothed to You forever – in righteousness and justice, in loving kindness, in mercy and faithfulness (Hosea 2: 15,19-20). Lord, You say, “If My people repent,” not “If those people repent.” And so Father God, today we repent and we cry out for mercy, dear Lord. Your Word says: “If My people who are called by My name shall humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)
Abba Father, please hear our prayer, show us Your mercy, and bring us home to You again. We ask all of this in Jesus’ Holy Name, amen.
CLOSING PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING:
Heavenly Father we give you thanks today for your Word and your Spirit. We are grateful that you have seen and heard our repentance so we rejoice before you with the sounding of trumpets songs; of praise; and bowing before you in worship. We once again thank you for your mercy and truth that goes before you to the nations and how you revive the humble in spirit; thank you. Father in Jesus mighty name for His great victory of redemption that He achieved for us at the Cross of Calvary with the shedding of His own blood for the sin of the whole world; willingly; laying down His life and declaring and speaking out loudly from the cross with a cry to Abba Father in the power of the Spirit “IT IS FINISHED”. Be thou glorified O Lord be exalted in the nations in Yeshua HaMashiach [Jesus the Messiah]
Prayer of General Thanksgiving
The General Thanksgiving
Officiant and People
Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all whom you have made. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies, that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up our selves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen. (BCP, p. 101)