Prayer of repentance at Karura Community Chapel, Nairobi
Our dear heavenly Father, we acknowledge your presence here today and declare the truth that you are the all-knowing, all-powerful, and always present God. We declare our complete dependence on you saying that apart from you we can do nothing. We worship you as the eternal God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, who no-one has seen or can see. To you, O Lord, be honour and glory and power, for ever and ever. Amen! We worship Jesus Christ, who is God the Son, and who together with you, Father God, and God the Holy Spirit, are One. We acknowledge Jesus Christ as the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of your being, sustaining all things by His powerful word. Father God, you said of your Son, “Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever, and righteousness will be the scepter of your kingdom … In the beginning, O Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; … you remain the same, and your years will never end. …”
O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with all who love him and obey His commands, we have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and have rebelled; we have turned away from your commands and laws. We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who speak in your name to our political, civic and religious leaders, and to all the people of the land of Kenya. Lord, you are righteous, but this day we are covered with shame because of our unfaithfulness to you. Therefore the curses and sworn judgments written in the Bible have been poured out on us. The failure to provide godly leadership, the corruption in our country; the Goldenberg and Anglo-leasing scandals; the political confusion; the blatant and unapologetic greed by our members of parliament; tribalism and ethnic hatred; mistreatment of refugees; pride and prejudice, particularly against neighbouring countries; injustice in our law courts and police cells; the meaningless deaths on our roads; the robberies, violence and insecurity; the Mungiki challenge; the domestic violence; lack of love for our spouses; separation and divorce in our marriages – even amongst us Christians; sexual immorality; the raping of our babies, our daughters, sisters, mothers and grandmothers; the sexual defilement of our boys and men; stigma against HIV/AIDS victims; the acceptance of homosexuality and lesbianism as okay; rebellion and disobedience of our children; the abortion of our babies; escalating drug abuse; poverty; the gap between the rich and the poor; the economic imbalance between different regions in our country; the earth tremors and the threat of a major earthquake in Nairobi – all these and others, are a terrible curse and judgement for a people that have not made room for the Almighty God and His perfect will for us. We have not dedicated, consecrated, sanctified and set apart our individual lives, families, our communities, our churches, our social and business lives and our entire nation for you and for your Kingdom. We have been hypocritical and have rejected the rule of God in our lives, and whether consciously and unconsciously have invited diabolic and demonic influences in our lives and in our nation.
Now, O Lord our God – whose Name has forever been and will forever be, the Name above all names, hear the prayers and petitions of your servants. For your sake, O Lord, look with favour on your people – the Church of Jesus Christ, which is Your temple, the Bride of Christ, and Your dwelling place. Give ear, O God, and hear; open your eyes and see the desolation of our nation. Do not treat us as our sins deserve, merciful and gracious God. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy. O Lord, listen! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act! For your sake, O our God, do not delay, because we bear your Name! We bring repentance as individuals and on behalf of our families, our tribes, our neighbourhoods, our church – Karura Community Chapel, the Church of Jesus in Kenya and on behalf of our entire nation.
HEAL US, O LORD, AND WE WILL BE HEALED, SAVE US AND WE WILL BE SAVED; HEAL KENYA, O LORD AND WE WILL BE HEALED; SAVE OUR NATION FATHER, AND WE WILL BE SAVED.
IN JESUS’ NAME WE PRAY. AMEN AND AMEN!
Selected Scripture references: – Nehemiah 1; Psalm 103; Psalm 107; Daniel 9; Joel; John 15:5; Romans 1:18-32; I Timothy 6:3-21; 2 Timothy 3; Hebrews 1:1-14; Revelation 2 and 3
Karura Community Chapel – Nairobi, Kenya, Sunday, 12 August 2007
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