Most heavenly Father, Ruler of Heaven and Earth, forgive us, oh Lord. We have strayed so far from You and Your Word, personally and as a people that we are seeing the fruits of our disobedience. Yet in blindness, some refuse to bend the knee and not just not obey and surrender to You, but even acknowledge Your Mighty Existence, Your Sovereignty and Your Majesty.
You are patient, kind and long-suffering, oh God. You desire that none perish but that all come to Repentance and a saving Knowledge of Jesus Christ. You know many will turn away, like the stiff-necked people they are, proud, arrogant and full of their own limited and foolish intellectual wisdom. We are a people torn apart by our own rebellion, stubborn and hard of hearing, but You promise to heal, oh most Merciful God in Heaven.
So now, the Call goes out to all who would listen - to return to you, to seek restoration and healing to seek the Lord Who binds up the broken-hearted and sets the captives free...to surrender to He by Whose stripes we were healed at Calvary, when He paid the debt He did not owe, for sins He did not commit.
Revive us oh Lord, wake us from slumber and sloth. Remove the stain of guilt from our souls. Rejuvenate and restore all who are weary and tired of running AWAY from You and let us now hit the brakes, turn around and run TO You. Your Eyes runneth to and fro across the whole earth in search of those whose hearts are loyal to You. Therefore make us realize we have strayed so far from You that we deserve the Judgment You had set before those who refuse You. But in Grace, You built a Highway of Holiness with a very clear road map back to Your good Graces, Your loving arms and Your eternal Home.
It is only by this can we truly live, oh God. It is only by this Grace and the narrow road back, that we may live before You, in Your Holy Presence, now and through Eternity. May this be, oh Father. Give us the fire, passion and urgency to reach those who fall in this category and may hearts be open to the listening and processing of the Truth that if we do what Your Word to Hosea above says, we too may live. Glory to Your Name and to the Son Who died for us, and it is in His Name, the strong and exalted Name of Jesus we pray, amen.