“And what great nation is there, that has statutes and rules so righteous as all this law that I set before you today? Deuteronomy 4:8, ESV

As our nation began, our laws were made in recognition of God. Even though a number of our founding fathers were not church-going Christians, they all had a respect for the laws of God and literally based the new nation’s laws upon what they considered divine law. God blessed their decision, and greatness was achieved.

Over the years the making and understanding of law has drifted from that strong godly perspective. Increasingly, lawmakers are looking to other nations or cultural trends for guidelines in laws. It could be argued that our greatness as a nation is drifting with that trend. It is time to begin praying for a return to laws that have their basis in God’s Word.


Thank God for a good foundation for this nation in the nature of its laws.


Pray for the judges of this nation, that they would seek the wisdom that comes from above.


Father, when I read the founding documents of our nation, I give thanks to You for the wisdom given to the men who wrote them. They clearly tried to base their writings on Your revelation. Would You pour out that wisdom on those who are currently in leadership in our nation? We have been drifting from Your Word, and our laws are increasingly in opposition to Your revealed will. Turn us, Lord. Line our laws up with Your Word so that we might once again achieve greatness as a nation because we reflect what You desire.

Adapted from Desperate for Change, PrayerShop Publishing, 2012. The full devotional is available for purchase at


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