Praying For Our Country

Election Day

Ezekiel 22:30

I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none.

God of this Nation, Send forth Your faithful to turn the tides of this country.  For many Christians, this Election Day seems like a low point in America’s history.  We are finding it difficult to believe that either candidate will serve You or be a positive leader for our country.  All-knowing God, You see our tomorrows and also the years to come.  You know what is needed to bring this country back to worshiping You and being one country under God.  Your will be done.  Amen. Amen. Amen.



1 Day Until Election Day

Zechariah 1:3

Therefore tell the people:  This is what the LORD Almighty says:  ‘Return to me,’ declares the LORD Almighty, ‘and I will return to you,’ says the LORD Almighty.

Almighty Lord,

Just as You gave the people of Israel a chance to turn from their idolatry and wicked ways, You say to us, “Return to me and I will return to you.”  We desire to live as Your people—to act justly, love mercy and to walk humbly with You.  We are incapable of doing this on our own, Lord.  Revive our nation with the breath of Your Spirit.  In the Name of Jesus we pray.  Amen.



2 Days Until Election Day

2 Chronicles 7:14

If my people, who are called by my name, will 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 will heal their land.

Heavenly Father,

Thank You for making us Your chosen people through the blood of Jesus Christ.  We come before You today on bended knees, seeking forgiveness for wandering far from You.  Our land is in need of much healing, a healing that can come only from Your hands.  Turn our hearts toward You and forgive us for seeking our own ways.  In the Name of Jesus.  Amen.



3 Days Until Election Day

Psalm 61:1-2

Hear my cry, O God;

  listen to my prayer.

From the ends of the earth I call to you,

   I call as my heart grows faint;

            lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

All Present God, You hear the cry of Your people.  Help us to stop in the midst of the noise and chaos and be still.  Open our ears to Your whisper, assuring us, “I am still here.  I am still in control.  Rest in me.”  We pray this in the Name of Jesus our Savior.



4 Days Until Election Day

Psalm 18:2-3

The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;

            my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.

He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise,

            and I am saved from my enemies.

Rock of Ages, You are our fortress and stronghold.  You will not crumble even if it feels like the ground beneath us is quaking on a fault line.  Help us to acknowledge our own weakness so that we may cling to You and seek refuge in You.  In Jesus’ Name we pray.  Amen.



5 Days Until Election Day

Matthew 5:44

“But I tell you:  Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…”

Loving God, it is in Your power that we pray for those groups who demand that Christians follow the world’s standards of behavior, lifestyles and tolerance.  Nothing is impossible for You, Lord, so we ask You to soften the hearts of those who fight against Your Word and Your ways.  Empower all believers to stand firm against the voice of the enemy.  In the Name of Jesus.  Amen.



6 Days Until Election Day

Psalm 42:8

By day the LORD directs his love,

            at night his song is with me—

            a prayer to the God of my life.

Lord, we praise You for filling us with Your love.   We lift up our voices to You in praise and thanksgiving for Your love and protection.  May the fire of faith burn in our hearts for You.  Today we pray for Christians in this country who are lukewarm in their faith.  Light a fire in their hearts so that our combined voices can overpower the voices of evil.  In the power of Jesus’ Name we pray.  Amen.



7 Days Until Election Day

Philippians 1:18b-19

Yes, and I will continue to rejoice for I know that through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance.

Heavenly Father,

The Apostle Paul continued to rejoice even in chains.  Give us Your Spirit that we, too, might rejoice at the knowledge that Jesus has freed us from the chains of the evil one.  The laws of the states and the country are squeezing out our Christian freedoms, but we remain free in Christ.  Help us to share the hope we have in Christ with others who are in despair.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen.



8 Days Until Election Day

Psalm 118:5

In my anguish I cried to the LORD, and he answered by setting me free.

Lord, True freedom is only in You.  You told us in Your Word that we “will know the truth and the truth will set us free.” (John 8:32)  Thank You for the freedom we have in the One who is the Word, the Truth, and the Life—Jesus Christ.  Thank You, Father, for the freedoms we have enjoyed in this country.  Even as we gradually lose those freedoms, help us to remember that true freedom comes only through living in Your Son.  In His Name we pray.  Amen.



9 Days Until Election Day

James 4:2

You want something but don’t get it.  You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want.  You quarrel and fight.  You do not have, because you do not ask God.

Holy God,

We confess that we try to fight the battles ourselves.  We look around us and see the work of the enemy.  We get discouraged and angry.  We blame others.  Forgive, us Lord.  What we fail to do is turn to You.  Forgive us.  We give You the problems of today, trusting in Your holy Name.  Amen.



10 Days Until Election Day

1 John 5:15

And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.

Heavenly Father,

We do have the assurance that You hear us as we come to You in prayer.  It is so easy to become discouraged and negative regarding the state of our country and the upcoming election.  Help us to remember today and every day that You’ve got this.  We  trust in Your goodness and believe that whatever happens, You are still in control.  In Jesus’ Name we pray.  Amen.



11 Days Until Election Day

Hebrews 4:16

Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Jesus, Our High Priest,

We come before You today knowing You have walked this earth, the subject of political upheaval.  You direct us to obey the government as long as it does not go against God’s Word.  In a few weeks we will be faced with a difficult decision.  Some of us, feeling that neither choice may be pleasing to You, may be tempted to not go to the polls at all.  Give us Your grace and wisdom to do what is good and right in Your eyes.  In Your holy Name we pray.  Amen.



12 Days Until Election Day

Matthew 6:7

And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.

Dear Father, You know our hearts; You hear our cries in this time of confusion and evilness.  Our rights and freedoms are threatened.  Give us peace through recognizing true freedom comes through knowing and trusting in the redemptive work of Your Son Jesus Christ.  In His Name we pray.   Amen. 



13 Days Until Election Day

Jeremiah 29:12

Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.

Lord,

You know the plans You have for us; plans to give us hope and a future; therefore we will call on You and pray to You only.  When we come to You, God, You promise to listen to us.  Help us to place our hope and our future only in You, Lord.  We can not count on the government or on any man or woman.  Only You are our help in times of trouble.  Give us Your peace and justice today in Jesus’ Name.  Amen.



14 Days Until Election Day

Psalm 66:17

I cried out to him with my mouth;

            his praise was on my tongue.

Almighty God,

You are the giver of all good things.  We thank You.  You provide for our daily needs.  We give you thanks.  We praise You for Your goodness.  Your Spirit blazes through us.  You rescued us from sin through Jesus Christ.  We praise You.  We give You thanks and praise.  We thank you for the freedoms we share in this country.  Help us to cherish them.  In Jesus’ Name we pray.   Amen.



15 Days Until Election Day

Romans 8:26

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness.  We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.

Holy God,

Today we come filled with concerns, but empty of words. 
(Remain in prayerful silence for as long as you are able.) 
Thank You for Your Holy Spirit who knows what is needed and presents those needs before You.   In the Name of Jesus.  Amen.


16 Days Until Election Day

John 14:13   

“And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.”

Dear Jesus,

We pray for your name to be glorified.  We pray that knees that have bowed to themselves or Satan or to the all mighty dollar will bow at Your name and confess You as their Lord and Savior.  This sounds lofty and impossible, but we believe that nothing is impossible with You.  In Your Name we pray.  Amen.



17 Days Until Election Day

James 5:16

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.  The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

Forgiving Father,

There is no one person or one group that is to blame for the mess our country is in right now.  Some of us have not stood up for the Christian values on which our country was founded.  Some of us have not been good stewards of this beautiful land we call America.  Some of us are too busy thinking of only ourselves. Some of us believe the only truth is whatever we believe is true.  Forgive us, Lord, and help us to forgive ourselves and our brothers and sisters.  Thank You, Father, that we can confess our sins to You and that true healing comes through Your Son, Jesus Christ.  We pray for healing for America and for all people who call this country home.  Hear us in the Name of Jesus.  Amen.



18 Days Until Election Day

Psalm 18:6

In my distress I called to the LORD;

            I cried to my God for help.

From his temple he heard my voice;

            My cry came before him, into his ears.

Lord,

We live in distressing times.  Every morning we wake up to the news of more racial unrest and violence, more disturbing news regarding our presidential candidates and lives devastated by natural disasters.  We cry out to you, Lord .   Give us the strength and courage to stand firmly on the foundation of Your Word, knowing when we walk through the fires we will not be consumed.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen.



19 Days Until Election Day

1 John 5:14

This is the confidence we have in approaching God:  that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us…

God, our Father,

You richly bless us and provide for us.  You love us and desire a relationship with us.  You hear us when we pray.  Today we ask for Your will to be done in this country.  We have ideas on what is best for our nation, but You know what is best.  With complete confidence, we pray, Your will be done, Father.  In Jesus’ Name we pray.  Amen.



20 Days Until Election Day

Luke 6:27-28

“But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”

Gracious God,

Thank You for your Word of encouragement today.  Christians throughout this country are experiencing hatred, discrimination and even persecution.  You instruct us to love and do good to those who hate us.  We can do that only through the power of Jesus Christ.   Our brothers and sisters are experiencing mistreatment for the sole reason of following  You.  Grant them Your Holy Spirit so that they can pray for and bless those who act out against them and You.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen.



21 Days Until Election Day

Matthew 21:22

“If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

Almighty God,

Once again Your Word reminds us that prayer requires belief in You and in Your power.  Today remove our unbelief as we lift up to You members of the Supreme Court.  Many of them have forgotten that they have committed their lives to upholding the laws of the land, instead of making the laws.  Since nothing is impossible with You, work on their hearts and minds to put first the moral values and constitutional freedoms upon which America was founded.  In Jesus’ Name we pray.  Amen.



22 Days Until Election Day

Psalm 5:3

In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice;

In the morning I lay my requests before you

            and wait in expectation.

O Lord,

We come before You today with thanksgiving and praise.  You are our Lord and Savior; we wait patiently on You.  Hear our cries on behalf of those who blatantly ignore and rebel against You and Your Word.  Lay Your hands upon them and turn their hearts back to You.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.



23 Days Until Until Election Day

Psalm 19:14

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Redeemer Lord,

You are the Rock and foundation upon which America was first founded.  Even today, You remain steadfast and unchanging.  On the other hand, we, as a people, have shifted like sand beaten by ocean waves.  Forgive us for not standing firmly on You.  Guide our hearts back to You, Redeemer Lord.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.



24 Days Until Election Day

Luke 11:13

If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.

Father,

Thank You for the gift of the Holy Spirit.  It is through the Spirit that we ask for what is good and right for the people of this country and throughout the world.  Flood this land with Your glory.  In Jesus’ Name we pray.



25 Days Until Election Day

1 Peter 4:7

The end of all things is near.  Therefore be clear-minded and self-controlled so that you can pray.

Heavenly Father,

Your Son, Jesus said that even He does not know when the end times will come.  All we know is that with each day, Jesus’ second coming draws nearer.  Help us, Lord, to be clear-minded and self-controlled in the midst of disasters that shake the world and the increasing movement away from You in our own country.  We come to You on bended knees, Lord, asking for strength as we cover our country in prayer.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen.



26 Days Until Election Day

John 15:16

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last.  Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.

O Redeemer God,

You have chosen us and appointed us to bear fruit.  Even though we live in a land where money and possessions control us, this is not the kind of fruit You desire from us.  Help us, Lord, to be patient, kind, gentle, and full of joy.  In Your love, help us to love others and demonstrate self-control to those who do not love us in return.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.



27 Days Until Election Day

Matthew 6:6

But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen.  Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Father God,

We can’t see You, but we know You are here and that You hear us.  Thank You, Father.  You know we are concerned about the direction this country seems to be moving.  Please show us Your will and how we can stand up for what is right and what will bring You glory.  Give us Your peace as we consider the choices before us.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.



28 Days Until Election Day

Romans 12:12

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Abba, Father,

Thank You for Your faithfulness and the hope we find only in You.  We pray today for those persons in our country who have no hope—no hope of rising above their current circumstances, no hope of health, no hope of being happy.  We know that our hope rests alone in Jesus Christ, our righteousness.  May those who feel hopeless come to know You as their loving Father.  Grant us the words and loving actions needed to offer them the hope they need.  Amen.



29 Days Until Election Day

Proverbs 15:8

The LORD detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but the prayer of the upright pleases him.

Lord,

We lift up our prayers to You like sweet incense.  We come before You today, Lord, on behalf of the men and women who fill our prisons.  Send Your Holy Spirit upon chaplains and others to share the Gospel with those who are incarcerated.  Open their hearts to ask for and to receive the forgiveness offered them through Jesus Christ.  In His name we pray.  Amen.



30 Days Until Election Day

Romans 13:1, 7

Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.  Give everyone what you owe him:  If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.

King of Kings,

You are our ultimate ruler.  Help us to remember as we consider the upcoming elections to give honor and praise to You alone.  Even so, You give authority to men and women to govern the people of this country.  We pray for our current leaders and for those who are currently running for office. May they seek Your will instead of their own.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

 



31 Days Until Election Day

Psalm 55:16-17

But I call to God            And the LORD saves me.

Evening, morning and noon            I cry out in distress,

                        And he hears my voice.

Heavenly Father,

Thank You for the riches You have showered upon us and for the blessings You have poured upon this country.  Even so, our streets, shelters and residences are filled with people who have little or no food at mealtimes.  Use us, Father, to nourish them with both physical and spiritual food.  In Jesus’ Name.



32 Days Until Election Day

Mark 11:25

And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.

Our Father in Heaven,

We come before You in repentance.  We have sinned against You and against others.  We cannot expect our prayers to rise to You like incense if we are withholding forgiveness from a Christian brother or sister.  Show us, Father, where we have unrepented sin or where we have refused forgiveness to another.  Help us take the first step to reconcile any relationships that are broken.  In the name of Jesus.  Amen.



33 Days Until Election Day

Philippians 4:6-7

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

All Powerful God,

Thank You for the promise of Your peace at this time when so many people are living with fear and worry.    You tell us to not be anxious but to come to You.  Here we are, Lord, asking for the peace that only comes from knowing whatever happens today, we can rest in Your loving hands.  In the Name of Jesus we pray.  Amen.



34 Days Until Election Day

Psalm 145:18

The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.

Lord, truth no longer seems relevant in our world, but You, O Lord, are the Truth.  May we seek only You and Your truth this day.  Help us to discern the lies of the evil one and cling to Jesus, the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  In His Name we pray.  Amen.



35 Days Until Election Day

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

 Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Dear Lord,

We may not know what tomorrow brings, but You have given us the key to contentment in the middle of a confusing and unknown future.  Help us to approach today and each tomorrow with joy and thanksgiving for what we do have.  Help us to pray continually in the Spirit for Your will to be done.



36 Days Until Election Day

James 1:6

But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.

Dear Holy One,

We do believe; help our unbelief. We know that we and this country are in Your mighty hands.  We believe that You’ve got this one, Lord.  Calm our fears and give us the peace that passes all understanding.  We humans have made a mess of this country.  Help us know and believe that You are still in control.   In Jesus’ Name .



37 Days Until Election Day

Colossians 4:2

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

Loving Father,

All that we are and all that we have are Yours.  Thank You for Your loving provision for us.  Thank You for the freedoms we enjoy, but often take for granted in this country.  With freedom comes responsibility—responsibility to pray for our leaders.  Today we lift up to You our current president, our congress, our governors and our judges.  Open their eyes to You and to how our country still needs You.  In loving obedience.  Amen.



38 Days Until Election Day

Psalm 51:1-2

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.  Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.

Dear God,

David wrote the above prayer in his need for forgiveness and cleansing.  We, too, need forgiveness.  We, Your people, have not stood firmly on Your Word.  We have been lukewarm Christians, allowing the world, Satan, and our own sinful flesh to control us instead of turning to You, Lord.  Hear our confession and grant us forgiveness.   In Jesus’ Name, Amen.



39 Days Until Election Day

                                                                     Jeremiah 33:3

“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”

Dear Lord, Your ways are not our ways.  Your thoughts are not our thoughts, Almighty God.  But You have promised to answer us when we call.  So we come to You today on behalf of the United States of America.  We seem to be anything but united.  We are in desperate need of Your healing and guidance.  Fill us with the Holy Spirit as we come before You over the next 39 days, seeking Your will for us.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.



40 Days of Prayer for our Country

Starting this Friday, September 30th, join us as we pray for God’s will to be done in the 40 days leading up to the General Election in November. Prayers will be updated daily.
 
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—
for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 
This is good, and pleases God our Savior,” 1 Tim 2:1-3