Are you concerned about your country? Have you cringed every time your politicians make bad, ungodly decisions on a daily basis wondering, how we will ever recover? As Christians, we know that America was founded on godly principles but, sadly, we have become more sinful and corrupt, and we know God will judge us. That’s why we must focus on learning how to Pray for our nation in an intentional way to return to godly principles the founding fathers envisioned for our country.
Why Pray for our Nation
You might be thinking, why pray for the USA when we don’t deserve to be spared from judgement? Or, maybe there doesn’t seem to be enough time to pray for your country as you have so many other things to pray for? If you are not praying for America and don’t have a sense of urgency, you need to start TODAY. Scripture tells us in 1 Timothy 2:1-4:
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
This passage of scripture tells us to pray for people in authority so we may lead a quiet and peaceful life as Christians. Do you want a peaceful or tumultuous life? If it’s the former, you need to get on your knees and pray for your beloved country. We are living in a time of uncertainty, and our leadership is taking us in the wrong direction. It’s not too late, God is still on the throne, He’s gracious and merciful. Thankfully, if you live in America, your country is still peaceful despite evil dwellers in our government. That’s how wonderful God is — we deserve so much less, yet, in his grace, He continues to amaze us with His blessings.
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What do you Pray for Our Country
Now that we’ve established why we should pray for our president and leaders of the free world, let’s discuss what we should pray about during our quiet time with the Lord. In the same Bible Verse of 1 Timothy 2:1-4, God points out 3 things we should pray for:
- Pray that we lead a quiet and peaceful life.
- Ask God to save our leaders through Jesus Christ.
- Request God’s power give them knowledge of the Truth in His Word.
God has established 3 institutions in human society according to 1st Timothy 2:
- Human Government
While we may not agree with how our leaders are running the country, government has been ordained by God. Let’s pray for the human authority over us fervently so they make wise decisions on our behalf.
How to Pray for our Nation
The Bible reminds us in Psalm 33:12 how to receive blessings: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance”. America is truly blessed, we are the most prosperous and fruitful nation in the history of mankind. The founders of our country put God first, and it’s reflected in our lifestyles today. We have plenty of food, housing, and clothes to put on our backs. America gives generously to other nations, and we consider Israel as our ally. Yet, we must ask God to intervene when those in power are not seeking God’s will. Here are some Prayer Bible Verses and tips directly from the Bible on how we can pray to heal our nation.
- Proverbs 9:10 – Pray that our leaders must fear the Lord.
- Romans 13:1– Ask the Lord to show our president and congressmen to consider themselves a servant to a higher power; the American Government has been ordained by God.
- . James 1:5 – Ask God to open their eyes to the truth so they may have wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.
- 1 Timothy 2:4 – If they are not born again, ask Him to send someone to share the good news. If they are born again, strengthen their faith and trust in the Lord at all times.
- . Proverbs 3:5-8 – Implore with the Lord that the rulers of our nation be humble seek the will of God.
- Proverbs 24:6 – Ask that they seek wise counsel by surrounding themselves with godly authority.
Resources on How to Pray for our Leaders
In addition, there are some extremely helpful resources on even more tips on how to pray for our leaders on a daily basis.
- IfaPray.Org – Intercessors for America is a wonderful website with plenty of ways to focus on a “prayer for the nations.” It was founded in 1973 when God impressed upon the hearts on a group of Christian men the necessity of prayer and fasting.
- National Day of Prayer – Discover 30 ways to pray for America and more by visiting the National Day of Prayer website.
- I Commit to Pray – Voice of the Martyrs is a great resource on praying for not just your own country, but other countries as well.
12 Powerful Bible Verses for Our Country
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Here are 12 powerful Bible Verses for our country that will give you the ultimate guide on how to make our requests be known before the Lord. Our politicians need prayer because, without it, they are weak and ungodly with poor decision-making skills.
1 Timothy 2:1-4 – I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
Romans 13:1-14 – Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. 5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. 6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. 7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour. 8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. b9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. 11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. 13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. 14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
2 Chronicles 7:14 – If my people, which 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 will heal their land.
Jeremiah 29:7 – And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the LORD for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace.
1 Peter 2:17 – Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.
Proverbs 21:1 – The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.
Titus 3:1-2 – Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, 2 To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.
Psalms 22:28 – For the kingdom is the LORD’S: and he is the governor among the nations.
Job 12:23 – He increaseth the nations, and destroyeth them: he enlargeth the nations, and straiteneth them again.
Proverbs 11:14 – Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.
Psalms 2:1-4 – Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? 2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, 3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. 4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.
Matthew 12:25 – And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.
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Model Prayer for America
Using these 12 key Bible Verses to Pray for our Country, here is a Model Prayer for America. We are one nation, under God, and let’s not forget this promise to Him.
Dear Heavenly Father, we come boldly but humbly before you to pray for our leaders of this great nation of blessings. We interceed on their behalf. We ask, Father, that our leaders fear you, and realize that they are under a greater authority and have a duty to uphold the law in your Word.
Please dear Lord, open the President and his administration’s eyes that they may have wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of how their decisions must obey your commandments. We also pray for our congressmen, representatives, and judicial branch of government that they see the Truth by reading your Word.
My Lord, please send all branches of Government many godly witnesses to share the gospel and convict their souls to repent. We pray for any believers that they strengthen themselves with reading your Word and seek your face to trust You for guidance.
Lastly, our gracious God, we humbly come before you to ask that the rulers of our nation be humble and surround themselves with wise counsel. We pray for your mercy and grace as we are all sinners and are grateful that despite our wickedness, you have blessed our nation.
Thank you for your tender mercies each day, we love you, Lord.