How do we pray for our country and its leaders, current and future? Does our vote really matter? And for whom do we vote? Can we or our prayers help turn the tide of our nation? If you’re seeking answers for any of these questions, here’s a prayer that might help!
Lord God, we desperately need your wisdom. You have given us a great country, founded on principles and truths from Your Word. We need men and women who will honor You, trust You, and lead us once again back to You. We pray for servant leaders who love the things You love and who care more about others than themselves.
Give us leaders with discerning hearts, bold faith, and wise minds that model Your character. Teach them—and us—not just what is good, but what is best. Guide them in the way our country should go. Give them purity in their intentions, and godliness in their convictions. Energize their spirits and bodies physically and spiritually, and keep them emotionally secure in the knowledge of who You are—and whose they are. Help them to be bighearted and sincere, energetic in goodness, and courteous in their manners.
Raise up leaders with the greatest potential of godly leadership, those who can ease confusion, expose illusion, and heal delusion. You alone hold the power to turn the hearts of leaders, but You listen and use our prayers to move them into right action. Help us to be faithful to care and to pursue Your heart in prayer.
Help our leaders to be quick to admit failure, but ready to rebound in persistent resilience. Encourage them to choose wisely, and when they don’t know what to do, help them keep their eyes on You. Let them take a firm stand on issues that truly matter to You, regardless of the consequences or approval ratings. Make them God-pleasers, not puppets; leaders filled with conviction, not corruption.
As a nation, God, help us to desire righteousness more than rights, and to mirror sacrifice more than selfishness. You know us well, and You understand our flaws. Turn those weaknesses into strengths; bathe us with Your grace and mercy, though none of us deserve it. Fill us with the boldness to choose the kind of freedom that will benefit all, rather than a few. Open our eyes to see others as You do—with godly potential and value. But help us, too, to recognize our own pride in trying to elevate ourselves and others above You and Your purpose for our lives.
We need, You, God. Oh, how we need You! You have exercised nothing but faithfulness and fairness in Your treatment of our country, even when we’ve turned our back on You and forgotten Your goodness to us. Your discipline at times is hard, but You are just. Your purpose is always to draw us close to You, to bless us, and to make us a great nation who honors You. You are a good, good, Father—and Your love for us has a proven track record.
Forgive us for wanting our own way and making our own paths—often the ones paved with least resistance. Forgive us for fence-walking, or for ignoring completely the truths that can so easily set us free. Deliver us from mindless quarrels and destinations that lead us nowhere, but away from You. Free us from divisiveness, and melt our hardened hearts to love, not hate, and to heal, not debate.
Our history has cried for king-like leaders who will solve our problems and meet our needs. But there is only one King, and that is You, Lord. We have blindly sought answers from others to life’s unresolved questions through the years, but You are the only wise Counselor. We have longed for peace, but You are the only Peacemaker, and the only Prince of Peace. We’ve clung to our weapons of warfare, not as measures of defense, but as strongholds of selfish pride. We look at outward appearances; You see the heart. With You, nothing formed against us can prosper. Without You, we are nothing.
Make us a great nation, yes. But more than that, make us good, Lord, with a heartbeat that wants every person of every creed and color to know Your love, Your goodness, and Your worth. Make us wise as serpents, but gentle as doves. Turn our fears to faith, as we look to You and You alone for the future of our country. Give us God-confidence that no matter what happens, we will believe You are not only in control, but that You know exactly what is needed to accomplish Your purpose. Help us not to second-guess Your moves, but to move at Your command, always without hesitation.
We look to You and to You, only, Lord. Help us make wise decisions that move our country in the right direction. Help us to do our part in praying and in staying with what we know is right according to the truth of Your Word. Teach us to make our actions count and our words matter, and line them both up to Your sense of rightness, not ours. Guide us with Your eye; grip us with Your strong arm; teach us what we need to know to make our lives—and our nation—count for you. We pray for our leaders, but we ask You to make us both leaders and followers: leading in the way of Truth, and following those who honor You.
In the precious and powerful name of Jesus,
Rebecca Barlow Jordan is an inspirational author, speaker, and passionate follower of Jesus who loves to encourage others heart to heart. She has written 11 books and over 1700 other articles, greeting cards, and other inspirational pieces. Her daily devotional Daily in Your Presence is available for delivery through Crosswalk.com. You can find out more about Rebecca at www.rebeccabarlowjordan.com.
Publication date: February 2, 2016
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I saw a picture yesterday, beautiful landscape a glow with the setting sun. It read – “The world is not my home, I’m just passing through.”
It’s not a new thought.
Anne Bradstreet wrote of the struggle of appreciating the beauty of the earth vs. the depravity of man in “The Flesh and the Spirit.” Emily Dickinson struggled through doubt and faith in immortality in her poem, “This World is not Conclusion.” Puritan’s hung tight to their depravity forsaking the rich beauty of the new world they had discovered. Nathaniel Hawthorne often used this sentiment in his writings, relying heavily on masks and scarlet letters to showcase the believers separating themselves from the people and things of this world. They knew all to well, even in the midst of raw untamed creation, they were only passing through.
I sometimes wonder if our eyes are so heaven bound we miss the beauty of His creation along the way? Do we miss that which He delighted in creating and declared good? Do we miss the people we were placed here to love, the purpose we were given to fulfill, the journey we were meant to live? Do we miss the opportunities to love and pray for the world we inhabit? Are we so consumed with our interpretation of scripture that we miss what God has put in front of us?
Our nation will never line up exactly with anyone’s theology. The church can’t even seem to agree on some key issues – hence the need for so many denominations. But that does not free us from living in, respecting, and praying for the world we live in.
David, in 1 Samuel 24, is an excellent example of Romans 13:1 (see image above). Prior to his kingship he was being pursued by King Saul, his father-in-law and best friend’s father. King Saul had every intention of killing David. One night Saul found himself at David’s mercy. David had an opportunity then and there to take Saul’s life, end the hunt for his own life and claim the kingship. It was the simple way out. It looked as if God had handed Saul’s life to David and this was his chance to take what God had promised him. Instead David chose to spare the king’s life because the Lord had placed Saul in that position. David knew that what needed to happen would happen, but on God’s time table not David’s.
God’s got this. He created this world, the entire world not just America. His love is bigger then our borders, and much bigger then our tidy boxes of theology. When we pray we should not limit Him to our interpretations (no matter how right we think they are), instead we should always say “but your will be done.” And we should do so with humility because as humans we are fallible and make mistakes. God doesn’t. Rest in that.
God’s will does not always make sense to us. Why? Because He is God and we are not. I know, it sounds a little like when mom yells, “because I told you so.” I have found as a mother that my children need to understand not to do something sometimes long before I can adequately explain on their level the reason why. Why not stick a fork in the outlet? I don’t know sweetie, give it a shot and see what happens just doesn’t sound loving no matter how badly my two year old may have wanted to.
When our daughter was diagnosed with cancer I was not happy with the direction our life was taking. When we first moved to the desert of Fort Bliss I did not rejoice in the dusty dry air. Both were sorrows in my life that turned to joy. Had I let go early on, had I let go of my agenda, my wants, and my anxiety and grasped instead to thanksgiving and faith how different those days would have been.
had I let go of my agenda, my wants, and my anxiety and grasped instead to thanksgiving and faith how different those days would have been. Click To Tweet
“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16
What do I mean when I say our eyes are so heaven bound we miss the world we live in? Click To Tweet
What do I mean when I say our eyes are so heaven bound we miss the world we live in? Doesn’t scripture say that we are just passing through and that our treasures lie where are hearts are?
I do not love creation more then the one who created it when I enjoy the world I live in. I cherish His creation because it is a testimony to God’s greatness. I worship the Creator, not the creation. Taking care of, respecting and admiring the creation are ways in which I worship.
God in His grace created this world. We live in it, we care for it, we abuse it, and we do the same to the people on it. We may be passing through this earth but every traveller leaves a mark. Rest in the beauty of God’s grace. Enjoy your time here. Pray for those who walk this earth with you.
We may be passing through this earth but every traveller leaves a mark. Click To Tweet
May God say of your mark and of mine, “and it was good.” Pray for our nation, do not curse it. Pray for our people, do not give them cause to fear or hate our God. Pray for our own hearts that they will be filled with the grace and love of Christ. And pray that God’s will, not ours, be done. Rejoice in His answers. Follow in the steps of Job, Deborah, Mary, the prodigal son, Sarah, Hagar, David, Christ and so many others whose prayers were not always answered as they had originally requested but in much greater, much better ways.
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Use These 10 Verses To Pray For Our Nation
By Jason Soroski
As our nation finds itself in yet another highly divisive election season, our tendency can be to draw firm lines between ourselves based on which candidates we support, and that can in turn lead to personal dislike for one another, anger towards those who lead, and eventually division.
As Christians, we are to live in a fine balance; standing for that which is true while seeking unity amongst ourselves whenever possible, standing firm in the faith while showing grace to those who do not, holding our leaders accountable while praying for their wisdom and well-being.
We are to learn from the words of Ezekiel 22:30, “I looked for someone 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 no one.”
We are to be those who stand in the gap, who lift up our nation with all it favors and faults before the throne of God, and pray that He continues to work in our midst.
Scriptures to Pray For Ourselves:
1) I Timothy 2:1-2 – 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.
2) I Peter 2:17 – Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.
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3) Romans 13:1 – Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.
4) Jeremiah 29:7 – Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.
5) II 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 I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
Scriptures to Pray for our Leaders:
6) Psalms 2:10-11 – Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling.
7) Proverbs 11:14 – For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers.
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8) Proverbs 21:1 – The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will.
9) Job 12:23-25 – He makes nations great, and destroys them; he enlarges nations, and disperses them.
10) Proverbs 2:1-8 – My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, 2) turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding- 3) indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, 4) and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, 5) then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. 6) For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. 7) He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, 8) for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.
May we be faithful, informed and thoughtful when praying and talking to others about our politics, and as we ask for God’s wisdom and righteousness to be evident in our nation’s policies and leaders.
Jason Soroski is a writer, worship pastor, and homeschool dad. Connect with Jason on Twitter or at JasonSoroski.net.
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