If you wonder how exactly to pray for the United States, your state, city and church, you aren’t alone. Observing the National Day of Prayer may seem a little overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Start with the following Scriptures and list of topics, and soon the prayers will be pouring forth.
I. Reflect on these scripture verses to set the tone for your observance of The National Day of Prayer.
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. ~~ II Chronicles 7:14
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He chose for His inheritance (v. 12). ~~ Psalm 33:12-22
I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by My Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in My name, there am I with them. ~~ Matthew 18:19-20
Then Jesus told His disciples…that they should always pray and not give up. ~~ Luke 18:1
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 your minds in Christ Jesus. ~~ Philippians 4:6, 7
I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone-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, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. ~~ I Timothy 2:1-4
II – THROUGH THIS PRAYER GUIDE, you will have an opportunity to petition God on behalf of our leaders and those who are in authority over us, as we are instructed to do in 1 Timothy 2:1-2. As you humbly come before the Lord and seek His face, please pray that these men and women will be granted divine wisdom, guidance, and strength to fulfill their important roles.
Pray for Federal Leaders
President: George W. Bush
Vice President: Dick Cheney
Secretary of State: Colin Powell
Secretary of Defense: Donald Rumsfeld
Secretary of the Treasury:
Attorney General: John Ashcroft
Secretary of the Interior: Gale Norton
Secretary of Agriculture: Ann Veneman
Secretary of Commerce: Don Evans
Secretary of Labor: Elaine Chao
Secretary of Transportation: Norman Mineta
Secretary of Energy: Spencer Abraham
Secretary of Education: Rod Paige
Secretary of Veterans Affairs: Anthony Principi
Secretary of Health & Human Services: Tommy Thompson
Secretary of Housing & Urban Development: Mel Martinez
Secretary of Homeland Security: Tom Ridge
All Branches of the Armed Forces U.S. Supreme Court
Pray for State Leaders
State Supreme Court Justices
Pray for Local Leaders
School Authorities (public & private)
Pray for Our Troops:
Pray for their safety, their diligence, and that many will turn to God in faith.
Churches and Ministry Organizations
Courage and Strength
Ask God to help them:
* Stand strong in their convictions
* Be bold in their witness
* Meet America’s spiritual needs
* Be a place of hope and healing
The Imprisoned and Persecuted
Protection and Unity
Ask God to help them:
* Endure their hardships
* Find joy in the midst of trials
* Encourage one another
* Find comfort in their faith
Mass Media, Cultural and Social Services
Wisdom and Knowledge
Ask God to help them:
* Reflect godly values in their work
* Be accurate and fair in their presentations
* Place a high value on truth and decency
* Be responsible with their influence
Blessing and Prosperity
Ask God to help families:
* Commit to the permanence of marriage
* Serve one another in love
* Be dedicated to each other
* Restore broken relationships
Personal Renewal and Moral Awakening
Reverence and Humility
Ask God to help us:
* Confess our sins
* Seek His direction
* Rely on Him instead of ourselves
III – WHY PRAY?
We need to pray because the Bible commands us to (Matthew 6:5; Romans 12:12; 1 Thess 5:17). Prayer is how we communicate with God and participate in His works. It grants us the privilege of experiencing God, keeps us humble before Him, strengthens the bonds between believers and can succeed where other means have failed.
Why Pray For Our Nation?
God answers the prayers of His people, and in 2 Chronicles 7:14, He specifically emphasizes the importance of praying for our nation. Ask the Lord to bring about spiritual renewal across America. Pray that people will turn to Him and seek His will for our land.
Why Pray For Our Leaders?
The Bible instructs us to pray for “all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness” (1 Timothy 2:2). Pray that our leaders will seek God and endeavor to serve Him in a manner that is worthy of their positions of influence.
Why Pray For Our Communities?
Intercessory prayer has the power to change the place where you live. It is time that we took back our communities for the sake of God’s Kingdom and covered them with our humble petitions. Pray for your own city or town, asking God to bless your efforts to reclaim your neighborhood in His name.
Why Pray For Our Families?
God designed the family to be a place of love, support, spiritual growth, and, of course, prayer. Now is the time to pray for this holy institution, which is currently under attack in our country. Ask the Lord to bring peace, guidance and healing to families that are struggling every day.
Why Pray For Our Youth?
The youth of today will grow up to lead Twenty-first-century America. Each day conflicting moral standards, violence, and the latest media scandals bombard them. In the midst of this turmoil, God is raising up an army of young people. Ask the Lord to make them bold and steadfast in their faith.
For more ideas on prayer, visit nationaldayofprayer.org or presidentialprayerteam.org
The following are some major Prayer Topics which can be used for prayer at any time …
The Church, Evangelism & Revival
The Home & Family
The Media & Communications
Business, Industry & the Economy
Science and Technology
Arts, Entertainment & Sport
“Pray without ceasing …” (1 Thess. 5:17). “Pray in the Spirit at all times …” (Eph. 6:18)
MONDAY: Government and Leaders
Pray for Godly leadership and wisdom for those who lead and govern our nation, including: the Queen, Governor General, Prime Minister, Cabinet, Members of Parliament, Mayors and Councillors. Pray for all who lead in the areas of Education, Business, Media, Church, Family, Government (local and national), Arts, Entertainment and Sport.
TUESDAY: Moral Issues
Pray that our nation will be strong morally, encouraging what is good and right, and rejecting what is evil and immoral. Pray that our laws will uphold Godly living and do all they can to discourage what is evil and detrimental to our nation. Pray against various evils by name, and pray for those things which are good. Pray for law and order, justice and peace in the land.
Pray for strong family relationships, for loyalty, love, mutual support. Pray against abortion, sexual immorality and those things which are destructive to good family life. Pray that parents will love, support and discipline their children, and that children will respect, honour and love their parents. Pray for older single people, and those who are lonely, poor and needy. Pray about the issues of abortion, divorce, de facto relationships and single-parent families.
People with Special Needs
Immigrants & Refugees
Police, Fire, Ambulance, Search & Rescue
Moral Issues in Society
Spiritual Issues in Society
Pray for the young people of our nation: that they will be set good examples by older people; that they will not be led astray into crime, violence, immorality, the occult or false religions, suicide, drugs, etc. Pray for all Christian youth groups and organisations, that they will lead many to Christ and help them to grow and mature as Christians.
FRIDAY: Unity in the Church and Nation
Pray for a nationwide return to God’s laws and God’s ways. Pray for unity within churches and between churches; and for unity within the nation, between various racial groups. Pray for a strong Church and a strong nation because of Godly unity. Pray against things which cause hatred and division: pride, prejudice, selfishness, greed, etc.
SATURDAY: Evangelism and Missions
Pray for all evangelistic efforts being made by individual Christians, by churches and Christian organisations. Pray that many people will be saved. Pray that New Zealand will be a strong missionary-sending nation. Pray that those who are unsaved, in other religions, in the cults, nominal Christians and unbelievers, will be drawn by the Holy Spirit to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. Pray especially for your unsaved loved ones.
SUNDAY: The Church and Revival
Pray for Church leaders and members; for an out-pouring of the Holy Spirit, bringing revival to the Church and nation. Pray for the tearing down of satanic strongholds and for victories in Jesus’ Name! Pray that the Lord will be worshipped in Spirit and in Truth; for Bible-centred preaching and teaching; and for Spirit-filled Christians who will glorify the Lord in everything they do.
Pray for the Nation ~ Inoi Mo Te Motu
Intercessors for New Zealand
Pray for the Nation was started by Brian Caughley in January 1972, after receiving a word from God to call Christians to “Pray for the Nation”. After a few years, when other similar Intercessors organisations started in several other countries, it became also known as Intercessors for New Zealand. Both names are still used today.
Pray for the Nation specifically aims to encourage prayer, and present Bible teaching, which exhorts Christians to pray regularly and specifically for their nation – for revival and evangelism, the Church, the Government and the Nation.
The vision is based, in part, on the following Scriptures:
2 Chronicles 7:14; Proverbs 14:34; Jeremiah 29:7 and 1 Timothy 2:1-4
The AIMS of Pray for the Nation are:
- To glorify God by uniting Christians throughout the nation in praying regularly and specifically for our nation, the government and the Church; for revival and evangelism.
- To encourage them to continue to pray for revival until God sends such a revival.
- To instruct in the ministry of intercession, so that Christians will be more effective in intercessory prayer.
- To share with Christians specific prayer suggestions related to these aims, so that they can pray more intelligently and specifically.
For further information on Pray for the Nation, please click the About Us tab on the left.
Pray for the Nation …
to see God glorified in our nation!
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“Some would call it tolerance, I said. Yes he replied, the same tolerance that overtook ancient Israel..a tolerance for everything opposed to God, a growing tolerance for immorality and a growing intolerance for the pure-a tolerance that mocked, marginalized and condemned those who ramined faithful to the values now being discarded. Innocence was ridiculed and virtue was vilified. Children were taught of sexual immorality in public schools while the Word of God was banned. It was a tolerance that put the profane on public display and removed nativity scenes from public sight..contraband, as if somehow they had become a threat-a strangely intolerant tolerance. “But still, I countered, how does all that compare to what happened in ancient Israel? America does’nt offer its children on altars of sacrifice? “Does it not? he said. Ten years after removing prayer and Scripture from its public schools, the nation legalized the illing of its unborn.”
— Jonathan Cahn
“I know that the Lord is always on the side of the right; but it is my constant anxiety and prayer that I and this nation may be on the Lord’s side.”
— Abraham Lincoln
“The Congressional Prayer Caucus has worked successfully to advocate for and protect values that are fundamental to the fabric of our nation, and I’m honored to serve as co-chairman.”
— James Lankford
“It is most heartening to learn that young men and women, in their late teens and twenties, are increasingly attracted to meditative prayer in the Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. May all the faithful find in the Eucharist their source of strength and courage to imitate our Lady, totally open to his will in their daily lives. It is my hope that this devotion to Jesus in the Eucharist will spread to more and more parishes and dioceses across our nation.”
— John Joseph O’Connor
“Our President has given symbolic support to the National Day of Prayer but I believe that our nation needs an impassioned call to our collective knees.”
— Jonathan Falwell
“Michele Bachmann told reporters that she will lead the nation in prayer if she is elected president. You know if she is elected president, we all better be praying. She doesn’t have to lead us.”
— Jay Leno
“Pat, did you notice yesterday the ACLU, and all the Christ-haters, People For the American Way, NOW, etc. were totally disregarded by the Democrats and the Republicans in both houses of Congress as they went out on the steps and called out on to God in prayer and sang “God Bless America” and said “let the ACLU be hanged”? In other words, when the nation is on its knees, the only normal and natural and spiritual thing to do is what we ought to be doing all the time – calling upon God.”
— Jerry Falwell
“Many of us have a tendency to forget the Gracious Hand which has preserved our nation, enriched it, strengthened it. Many of us imagine in the foolishness of pride, that our manifold blessings are due not to God’s goodness, but to our own wisdom and virtue. Too many of us have been so drunk with self-sufficiency as no longer to feel the need of prayer.”
— Ezra Taft Benson
“America is a nation of prayer. It’s impossible to tell the story of our nation without telling the story of people who pray.”
— George W. Bush
“Let us pray for ourselves, that we may not lose the word “concern” out of our Christian vocabulary. Let us pray for our nation. Let us pray for those who have never known Jesus Christ and redeeming love, for moral forces everywhere, for our national leaders. Let prayer be our passion. Let prayer be our practice.”
— Robert E.Lee
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