Prayers for america

12 Biblical Resolutions for a New Year

Jan 3, 2019

A new year–what resolutions from God’s Word will you adopt?

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Praying Through the Christmas Story

Dec 11, 2018

Pray through the Christmas story as we focus on Christ as the reason for the season.

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10 Keys to Powerful Intercession for Others

Nov 28, 2018

Using biblical principles for powerful personal intercession.

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30 Minutes of Prayer for the Nation

Aug 31, 2018

Pray for the nation in 30 minutes using these scriptural points.

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Upholding LIFE in Prayer

Jan 12, 2018

Pray for the restoration of pro-life values in our nation and the hearts of the people.

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Intercessory Activism

Mar 1, 2018

Add action to intercession–find out how!

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Pray to Uphold the Constitution

Nov 22, 2017

Using the principles of the Preamble, pray the uphold the Constitution of our nation.

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Praying God’s Word in Times of Crisis

Aug 7, 2018

Reaching out to God in times of crisis for ourselves or to pray for others. Scripture and prayer points.

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30 Day Prayer Calendar

Jun 27, 2018

It takes 30 days to build a habit. Take 30 days to start a prayer habit for our nation!

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30 Day Prayer Calendar

Nov 22, 2017

It takes 30 days to build a habit. Take 30 days to start a prayer habit for our nation!

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Pray for the Military and Military Families

Nov 22, 2017

Pray Psalm 91 over the military and their families.

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Top U.S. Officials Prayer Guide

Nov 22, 2017

Pray for our top U.S. Officials by name and office.

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Pray the Names of Jesus Over Our Nation

Nov 22, 2017

Every name of Jesus in the Bible can be prayed over our nation–Scripture references included.

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30 Ways to Pray for People in Authority

Nov 22, 2017

Discover 30 Ways to Pray daily for people in Authority

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Praying Through Religious Persecution

Feb 1, 2018

3 biblical keys to help you pray through religious persecution.

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10 Qualities of Powerful Intercessors

Dec 7, 2017

Find out 10 common denominators of powerful intercessors.

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Praying Spiritual Protection Over Our Cities

Nov 22, 2017

Stand on the wall of intercession for your city with these prayer points for protection.

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Praying God’s Word in Times of Crisis

Nov 22, 2017

God’s Word provides comfort and direction in times of crisis.

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Protection against Witchcraft Prayer Guide

Nov 22, 2017

Provided by Heartland Apostolic Prayer Network, this guide is a prayer outline for praying against witchcraft.

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Prayer Guide for Electing Righteous Leaders

Aug 13, 2018

Pray for the election of righteous rulers in our nation.

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Election Prayer Walking Guide

Oct 9, 2018

Pray for the nation in 30 minutes using these scriptural points.

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Prayer Guide About the Kavanaugh Confirmation

Sep 17, 2018

Pray for the Supreme Court confirmation process.

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Know Your Legal Rights by First Liberty

Aug 27, 2018

Church and Government: Know your Legal Rights by First Liberty

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Top Ten Prayer Points to Pray Over Our Elections

Nov 22, 2017

Pray these scriptures and biblical prayer points over our elections.

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Father, once again we are reminded that any security we have as individuals and as a nation comes only from the abiding

hope

and trust we have in You.

Once again, we are cut to the heart

at the loss of

life

and damage to peace

that we have suffered as a nation.

So, Father, today we come to You

and we seek Your peace for the families and victims of the

horrible tragedy.

For those still lost in the rubble of destruction,

we ask for the safety of Your hand.

For those consumed by worry and fear

as they try to locate missing loved ones,

we ask for the comforting presence of Your Spirit.

We seek Your peace for the emergency workers,

that You would guard their lives

as they seek to guard the lives of others.

Give them the

wisdom

they need to perform their duties

above and beyond the levels of their training.

And Father, we seek Your peace for our nation and our

world.

In the midst of our questions and uncertainty,

we recognize that the unknown details of this day

are already in Your grasp.

We know You sent Your Son as the Prince of Peace

and even this day falls under His command.

Help us to find the

strength

and comfort we need as a

nation

to continue to humble ourselves,

pray and seek Your face for a new day in

America

and a new

hope

for our world.

“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.”

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What would a prayer look like from a biblical perspective for a nation such as the United States?  Are there parallels that we can find from Scripture?  What is a model prayer that we can find in the Bible to use for praying for America?

Nehemiah’s prayer found in chapter one of his book is an ideal prayer for any nation or individual.  It is especially relevant to the state that the United States of America presently finds itself in today.  Like Jerusalem, the walls are crumbling down around this great nation; economically and morally.  What was once the most prosperous nation that the world has ever seen has been steadily shrinking and is in a state of decline today.  Today the world’s highest standard of living is not in the United States as it once was.  Nations with the highest per capita income are now Norway and Switzerland.  The U.S. is presently third but is closely followed by Japan, Denmark, and Sweden and they are closing in fast.  Based upon the gross national product, the U.S. isn’t even in the top 12 list of the fastest growing nations of the world.  China’s looming shadow threatens to cover every nation.

A Nation in Peril

Israel was in serious trouble.  The walls of Jerusalem were crumbling.  The gates had been burned by fire.  The gates of ancient cities were where most of the commerce of took place. The gates were also where the seat of government and leadership resided.  With the gates burned with fire and the walls broken down, it was only a matter of time before the nation followed suit.  Nehemiah knowing that Jerusalem was near total depravity, fell down on his face and prayed a prayer that is worth repeating here for the United States and for other nations as well. It is a model prayer and one that resembles a national prayer for restoration and repentance.  It is also a model prayer for individuals.

Troubling News Comes to Nehemiah

Nehemiah heard a report about the Jewish remnant that had survived the exile, and also about Jerusalem which said that, “Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire” (Nehemiah 1:3).

What was Nehemiah’s response?  “When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven” Nehemiah 1:4).  This is the first thing that Americans or those of other nations can do for their nation: Pray – in fact, pray and fast.

Nehemiah‘s Prayer – A National Model for Prayer

After hearing the alarming report about Jerusalem, Nehemiah prayers a most powerful prayer and not only is it a model for praying for a nation, it is a supreme example of a model prayer for each one of us individually.  God loves it when we pray back prayers from His words in the Bible.  He also honors it when we claim those promises that He makes in Scripture.  Nehemiah starts his four part prayer based upon the model prayer that Jesus gave in what many call The Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13.  Just like this model prayer in Matthew, Nehemiah starts off with adoration, then moves to confession, claiming God’s promises, and lastly makes requests or supplications.

Adoration

“LORD, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments“(Nehemiah 1:5).

Nehemiah first exalts the name of God.  He lifts up His glory and praises Him for His greatness.

Confession

“Let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s family, have committed against you” (Nehemiah 1:6).

Nehemiah, even though he is not personally responsible still confesses with his mouth his sins and the sins of his nation.

“We have acted very wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses” (Nehemiah 1:7).

He says “we” have acted very wickedly toward God and acknowledged that “we” (the nation) has not obeyed God’s commands.

Claiming God’s Promises

“Remember the instruction you gave your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations, but if you return to me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name‘(Nehemiah 1:8-9).

God is faithful to the promises that He makes and will not relent on them but we must first fulfill our obligation to obey His commands before He will fulfill them.

Requests/Supplications

“They are your servants and your people, whom you redeemed by your great strength and your mighty hand.  Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man” (Nehemiah 1:10-11).

Only after Nehemiah exalts God, confesses his and the nations sin, and claims God’s promises, does he make his requests known to God.  Unless a person or nation exalts God He will not exalt them.  Until a person or nation as a whole confesses sin, He will not forgive them and fulfill His promises to be with them.  And if they exalt God, confess their sin and repent, and claim His promises, only then can they expect to receive an answer to their prayer.

When tragedy strikes in public schools, when injustice is found in the courtrooms, or when national disasters occur people say “Where was God?”  I believe that they have kicked Him out!  How can a nation that is slowing ridding herself of God from the public and private sector expect God to come to their aid when disaster strikes?  Unless the Lord is their God or a person’s Lord and God, He will not fulfill His promise to be with them.  Unless a person or nation confesses their sins, He will not forgive them.  Until a nation or person exalts God and humbles themselves, He will not exalt them but abase them.

God resists the proud but only gives grace to the humble and those of a contrite spirit as He says in Isaiah 66:2, “This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word.”  We do not as a nation tremble at His Word.  If this nation or a person is proud He will resist them.  Until we humble ourselves and fall at His feet and ask for forgiveness – in repentance – He will withdraw from this nation or any person.

ACTS – A Model for Prayer

I beseech you to pray in this manner as an individual and as a nation wherever you live to seek the face of God, exalt His name, ask for forgiveness, and repent – praying for national revival.  Draw a circle of chalk around you.  Inside this circle is where revival starts.  It starts with me and you.  The Great Awakening of the 1700’s was perhaps the greatest revival in the history of Christianity.  It started with one man: George Whitefield.  Here is a model prayer for each one of us and as a nation for personal and national revival to begin.  It goes by the acronym A.C.T.S.

A  – Adoration of God

C  – Confession of sin in repentance

T  – Thanksgiving to God for His goodness

S – Supplications or prayer requests

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