Dear heavenly Father we pray for the world and all its leaders. May leaders of nations have the courage to walk the path of peace together so that the most vulnerable in our lands may live with dignity and hope.
Father we pray for our nation in this time of discernment, election, and transition. May all citizens cast their vote in a spirit of reverence for what is right, charity for those they disagree with, and concern for the good of all as we strive for a more perfect and peaceful union.
Father we pray for all Christians and people of faith and goodwill. May the Father of all grant us through Christ a spirit of wisdom and understanding, counsel and knowledge, fortitude, right judgment, patience, and kindness, as we discern what is good and just and follow our conscience.
Father we pray for all candidates who desire to serve in our national and local government. May all seeking election commit themselves to the common good and encourage a peaceful response so that our nation may be faithful to its pledge of liberty and justice for all.
Father we pray for our President. May he who seeks the immense responsibility of the highest office of the United States know the peace that comes from God alone. May he and his family be protected from harm, the hearts of his opponents be softened by mercy, and may God forgive him and each of us our faults.
Father we pray for reconciliation among families and friends divided. May we learn to love each other despite our differences and focus on the work that continues beyond this election: the work of unity, respect for one another and for all life, and peace in our land.
Father we pray for the ones most affected by the choices we make. In all we do, may we keep the merciful face of Christ ever before us who is seen in those who are poor, those who are sick or without homes, those without food or meaningful work, those unborn, and those whose lives are unvalued.
AS THE LORD LEADS, PRAY FOR
“A political party cannot be all things to all people. It must represent certain fundamental beliefs which must not be compromised to political expediency or simply to swell its numbers.” – Ronald Reagan
Exodus 14:14 The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.
2 Chronicles 7:14 Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.
Exodus 17:15-16a And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovah-nissi (The Lord is my banner)…For hands were lifted up to the throne of the Lord...
A Prayer for Those Who Are Battle Weary
Some days get hard. We feel exhausted. Worn. Tired of fighting. About ready to give up. Feeling like we can’t go on. Struggling through defeat. The enemy seems to be hot on our trail. And we wonder if we’ve been left on our own.
For those who are battle-weary, His Truth over us for this day is…
We’re not alone. Not ever. God won’t let go, though we may struggle with the lies that He’s left us fending for ourselves in hard times. His Word is filled with reminders that He fights for us still today. It never says this life will be easy. He never promises that we won’t get weary, or that we won’t face an enemy or a giant. But He does say we can come to Him and He will give us rest (Matt 11:28). He does promise to fill us with the power of His Spirit and that His joy will be our strength (Neh 8:10). He does remind us that the battle is not ours but the Lord’s (2 Chron 20:15). He does say that we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against the spiritual forces of darkness in this life (Eph 6:12).
None of us are immune. Life is hard some days. And often there’s not even just one “big” thing, but just lots of little battles that can drain us dry. Parenting, marriage, job, relationships, fears, worries about the future, experiencing loss, discouragement, illness, money problems – it all can leave us beaten down and worn. But, praise God, He gives us one another to help in times when we just feel like, “I can’t anymore…”
We’re all in this together; let’s help each other today. Give an encouraging word, smile at someone, write a note, send a text, buy someone a coffee, pray for another soul and let them know that you’re praying, anything, just to remind a fellow believer that you’re holding up their battle-weary arms. And that you’re with them.
And God is with us.
The battle feels intense some days. We get tired and weak, weary and worn. It’s hard to keep going in the face of defeat. But help us to remember that you will never leave us, that you’re our Refuge and our Strength, an ever-present help in trouble (Psalm 46). We know that the enemy wouldn’t be fighting so hard against us, if we weren’t making a difference for your Kingdom. He wouldn’t be trying so hard to stop us, if he didn’t think you had so much good still in store. Remind us that the battle belongs to you, and whatever we’re up against can be taken down in one fail swoop by your Mighty Hand. Help us to trust you more, to never waste time spinning our wheels and wrestling or fighting in our own strength. Please forgive us Lord for the times we’ve failed to lift our hands to you, for the days we’ve forgotten to come to you first. Fill us with the Power of your Holy Spirit this day. Fill us with your joy, fill us with your wisdom and discernment, fill us with constant reminders that Your Presence will go with us, and you will give us rest.
Let us also pray as the spirit leads for:
-First Lady, Melania Trump, protection and healing.
-For safety as the President travels today
-For the negotiations between the speaker of the House and Trump’s admin on the coronavirus aid
-For God’s will to be accomplished through U.S. government proceedings
“My hope is that when I die, all of hell rejoices that I am out of the fight.”
– C.S. Lewis
Every election has its challenges as imperfect men and women seek to convince us that they are the best leaders to guide our nation for the next four years (or 2 or 6) in their various govt roles. We just thought after the last election that things could not get worse or more contentious but indeed they have.
It is tempting for Christians to sit out the election. But instead we are called to not only engage but to do more than we think we can. Prayer is at the forefront of what we can do.
“God wants it to be our first line of defense. We pray when there's nothing else we can do, but God wants us to pray before we do anything at all”. – Oswald Chambers
So let us pray for:
Truth to dominate. Pray for truth and transparency to be held in high regard. And ask the Lord to expose spin, cover ups, and falsehood. Pray for these imperfect candidates (which includes all men and women) to acknowledge their lies and falsehood, seek forgiveness for their sinful choices, and choose to speak truth and live in truth.
The Hearts of all candidates. Pray for the grace of God to be poured out on the hearts of all of our potential leaders, knowing that God’s kindness leads men and women to repentance (Romans 2:4). Pray for the Holy Spirit to reveal the Good News of Jesus Christ to their hearts.
Esthers and Daniels. Regardless of who wins the presidential race and other elections, much of the governing will be handled by secondary appointed leaders. Scripture shows us the power of courageous secondary leaders such as Esther and Daniel, who will have tremendous opportunities to influence the future course of our nation. Ask God to raise up many Esthers and Daniels to serve under those who are elected in November.
Humility. “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6).” Pray for our future leaders to humble themselves before the Lord and not be found arrogantly setting themselves up against the Lord, publically or privately (Psalm 2:1-2). Pray for God use each leader to “do justice, and to love kindness, and walk humbly with God (Micah 6:8).”
Wisdom. Ask the Lord to give wisdom to our nation as we go to the polls and choose thousands of leaders at many levels of government. Pray for God to give supernatural wisdom to our future leaders as they prepare to face many highly complex issues, both internationally and domestically.
Military veterans and families. Ask the Lord to cause our newly elected leaders and those they appoint to fully care for our military veterans and their families, especially those emotionally and physically scarred as a result of their courageous service on behalf of our country.
Spiritual healing. Ask for God to give us leaders who can grasp the precarious spiritual condition of our nation. Pray for these leaders to turn to God as the source of hope in broken communities, simmering racial divisions, and the political atmosphere of antagonism. Pray for our nation to see Christ as the hope for healing and lasting peace.
May God use us to be a source of hope and grace in our nation as we seek God’s face in prayer this election season.
Other Reading / Resources:
Our Father in heaven…
-God, this is not my prayer alone. I pray with and for my brothers and sisters in Christ who live in the United States.
-Remind our hearts of your true character: our good Father who is above all and over all.
Hallowed be your name.
-Renew our reverence for your name. Help us to understand, at this time, if we are promoting a particular name over yours.
-God, we pray that in and through this election season, your name may be honored and glorified above all.
Your kingdom come.
-God, we acknowledge that our primary citizenship is in your kingdom.
-Help us to recognize when the values of our political system oppose the authority that you call us to live by.
-God, may your kingdom values be upheld in the hearts of your people and may your kingdom be lived out through the spiritual and political leaders present in our country and beyond.
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
-Help us, God, to desire your will over our own desires, our political agendas and over the will of our American society. Humble our hearts.
-God, we ask for your will to be done in the coming election, and that the leaders of our country will discern, seek and surrender to your will in all things.
Give us this day our daily bread.
-We confess where we have tried to meet our needs in our own strength or by depending on the political system in our country.
-God, we seek to depend on you for our needs. Meet our needs, the needs of our leaders and the needs of our nation in your wisdom and provision.
And forgive us our debts…
-We confess where we have erred and sinned against others and against you.
-In Christ’s name, God, have mercy on us and forgive us for what we can never repay.
…as we also have forgiven our debtors.
-We confess any instance where we are holding people who have sinned against us in our debt, particularly any person in our political system.
-God, help us to forgive and release others from any obligation to us, through Christ’s atoning work.
And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
-Help us to recognize where our hearts, our society and our political system tempts us to act against your values and kingdom.
-In your great power, please deliver us and our nation from forces that war against your will and are too great for us.
For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.
-God, may we and our leaders remember and trust in your sovereign rule and your supreme power.
-May you be glorified in this election season and may we rest in the knowledge that you are God for all time.
-God, with our sisters and brothers in Christ, we stand together as your people.
-We ask that you would answer our prayers in your wisdom and love.
Amen and Amen
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“Be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”
—1 Corinthians 16:13, NKJV
Let us pray for guidance for the president as he makes decisions and that each decision would be honoring to God and be in the best interest of the nation.
PRAYING FOR THE ELECTION PROCESS:
*Pray for wisdom for voters and a safe and fair election. "My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion; they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck. Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble" (Prov. 3:21–23).
*Ask the Lord to remove those who might try to unjustly and illegally change the outcome of the voting. "I will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the plumb line; hail will sweep away your refuge, the lie, and water will overflow your hiding place" (Isa. 28:17).
*Pray for a huge turnout of voters who use wisdom in their decisions. "Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them. Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you" (Prov. 4:5–6).
*Pray for protection from any attacks from enemies that would prevent or delay the election. "Do not be afraid of them; the Lord your God himself will fight for you" (Deut. 3:22).
Additional Resources / Reading:
*Pray for the judges of this nation, that they will seek the wisdom that comes from above. "But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere" (James 3:17).
Baby Tinslee’s case has set a precedent that will move mountains-political and legal mountains. So many lives will be saved based on this one case. The fight is not over but we are closer to victory!
*Ask the Lord to thwart the efforts of those who would remove religious freedom from our nation. "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery" (Gal. 5:1).
*Pray for truth to become valued again in American society. "Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free" (John 8:32).
“You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say.” – Martin Luther
“Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight.” Proverbs 12:33
“Do not bear false witness against your neighbor.” Commandment #9
This commandment covers a lot more waterfront than just “do not tell a lie.” It goes to the heart of what we say, what we communicate, and what we are attempting to make our neighbor hear.
This is where context matters. Facts, when presented out of context, can create a lie.
*Pray that our nation will increasingly see that God is our only refuge in the midst of the troubles of this world. "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble" (Ps. 46:1).
Being prepared for battle – we talked yesterday about putting on the whole armor of God. We must do that every morning because we do not know what battles the day may bring.
Fighting evil without fear
“Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid” - Ronald Reagan
Thank you God that you have not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7) Help us to remember this daily and to walk in the confidence of your power.
Other Reading / Resources:
VIDEO - Jim Caviezel's Response to America's Crisis Is So POWERFUL
VIDEO - Jim Caviezel On FOX and Friends Weekend -- What a Powerful Witness of Faith
Let us pray with courage, confidence, and a vision of the future call you have for each of us. And with equal confidence, we must answer the call when the Lord beckons us to stand and face our enemy, knowing that as we do, we must, “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.” (Eph 6:11-13)
FROM FRANKLIN GRAHAM:
We need to pray for PEACE, because "the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God" (James 1:20).
Pray for PERSPECTIVE, because "the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere" (James 3:17).
Pray for PATIENCE, because of God's "kindness and forbearance and patience" toward us all (Romans 2:4).
And pray for an OUTPOURING of His wisdom and direction for our leaders and officials who are dealing with this nation’s crisis. Ask God to change hearts and heal this divide in our nation.
Lord, we also pray for repentance for without it we cannot move forward into the fullness of your plan for our nation.
Jesus cried out to the city that would kill him, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!” (Matthew 23:37)
Lord, move our hearts towards that willingness to be “gathered”. Let us submit to your will and walk the path you have set before us. Move our leaders to set this example and call them to walk in humble obedience to your commands like never before. And as leaders’ hearts are turned let it inspire more and more Americans to follow. We pray for a revival in our land.
Let us strive to create an America where God is honored in the public square so that we may rebuild a nation which our children and grandchildren can thrive in once again. We know, Lord, that turning a ship as large as America may take time but we trust in you to provide all that we need while we battle against the forces of darkness.
Finally, Father, we praise you and thank you for your patience with and faithfulness towards us. We realize that we are not worthy on our own and have earned nothing but we will continue to pray and pursue your righteousness so that our efforts may be found pleasing to you. Correct us, direct us, and bless us as we step in faith.
Other Reading / Resources:
Presidential Prayer Team Weekly Focus - https://www.presidentialprayerteam.org/weekly-prayer-focus/
Almighty and merciful Father, Hallowed be your name in America, in Texas, and right where each of us is now. Revered, admired, honored — above every name, in church, in politics, in sports, in music, in business, in media, in heaven or in hell. May your presence be the greatest treasure of our lives.
Our nation is in chaos. But God is still on His throne. Evil has been turned loose all across our nation and it's time for us to fervently pray. Pray for Christ to reign over our cities and for evil to be thwarted.
How large is your heart toward our cities who stew in their sin and misery? We ask for you to lead all to repentance, forgiveness, and ultimately righteousness. Have mercy on us as you showed to Nineveh.
We commit to praying for all people during this season, Lord. Even those with whom we strongly disagree and especially for those whom sow the discord, hate, and division.
1 Timothy 2:1-4 (ESV)
1 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
So important to look beyond what our eyes can see. The current landscape of our country is not pleasing, peaceful, or quiet. But all of these can still be found if we focus on the Lord first.
Day by Day
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NKJV)
16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Prayer is a very powerful gift that God has given to us – if used correctly. As Jesus demonstrated with the fig tree (Mark 11:12-25), there are three main qualities necessary for powerful prayer: unwavering faith in God, confidence in God’s ability to answer, and forgiveness toward anyone who has wronged you. Prayer like this can move mountains and change the hearts of men.
Whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. – Mark 11:24
So let’s use this amazing, powerful gift for the good of our country!
Lord, we come together before your throne as a people who believe in your love, your grace, and your power. We know that only what you establish is worthy so please direct our prayers as well as our words, and actions.
Thank you Father for healing President Trump. We ask for his continued healing and strengthening. And we pray for all who are exposed and/or sickened with Covid-19. Show us the best ways to combat this.
Protect us, Father, from the lies and deceit being fed to our population. We pray that you would shut the mouths of those spreading fear and lies just as you shut the mouths of the lions for Daniel. (Daniel 6). You protected and sustained him because of his great faith – he was more concerned with your laws, not the laws of men. And while the Bible encourages us to be law-abiding citizens, some laws are unjust and are overruled by God’s commands. We acknowledge that it is our responsibility to obey, trust, and submit to your will and we choose to trust that whatever you ordain will be for our benefit and your glory.
We lift up Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, and pray for her confirmation. Surround her with your angels. Protect her from the lies and accusations that are coming. Anoint her mind to stay focused on you and her tongue to honor you with every word. We pray favor upon this appointment so that for many years we will have a courageous, righteous warrior fighting on the front lines for truth and justice.
We thank you Lord that we are able to come to you. Philippians 4:6 tells us to “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” We will follow your Word and await your answers. Praise you Lord!
We will be praying at 5:00 p.m. Central Time each day starting on Tuesday, October 13th.
The overall theme is the 2020 Election but there will be specific daily topics as well.
The main prayer will be posted each day on this blog.
Participants may choose to pray it independently or may also join us to pray together via Zoom.
Use the link below to sign up and join us. You will receive a daily text reminder around 4:45.
On the next three Sundays, 10/18, 10/25, and 11/1, we will meet to pray in person: 5:00pm at Lakeview Park in Grapevine. Our plan is to have the zoom meeting at the same time for anyone who cannot join us live and in person.
Lifting our elections up to the Lord helps all of us keep the focus on the most important topics as well as softens our hearts to love everyone, even those with whom we may disagree. Believing differently shouldn't stop us from sharing God's love and His Word with others.