Day 1: Prayer for our Nation
Below are some suggested topics and corresponding scriptures to allow us to come together in unity as we pray for our Nation:
- Wisdom and guidance for leaders in the Body of Christ and for government leaders at the local, state, and federal levels:
- The Body of Christ is entering new waters and Church leaders throughout the Nation need the Lord’s discernment for how Jesus wants to direct His Body. Our Nation is facing public health (COVID) and economic challenges, challenges with racial inequality, political unrest, and division. Yet, God is sovereign and bigger than every challenge we and our Nation will face. John 16:33 NIV (“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”).
- “The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes.” Proverbs 21:1 NKJV.
- “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. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:1-4 NIV.
- Physical healing:
- COVID is a pandemic throughout the world, yet God is our healer. Please pray that the Lord will lift up a standard and stop COVID in its tracks; that He will bring physical healing to those who have contracted COVID.
- “So shall they fear The name of the LORD from the west, And His glory from the rising of the sun; When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him.” Isaiah 59:19 NKJV.
- “He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. … Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.” Isaiah 53:3-7, 10 NIV.
- Emotional healing:
- The country began going into quarantine in March and this has taken a significant toll on many. COVID, the quarantine, and economic challenges have fostered anxiety; people have lost loved ones and uncertainty remains. Moreover, the Nation is suffering from the effects of generations of inequality. Yet, our hope remains in God, our Great Comforter.
- “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 NIV.
- “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? … But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:25-27, 33-34 NIV.
- Humility for each of us and the Body of Christ collectively:
- Time and again, when hardship and tribulation break out, God’s people are called to humble themselves and pray. May we seek grace from the Father for the Body of Christ and for us individually to have a humble, lowly, and contrite heart – a dwelling place that will be pleasing to the Lord.
- “For this is what the high and exalted One says — he who lives forever, whose name is holy: ‘I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.’” Isaiah 57:15 NIV.
- “All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, ‘God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.’ Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:5-7 NIV.