Inspiring Scripture Prayers for Our Nation
Your world is in crisis. How do you pray for the people around you? How do you pray for your country? Here are some Scripture prayers for our nation.
Why We Should Pray For Our Nations?
Everywhere you look, bad things are happening. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I forget to pray for my nation. I forget to pray for my leaders. I forget, because quite frankly, sometimes I’m so caught up in the whole business of trying to live my life that I develop tunnel-vision. I can only see the little bit that’s in front of me and nothing else.
But here’s the thing, I’m not the first person to forget to pray for my nation or its leaders. And if you’re in the same position, if you’re wondering why do we need to pray for our nation, you’re not the first person either. I like to use the Bible as my example because I believe it’s one of the oldest books to survive through time and I trust the veracity of its Author. The Israelites also had times when they didn’t have the will to pray for their nation.
This was especially true after they had been exiled from Jerusalem and taken to foreign lands. I bet the last thing on their mind was praying for their captors. And that’s why God used the prophet Jeremiah to tell them these words:
And seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive, and pray to the Lord for it; for in its peace you will have peace (Jeremiah 29:7 NKJV).
I believe that’s the main reason we should remember to say a prayer for a nation in crisis: when our nation has peace, we will have peace. I’d like to extend that thought a bit further:
- When our nation has health, we will have health.
- When our nation is prosperous, we will be prosperous.
- When our nation knows, fears, and loves God, we will know, fear, and love Him too.
And the awesome thing is that we’re able to use God’s Word to pray for our nations in crisis. But before we start looking at Scripture prayers for our nation, there are some key things we should remember.
What the Bible Says About Praying for Nations
Let’s first look at what the Bible says about praying for our nations.
If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:14 ESV).
Sometimes we forget that our Heavenly Father is deeply concerned with what happens to us here on earth. But God is a gentleman. He will not barge in where He is not invited. He encourages us to pray to Him at which time He will intervene on our behalf.
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God (Romans 13:1 ESV).
Our leaders were given their authority by God. It doesn’t matter what we think about their characters or actions and it doesn’t matter how corrupt they are or how they misuse their authority–their authority came from God. Now, I know this idea causes a lot of questions for you, one of which is probably why would God give someone power and authority if He knew they were going to abuse it.
It’s about free will. God gives everyone a choice. Just as He gives you gifts and talents that He hopes you will use to give glory to Him, He gives gifts and talents to others. Unfortunately, we don’t always use our gifts the way God intends.
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:1-4 ESV).
When we pray for our nations and its leaders, God is pleased, He wants to bless us and that includes blessing the countries where we live. I don’t know about you, but I would love to say of my country:
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage! (Psalm 33:12 ESV)
What to Remember When Praying for a Nation in Crisis
When we decide to pray Scripture prayers for our nations, we will experience challenges. If you’ve ever tried to pray any kind of prayer, you know the kinds of tricks your minds can play on you. The enemy invades our prayer life with distraction, doubt, fear, and all manner of things. He tries to get us to believe that God isn’t listening and that our prayers won’t have any effect.
My friend, the devil is a liar. When he whispers in your ears and tries to convince you that God won’t answer your prayers for your nation, remember these four things:
God is in control
It may not seem like God knows what He’s doing when things are spiraling out of control, but He does. You and I are only able to see a small piece of the picture, but God sees everything. He is all-knowing and all-powerful. Nothing surprises Him.
God answers prayers
God wants to hear from us. He wants his people to pray and when we pray, He answers. When you pray for your nation, do so from a position of power believing that God wants to answer your prayer.
God can use all things for good
I love a good plan. But sometimes, things don’t turn out how we had hoped, planned, or wished they would. In times like those, it’s easy for us to become discouraged, but remember that God can work all things for our good. He can use everything–even bad things–to benefit His people.
God has a plan
Even more importantly, God always has a plan. He’s not surprised by the twists and quirks in our lives. He knows what’s going to happen long before it does and He has a plan. And my friend, His plan is awesome!
Examples of Scripture Prayers for Our Nations
Now that we understand the importance of praying for our nations in crisis, let’s look at some examples of Scripture prayers for our nation. Because that is such a big topic, it helps if we break it into smaller divisions.
Prayer for the healing of the nations
You have said that You will be with us, that You will never leave us nor forsake us. We claim the promise of Isaiah 41 that You will strengthen us and uphold us with Your righteous right hand. We believe that You can restore our nations to health and healing and that You will reveal an abundance of prosperity and security. Heal our diseases, Lord, redeem our lives from the pit, and crown us with Your steadfast love and mercy. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.
(Based on Isaiah 41:10, Jeremiah 33:6 and Psalm 103:2-4)
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Prayer for the leaders of our country
You say that if anyone lacks wisdom he should ask for it from You and You will give it to him generously and without reproach, so today I’m praying for You to dispense wisdom on the leaders of our governments. I know that their authority comes from You and so I pray that they will use it to further Your work and protect Your people.
I pray that You will give them foresight so that the plans they implement will be for the benefit of all people. Above all Lord, I pray that they will learn to trust You and seek Your way rather than trying to depend only on what they desire or understand. Give them compassion for Your people, in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
(Based on James 1:5, Proverbs 29:18, Proverbs 3:5-6)
Prayer for front-line workers
In this time of crisis, there are persons who are risking their lives every day so that we will have the things we need to survive our daily lives. These are the unsung heroes who work in supermarkets, pharmacies, and gas stations. They work in hospitals, doctor’s offices, and clinics. They work in sanitation and public health. They work in plants supplying electricity, water, and food. They drive trucks, taxis, trains, and subways.
There are so many people, Lord, who continue to work so that the world as we know doesn’t come to a crashing halt. I pray that You will encamp around them and deliver them from the evil one. Hide them under the shadow of Your wings. Father, grant them diligence to do the work that is before them, help them to remain steadfast. I pray that those they come in contact with will treat them with compassion and appreciation, knowing that they put their health and lives on the line every day for others who they don’t even know.
Remind these front-line workers that they are not working for the praise of men, but to give honor and glory to their Heavenly Father. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
(Based on Psalms 34:7, Psalm 91:4, James 1:12, Colossians 3:23)
Scripture Prayers Are Powerful
One of the most powerful ways we can pray is to pray God’s Word back to Him. God cannot lie and so when He says He will do something we know it’s true.
As you would have noticed from the previous Scripture prayers for our nation, I started with a verse in the Bible and used it to inspire my prayer. You can write your own prayers. As you read your Bible each day, ask the Holy Spirit to give you the inspiration to pray for others. Be led by Him as you pray.
When we pray Scripture prayers for our nation, God hears us and He will answer.
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