10 War Room Prayers for Our Nation

Do you want to pray for our country? These 10 prayers for our nation + top 10 Scriptures to pray will help you in praying for our country. You’ll also find intercessory prayer points for the nation. Use these prayers for our nation during the National Day of Prayer or any other time as you pray for our nation.


Why do we need to Pray for Our Nation?

I don’t know about you but I have a hard time watching or listening to the news. In fact, I don’t much any more.

The state of our nation is disturbing, discouraging, and to be honest, baffling. We are a divided country, self-seeking and inconsiderate of others, haters of what it good.

It’s clear there is a fight going on for the soul of our nation. If you are reading this, I understand it’s possible you and I don’t share the same home country but we do share this:  we are at war.

This isn’t a war fought with guns and air strikes. In fact, our war isn’t against people. It’s against spiritual forces of darkness. Ephesians 6:12, NIV says, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

Wars of this kind are only won on our knees. 

These 10 war room prayers for our nation give you Scriptures and intercessory prayer points for the nation.

Let me ask you, Do you have a war time prayer strategy?

Or are you spending more time watching the news, complaining about it and cluck-clucking in bewilderment than actually engaging in the battle?

I’m guilty of it.

But I’ve decided as a child of God, it is my responsibility to join the fight. No, not in some political campaign or with comments and arguments on Facebook, but in prayer for our country, on my knees, with the Word of God and these war room verses spread out in front of me. God’s word provides us with the prayer strategy we need for prayer for our nation.

Taking time in prayer for our nation and its leaders is something we CAN do.

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What does the Bible say about praying for nations?

In the Old Testament, we see God’s people calling on Him in prayer collectively as a people. Perhaps the most compelling Scripture for praying for a nation is 2 Chronicles 7:13-14, which says, “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, 14 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 I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land (NIV).”

There are great promises that accompany praying for your country. God’s people are the salt and light of the world. It is our responsibility to stand in the gap on behalf of our countries.

We will soon be observing the National Day of Prayer and I don’t know of a more critical time for prayer for the nation. God promises to hear us when we pray so will you join me in these war room prayers for our nation?

If you are wondering how you can be in prayer for your nation, you’ve come to the right place!

What do you pray for the government?

A natural place to start praying is for  leaders and those in government. I Timothy  2, verses 1-2: I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity” (NLT).

We can’t change hearts, but we can be in prayer for the leaders of our country. Scripture gives a very clear plan for praying for government leaders through petitions and requests, intercessory prayer, and thanksgiving.

I have a FREE prayer template to help you pray for leaders in government here if you’d like.  We have weapons strong enough to destroy strongholds. We’re insane crazy not to use them!! Let’s join our hearts and offer up prayers for the nation and its leaders.

But leaders and those in government aren’t the only way we can be in prayer for our nation! You can play a part by praying God’s word for the nation in other ways as well. By turning off the news and news feeds and spending ten minutes a day praying the following Scripture prayers for our nation, we can make a difference.

So how about it? Let’s be a force of people praying – men and women in our bathrooms as we dress for work, on our knees in our war rooms, in our cars, at lunch breaks, whenever and wherever. Let’s charge heaven with the prayers of the faithful. Let’s be a dadgum army.

10 War Room Prayers For Our Nation:

Below are ten suggested references, followed by my own sample prayers. Please note my prayers are not Bible translations. They are included for those who would like examples of how to pray. You can use these as intercessory prayer points for the nation.

II Chronicles 7:14

“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 I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land (NIV).”

Lord, I come to You with this prayer for our land. You promise that when your people pray, humble themselves, and seek You, You will hear and answer. You even promise healing in the land.  Lord, our land needs healing from disunity, hate, unrighteousness, idolatry… and I believe it starts with me. I humble myself before You right here, right now. I’m seeking Your face. I ask You to grant me a repentant spirit so I may be an instrument that ushers in Your blessing for this nation.


Psalms 33:12

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
    the people he chose for his inheritance (NIV).”

Lord, Your blessing has been upon this nation and I thank You for your kind mercies! But Your Word says the blessed nation is the one whose God is the Lord and our nation has turned from You.  God, on behalf of myself and my people, I confess our disregard of You. Bring Your people to repentance and let this nation once again be one who calls You “Lord.”


Proverbs 14:34

“Righteousness exalts a nation,
    but sin condemns any people (NIV).”

Righteousness exalts a nation, Lord. Not flagrant personalities and foul speech. Not the boastful pride of man or “progressive” lifestyles or quick talking politicians who present themselves as the solution for the world.  Righteousness, Lord, righteousness is what we need. Oh Lord, let Your righteousness rain down on us and spring up from within every home and community in our land!


It's important to offer prayer for our land. We are to voice prayers for the nation and its leaders. Use these war room prayers when you spend time in prayer for the nation.


Proverbs 9:10

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
    and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding (NIV).”

Many of the things I hear coming out of the mouths of those in the media make me shudder, Lord. Fear of You is sorely lacking and I humble myself before You to beseech Your mercies on behalf of a people who don’t fear or acknowledge You. Forgive us, God! Strike a fear in the heart of Your people! Show us the seriousness of our sin and the holiness of Your majesty. Let us see and understand You as God… King… Sovereign One… Ruler of heaven and earth. And let us be wise!


Matthew 16:18

 “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it (NIV).”

Lord, You promise that the gates of hell will not overcome Your church. You have a people and You have a plan that will not fail. No matter what, Your purposes will prevail. You are in Your church and indwell Your people. In this we take great hope. Strengthen Your people, Lord! Strengthen Your church in this country! Let us rise to the battle cry and faithfully stand firm! Stir up our passions and desires for purity, holiness, and intimacy with You. Let us walk in the unquenchable fire of Your Spirit.


II Corinthians 6:17

Therefore, “Come out from them and be separate”, says the Lord.

‘Touch no unclean thing,
    and I will receive you (NIV).”

God, call Your people to come out and be separate. All across this land, call  Your people to set aside wordly wisdom, pride and appearances, materialism, the need for approval, idolatry of all sorts. Lead us out and lead us up. We are a holy nation, a royal priesthood, set apart for worthy purposes. Stir in each and every heart to come out and be different!


American flag flying in late afternoon sunlight


Isaiah 6:1

“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. (NIV)”

Oh Lord, we need to see You as You truly are, not as what others say You are. Let Your people see You high and lifted up! Let us see You as holy. Let us understand Your nature, character, and sovereignty. Let us know Your word. Sweep across this land and reveal Yourself like never before. Let us know You, God!


Isaiah 60:1

Arise, shine, for your light has come,
    and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. (NIV)”

Cause each of Your children to shine brightly in this dark land, Lord. Let each light take it’s place on a lampstand and draw others to You. May those without Christ see our good works and glorify You. We pray that many will come to know You and confess You as Lord.


Daniel 2:21

He changes times and seasons;
    he deposes kings and raises up others.
He gives wisdom to the wise
    and knowledge to the discerning. (NIV)”

Lord, we believe in Your sovereignty. We know You are the One who sets up rulers and kings. The buck stops with You. We pray for our leaders and future leaders…and those who elect them… to have wisdom, knowledge, and discernment, for these things come from You.

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Matthew 6:10

your kingdom come,
your will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven. (NIV)”

We pray for Your Kingdom to come, Your will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. We know Your will is for righteousness, salvation, and truth. We pray for these things to define our lives, our marriages, our homes, our communities, and our nation. We ask for Your church to be vessels that usher in Your Kingdom and fulfill Your will. Grant us, Your servants, success as we seek to glorify Your name.




There you have it, 10 war room prayers for our nation. If you want to start interceding for a nation,  I encourage you to stop right now, take ten minutes, and write out the Scriptures above.

Let’s offer a prayer for country, leaders, repentance, and God’s mercy, and let’s start today. Armed with promises to trust God for, we CAN make a difference through the power of prayer!

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  1. My heart has been drawn by the very words you share. Like Nehemiah when he heard of the conditions in Jerusalem… I too have confessed the sins of my nation… Thank you for reminding us all that God always leaves a remenant of believers… We have the power to turn our hearts back to God, He has the ability to change our nation!

  2. Bless you, dearest Sister, for an excellent article and sample prayers. I just shared it on FB in the hopes that others will join in and send a wave of prayers across America. It is certainly going up in our War Room for possibly a lifetime of prayers. Love your heart for the Lord! France G.

  3. I,always think highly about Americans that they are very intelligent,godfearing and a peace loving nation but i never thought that,they will be so foolish enough to ask for trouble.Having said that i like to remind some verses in the scripture.”But if you disobey the lord your god and do not faithfully keep all his commands and laws that i am giving you today,all these evil things will happen to you: “The lord will give your enemies victory over you.You will attack them from one direction,but you will run from them in all directions,and all the people on earth will be terrified when they see what happens to you” Deu:28:15,25
    ;.But lord also promised that “He will make you greater than any other nation that he has created,and you will bring praise and honour to his name.Deu.26:19. PRAISE BE TO HIS HOLY NAME.

  4. Thank you so very, very much Arabah for calling us out to pray for our Nation. Like you, I too cannot watch the news without getting discouraged and disappointed; knowing prayer is our only defense. God is Sovereign…He says his “Word will not return empty, but will accomplish that for which it was sent.” Thank you for sharing Scriptures and prayer models for all who answer the battle cry to pray!

    I am so thankful the Lord led me to your website and Pinterest site. Purchased Trust Without Borders and Praying The Promises of the Cross. Also, completed the Abide In Me mini-course. Receiving blessing after blessing from your teachings and writings. May our Almighty God bless your ministry abundantly.

    Your sister in Christ Jesus,
    Sharyl Chappell

  5. I’m gonna have to borrow these prayers for my nation too. It’s also campaign period here and there’s so much going on.

    I watch the news and I see a lot of crazy stuff both here in our country and yours. We need this!

  6. Thank you so much for this post, and these powerful prayers. I shared this on Pinterest, so more people will join in prayer for our country, and be comforted in such a stressful and strange election year.

  7. Excellent idea, and wonderful thoughts. I’m a preacher in Texas, and I’m Christi’s dad (Cheerio Trail). I know she thinks the world of you and you encourage each other. Thanks for this and blessings as you add your encouraging words to our confused world.

    1. Dear Mr. Wells, thank you for taking the time to comment and introduce yourself. I think the world of Christi. you did something (alot of things) right. I know it’s God’s grace but it’s also your faithfulness. Thank you for what you do and how you serve Jesus. Praising the Lord for crossing our paths… In Him, AJ

  8. Thank you for sharing these, Arabah. I will be joining you on my knees each day, and I just shared this on my FB page in hope that more people will join. Thank you for again for putting together this timely and important resource and for your heart of love and prayer.

  9. Thank You Most Holy Lord for placing in the heart of Your people a desire to know and serve You out of a broken and contrite heart…. Humbly asking for Your intervention in our nation…. Confessing our sins as a nation Lord God Almighty we come before You and ask for Your forgiveness, Your healing, and for You to be glorified in our nation once more…. for Your names sake Lord, not for our righteousness sake, but for YouRs!

  10. Hello Arabah Joy, Good words here. Leading with prayer. Can you make this available as an attachment in print? It would be 24 pages to print this as is (!)

  11. I have been praying, but thank you so much for the wonderful resource. I have shared this with several. Love your thoughts. I so agree.

  12. Thank you so much for this article and these prayers and scriptures! Boy, I wish everyone in this country could read these. I do worry about this election, because I feel we don’t have a good viable choice for President! I pray God will lead us as a nation to do the right thing this election.

    If not, I fear what the outcome will be.

    Yours in Christ,

  13. God richly bless, guide and encourage you by His amazing grace, as you share His inspiration/insights with others.
    P.S. Do you have a mailing address that I could send a copy of a “Prayer For Our Nation” that God inspired me to write back in 1993? I would love to share it with you, as I have done so with family, friends and some Pastors.
    Please advise and thank you.
    Jan Larsen

    1. Thank you for your hand of sharing the word of prayer to others.
      Sir I will like to be receiving prayer points to me if daily or weekly.

  14. Thanks for shaering i will use it to pray for my county cameroon. Right now the country is shaking. please joint me if you can.

  15. Thank you Arabah Joy . I am praying for my country Zimbabwe which is in turmoil. I did not know where to begin or even end. I came across this site and this is what I needed to help me pray for my land and its people. God bless you

  16. Waaaw!!! What heartfelt prayer. My spirit is so much stirred up for intercessions.
    God bless you for the Prayer points.
    They are Worth Praying

  17. I’m sure you already knew, but I just discovered that sharing this post is against Facebook community standards. Yep, we need to pray hard for our nation.

  18. Thank you so much dear sister. We, in our country, are in great need of these prayers. Our country is so divided. I plan to share these with my family.

  19. I am so encouraged as i read the article and then the comments. Its disheartening to see what has happened in America. The church moved away from being the voice and became an amplifier for wicked politicians. America has a huge destiny in the world and it needs to get back to that of being a prophetic voice and not the joke it has become. for some of us who grew up in Africa and watched the movie of the descent into third world standards it has been a shocking wake up call for us and I hope the church goes back to the centre where it neither supports the Republicans or the Democrats but stands to be the voice. I invite as many Americans as can come to Zimbabwe to do so and see what happens when the church loses its voice and its effect on the prayer lives of genuine Christians. America shall arise again into the glorious liberty of GODS sons and daughters in Jesus Christs Mighty Name amen. By the way you and your husband are welcome to come and spend some time with us all country expenses paid. http://www.jubileeinriveroflife.org

  20. You may not realise that I’m being bombarded with Tarot Card advertisements while I’m attempting to focus on the beautiful truth you are writing.

  21. Iam happy to be part of the battle axe to be used by God, I pray dat your ministry will not be polluted IJN. I pray dat d lord will remove every form of look warm NES in our spiritual lives at this perilous time, let us all remember to pray for ourselves for more fire and revival in Jesus mighty name amen SHALOM.

  22. Thank you so much..am lifted, happenings in Nigeria became a burden to me,I came online looking for a help guard,and i came across your words,thank you so much,we wouldn’t give us on our nation,we are awakening from our slumber ???it’s a spiritual war…if only we humble our self and pray??we pray for kaduna, Anambra,Kano,Abuja,sokoto,and every other sate/Nation’s going through one hard times,war etc…help us Lord,we have no other helper but you.please?????trying in our nation.

  23. Glory to God! I am grateful for the 10 War room prayers for my nation Malawi.
    God is really faithful. He shall redeem & preserve my nation for the sake of those who are righteous

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