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.
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.
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.
“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.”
“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!
“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!
“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!
“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!
“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.
“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.
“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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