We know that as Christians we should be praying for our nation, and that we are commanded to pray for our leaders. We know that the Lord sets leaders in place and that he can harden or soften their hearts as He pleases. But there are seasons when we just aren’t sure what to pray, are there not? We pray that the Lord will direct our leaders, and that He would guide them to make the decisions that line up with His will, but all of those are very generic prayers and sometimes feel simply obligatory. And there are seasons when we simply don’t feel like praying for our nation or those in leadership. If you ever struggle with praying for our nation, I hope that this post will help you pray God’s Word back to Him as you make an appeal to heaven.
As Christians, we should always be praying for our nation, and on this patriotic weekend even moreso. This past week, our home fellowship group met in my home, and we discussed what and how we can do exactly that in this season. One of the women who attends with us has studied intercession extensively, and while she shies away from the title “expert,” she has spent much more time studying intercession and experiencing the Lord move through her prayers than anyone I know. It’s a blessing to have that experience, and in the context of a home fellowship where everyone is sharing what is on their hearts, we can come to agreement and be praying for our nation in the same way as others around us. That’s some powerful stuff! I’d like to share with you some of the things we discussed, some scriptural references that were pointed out that we can stand on, and some great reference tools and subjects to study going forward.
Isaiah 57:14 proclaims that the Word of the Lord shall go forward, and it shall do so unhindered because He moves it forward Himself to grow the people spiritually. When we are praying for our nation, we can declare this promise from the Lord over ourselves, the nation, and the leaders. This is an opportunity for God’s Word to do the work for which it was assigned, according to Isaiah 55:11 that we quote so frequently. We are reminding the Lord of His own promises.
There is much discussion in Exodus about the heart of the king (pharaoh) and when the Lord hardened it or softened it. We know that the Lord can and does those things, and that is something we can ask for in our prayers. It can apply to our president, but it can also apply to any leadership – even local city councils, mayors, state governors, legistlatures, and senates as well as our state representatives to the federal branches.
2 Chronicles 7:14 is a promise to stand on for the people of God.
If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves, pray, and seek my face, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and heal their land.
Are we in agreement that our land needs healing? No matter where you stand on political events recent and past, I’m sure that we can agree on that!
From BibleGateway, a few lists of scriptures to pray:
But when we are praying for our nation, it should not be only for the leaders, but also for the people. It is true that the government can overstep and go against the will of the people, and it is also true that the people can collectively be against the will of God. In either situation, praying for the people who make up the heart of the nation – not only for those in leadership – is essential, because God sees the heart of the people. Part of what we can pray is that leadership be representative of that heart, and then we can pray that the heart of the people does line up with God’s will. Nehemiah 1 provides an excellent example of prayer for a people.
An Appeal to Heaven
You may or may not be familiar with Dutch Sheets; in the apostolic circles, he is one who is considered to be an authority on prayer. He has posted on his blog a series of posts on the theme “An Appeal to Heaven,” and he has a book out by the same title. (Side note: If you have or sign up for Kindle Unlimited – and you can start with a 30 day free trial – you can borrow the book for free!)
Basically, the story is that Dutch saw a flag with an evergreen tree and the phrase “An Appeal to Heaven” and discovered that its origin was with the original Navy commissioned by George Washington. (And that, friends, explains the tree in my graphic!) Dutch is calling for us to be praying for our nation in a specific way, as an appeal to heaven once again. (And yes, if you make a purchase after clicking Amazon links, I’ll make a commission. But I’m in no way affiliated with Dutch Sheets, nor do I have a reason to promote him other than I am confident that he is one who is led by the Holy Spirit and is gifted as an intercessor and a teacher.)
In these times that most of us, I believe, would agree are the Last Days, will you join me in praying for our nation? The Lord is always true to His promises, and we are sure that He will hear us and bring forth His purposes in us. Bless you!
More Posts about Praying for Our Nation
I wrote this post to go along with similar posts by my friends from my Christian bloggers tribe. Click the graphics below to be taken to each of those posts. It’s brilliant how the Lord leads us all in similar thought but slightly varying directions when we come together like this. We know that where 2 or more are gathered, He is with us, and we stand in agreement together in praying for our nation!
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