“They will work spiritual revolutions through their mighty praying.” –E.M. Bounds
Two weeks ago, we encouraged everyone to join us in praying to God for a revolution in the world, our country and our localities. The first week our focus was to pray for God’s kingdom rule to come to the world; last week our focus was the persecuted church. This week we want to focus on praying for the United States and our own localities.
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)
Paul urges that we intercede for all people in a variety of ways – supplications, prayers, intercessions and thanksgivings. Why? Because Jesus “desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
Think of how much time so many invest in politics watching the pundits on TV, discussing politics, or working in the political arena. None of this is wrong. But if we spent as much time praying for our leaders as we do criticizing or promoting them, imagine what God would do.
Here are some suggestions for prayer:
O Lord God, Please save multitudes in the United States. Please glorify the name of Jesus by redeeming and transforming millions. Let thanksgiving and praise ascend to your Name in every place. Please open doors for the gospel and let it go forth in great power to every man, woman and child in this nation. Please send laborers into the harvest.
Please pour out your Holy Spirit in a mighty way. Holy Spirit, please convict multitudes in this country of sin, righteousness and judgment (JN 16:8). Cause millions to realize they are sinners, guilty before a Holy God. Convict multitudes that they are not righteous and need the righteousness of Christ. Convict millions of judgment to come and cause them to turn to Jesus for salvation from God’s judgment.
Please save Barack Obama, his wife and children. Please save our Senators, Representatives, and Supreme Court Judges. Save thousands of advisors and staff members in Washington, D.C. Please give our leaders wisdom and cause them to promote righteousness and life. Please cause our government to remain favorable to the Church and the gospel and continue to grant us peace and religious freedom.
Please bring an end to abortion in this nation. Please cause multitudes to turn to you for forgiveness – doctors who have performed abortions, men who have encouraged them, women who have had them. Please change millions and millions of hearts on this issue.
Let’s pray fervently every day this week for our nation. If multitudes prayed for even 5 minutes each, that would be a lot of prayer. God hears the prayers of his people and acts upon them!