By Kenneth Copeland
Every country needs prayer. Regardless of political philosophy or governmental organization, every country needs its citizens, leaders, land, economy, scientists, health care workers, business people and teachers to be bathed in prayer. Why? Because every person and every square inch of a country’s land needs the grace, wisdom and protection of God. From economic uncertainty to outbreaks of disease, racial unrest to contentious elections, we need The LORD to show us what to do. Here are six points to remember as you pray for your country:
1. Christians Are Called to Pray
“Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” –2 Chronicles 7:14
Notice God didn’t call the heathen or unbeliever to pray before He acts. No, He calls the believers. If we want God to move on behalf of our nation, we—God’s people—must humble ourselves and pray.
2. We Must Remain in Faith
“You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it.” –Matthew 21:22
All prayer is most effective when it is practiced in faith. Though it’s easy to become discouraged, we must remember that nothing is too hard for The LORD. He can turn any situation around and draw any person to Himself.
3. Our Prayers Make a Difference
“The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.”
When we seek The LORD in prayer on behalf of our nation, there are God-ordained results. We may never meet the political leader whom we lift up. We may never meet (this side of heaven) the citizens that our prayers affect, but God’s WORD promises that our prayers do, in fact, make a difference. It’s a promise we can trust.
4. We Are Called to Be Faithful
“Never stop praying.” –1 Thessalonians 5:17
As believers, we’re called to be faithful, especially with regards to prayer. We can’t give up. Instead, we should continue to ask God to help our country, our leaders and our citizens to make wise, God-honoring decisions.
5. Pray for All Leaders
“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. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. For, There is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone.” –1 Timothy 2:1-6
As believers, we’re called to pray for all our leaders in government. This can be difficult since we may strongly disagree with our elected or appointed leaders. But God doesn’t tell us to only pray for those we agree with or even those who are Christian. No, we’re to pray for ALL those in authority.
6. Keep Your Words in Agreement
“The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.”
When we pray in faith, we can trust that God is working on our behalf. We can trust that He is moving in the hearts and situations of the people involved. That’s why we want our everyday speech to reflect that faith. We don’t want to pray for God to move on behalf of our nation and then complain that those in control are ridiculous or acting irresponsibly. Instead, we want our words to line up with what The WORD of God has said. The WORD promises that our prayer are effective and produce results; therefore, we can believe that God is true to that WORD.
Right now, commit to pray for your nation. Approach this kind of prayer the way you would any other situation in your life—in faith.
- Discover what The WORD has to say about what your country is facing. (John 17:17)
- Begin meditating on and praying those scriptures. (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)
- Pray with understanding and in the spirit. (1 Corinthians 14:15)
- Trust that God is faithful to His WORD concerning your nation. (Isaiah 55:11)
- Praise God for who He is as the ultimate authority. (Romans 13:1-3)
- Thank Him for all He is doing—whether you see the results you want or not. (Psalm 100:4)
Your nation needs your prayers. Begin standing in faith for the godly changes you desire to see and for the men and women in leadership. After you’ve done all you can do, remain faithful, and trust that God will do what He’s promised to do.
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