Prayers for Our Nation

In the midst of an election year, and on this 140th birthday of our nation, we offer these prayers on behalf of the United States of America:

Help us Lord, in the midst of the confusion of our days. In a badly fractured nation that has seemed to turn its back on you, it is easy to get discouraged. Today Lord, I hold on to the hope that I find in your Word: “Surely his salvation is near those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land” (Ps. 85:9). May your glory and your Presence dwell in our land! Revive your people Lord!

Lord, it is clear that you have a destiny for a nation that goes way beyond who is elected President at any particular time. Help us to see the “big picture” in the midst of political bickering and positioning. Your Big Picture is astonishing: “All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, O Lord; they will bring glory to your name” (Ps.86:9).

Father, in the midst of increasing divisiveness and strife surrounding our elections, we desperately need your peace. Your Word tells us, “Let me hear what God the LORD will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints; but let them not turn back to folly” (Ps. 85:8). Would you help us hear your voice as you speak peace to us in the midst of turmoil?

“I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me, and what answer I am to give to this complaint” (Hab. 2:1). Lord, would you raise up watchmen of prayer over this nation? We desperately need those who will keep watch in prayer, paying attention most of all to you and what you are desiring for us. In the midst of this contentious election, we need the assurance of your watch care over us.

–Adapted from 2016 Election Prayer Facebook page. Prayers compiled by David Butts, author of Inviting God into the Process: An Election Prayer Guide. This booklet is available at Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.

Prayer Points

Praise God verbally, saying, “Jesus is Lord” (Rom. 10:9). Thank Christ for fulfilling God’s law for you and granting you his righteousness (10:4). Confess any attempts you are still making to earn righteousness and favor with God. Commit to a lifestyle of confessing the lordship of Jesus. Ask God to remove any lingering distrust (10:11).

Pray for God’s kingdom to come and his will to be done on your part of the earth as it is in heaven. Ask that the lordship of Christ, which we confess verbally, will be applied in just and righteous actions.

–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend. This book is available at Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.

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