Until we have a clear picture of what we are praying for, I’m convinced our prayers will remain vague and powerless. Does God still have a purpose for the United States of America in spite of our turning from Him? How can we pray in a way that releases the power and purposes of God in our nation?
Psalm 85:9 gives a divine perspective on what God desires for a nation. “Surely his salvation is near those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land.” God desires for his glory to dwell in our land. What an astonishing perspective! Especially when you consider that God’s glory ultimately is His presence. God wants a nation in which His presence (glory) is welcome and sensed.
Now that is a compelling vision for passionate prayer! No longer a nebulous murmuring of “God bless America,” but a cry for the presence of God to be known in the United States. Rather than a prideful assertion of the exceptionalism of America, it is a humble affirmation of the exceptionalism of God.
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Father, we recognize that You want Your glory to dwell in our land. May Your presence be welcomed and recognized in every heart so that the light of Your presence will pierce the darkest issues and problems facing our present and future. Help Your people to lay down their prideful ways in favor of deep humility so that You alone are lifted up and exalted in our nation!
–Adapted from With One Cry: A Renewed Challenge to Pray for America by David Butts. This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.
Praise God for his teaching to be of good cheer even in a world of tribulation (Jn. 16:33). Thank God for being your shelter in times of trouble (Ps. 91:1-2). Confess personal burdens that you haven’t committed to him and which rob you of that “good cheer” (2 Cor. 5:4). Commit yourself to trusting Christ in every situation (1 Cor. 10:13). Ask God to reveal himself in a special way to his children who feel distant from him today.
Intercede for any of your family members or friends who are suffering intensely today. Ask God not to withhold his mercy. Pray that his love and truth will protect them (Ps. 40:11).
“Praying for people will bring you to love them. Loving them will lead you to serve them. Serving them will be the open door through which God can move in to save, heal, and make whole.” —Maxie Dunnam
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