On this 4th of July we offer prayers of hope for our troubled nation:
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, we hold on to the hope that we 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 among a people who should love one another, 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 give to this complaint” (Hab. 2:1). Lord, would You raise up more watchmen (and watchwomen) 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. And, in the midst of this contentious season, we need the assurance of Your watch care over us. In the powerful Name above all names, we ask this!
–Prayers compiled by David Butts, author of Inviting God into the Process: An Election Prayer Guide. This booklet is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.
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.
Harvest Prayer Ministries exists to equip the local church to become a House of Prayer for all nations, releasing God’s power for revival and finishing the task of world evangelization. We do this through consulting, teaching, developing resources, discipling, networking, and partnering. As you explore our website, you will see the many ways Harvest seeks to encourage churches and believers to deepen their connection with Jesus Christ through prayer.