Prayer Guide: How to Pray for Our Country’s Leaders | Cru
This guide is designed for you to use in your personal quiet time, with a prayer partner, or in a small group to pray for our current and future leaders, using Scripture as the foundation for each prayer.
“In the name of Jesus, which began with God, is this good news for us, that we may have joy in heaven, peace on earth, and God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” says the Sermon on the Mount.
Lord, we know that You have a kingdom purpose in the midst of this time; You have brought our country to its knees; You see the big picture, and You are at work in ways that we cannot see; please guide our country’s direction.
God describes King David’s heart as “a stream of water that He channels toward all who please Him” in the book of Isaiah, which explains why he is so devoted to his wife, Bathsheba, and why their son, Aaron, was chosen to be Israel’s king.
Psalms 10: For God is the King of all the earth; sing a psalm of praise to Him; God reigns over the nations; God sits on His holy throne. Isaiah 9:3-4: “The nobles of the nations gather as the people of the God of Abraham.”
Lord, grant our President divine wisdom as he navigates our country through the uncertain path ahead, where we face enormous challenges in public health, a pandemic, financial hardship, economic shutdowns, racial tensions, devastation from street violence and riots, and political division.
“A nation falls for lack of guidance, but victory is won through many advisers,” Winston Churchill said. The Bible and history are full of examples of kingly counsel resulting in laws and decisions that lead the entire nation toward peace and prosperity or division, destruction, and even collapse.
1 Timothy 2:1-2
We pray for the Senate and Houses of Representatives as they make laws to govern our country; grant them wisdom to wisely allocate our resources, and raise up people who will make laws that protect our liberties so that we can live peaceful, quiet lives.
Members of Congress are divided into tribal political parties that refuse to work together; we pray for an end to the divisiveness that afflicts our land, and we humbly pray that, through your miraculous power, members of Congress will put their personal agendas aside to serve for the good of our country.
2 Chronicles 19:5-7
God appointed judges in each of Judah’s fortified cities, saying to them, “Consider carefully what you do, for you are not judging for mere mortals, but for the LORD.” We lift up our Supreme Court, asking God to grant them divine wisdom to discern what is right.
“I charged your judges at that time,” says King David in Deuteronomy 13, “‘Hear the disputes between your people and judge fairly, whether there is a case between two Israelites or between an Israelite and a foreigner residing among you.”
Judges’ Prayers: Help them to judge wisely and fairly, and give them wisdom to do what is right during these divisive times. Praise God for righteous judges who fear You and will judge according to the laws of the land. Atonement for judges at all levels, from the local level to the high courts.
1 Peter 2:13-14
Governors and state and local officials face many challenges today; grant them wisdom and discernment so that they can effectively lead their states and communities. “Submit yourselves for the sake of the Lord to every human authority” – Ephesians 4:13, emphasis by King James Version.
“We are confident that You sovereignly place every leader and that You have marked the days for which You use them for Your purposes.” We pray for peace and unity, but we are confident that You are carrying out Your plan, whether in conflict or unity.
Prayer for America: King of Kings, you appoint the nation’s leaders in Congress, at the state and local levels; place people in power who revere You and will serve You for the good of their communities; we pray for our leaders to protect our freedom so that we can freely practice our faith without fear.
What does the Bible say about praying for our leaders?
1 Timothy 2:1-4 (NIV) gives us specific instructions on how to pray for our leaders: “Our leaders need God’s help.”
What does the Bible say about developing leaders?
u201cObey and submit to your leaders, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account; let them do so with joy, not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.u201d Everyone craves respect, but it is earned more often than not.
How do you pray for spiritual leaders?
What Leaders Should Pray For:
- Pray for wisdom.
- Pray that leaders do not tire of doing good.
- Pray for humility.
- Pray for unity and love in the families of the leaders.
- Pray for faith in God.
- Pray for encouragement.
- Pray for Godly friendship and connection.
- Pray for boldness.
How do you pray for a ministry leader?
Heavenly Father, according to the gifts you’ve given us, you call us to different roles in your kingdom, and today I pray especially for those you’ve called into ministry, to be leaders and teachers in your church; keep your call fresh in their hearts, renewing and refreshing their spirit for the work ahead.
What is a good prayer for healing?
Loved God, I pray that you will comfort me in my suffering, strengthen the hands of my healers, and bless the methods used to cure me; give me such faith in the power of your grace that I may put my complete trust in you even when I am afraid; through our Savior Jesus Christ, Amen.
What does Jesus say about prayer?
u201cDo not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in synagogues and on street corners to be seen by men… but when you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your father who is unseen,u201d Jesus taught.
What does Jesus say about leadership?
u201cA good leader seeks the Lord, commits his path to the Lord, and the Lord directs his next steps.u201d
What does God say about leadership in the church?
Although the Bible teaches that the heart of leadership is servanthood (Mark 10:42-45), it also teaches that legitimate leaders have authority, in the sense of the right to direct others, which comes from God and is delegated to leaders for the church’s good.
Why Was Jesus a good leader?
Jesus was a patient, pleading, loving leader who listened without being condescending because he loved others with a perfect love. A great leader listens not only to others, but also to his conscience and the promptings of God.
How do you pray for your leader?
Thank You, God, for the men and women who serve in leadership roles in our country, as well as their families; please remind our leaders every day of why they chose to dedicate their lives to public service, and use that commitment to inspire them.
How do you pray for a new pastor?
God, we long for a new pastor to come among us to lead and walk with us. Direct us while we wait. Bless all who serve in the congregation, especially those who are in charge of leading us through the call process. Bless us, Lord Jesus.
How do you pray for a servant of God?
Thank You, Heavenly Father, for the joyful, abundant life that You have given me through our Lord Jesus Christ; guide me according to Your will, and help me to become a servant whose life is a worthy example to others.
What does intercessory prayer?
The act of praying to a deity or a saint in heaven on behalf of oneself or others is known as intercession.
How do you pray for family members?
I give you all of our family members, knowing how well you know them and how much you love them, and I ask that you cover us in a rainbow of hope.
How do you start a prayer?
We express our gratitude to our Father in Heaven by telling him what we are thankful for, beginning with “I thank thee” or “I am grateful for.” We show our gratitude to our Father by telling him what we are thankful for in our prayer, such as our home, family, health, the earth, and other blessings.