Romans 13:1-5 (NLT)1 Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.2 So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished.3 For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you.4 The authorities are God’s servants, sent for your good. But if you are doing wrong, of course you should be afraid, for they have the power to punish you. They are God’s servants, sent for the very purpose of punishing those who do what is wrong.5 So you must submit to them, not only to avoid punishment, but also to keep a clear conscience.
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When evil leaders are in authority, our prayers for them are just as needed. Manasseh’s reign over Judah which resulted in his capture and exile to Babylon was reversed when he repented. This shows that when evil leaders sincerely repent they can be used by God to restore what they have ruined.
- Pray that they would govern, with wisdom, for the of those they lead, not for personal gain or for the advantage of a favored few. Their concern must be for everyone's well-being.
Jeremiah 29:7 (NLT) And work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare.”
- Pray that God would accomplish His purposes through them regardless of their willingness to be used by Him. We can petition the Most High to work through even those who are resisting Him to fulfill His purposes.
Proverbs 21:1 (NLT) The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the LORD; he guides it wherever he pleases.
Yes, we are commanded to pray for our leaders no matter how much we disagree with them, their policies,or their proposals. We are commanded to pray for them no matter how much we dislike their moral character. Let God take care of that we can’t. We pray because we want to be able to continue to worship in peace and to pray for restoration of the nation despite the leadership.
2 Chronicles 7:14 (NLT) 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.
8 Things Americans Can Pray For To Bring Our Nation Back to God”
By Michelle Lazarek
Here are 8 prayers for America that we can pray us to foster an attitude of grace and humility, deepen our relationship with God, and help our nation turn back to Him.
Lord, help me to strip me of my rebellious spirit.
Rebellion is one of the causes of America's issues. Rebellion makes us question and refuses to submit to the authorities above us (including God). We want God to be at the heart of America but we don't want to do the hard acts of loving the unlovable, caring for those we don't feel deserve it and tear others down instead of uniting in our common bond of wanting to be more like Jesus. If we can change our heart attitudes from rebellion to submission, God will heal our land.
Lord, strip me of my rebellion. Replace my rebellious heart with one that yields to your way of life in surrender. Amen.
Lord, help us to be humble.
2 Chronicles 7:14 (NLT2) 14 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.
Lord, humble me. Help me to see that I'm not always right and the world doesn't revolve around me. Allow me to do what needs to be done to rid myself of my pride so with a contrite heart I can seek your face. Amen.
Lord, help me to see.
When I go about my daily routine, it is easy not to be aware of the world's ills. Yet, Jesus spent most of his time in ministry not only training his apostles to do his work in his absence. He also was aware of the needs of the community and spent time meeting them. Whether it was driving out demons, healing the sick or admonishing Pharisees, he cared enough about the people in his community because he knew they were "harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd." As his followers, we need to do the same thing. Care for people with our community and beyond so we can pave the way for the gospel to be preached.
Lord, help me to see the issues around me in my community. Help me to be the person who goes out of my way to meet them. Amen.
Lord, help me to love.
It's easy to love people we like, right? But what about the people who irritate us? It's easy to look down on others who don't see the world the way I do. Yet, God chose to sacrifice his son for all of the world, not just ones that were easy to love. He chose twelve of the most different people to be his apostles. And he loved all of them-including Judas. We need to love the Judas of our world.
Lord, my heart has gotten hardened. I haven't wanted to love people the way you love them. I've only loved those that think and act the way I do. Help me love people the way you love them. Help me to love enough I'd be willing to lay down my life for them. Amen.
Lord, help me to seek justice.
Micah 6:8 (NLT2) 8 No, O people, the LORD has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.
God requires us to act in justice whenever we can. But when blanket sins pervade our world why do we not do what we can to right society's wrongs? To seek justice means to stand up for the poor, downtrodden and misfits of society. The more Christian do good deeds in the name of justice, the more we make the world a better place.
Lord, help me to open my mouth and proclaim your truth. Allow me to live my life in boldness. May my bold proclamations be a sweet sound to your ears. Amen.
Lord, help me not to be silent.
It's interesting in Genesis Satan used silence to perpetuate sin:
Genesis 3:6 (NLT2) 6 The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too.
Earlier in chapter two, God told Adam not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. But when Eve receives the apple after telling Satan the wrong information, Adam could have said something. One correction of Adam, to tell the truth, could have changed everything. But his silence contributed to the sin just as much as just eating the apple. In today's world, Christians remain silent not only in the world but also in the church.
Lord, replace my silence with grace and truth. Allow me to use my knowledge of the word to speak the truth in love to others. Amen.
Lord, help me to seek your face.
Psalm 27:8 (NLT2) 8 My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “LORD, I am coming.”
The Lord wants our fellowship. He desires for us to want to meet with him and to present our requests to him. This verse tells us not only should we want to see his face, but our hearts have to be turned towards him as well.
Lord, let me kneel before your throne and acknowledge you are Lord of my life. Help us all turn our faces away from our own way and turn it to you. Amen.
Lord, help me to lean not on my own understanding.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT2) 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
The world's situation may look bleak, but the important thing to remember is God is in control! He holds the world in the palm of His hand-that's how big our God is!
Lord, it looks like you've lost your grip on our world. But I know that you still remain in control. Thank you for reminding me to lean on your understanding and not mine. Amen.
Although our world may feel at times like it's hopeless to be the moral epicenter it once was, nothing is beyond the hope of what God can do. By humbling ourselves and stripping ourselves of the pride and rebellion that hardens our hearts, we can take a small step towards the healing our world needs.