Can prayer help turn the tide of our nation? If so, how can we pray? If you’re seeking answers to those questions, here’s a prayer for leaders and our country that might help.
Why a Prayer for Leaders?
The same God who sent His own Son to die for us is still in control. He still loves us and wants to give us wisdom and direction. In a spirit of deep humility, shouldn’t we seek His face and His mind for our country and its leaders?
Prayer changes things–and prayer changes us. And it’s the one thing we can and must do all the time. Will you pray this prayer with me?
Lord God, we desperately need your wisdom. You have given us a great country, founded on the principles and truths of Your Word. We need men and women who will honor You, trust You, and lead us once again back to You. We pray for servant leaders who love the things You love and who care more about others than themselves.
Prayer for Leaders Who Model Christ’s Character
Give us leaders with discerning hearts, bold faith, and wise minds that model Your character. Teach them—and us—not just what is good, but what is best. Guide them in the way our country should go. Give them purity in their intentions, and godliness in their convictions. Energize their spirits and bodies physically and spiritually, and keep them emotionally secure in the knowledge of Who You are—and Whose they are. Our prayer for leaders is that You would help them to be bighearted and sincere, energetic in goodness, and courteous in their manners.
Raise up leaders with the greatest potential of godly leadership, those who can ease confusion, expose illusion, and heal delusion. You alone hold the power to turn the hearts of leaders, but You listen and use our prayers to move them into right action. Help us to be faithful to care and to pursue Your heart in prayer.
Prayer for Leaders to Be God-pleasers
Help our leaders to be quick to admit failure, but ready to rebound in persistent resilience. Encourage them to choose wisely, and when they don’t know what to do, help them keep their eyes on You. Let them take a firm stand on issues that truly matter to You, regardless of the consequences or approval ratings. Make them God-pleasers, not puppets; leaders filled with conviction, not corruption.
As a nation, God, help us to desire righteousness more than rights, and to mirror sacrifice more than selfishness. You know us well, and You understand our flaws. Turn those weaknesses into strengths; bathe us with Your grace and mercy, though none of us deserve it. Fill us with the boldness to choose the kind of freedom that will benefit all, rather than a few. Open our eyes to see others as You do—with godly potential and value. But help us, too, to recognize our own pride in trying to elevate ourselves and others above You and Your purpose for our lives.
We need, You, God. Oh, how we need You! You have exercised nothing but faithfulness and fairness in Your treatment of our country, even when we’ve turned our back on You and forgotten Your goodness to us. Your discipline at times is hard, but You are just. Your purpose is always to draw us close to You, to bless us, and to make us a great nation who honors You. You are a good, good, Father—and Your love for us has a proven track record.
Forgive us for wanting our own way and making our own paths—often the ones paved with least resistance. Forgive us for fence-walking, or for ignoring completely the truths that can so easily set us free. Deliver us from mindless quarrels and destinations that lead us nowhere, but away from You. Free us from divisiveness, and melt our hardened hearts to love, not hate, and to heal, not debate.
Our history has cried for king-like leaders who will solve our problems and meet our needs. But there is only one King, and that is You, Lord. We have blindly sought answers from others to life’s unresolved questions through the years, but You are the only wise Counselor. We have longed for peace, but You are the only Peacemaker, and the only Prince of Peace. We’ve clung to our weapons of warfare, not as measures of defense, but as strongholds of selfish pride. We look at outward appearances; You see the heart. With You, nothing formed against us can prosper. Without You, we are nothing.
Make Us a Good and Wise
Make us a great nation, yes. But more than that, make us good, Lord, with a heartbeat that wants every person of every creed and color to know Your love, Your goodness, and Your worth. Make us wise as serpents, but gentle as doves. Turn our fears to faith, as we look to You and You alone for the future of our country. Give us God-confidence that no matter what happens, we will believe You are not only in control, but that You know exactly what is needed to accomplish Your purpose. Help us not to second-guess Your moves; but to move at Your command, always without hesitation.
We look to You and to You, only, Lord. Help us make wise decisions that move our country in the right direction. Help us to do our part in our prayer for leaders and our country—and in staying with what we know is right according to the truth of Your Word. Teach us to make our actions count and our words matter—and line them both up to Your sense of rightness, not ours. Guide us with Your eye; grip us with Your strong arm; and teach us what we need to know to make our lives—and our nation—count for you. We pray for our leaders, but we ask You to make us both leaders and followers: leading in the way of Truth, and following those who honor You.
In the precious and powerful name of Jesus,
(c) 2016, Rebecca Barlow Jordan
*This prayer first appeared here on crosswalk.
Take Time for Prayer
I hope you’ll take the time not only to let the words saturate your spirit, but to pray sincerely for our leaders. Pray those words, or your own. What God hears is our hearts as we humble ourselves before Him. Because our prayer for leaders and our country is also for our own healing, and that He will change our hearts to be like His.
Pray without ceasing, (2 Thessalonians 5:17).
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:14, NIV).
Do You Believe God Answers Prayer?
Then let’s join together and pray–and believe!
You might also enjoy this post I wrote, A Prayer for God’s Protection, or this one, 3 Prayers for Our Government and Leaders.
It’s Your Turn
Will you commit to pray for our leaders and our country? Are you willing for God to change your heart if necessary? What else can we pray for ourselves, our leaders, and our country? Will you share this (see buttons below) so we can all join together and pray for this great need? I love to hear from readers. You can always write me through my contact page. Just fill out the basic name and address info, and then the email will come to me. Your name or info will never be shared with anyone without your permission.
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