Prayer Tip: Some Things to Pray for Our Nation – Part 3

Psalm 37:7-8 (NASB) Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes. Cease from anger and forsake wrath; Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing.

God is God. God is the only One who can turn our nation around and preserve the freedoms for which our founding fathers and others fought so hard and paid so dearly. Government and elected officials cannot bring true victory. 


Dan. 2:21  He removes kings and establishes kings.

Prov. 21:1 the King’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it wherever He wishes.

So the ‘battle’ will be won by prayer and fasting and believing God for deliverance. Whoever wins the election, God has promised to use to accomplish His purposes.  Consider:

Rom. 13:1b there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.

Lam. 3:37 Who is there who speaks and it comes to pass, unless the Lord has commanded it?

Isa. 14:24,27 The Lord of hosts has sworn saying, “Surely, just as I have intended so it has happened, and just as I have planned so it will stand,… for the Lord of hosts has planned, and who can frustrate it: And as for His stretched-out hand, who can turn it back?”

(Does anyone really think that is true only for the situation when it was written and that it’s not true today?!!)

The peace promised by God to those who pray (Phil. 4:6-7) comes by believing that God is the answer and that He is totally capable of using Democrats or Republicans or whoever to accomplish His purposes. His purpose? That all nations fear God and that all His people are conformed to the image of Christ.

After you pray, VOTE!  For some Biblical instruction on how to cast your ballet, listen to David Barton at

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Prayer Tip: Some Things to Pray for Our Nation – Part 2

John 15:7  “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish,…

Short answer, as you abide in Him and engraft His word, you can ask whatever He lays on your heart…

But remember, God’s message to the world is that He loves us.  John 3:16

He communicates His message of love through suffering.  Rom. 5:8

We are now His messengers.  II Cor. 5:18-20  Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

We are to communicate His love in the same way He did i.e. our response and attitude in suffering rejection, injustice, tragedy and persecution.

Let’s pray that we be faithful image bearers of Christ and bring glory to Him as we openly proclaim Him and beg everyone we can on behalf of Christ to be reconciled to God.

And let’s pray for lost family members, friends, neighbors, coworkers, ‘all men everywhere’ to acknowledge the True Light.

 “Men may spurn our appeals, reject our message, oppose our arguments, despise our persons, but they are helpless against our prayers.” – Sidlow Baxter

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Prayer Tip: Some things to pray for our nation – Part 1

Deuteronomy 4:39  Know therefore today, and take it to your heart, that the LORD, He is God in heaven above and on the earth below; there is no other.

God’s purpose all along is that all people everywhere know that he is God, there is no other, and begin to relate to Him as such, the Sovereign Lord.  Scripture keeps repeating that after various calamities (war, famine, plague, pestilence, drought, natural disasters) and miraculous happenings, “Then they will know that I am the Lord.”

We are taught to pray, “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

God uses all of life (blessings and calamity) to bring us to our knees, be reminded of who He is, His help in the past, His promise of continued help, motivating us to cry out for mercy, help, and then rest in His promises.

We expect the unbelieving world to live like unregenerate people.  It’s the Church, true believers, who hold the key to preserving our nation.

Grievously, surveys show Christians are not being the salt and light we are called to be.

George Barna – “We rarely find substantial differences between the moral behavior of Christians and non-Christians.”

II Chronicles 7:13-14  13 “If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, 14 and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

(While our nation cannot claim this promise, we who belong to Christ most certainly can. Gal. 3:29)

Pray that we, the family of God, humble ourselves and pray and seek His face and turn from our wicked/unbelieving ways.  Pray for mercy for our nation and revival among God’s people.

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Prayer Tip: In this election year – What do We Pray?

Voters are very discouraged by our political choices this fall. I think our nation deserves God’s wrath for legalizing the killing of unborn children and trying to remove any mention of God from the public square. Could our current choices be God giving us what we’ve asked?

I believe the greatest impact we can have on our nation and present circumstances is through prayer. Using the Bible as a prayer book, what am I to pray for myself, others, and our nation?  Are there some scriptural guidelines for requests?

Here are some suggestions to launch your own search:

What is God’s will in the situation I/we are in and the needs I/we have?  I can actually start by asking Him what His will is for this need and what I should pray.

I John 5:14,15 And this is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.

Ask God to give specific scriptures to pray and then journal what He says through Quiet Times and other ways.

What would bring God the most glory?

Matt. 6:33  But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.

Another approach to understanding what I should pray might be to think of what would make my joy really full and complete in this situation.   He wants me to be joy- full, just as He is.

John 16:24   Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be made full.

If you’ll let me know some of the answers you hear from God, I’ll try to share them as an encouragement to others.

NEXT WEEK, I’ll share some of what I think God is saying to me/us. Also check out for a couple of prayer guides to help you pray effectively over the next 40 days leading up to our national election.

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Prayer Tip: Praying for Groups of People

When you think of the needs of the people you personally know or associate with, are you overwhelmed?  And then to remember that God has the whole world on His heart and we hear about our brothers and sisters in Christ being persecuted and destitute, being driven from their homes and having tremendous need and then to think of the nations of the world and the lost and oppressed and starving and helpless and enslaved…

What can one person like you or me do about all of that?  The flesh wants to run and hide in denial, “I just don’t want to know or think about it.”

Even our prayers can seem so puny and ineffective.  “But we live by faith and not by sight.” II Cor. 5:7  “The effectual, fervent prayer of a (solitary) righteous man accomplishes much.  James 5:16

God has instructed us to keep on praying.

Ephesians 6:18  …be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

I Timothy 2:1  I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone—

Obviously we will not be able to pray ‘for everyone’ by name but we can pray for groups/categories of people.  We can have broad impact by engaging in this broad praying while not neglecting pointed praying for specific people.

We will never know (until we get to heaven) the full impact of our prayers.

KEEP ON BELIEVING God for big things.

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Prayer Tip: ‘Giving’ and ‘Give me’ Praying

“The greatest thing anyone can do for God and man is to pray.”  S.D. Gordon

Too often we think of prayer as “the least I can do.”

“Prayer for others is a form of giving, and praying for God’s best in our lives is part of giving ourselves to Him.  As we form the habit of ‘giving’ prayers, we start growing out of our natural tendency to major on ‘give me’ prayers.”  Ruth Myers

What a privilege to be a part of God’s greater purposes for all of creation and people everywhere.  Our model for how to pray, the Lord’s Prayer, has seven requests; six relate to God’s purposes and our spiritual needs, and one to our practical needs.

Do you feel like your world is really small and not very significant?  Pray!  Pray for the nations right in your own community.  Pray for the nations around the world.  Pray for our missionaries and others who are advancing the gospel around the world.

Never give up.  Gal. 6:9  Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.

While all kinds of prayers delight God, let’s be generous this week with ‘giving’ prayer.

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whatever you ask will be granted

Prayer Tip: Whatever you ask… will be granted.

Mark 11:22-24 And Jesus answered saying to them, “Have faith in God. “Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be ”uc”>granted him. “Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be ”uc”>granted you.

What a promise!!  Is it really true?  Has this been your experience in prayer?

Some thoughts regarding these verses:

The object of our faith is critical.  Have faith in God.  We tend to look to other things and people and….whatever, to help God out.

What seems like a mountain in your life?  I think this certainly includes the things that stand in the way of God’s leading, things that obstruct our view of the face of God.

The verses do not address the timing of God’s answers.  Many times we want instant answers and get impatient and give up and leave before the answer comes.  And we miss it.

If we really believe we are asking according to His will and that we will receive what we ask, wouldn’t we spend time giving thanks while we wait for the promised answer?  Too often we never get out of the asking mode and into the ‘believe it’s on the way’ mode and we get stuck on the asking part with very little thanksgiving.

This week let’s ask God, “What is a specific application of these verses for me?”  And then listen with determination to do what He shows you and confidently speak to that mountain.

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