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A Prayer for Our Government
First Timothy 2:1-3 says that we are to pray, intercede and give thanks for kings and all people in authority. This is God’s command to every believer today. Praying for godly leaders is productive toward God’s plan and purpose for our nation. The Bible says the heart of a king is in the hand of the Lord. He can turn it however He wants, so your prayers are important. Here is a confession for you to use in prayer for our nation and its leaders. Pray it in faith, believing, and remember God watches over His Word to perform it (Jeremiah 1:12, The Amplified Bible).
Father, I bring the needs of our government before You and ask You to bless our nation through godly leaders. I magnify the Name of Jesus and declare that He is Lord over this nation.
Father, I pray according to 1 Timothy 2:1-3 which says, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour.”
I pray, in the Name of the Lord Jesus, for our president, the vice president, all the Cabinet and the chief justice and associate justices of the Supreme Court to receive the wisdom of God, to act in obedience to that wisdom and for the power of God to flow in their lives.
I pray for the members of the Senate and the House of Representatives to find Your peace and direction, and for these men and women to act and lead according to Your Word. A house divided against itself cannot stand, therefore, I pray for them to be unified in righteousness for the sake of the nation.
I pray for Your protection to cover all our law enforcement officers and the men and women of the military. I ask for godly counsel and wisdom for judges across this land. In the Name of Jesus, I pray that You and your kingdom of righteousness be manifested in the hearts of all those who are in authority in any way.
Father, Your Word says to pray for the peace of Jerusalem because those that love Jerusalem shall prosper. Lord Jesus, because You love Jerusalem and wept over it, I love it also. I pray for Jerusalem to receive the Shalom of God, which brings wholeness—nothing missing, nothing broken. I pray that no leader of our nation will make any decision that will harm Jerusalem in any way. And in the Name of Jesus, I pray that You reveal Your perfect will to all the leaders of Israel. I ask You, Lord, to reveal Yourself to each person. Thank You, Father, for hearing my prayers that are in accordance to Your will. I receive the answers, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Scripture References: 1 Timothy 2:1-3; Psalm 122:6; Mark 3:25; Proverbs 21:1; 1 John 5:14-15.
Source: Kenneth Copeland ministries
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A Prayer for the Body of Christ
by Tony Dekker.
Copyright © 2003 by Anthony Dekker. Permission is given to distribute this prayer freely for non-profit use, provided that it is not altered and that this copyright notice remains intact. See also http://members.ozemail.com.au/~dekker/essays
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One evening, I was meditating on the Body of Christ. Paul says:
“The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body–whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free–and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. If the foot should say, ‘Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,’ it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. And if the ear should say, ‘Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,’ it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.” (1 Corinthians 12:12–20)
Yet, when I reflected on the Church of Christ in its entirety, spread out across the planet and across 20 centuries of time, there were so many of us:
“After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.” (Revelation 7:9)
Furthermore, each of us played such a small part in the entire story, that not even an Augustine, an Aquinas, a Calvin, or a Wesley could be thought of as an entire hand, or an entire eye. But what part did we then play in the Body of Christ? It seemed to me that we were like the myriad cells of the human body: each different, yet each a development of the same basic DNA blueprint, each a living thing on its own, and yet each unable to survive independently. For a moment I could almost see this multitude of cells before me, as if in a vision, and I thanked God for the splendour of the image.
And it seemed to me that some of us were like red blood cells. Just as red blood cells carry oxygen—without which our cells cannot survive—to every part of our body, so some Christians carry encouragement to every member of the Church, sharing an awareness of God’s love through their actions.
Lord, bless these people in their work, and give them the energy to reach all of Your children, even the most isolated. As Paul prayed for the Thessalonians, may their love “increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else.” And grant them also regular opportunities to recharge their own sense of Your love. Through Christ our Head, Amen.
Others of us seemed to be like muscle cells, working together to move the arms and legs, so that the Church can walk out into the world, and can reach out helping hands to those in need.
Lord, grant these people the grace to carry out their tasks with joy. As Paul prayed for the Colossians, let them be “strengthened with all power” according to Your glorious might, “bearing fruit in every good work.” May Your love shine out through the love of the Church in action. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.
And again it seemed that others of us were like skin cells—the interface between the Church and the world—and so subject to the abrasion of dust and thorns from outside.
Lord, as Paul prayed for the Ephesians, strengthen them with power through Your Spirit, and let them be “rooted and established in love.” And so let them not fall away under the stresses of the outside world, but may they instead show forth the glow of a healthy Body. Through Christ our Head, Amen.
It seemed also that some of us were like the sensory cells of the nose, or the retina of the eye, alert to the smell of danger far away, or to the sight of help needed close at hand.
Lord, as Paul also prayed for the Ephesians, grant them the “Spirit of wisdom and revelation,” and enlighten their hearts. Let them have a true vision of what is happening around them, and grant that the Church may respond to the problems that they detect before it is too late. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Some of us seemed to be like the memory cells of the brain, remembering the truths of Your Word and the lessons that the Church has learned in the past.
Lord, as Paul prayed for the Philippians, may their love “abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight.” Grant that they may know the truth accurately, without introducing distortions of their own making, and that the truth may be applied wisely to what is going on around us. Through Christ our Head, Amen.
And finally it seemed to me that the whole Body was held together and inspired by the Spirit of God, without which none of the parts could function.
Lord, let us never lose Your Spirit, but let us stay constantly in touch with Your Love and Your Light and Your Life, without which no part of the Body can survive, and let Your Life and Light and Love shine out from us to the world outside. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever, Amen.
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Praying for Family, Friends & Neighbors
In following the part of the "Great Commandment" to "love our neighbors as we love ourselves," we have learned that praying for our family, friends and neighbors is one sign of that love. The suggestions below will help guide your prayer:
1. Pray for the Father to draw them to Jesus, for “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him” (John 6:44). Pray that God’s Kingdom would come and His will be done in their life.
2. Pray that God would lift the veil Satan has placed over them and open their eyes to see the Light — Jesus, for “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:4). Bind the activities of Satan and bind all wicked deceptions, thoughts and lies Satan would try to place in their mind. Bind anything that would exalt itself against the knowledge of God, specifically pride and rebellion. Pray that God would reveal to them the truth about Jesus and protect them from the lies of Satan.
3. Pray that the Holy Spirit would help them understand the gospel and that Satan would be bound from stealing the seed sown in their hearts, for “When anyone hears the message about the Kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart” (Matthew 13:19). Pray that God would reveal to them the hope of salvation through Jesus Christ.
4. Pray for God to give them a spirit of repentance, for “The Lord … is patient, not wanting anyone to perish …, but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). Pray that God would show them their own sinfulness in comparison with the righteousness of Jesus. Pray for them to want to take down all known strongholds, thought patterns, opinions on religion, materialism, fear.
5. Pray for God to give them faith, for “God has dealt to each one a measure of faith” (Romans 12:3), and that they would believe in Him and receive eternal life. Pray that God would reveal to them the good news of the Kingdom of God, which brings peace (reconciliation) with God.
6. Pray for the Holy Spirit to hover over them and protect them and for God to send angels to minister to them and protect them from every scheme of the enemy. Pray for godly people to be in their pathway each day.
7. Bless your family, friends and neighbors by praying:
B Lord, may they be blessed with food, clothing, health, strength, fitness and protection. May they learn to trust in You for their every need as they seek first the Kingdom of God.
L Lord, may they be blessed with good jobs, income and financial security. May they become aware of their inheritance which will come from You.
E Lord, may they be blessed with joy, peace and hope. May they know the Prince of Peace that reconciles them to God.
S Lord, may they be blessed with a good marriage, family, friends, love and forgiveness. Give them a network of supportive Christian friends and many good relationships.
S Lord, may they be blessed with salvation, spiritual growth, grace and faith. May they understand how good You are and they can take refuge in You. May they grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.
8. Thank the Lord that we can: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7).
9. Thank Him that He says: “I will do whatever you ask in My Name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask Me for anything in My Name, and I will do it” (John 14:13-14).
10. Ask Him to remove any doubt you have, for He says: “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours” (Mark 11:23-24).
11. Pray in agreement with others for your family, friends and neighbors, for Jesus says: “Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by My Father in heaven” (Matthew 18:19).