God, I pray for our nation. My heart breaks at the deep lines of division that this election has highlighted. The spiritual war in the heavens rages to control the future of our country which is being pulled in two polar opposite directions. This battle is not against flesh and blood, but is against principalities and powers and the rulers of darkness in this age (Ephesians 6:12). The only way to fight a spiritual battle is with spiritual weapons (2 Corinthians 10:3-5), and our primary weapon is prayer.
No matter how this election ends, we need to keep praying for the future of America. Personally, I had put prayers for my leaders and the country on the back burner and only brought them to the foreground in what seemed like dire times. Then, I saw an uptick in prayer in the days before the election. Now, I realize that through good and bad times I need to consistently pray for my country and for all of our leaders: political leaders, business leaders, and pastors, that they may guide America wisely.
We are told to “pray without ceasing,” (1 Thessalonians 5:17 NKJV). Sometimes, I can get selfish and focus my prayers on my personal well being. Yet, the decisions our leaders make impact my life every day. No longer do I want to neglect the privilege of praying for my country and the world. God doesn’t need me, but lets me be a part of the change He makes through my prayers. I don’t want to waste those opportunities or waste the freedoms of religion and assembly that I have as an American. Would you persevere in prayer with me in the days ahead? Let’s start now:
Dear God, I cry out to you for my country. I pray for Your healing on our land. I pray the pledge of allegiance that we would once again be “One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” Lord, I pray not only for our political leaders, but also for our business leaders and pastors and bosses. May they be humble people who seek Your wisdom for all they do. May we Your people serve You and seek You first. Thank You God for loving everyone and making a way for all to come to know You. May many lives come to know how great You are in the days ahead. God, please bless America. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Joanna Eccles has led Bible studies for over ten years and completed the year-long C. S. Lewis Fellows Program. She is passionate about discipleship and helping people know God better. Joanna enjoys coffee, traveling, and reading, and currently lives in Virginia.