Last Thursday was the National Day of Prayer. It would I suppose be easy to move on to the next thing, but certainly we need to continue to pray for our nation. Below is part of the prayer guide my church used for its prayer service last week. Each point is taken from Isaiah (which we have been studying) where there are obvious similarities between Israel and our own country.
Sin, Corruption, and Turning from God – Isaiah 1:4, 3:8-9
Pray for repentance and lives transformed by Jesus
Idolatry – Isaiah 2:8, 18
Pray for a recognition and rejection of idols, and a turning to the one true God
Injustice – Isaiah 3:14-15, 5:8, 5:23, 10:1-2
Pray for justice for the weak, poor, unborn, victims of crime
Pray for the economy, businesses, jobs, and struggling families
Proud Self-Centeredness – Isaiah 3:16, 5:21, 9:9-10, 2:17
Pray for a growing humility and love for others
Pray for leaders/stars in sports, music, movies, etc.
Drunkenness – Isaiah 5:11-12, 5:22
Pray for those caught in addictions to find freedom in Jesus
Twisting Morality – Isaiah 5:20
Pray for those caught in the lies of our culture – to be set free by the truth
Fear and dis-ease– Isaiah 7:2
Pray for those caught in fear, worry, and stress – to find rest in the Lord
Division, Hatred, and Violence – Isaiah 9:18-20
Pray for civility in politics and commitment to common good
Pray for love for others regardless of race, etc.
Pray for our police and court systems
Pray for strong families, and the casualties of broken families