It’s no secret that many believe America has been in moral decline for several years. But we can replace our despair with an attitude of action and grace. How can our nation turn back to God? Here are eight prayers for America you can pray to ask God to bring our nation back to Him.
PRAYERS FOR AMERICA TO BRING OUR NATION BACK TO GOD
Lord, help me to strip me of my rebellious spirit
Rebellion is one of the causes of America’s issues. Rebellion makes us question and refuses to submit to the authorities above us (including God). We want God to be at the heart of America but we don’t want to do the hard acts of loving the unlovable, caring for those we don’t feel deserve it and tear others down instead of uniting in our common bond of wanting to be more like Jesus. If we can change our heart attitudes from rebellion to submission, God will heal our land. Pray this:
Lord, strip me of my rebellion. Replace my rebellious heart with one that yields to your way of life in surrender. Amen.
Lord, help us to be humble
I Chronicles 7:14 says, ”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.” It’s important to pray, but according to this verse, it is equally as important to be humble. Humility means letting go of the principles and opinions that keep you from loving and forgiving people around you. Pray this:
Lord, humble me. Help me to see that I’m not always right and the world doesn’t revolve around me. Allow me to do what needs to be done to rid myself of my pride so with a contrite heart I can seek your face. Amen.
Lord, help me to see
When I go about my daily routine, it is easy not to be aware of the world’s ills. Yet, Jesus spent most of his time in ministry not only training his apostles to do his work in his absence. He also was aware of the needs of the community and spent time meeting them. Whether it was driving out demons, healing the sick or admonishing Pharisees, he cared enough about the people in his community because he knew they were “harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” As his followers, we need to do the same thing. Care for people with our community and beyond so we can pave the way for the gospel to be preached. Pray this:
Lord, help me to see the issues around me in my community. Help me to be the person who goes out of my way to meet them. Amen.
Lord, help me to love
It’s easy to love people we like, right? But what about the people who irritate us? It’s easy to look down on others who don’t see the world the way I do. Yet, God chose to sacrifice his son for all of the world, not just ones that were easy to love. He chose twelve of the most different people to be his apostles. And he loved all of them—including Judas. We need to love the Judas of our world. Pray this:
Lord, my heart has gotten hardened. I haven’t wanted to love people the way you love them. I’ve only loved those that think and act the way I do. Help me love people the way you love them. Help me to love enough I’d be willing to lay down my life for them. Amen.
Lord, help me to seek justice
Micah 6:8 says, “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly[a] with your God.”
God requires us to act in justice whenever we can. But when blanket sins pervade our world why do we not do what we can to right society’s wrongs? To seek justice means to stand up for the poor, downtrodden and misfits of society. The more Christian do good deeds in the name of justice, the more we make the world a better place. Pray this:
Lord, help me to open my mouth and proclaim your truth. Allow me to live my life in boldness. May my bold proclamations be a sweet sound to your ears. Amen.
Lord, help me not to be silent
It’s interesting in Genesis Satan used silence to perpetuate sin: “When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it” (Genesis 3:6). Earlier in chapter two, God told Adam not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. But when Eve receives the apple after telling Satan the wrong information, Adam could have said something. One correction of Adam, to tell the truth, could have changed everything. But his silence contributed to the sin just as much as just eating the apple. In today’s world, Christians remain silent not only in the world but also in the church.
Lord, replace my silence with grace and truth. Allow me to use my knowledge of the word to speak the truth in love to others. Amen.
Lord, help me to seek your face
Psalm 27:8 says, “My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek.” The Lord wants our fellowship. He desires for us to want to meet with him and to present our requests to him. This verse tells us not only should we want to see his face, but our hearts have to be turned towards him as well. Pray this:
Lord, let me kneel before your throne and acknowledge you are Lord of my life. Help us all turn our faces away from our own way and turn it to you. Amen.
Lord, help me to lean not on my own understanding
Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” The world’s situation may look bleak, but the important thing to remember is God is in control! He holds the world in the palm of His hand—that’s how big our God is! Pray this:
Lord, it looks like you’ve lost your grip on our world. But I know that you still remain in control. Thank you for reminding me to lean on your understanding and not mine. Amen.
Although our world may feel at times like it’s hopeless to be the moral epicenter it once was, nothing is beyond the hope of what God can do. By humbling ourselves and stripping ourselves of the pride and rebellion that hardens our hearts, we can take a small step towards the healing our world needs.