This post is all about intercessory prayers for nations
Did you know that intercessory prayers for nations are some of the most powerful prayers we can offer?
God is interested in the peace and well-being of every nation on earth, and He desires for us to pray for them regularly.
This post will discuss eleven prayer points for intercessory prayers for nations. I will also look at some Bible verses that support these points. Finally, I will conclude with sample prayers and how to pray for a nation in crisis!
Will you join me in praying for our nations?
Ready? Let’s go…
What is intercessory prayer?
Intercessory prayer is a powerful way to help those in need. When we pray for others, we ask God to intercede on their behalf. We ask Him to intervene in their lives and help them in whatever situation they may face. Intercessory prayer can be used for the sick, the suffering, and the persecuted.
In essence, it is a way for us to stand in the gap and plead with God on behalf of someone else.
As per the title of this post, we are focusing on intercession for nations.
Why I’m writing this post
I’m writing this post because our intercession group is praying for upcoming elections for several countries worldwide.
Quick backstory: I come from Kenya, and I’ve personally witnessed the ills of election turmoil. I briefly wrote about this in my “Prayer for Protection Psalm 91“post.
Kenya is also surrounded by countries that have experienced instability. Therefore, many refugees during the ’90s re-settled in Kenya and made it their home. Growing up, I remember being in class with students who had witnessed the unimaginable.
So, in short, I understand the urgency and importance of prayer warriors.
This blog post was birthed from much prayer, reflection, and research. It’s really practical, and I personally use it. I’m so happy to share this with you.
Reasons why you should pray for the nations
In this section, I will talk about the importance of intercessory prayers.
In other words, I will be answering the question, “Why is intercessory prayer so important?”
- Prayer is one of the most powerful weapons we have against the forces of evil. It gives us a way to communicate with God directly and intercede on behalf of others.
- When we pray for nations, we are asking God to intervene on behalf of those who are suffering. We ask Him to bring healing, peace, and justice to a broken world.
- Prayer is a way for us to stand in solidarity with those who are struggling. It is a way for us to show our support and let them know we are thinking of them.
- Prayer can be a powerful tool for change. It has the ability to transform hearts and minds, and it can bring about real change in the world.
- Praying for nations is one of the most important things we can do as Christians. It is our opportunity to make a difference in the world and be a part of God’s plan for redemption.
- Intercessory prayers for nations are so important because they give us the chance to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. They give us the opportunity to join with God in His work of restoring creation.
- Intercessory prayers for nations are one way that we can be salt and light in a dark and broken world.
So let us take advantage of this opportunity, and let us pray for the nations of the world.
11 prayer points for intercessory prayers for nations
These are eleven prayer points for intercessory prayers for nations. ❤️
1. Pray for peace
The Bible tells us that God establishes peace for us (Isaiah 26:12). When we pray for peace, we are asking God to intervene in areas of conflict and bring about reconciliation. We are also asking Him to protect innocent lives and help those affected by violence.
2. Pray for integrity
In Proverbs 11:11, we are told that we can build up our nation by living with integrity. When we pray for integrity, we are asking God to help us live lives of honesty and moral uprightness. We are also asking Him to give our leaders wisdom so they may make righteous decisions.
3. Pray for transparency
In John 16:13, Jesus tells us that the Holy Spirit will guide us into all truth. When we pray for transparency, we ask God to reveal any hidden agendas or corruption in our government. We are also asking Him to give us wisdom so that we may know how to respond to these things.
4. Pray for justice
In Psalm 146:7, we are told that God “executes justice for the oppressed.” When we pray for justice, we are asking God to right any wrongs that have been done. We are also asking Him to give us strength and courage to stand up for what is right, even when it is difficult.
5. Pray for mercy
In Micah 6:8, we are told that God is gracious and merciful. When we pray for mercy, we are asking God to have compassion for those who are suffering. We are also asking Him to forgive us when we have sinned against Him.
6. Pray for protection
In Psalm 18:2, we are told that God is our rock, deliverer, strength, high tower, buckler, horn of salvation and fortress. When we pray for protection, we are asking God to keep us safe from harm. We are also asking Him to give us wisdom so that we may avoid dangerous situations.
7. Pray for provision
In Philippians 4:19, we are told that God will supply all our needs according to His riches in glory. When we pray for provision, we ask God to meet our needs. We are also asking Him to bless us so that we may be a blessing to others.
8. Pray for divine intervention and deliverance
This is based on Exodus 14:13, where Moses told the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.” In other words, we are asking God to intervene in the affairs of nations and to put an end to evil.
9. Pray for blessing on those who do good
This is based on Ezekiel 34:26, which says, “I will make them and the places surrounding my hill a blessing.[a] I will send down showers in season; there will be showers of blessing.” We are asking God to bless those working for the good of nations and give them the strength to continue doing good.
10. Pray that people would know God
This is based on Psalm 67:16-17, which says, “Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You. Let the nations be glad and sing for joy; For You will judge the peoples with uprightness And guide the nations on the earth. Selah.” We ask God that people would come to know him and worship him.
11. Pray for revival and spiritual awakening
This is based on Isaiah 60:21-22, which says, “Then all your people will be righteous and they will possess the land forever. They are the shoot I have planted, the work of my hands, for the display of my splendor. The least of you will become a thousand, the smallest a mighty nation. I am the LORD; in its time I will do this swiftly.” We are asking God for revival and spiritual awakening in nations so that His name is glorified.
Intercessory prayers for nations
These are two short examples. However, with all the prayer points provided above and as the Spirit leads…you can expound the prayers! Feel free to pray in the Spirit as well.
Sample intercession prayer 1
Father God, we come to You today interceding for [Insert name of country or nations you are praying for]
We thank you that you are the Prince of Peace. Therefore, we pray for peace in areas of conflict, and we ask that You would protect innocent lives. We pray for integrity among our leaders, and we ask that You would give them wisdom in all their decisions.
Sweet Jesus, we pray for transparency in our government and ask that You would reveal any hidden agendas or corruption. We pray for justice to be served, and we ask that You would right any wrongs that have been done.
Lord, we pray for mercy on those who are suffering, and we ask that You would forgive us when we have sinned against You. Thank you Jehovah for Your protection from harm, and we ask that You would give us the wisdom to avoid dangerous situations.
Thank you for provision in all our needs, and we ask that You would bless us so that we may be a blessing to others.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Sample intercession prayer 2
Father, we pray for [Insert name of country or nations you are praying for]
We praise your name for you are a compassionate and Good God! Lord, we intercede on behalf of those who are suffering. We pray and ask that You would bring healing, peace, and justice to our broken world. As we stand in solidarity with those who are struggling, and we show our support by letting them know that we are thinking of them.
Jesus, we also pray that You would use us as a tool for change. Transform our hearts and minds, and bring about real change in our world. We are so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of something bigger than ourselves.
Thank You for the opportunity to join with You in Your work of restoring creation. We pray for the nations of the world, and we ask that You would intervene in their affairs. Bring peace and reconciliation between peoples and nations. Let integrity and righteousness triumph in government and leadership.
Bring transparency and justice to the legal system. Bless those who work for the good of nations. Let people come to know and worship You. Bring revival and spiritual awakening to our nation.
We pray all of these things in Your holy name, Amen.
Prayer for a nation in crisis
When a nation is in crisis, it can feel like the weight of the world is on our shoulders. We may not know what to do or where to turn. This is when we need to intercede for our nation prayerfully.
These verses give us hope that God is close to those who are suffering. He is a good Father who loves his children and desires to see them healed and whole. He hears our prayers and he will answer them. So let us continue to intercede for those who are in need, and trust that God will do what only he can do.
Key Bible Verses when praying for a nation in crisis
Let’s look at some quick scripture:
Scripture tells us in Psalm 46:1, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” This is a promise we can stand on when our nation is in crisis. We can know that God is with us, and He will see us through this difficult time.
Another key verse to remember when interceding for our nation is Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” God has good plans for our nation! We can trust Him in the midst of crisis.
We see in Isaiah 40:31 that “those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” When we put our hope in God, He will give us the strength we need to get through this time. We can trust Him to carry us through.
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” – Psalm 34:18
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” – Psalm 147:3
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” – 2 Corinthians 1:3-5
Prayer points for a nation in crisis
When we pray for a nation in crisis, we are asking God to intervene on behalf of those who are suffering. We are asking him to bring relief and healing to a broken world.
Praying for a nation in crisis is an important way that we can love our neighbor as ourselves. It is a way that we can show the love of Christ to those who are suffering. So let us continue to intercede for those in need and trust that God will do what only he can do.
If you would like to join us in prayer for a nation in crisis, here are some prayer points to get you started:
- Pray for the safety of those who are affected by the crisis.
- Pray for provision for those who are in need.
- Pray for healing for those who are injured or sick.
- Pray for comfort for those who have lost loved ones.
- Pray that God would bring an end to the crisis.
- Pray that God would intervene in the situation and bring about His will.
- Pray for wisdom for those in positions of authority! This is so that they would know what to do and how to lead during this time.
- Pray for those who are suffering that they would find hope and comfort in God.
- Pray that God would be glorified through this situation.
And that’s it, folks, intercessory prayers for nations
Prayer is a powerful tool that we can use to make a difference in our world. As we prayerfully intercede for our nation, we can trust that God is in control and He will work everything out for His good! He is faithful, and He will hear our prayers!
Let us continue to lift nations up in prayer, knowing that God is faithful and He will see us through.