Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Praying God's Agenda for a Nation

...Note: This teaching may be applied toward your home nation as well as toward praying for the work of the gospel and mission ambassadors in other nations . . .

Strategic Prayer for Your Nation

“The Spirit of God is arresting our attention and focusing us upon His agenda which is the very heartbeat of God. He is a God who has definite strategies and works according to a fixed set of plans. Nothing, absolutely nothing is a happenstance with the Lord for He is a God of order. He has a plan concerning the nations. His agenda is far more serious than anything man can comprehend, for He always deals with eternal issues and the eternity of entire nations is at stake." Adapted from Michael Howard

Dear Intercessors,

It is with great urgency that God wants us to pray for the nations. We have a small window of opportunity to give ourselves to strategic prayer during our short life time. The battle we are facing in the nations is between light and darkness. Making the choice not to pray can bring untold grief and evil into the nations that could affect all our freedoms as Christians. Intercessor, let’s realize that this battle is about God’s righteousness and glory - It’s about praying for what is right in God’s sight - It’s about standing on the firm commitment to Godly principles. It’s all about Him and His Kingdom.

How should we pray? Here are several ways you can pray strategically for your nation.

  • Pray that in the pressures coming upon the world, there would be a great and lasting turning to the Lord - Pray that your nation will learn righteousness (Isaiah 26:9) and that God’s judgments may be tempered by His mercy (Isaiah 54:8, 60:10; Habakkuk 3:2).

  • Pray for godly shepherds and servant leaders who will refuse to downplay the urgency of the hour in the world - Pray that these shepherds will lead the Church in holiness, a commitment to the Bible, spiritual unity, and outreach to the lost.

  • Pray for the President or Prime Minister of your nation and his leadership team - Pray that decisions may be wisely made and that the leaders of your nation would not boast and trust in their own military might, but walk in dependence upon the Lord. Pray that the wicked will be removed from power and influence.

  • Pray for the evangelization and discipling of the lost - Pray that millions of souls will be saved in the coming days. Pray for the Church to reach out to the lost with love and boldness and that Christians will pray for, care for, and share Christ with their neighbors and co-workers.

  • Pray for God's protection over your nation and that the armies of heaven will push back the powers of darkness - Pray that a spiritual shield will contain hostilities. Pray that weapons of mass destruction will be powerless and that the way would be prepared for God’s borders to be established.

When a child of God begins to get a real vision into the need of the church and the world, a vision of the divine redemption that God has promised in the outpouring of His love into our hearts, a vision of the power of true intercession to bring down the heavenly blessing, a vision of the honor of being allowed as intercessors to take part in that work, it comes as a matter of course that he regards the work as the most heavenly thing on earth - as intercessor to cry day and night to God for the revelation of His mighty power."

7 Daily Prayers
Adapted by James W. Goll, intercessory leader and author who just lost his wife (www.jamesgoll.com).

Wednesdays: Praise to God
We enter into Your gates with thanksgiving and into Your courts with praise. Lord we praise You for You are good and Your mercies endure forever. You are enthroned over my nation through the praises of Your people. Let us praise the Lord together! Honor, power, might, and dominion are Yours forever and ever. Praise the Lord! Amen! Revelation 1:4-6; Revelation 7:12; Romans 12:1; Psalm 100:4-5; and Psalm 22:3.

Thursdays: Penitence for our sins
We beseech You, O God, to pour forth Your godly sorrow which leads to true repentance upon Your Church. We ask forgiveness for having other gods before You, bowing our knee to the god of mammon, for our pride and arrogance, and for the shedding of innocent blood. We weep in travail for the iniquity that is upon us! Ecclesiastes 4:1; 1 John 1:9-10; Nehemiah 9:1-2; and Matthew 6:9-13.

Fridays: Petition for those in authority
We pray for the manifold wisdom of God to rest upon all who are in authority in my nation. May truth and discernment guide every decision they make in their public and private lives. Pull down the ungodly and raise up the righteous. We cry for justice and mercy, truth and righteousness, to be established. Proverbs 21:1-2; Ephesians 3:10; Romans 8:26-31; and 1 Timothy 2:1-4.

Saturdays: Proclamation of the names of God
With delight we speak the words Abba Father. You are our strong tower and our place of refuge. We will trust in You and not be afraid, for the Lord JEHOVAH is our strength and our song. We proclaim the name, Jehovah Nissi, for He shall be our deliverer. Come, Jehovah Sabaoth, the Lord of Hosts, and thrust out the enemies before us. Psalm 34:1-7; Deuteronomy 32:3-4; Deuteronomy 33:26-27; and Exodus 15:2.

Sundays: Protection for our land
We cry out to the Lord, Mighty in Battle, to awaken the watchmen to their assignments for our nation, city, and family. Equip us with Your weapons of warfare. We call for the release of the angelic hosts to join with Jesus, the Captain of the Hosts, to war on behalf of our nation to protect our people and to bring forth His purposes for such a time as this. Jeremiah 29:7; Ezekiel 22:30; 2 Chronicles 7:13-14; and 2 Corinthians 10:4.

Mondays: Pronouncement of judgment on the powers of darkness
We place our nation, cities, and families under the blood of Jesus Christ. As we seek God's face and repent of our sins, we pronounce that by grace no weapon formed against us shall prosper. Every tongue that would rise up against us in judgment will be exposed and cast down. Father God, may all of Your enemies bow in submission at the authority of Your word and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Isaiah 54:17; Psalm 149:6-9; Ephesians 6:10-20; Romans 16:20; Philippians 2:9-11; and Revelation 12:11.

Tuesdays: Prophesy life!
We prophesy life to our nation. We say blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord! Blessed are the people whom You have chosen as Your own inheritance. The snare is broken and we have escaped for our help is in the Name of the Lord. We prophesy a bright future, a good welfare, hope and fulfilled destiny over our land. Glory to God! Psalm 124:7; Proverbs 18:10; Ezekiel 37:1-10 and Jeremiah 29:10-11.

“May a united prayer force arise in this hour across the body of Christ to make history before the throne of God and build up a wall of protection against the forces of evil. Let the light of God's power and love permeate this present darkness and may His glory shine! In Jesus Great name - AMEN!" James Goll

Prayer Requests for the Nations

"A person who can pray is the mightiest instrument Christ has in this world. A praying church is stronger than all the gates of hell. God’s decree for the glory of His Son’s kingdom is dependent on prayer for its fulfillment: ‘Ask of me, and I will give thee the heathen for thy inheritance, and the uttermost part of the earth for they possession’ (Psalm 2:8). God the Father gives nothing to his Son except through prayer." Andrew Murray

  • Thank God for how He is working in the nations - Philippians 4:6

  • Pray for unity in the body of Christ - John 17:23, Matthew 12:25.

  • Pray for a spiritual awakening among the lost - 2 Peter 3:9, John 14:13-14, 16:24.

  • Pray for an outpouring of God's Spirit in revival on God's people - Psalm 85:6, Isaiah 64:1-3.

  • Pray for leaders - Ephesians 4:11, 1 Timothy 2:1-3.

  • Pray that God's people will walk in holiness and obedience - Psalm 81:11-12.

  • Pray for the fear of the Lord to touch all Christians so they hate evil - Proverbs 8:13, 2 Corinthians 7:1b.

  • Pray for God to send His workers into the harvest field in the world from every nation - Matthew 28:19-20.

  • Pray that the body of Christ will reach out to the poor and needy - Proverbs 21:13, Hebrews 13:3.

  • Pray for revival among children and youth and that God will use them mightily for His glory.

  • Pray for just laws and righteous moral standards - 1 Timothy 2:1-4.

  • Pray that the Word of God will be given its rightful place - Psalm 119:126.

  • Pray that God there will be united intercession in cities and regions with the ability to pray against the major principalities over those areas - Ephesians 6:12-13.

  • Pray that God's people will wage spiritual warfare as directed by the Holy Spirit - Ephesians 6:10-18.

Make a definite determination to pray strategically for your nation in the coming days. I feel in my spirit that this is a critical time in world history, and we have the choice in prayer to turn the tide of evil that is trying to destroy our nations. Please give yourself to prayer, and encourage others to do so in this critical hour. As you make the commitment to pray purpose-driven prayers for your nation, God will meet your own personal needs. This is all about the Kingdom of God and aligning our hearts with the heartbeat of God.

If you would like to purchase my latest book called Intercessors Arise: Personal Prayer that Changes the World, there is a chapter called “The Intercessor and the World” about looking into the heart of God for the nations. Ask for it at your nearest Christian bookstore or purchase it through http://www.navpress.com or http://amazon.com.

“The key to the authority of the intercessor is when his heartbeat aligns with the heartbeat of Almighty God. Nothing is more pressing than that the nations and multitudes who are marching to a Christless eternity should be saved. How I saw the agendas of men: so many and varied and all of such vital importance to them, but there was only one paramount agenda to God: THE NATIONS. I instantly realized that the entire task of the glorious triune God was completely and utterly devoted to this one supreme purpose for which Jesus had so freely given His life. All else was rather trivial in comparison and we all had majored on the trivial." Michael Howard

Together in the Harvest,
Debbie Przybylski, Intercessors Arise

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