Praying for a nation and for God’s will can sometimes be a little tricky. You don’t want to pray that God will bless your nation with abundance when they are rebelling against God. Yet you also want to stand in the gap and pray against judgment and that God in His mercy will draw people to Him. So what do you do?
You can never go wrong praying from the Bible for something. When we pray the Bible, we are praying the will of God.
This is important. The Bible tells us God’s heart and by praying it we are appealing to God for what He already wants.
Here are my four favorite scriptures that I pray over America. They can also be applied to any nation. I have italicized the parts I really focus on.
O LORD, I have heard the report of you, and your work, O LORD, do I fear. In the midst of the years revive it; in the midst of the years make it known; in wrath remember mercy. (Habakkuk 3:2 ESV)
All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations shall worship before you. For kingship belongs to the LORD, and he rules over the nations. (Psalm 22:27-28 ESV)
Arise, O LORD! Let not man prevail; let the nations be judged before you! Put them in fear, O LORD! Let the nations know that they are but men! (Psalm 9:19-20 ESV)
The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; he frustrates the plans of the peoples. The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage! The LORD looks down from heaven; he sees all the children of man; from where he sits enthroned he looks out on all the inhabitants of the earth, he who fashions the hearts of them all and observes all their deeds. The king is not saved by his great army; a warrior is not delivered by his great strength. The war horse is a false hope for salvation, and by its great might it cannot rescue. Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love, that he may deliver their soul from death and keep them alive in famine. Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you. (Psalm 33:10-22 ESV)