Today, May 7th, is America’s National Day of Prayer. While every day, for the believer, is a “day of prayer”, we can set aside today to specifically bring our nation before God in prayer. Please consider the following prayer requests:
Confess and repent of sin.
Begin with a posture of humility.
The Bible records instances of both personal and corporate confession of sin and we need both. Begin by repenting of your own sin, as the Holy Spirit convicts you.
Then move on to the nation and the America church. At the national level, confess our injustice (failing to treat others as persons made in God’s image) and idolatry (putting other things ahead of allegiance to God). At the corporate church level, ask God’s forgiveness for our moral compromise and failure to be faithful witnesses to the gospel.
Pray for your civic leaders.
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” 1 Timothy 2:1-2
Ask God to give our leaders – national, state, and local – wisdom in how they carry out their civic duties. Ask God to guide them in administering justice in their various spheres of influence.
Pray specifically for our moment of crisis.
Pray that God will spare us of both a public health and an economic/social disaster. Pray for those impacted the most. Pray for vulnerable (physically, emotionally, socially, economically) people. Pray that God we will grant wisdom in when and how to re-open aspects of normal life.
Pray for the witness of the American church.
Pray that God will give the church a spirit of reconciliation in a world of divisiveness. Pray that the church will model love of God and neighbor. Pray that we will have “peace the surpasses understanding” as we are freed from the fear of judgment and death. Pray that we will not be ashamed of the gospel but will proclaim it clearly and boldly. Pray that the light of our good deeds will shine brightly and adorn the gospel. Pray that, in all we do, we bring glory to God.
Pray for individuals near and far.
Pray for those within your direct circle of care and influence – family members, friends, co-workers, and members of our church.
Pray also for believers around the world, especially those being persecuted because of their faith.
Finally, pray as the Holy Spirit gives aid.