Blog from Kristy Engel….

Praying for our country

I don’t spend much time in the United States every year. It is because of a transition between countries and cultures that I think I am affected in a different way by what is happening here. I see what life can be like outside of the bickering, taking sides, anger and, if we are honest…hatred, racism, division and violence that seem to be the culture of our country these days.

Back in January, I visited Australia and saw a kinder and more compassionate country. Since then, I cannot stop thinking that something must be done to stop or reverse the direction our country is taking. But, what can one person do? I’ve tried decreasing my time on social media or stop watching the news,but I realized last week that I was forgetting one of the most powerful things I can do to make a change…

Pray. 

I mean to pray intentionally for change in this country…not just “God bless the USA.” I need to pray for change in my behavior and thoughts as well as those around me. I need to ask for forgiveness for things I’ve said or done that contribute to this atmosphere and I need to forgive others for things they may have said or done to hurt me. I need to pray specifically for life-changing, God-love to enter into every place in this country. I need to pray for leaders in a way that is life-giving and show them the same unconditional love that I’ve been shown by God. I need to pray for revival of love, compassion, forgiveness, unity and grace to overtake our country. 

So, I began praying a specific prayer and then asked my friends to pray with me for the next 30 days. Will you do that too? Will you commit to praying this prayer every day and increasing the voice that is crying out for God’s power to make a change? Here is that prayer:

ALMIGHTY GOD, our Heavenly Father, we look to You alone for the future of the USA. By Your providence, You have placed each of us here at this time in history to be in this nation. Thank You for this blessing. Thank You for the USA.

BUT ABOVE ALL, we thank You for the gift of Your Son, Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God. It is in His name, we come to You as we intercede in prayer for our country.

FORGIVE US, O LORD, for the sins we have committed against You in our country. We are failing You by dishonoring one another through our harsh and bitter words about each other. We are failing You through broken relationships. We are failing You by devaluing human life. We are failing You with the division in our nation.

LORD, WE TURN FROM these sinful actions and refuse to live this way. Please forgive us now and help us to choose love over hate, unity over division, and life over death.

WE CHOOSE to live by Jesus’ words: Love One Another. Therefore, upon the authority of Your Word in John 13:34, “Love one another. Just as I have loved you,” we pray for a future in the USA that will choose to love willfully, sacrificially, and unconditionally just like Jesus loves us.

WE PRAY FOR THE CHURCH in our country to love one another. Empower each church to be full of love for one another. Ignite a revival of love for one another. Since we are to be known by our love, help us to love one another.

WE PRAY FOR EVERY FAMILY, EVERY WORKPLACE, EVERY COMMUNITY, AND EVERY CITY IN OUR COUNTRY to choose love. We believe there is power in love. We believe love is the better way. We believe love is God’s Way. O Lord, change families, workplaces, communities, and cities through the power of love. Raise up a Love One Another movement across our country.

WE PRAY FOR ALL ETHNICITIES AND PEOPLE IN the USA to love one another. Lord, tear down every wall of division and change any attitude that divides us today. Bind up our nation’s wounds and may the transforming love of God lead us to the day when justice will roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.

WE PRAY FOR YOUR LOVE to surround our country. We pray for Your love to surround and protect us in every public setting and private place. Protect us from harm.

WE BELIEVE ALL OF THESE THINGS, O LORD, represent our deep need for the next great move of God across the USA. We ask You alone for the next Great Spiritual Awakening in our country. Please, oh God, wake up Your church and revive Your people today. We ask You to begin a mighty spiritual awakening in every town, every city, and every county in the USA.

WE NEED AND DESIRE THIS SO MUCH, THAT BEGINNING RIGHT NOW, we are choosing love and forgiveness, love and restitution, love and healing, love and unity, and a future that will be transformed by the power of unconditional love. When we belong to You, we belong to love. We choose to Love One Another!

IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST, the only Hope in this world we pray. Amen.

-adapted from a prayer by Dr. Ronnie Floyd