The Lord really spoke to me today about the intense need for His people to make 180 degree turn in how they approach praying for our government and its leaders. This is what He gave me and I felt I was to share it:
First, we know by 1 Timothy 2:1-5, 2 Chronicles 7:14-15 and other scriptures that we are to pray over our leaders and the government structures society has instituted. This next scripture really hit my heart… The Lord said to Jeremiah in verse 29:7 But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. How vital it is we bless and not curse our city or any governmental structure! When we speak evil it affects everyone including us!
Then I read in Titus 3:1-2 Remind them (that refers to followers of Christ Jesus) to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. And, the Holy Spirit pointed out this scripture in 1 Peter 2:17 Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.
It is vital not only to bless, but to use our mouths and our actions to create an atmosphere of honor for all people, even if we don’t like them, their actions, or their political stand. Every man and woman is made in the very image of God and we must, if nothing else, honor His decision to create them and the fact they have been placed in leadership over us. No matter how evil or good each person is, we are to pray God’s word over them in our cities, states, and our nation.
Some of the Scriptures to bless and to pray for your city, state and nation that I found after listening and waiting on the Lord in prayer:
Psalm 144:12-15 May our sons in their youth be like plants full grown, our daughters like corner pillars cut for the structure of a palace;13 may our granaries be full, providing all kinds of produce; may our sheep bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our fields; 14 may our cattle be heavy with young, suffering no mishap or failure in bearing; may there be no cry of distress in our streets! 15 Blessed are the people to whom such blessings fall! Blessed are the people whose God is the LORD!
Psalm 22:28 For kingship belongs to the Lord, and He rules over the nations.
Proverbs 21:1 The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will.
Proverbs 11:14 Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.
Daniel 9:18-19 O my God, incline your ear and hear. Open your eyes and see our desolations, and the city that is called by your name. For we do not present our pleas before you because of our righteousness, but because of your great mercy. O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, pay attention and act. Delay not, for your own sake, O my God, because your city and your people are called by your name.”
Psalm 2:10-12 Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
Jeremiah 17:7-8 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
Micah 6:9 The voice of the Lord cries to the city— and it is sound wisdom to fear your name: “Hear of the rod and of Him who appointed it!
Micah 2:13 He who opens the breach goes up before them; they break through and pass the gate, going out by it. Their king passes on before them, the Lord at their head.
Proverbs 28:2 When a land transgresses, it has many rulers, but with a man of understanding and knowledge, its stability will long continue.
2 Corinthians 4:4 In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
Matthew 12:25 Knowing their thoughts, he said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand.
Daniel 9:16-17 “O Lord, according to all your righteous acts, let your anger and your wrath turn away from your city Jerusalem, your holy hill, because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and your people have become a byword among all who are around us. Now therefore, O our God, listen to the prayer of your servant and to his pleas for mercy, and for your own sake, O Lord, make your face to shine upon your sanctuary, which is desolate.
Psalm 67:3-7 Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. Selah Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, shall bless us. God shall bless us; let all the ends of the earth fear him!
Isaiah 62:11-12 Behold, the Lord has proclaimed to the end of the earth: Say to the daughter of Zion, “Behold, your salvation comes; behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.” And they shall be called The Holy People, The Redeemed of the Lord; and you shall be called Sought Out, A City Not Forsaken.