O Sovereign Lord, we bow before You today, thanking You for ruling and reigning the affairs of men. You are in full control of the micro and the macro—the smallest details of our lives and the largest movements of nations.
We affirm the truth that all governing leaders and institutions are established only by Your sovereign permission. Even when human authorities act outside of Your will, Your plans and purposes are not thwarted. Graciously, You even work Your perfect plan through always imperfect and often evil humanity. So we come before You now on behalf of our local, state, and national governing leaders (list specific names). You have established them, O Lord, so we ask You to work through them for our good.
Specifically, we ask You to give them wisdom to pursue Your purposes through their leadership. Direct their minds, impassion their hearts, control their tongues, empower their hands and feet. Use them as instruments of justice, peace, and righteousness. Thwart all attempts to lead us toward injustice, division, and unrighteousness; prosper all just, peaceful, and righteous plans.
We also ask You to work through us as citizens. You command us to honor, follow, and pray for our governing authorities. Convict us now, O Holy Spirit, where we have not followed Your commands. Direct our minds, impassion our hearts, control our tongues, empower our hands and feet. Use us as instruments of justice, peace, and righteousness as well. May these Kingdom pursuits be fruits of Your love working through us in practical ways in our city, state, and nation.
O Sovereign Lord, we await Your appearing and the coming of Your Kingdom. Until You return, we ask for cities and a nation, citizens and their leaders, to live in harmony with one another. Grant us a land of peace in which the Gospel of Your Kingdom can be preached and lived.
We pray all this for Jesus’ glory and our good. Amen.
(from Romans 13:1-10)