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October 21


Galatians 5:22-26 (NIV) - "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another."

Father, during this time in our nation, may we be a light and a beacon of hope by walking in the fruit of the Spirit. We pray that Your church would walk in sacrificial love, unspeakable joy, anxiety-crushing peace, verbal patience, thoughtful words of kindness, goodness expressed through deeds, faithfulness to You and Your Word, gentleness of spirit, and self-control with our tongue. Help us keep in step with the Spirit in our conversations with others. May You receive honor in the way we speak. Give us the courage to take humble initiative. Grant us wisdom to be salt and light in a world that walks in darkness. In Jesus name, amen.


October 20


Oh God – hear our prayer. Our nation cries out “where is their God.” And your answer? Our God is in heaven. He does what He pleases. While their idols are gold, prestige, and power, our God is steadfast and true. He is strong, and He is good.

Oh Lord, You are our help and our shield, and when we lean into that protection, we can feel it tangibly. Protect us from ourselves and the ways we drift from You. Return us to the safe place of Your strong arms.

For You are in full control of our lives. Anything less than fully submitting to Your grace is nothing at all. Any perception of power we have is a weak and false perception.

The dead do not praise the Lord, but only those alive in Christ. So, God make us alive again in You and for You, for Your namesake.

We love You and need You, oh Lord our strength.

For Your namesake, Amen.

October 19


Lord, we ask in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that there be no divisions among us, but that we might be united in the same mind and the same judgment. Lord, may there be a spirit of peace among Your people. May we agree wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. Help us to be humble, considering others above ourselves. Help us not to look out only for our own interests but for the interests of others too. May we love one another with brotherly affection and outdo one another in showing honor. Lord, may we live lives of peace and joy in the Holy Spirit to please God, and to bring the aroma of Christ to our city, state, and nation.

 Father, help us to regard no one according to the flesh. Help us be ambassadors for Christ, as You make Your appeal through us. Lord, may we reach out with the message of reconciliation that is for every nation, tribe, people, and language. Lord our nation is divided and hurting. But if You heal us we will be truly healed; if You save us we will be truly saved. Our praises are for You alone! 

 Lord, help us, so far as it depends on us, to live peaceably with all. Lord, help us to always be humble and gentle, and patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of Your love. May we be united in the Spirit, binding ourselves together with peace. For there is one body and one Spirit, just as we have been called to one glorious hope for the future. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all, in all, and living through all. Use us, we ask, to change our nation as You change us to conform to the image of Your Son, Jesus Christ.

October 18


Father, forgive our sins as a nation. We have fallen short of the faithfulness that should accompany the blessings and grace You have bestowed on us. The old hymn, “I Sing the Mighty Power of God” by Isaac Watts reminds us of all You have done:

I sing the mighty power of God, that made the mountains rise;
That spread the flowing seas abroad, and built the lofty skies.
I sing the wisdom that ordained the sun to rule the day;
The moon shines full at His command, and all the stars obey.

I sing the goodness of the Lord, that filled the earth with food;
He formed the creatures with His word, and then pronounced them good.
Lord, how Thy wonders are displayed, where'er I turn my eye:
If I survey the ground I tread, or gaze upon the sky!

There's not a plant or flower below, but makes Thy glories known;
And clouds arise and tempests blow, by order from Thy throne;
While all that borrows life from Thee is ever in Thy care,
And everywhere that man can be, Thou, God, art present there.

 Forgive our nation, O Lord, for the lack of gratitude we have shown. Our lives should reflect Your glory and yet we have sinned indiscriminately. Help us to return to the sense of decency and decorum that should declare to the world that we bear the Image of Yahweh, and His Spirit dwells within us.

 Help us to value and honor those who breathe the same air that we breathe. Though the color of our skin may be different, our hearts beat the same. Help us to rescue the poor and mend the wounds of the brokenhearted. Help us to break down walls of long-held racial and ethnic divides. Help each of us to be instruments of Your peace, reflecting Your glory.

May our meditations and intentions become realities and let the reform of our broken and divided nation begin with contrition in each of our hearts. Help us to fix our eyes on You, Lord. Lead us to gaze upon Your beauty and declare Your goodness. We ask for Your help and Your guidance as we acknowledge the sin that has so easily entangled us. Rescue us from ourselves and let us become reflections of Your glory. In Jesus Name we pray, Amen.

October 17


"Turn away my eyes from looking at vanity, And revive me in Thy ways" – (Psalm 119:37 NASB).

Oh God – hear our prayer.

It is said the eyes are the window to the soul. Where they look, the soul follows. Our eyes as a nation have been set on vanity. Could a more accurate description exist of our nation? The definition of vanity is excessive pride in or admiration of one's own appearance or achievements. We confess Lord, that we wear definitions like this as badges of honor.

Remind us how we are nothing apart from You. Restore within us a right view of who You are, and therefore who we are. For vanity is nothing more than blindness, seeing ourselves, the world, and ultimately You wrongly.

So God, when we ask You to revive us, we ask You to return our sight and heal our blindness. Our revival will come from seeing rightly. Let humility follow our accurate view of You.

God, make clear Your ways. And revive us back to those ways. These are ways not normal to our sin- soaked perspectives. So change our perspectives. Heal our blindness. Revive our sight…to see You again.

For your name sake… Amen.


October 16


God in heaven, we pray for revival, for awakening, for a re-genesis of Your Spirit within us. Too often we have become complacent and apathetic. We need and plead for revival in our land. Lord, would You sweep across our nation like a mighty rushing wind, stirring the hearts of all people to look to You. Lord, we know there is a vacuum within us that can only be filled by You. So come, Lord. Revive our hearts and refresh our souls with thoughts of You and Your glory.

May the words of Augustine remind us of the benefits of knowing You: “You have made us for Yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You.” O Lord, we need rest from the anxiety and angst that grips us as we watch the world around us deteriorate. Our sleep is unsettled, and our hearts lean toward dread and fear. Left to itself, we don’t see our world making any progress toward healing and hope.

But then we remember the source of all hope. You. Let us fall to our knees and pray fervently for Your intervention in Satan’s reign of terror. May You bind him, Lord, and free us of his temptation and rage. Lord, we know You can speak the word and still the storm. We beg of You to speak! 

Lord, there are times when we want to just give up. And then we remember our children and their children. Too much is at stake for us to let go of the rope! We want our children to know a better world than we have known. We want our grandchildren to grow up in a spiritually healthy world where they can worship You freely. May we be so bold in praying such a prayer? Is our confidence in You so diminished that we don’t believe You will act? No. We pray in faith to the God who can do “immeasurably more than we could ever ask or imagine” – (Ephesians 3:20). And we believe, with James, that “the prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective” – (James 5:16).

And so, we pray for revival in our land, Lord. May Your Holy Spirit sweep over us and rekindle our hearts so that they burn within us like those who traveled with You on the road to Emmaus. And may we respond in such a way that others will see You in us. In Jesus Name we pray, Amen.


October 15


Matthew 6:9-13 (NIV) – “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”

Lord, may we revere Your name above all other names today. You are our king. May our allegiance to Your Kingdom and Your will supersede that of any other. Lord, we pray for our nation today. We pray that our nation would be one that reflects the values of Your Kingdom. We pray that the freedoms we are granted as people of faith will be preserved and protected. Lord, we pray that Your church would thrive in this nation and that from our land, Your Word would ring out to every corner of the world. 

Lord, we thank You for blessing us and providing for us. We thank You that we live in a nation that has afforded us many opportunities. Lord, give us a spirit of generosity. May we take the blessings You have given us and use them to bless others. 

Lord, forgive us where we have failed. Forgive us as a nation. Forgive us as individuals. Lord, we confess that we have gone astray and sinned in our thoughts, words, and actions. We thank You for the Cross of Jesus. Give us the strength and wisdom to forgive others as You have forgiven us. 

Lord, we pray that you will strengthen us to resist the temptations we will face today. Keep our minds and hearts pure today. Help us to walk in the power of Your Holy Spirit. 

Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.


October 14


Lord, may the good news of Jesus Christ ring out in our nation! Let America turn from idols to serve the living and true God. May our nation wait for Your Son from heaven, Jesus, whom You raised from the dead, to deliver us from the wrath to come. Lord, we pray that our neighbors and countrymen will not suffer the punishment of eternal destruction away from Your presence and from the glory of Your might when You come on that day to be glorified in Your saints and to be marveled at among all who have believed. Lord, we pray that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in us and us in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
 
Father, we pray for our nation, that everyone who has eyes will be able to see the truth, and everyone who has ears will be able to hear it. Lord, we pray that You would put Your message in our mouths, and that when they hear it they would not harden their hearts, but instead that they would receive the grace of God.
 
Lord, we pray for a powerful movement of Your Spirit, in our church, in our city, and in our nation. May the same Good News that came to us go out all over the world. May it bear fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed our lives from the day we first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace. We pray for this in faith because we pray for it in the name of Jesus.

October 13


"For they themselves report concerning us the kind of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God," (I Thessalonians 1:9 ESV).

Father, we pray for those of us in the church. Help us turn away from the idols of comfort, greed, control, and pleasure. Help us turn to You. You are our comfort. You make our greedy hearts generous. You turn our desire for power and control into service and sacrifice. You turn our hedonism and love for pleasure into worship of You, the One who gives us beauty and rest. Father, as a church help us turn from the pursuit of happiness to the pursuit of godliness. May we be a people who are known for our faith, our hope, and our love. Father, help Fellowship serve You, our true and living God. 

In Jesus name, amen.

October 12


"Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen." Ephesians 4:29 (NIV) 

Lord, we pray that our words will be honoring to You. Lord, we recognize that in this season, talk is cheap, and words are many. Lord, give us discernment to hear Your voice in the midst of the unending talk. Lord, may we be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry. Jesus, please keep us from being reckless in what we say or write. Lord, we know that our words have the power to heal or destroy. Give us a gentle spirit so that we do not stir up anger in others. Spirit, give us wisdom to know when to speak and when to be silent. May we cherish unity with others over being outspoken. Lord, may our words be helpful and encouraging. Lord, keep us from creating divisiveness. May the words of our mouth and the meditation of our hearts be pleasing to You Lord. When it comes to politics, Father inspire us to pray more and talk less. Lord, help others to see Jesus in us. Holy Spirit, would you empower self-control in us daily to use our words only to build others up. Lord, we know the tongue is a restless evil. Father, forgive us where we have spoken recklessly or harshly. Father, give us wisdom and truth that can only come from You. Use our words for healing and reconciliation. May we be catalysts for peace and harmony.


October 11


O God, increase my love for You to a white-hot, Spirit-filled focus and level. May it be ever rooted in You and Your doing, so that I and my doing are inspired by You, empowered by You, and focused on You.

O Holy Spirit, pour the love of the Father deep within my heart. For the fire of His love will heat from within and prevent a lukewarm soul.
Jesus, I look to You to do in me what I cannot do for myself:
         Increase my love for You.
         Deepen my dependency on You.
         Attach my heart to Your Word.
         Cause me to be captured by Your glory and revel in Your goodness.
 
I am dependent on You for this, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I joyfully renounce my self-sufficiency and come now to You for what I need for all of my life. And, I trust You to grant, in abundance, what You have already promised in and by Your grace.
I love and need You! Amen. 

(from Rev 2:1-7)

October 10


O LORD God, teach us to love as You love! We have fallen so far short of Your character of love and Your command to love. Our world shows the fruits of our selfish desires and self-ambition. Division and unrest are our realities. Yet our hope is set on another way—on our calling in Your Word.

We open our hearts to love our brothers and our sisters in Christ through honoring one another and giving generously. We turn our hearts to love the strangers around us through practicing hospitality. We also choose to love those who resent and reject us by blessing them and forgiving them. O Holy Spirit, since this is the way of Jesus, empower us to love like this.

We ask You for peace and unity in the world around us. We know that peace and unity are the fruits of humility, and that true humility only comes from a heart that acknowledges Your Lordship. Jesus, reign in every corner of our society—in our churches, schools, businesses, governments, and communities. May knees bend and hearts bow to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior! May Your humble and holy presence bring the peace and unity our world desperately needs. 

Holy Spirit, empower us as Your people to model a God-honoring and other-centered humility that shows Jesus in our world. Direct our minds, impassion our hearts, control our tongues, empower our hands and feet. As You do, we trust that You will enable us to love as You love in every way You graciously assign us to live.

Amen.

(from Romans 12:9-21)

October 9


Oh God, we see how joyful is the one whose sin is forgiven. We also see from Your Word when sin goes unspoken and hidden, that it has spiritual, emotional, and even physical implications upon us. Our nation has felt heavy, like the hand of the Lord is pressing upon us, for our collective hope is not in You. We trust in so many unsatisfactory things. Things that will not last. We have replaced You as the fountain of living water with unquenchable lusts for greed and power.

Yet Your promise remains. When we acknowledge our sin to You, and do not conceal our iniquity, You will take away our guilt. And it is to this end we pray now. Not just for our own hearts, but for the heart of our nation, we pray. Reveal the sin of our heart, that we may confess, believe, and be rescued.

May we as a people cease from seeking our own paths of understanding. Rather God, make this our song: You are our hiding place; you protect us from trouble. You surround us with joyful shouts of deliverance. (Psalm 32:7 NIV)

For Your name sake.

October 8


Father, we humbly bow before You as our Savior and Lord. You alone are the Creator of all that we know and yet, You are the Shepherd of our hearts. You alone are the Ruler and Commander of the universe and yet, You know our every thought. As the Psalmist proclaimed in Psalm 139:7–10 (NIV):

"Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast" – Psalm 139:7-10 (NIV).

We acknowledge, Lord, that You are in control and may we never doubt that certainty. In light of these truths, we pray for our nation today. Remind us, O Lord, that nothing takes You by surprise. Solomon reminds us in Proverbs 21:1 (NIV84):

"The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases."

Those who sit in places of power are like Pilate of old when Jesus told him, “You would have no power over me if it were not given from above” (John 19:11 NIV). You, Lord, are the sole source of power and director of all things great and small.

So, we submit to You today by praying for the leaders of our nation, states, districts, parishes, counties, and cities. May they recognize Your sole authority in all things that matter. If they haven’t already, may they submit to Your will and Your way. The only possibility of truly leading well is to do so under Your authority and guidance. We ask these things in Jesus’ name for those who lead us. Amen.

October 7


Abba Father,

We desperately need Your help! Injustice rages as the evil one seeks only to steal, kill, and destroy your creation. He has sewn deep hurt and division in our nation, leading each to go their own way apart from Your truth. “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death” – Proverbs 14:12 (ESV). But we turn our eyes to You. You are our hope. As we face injustice, we do so with the confidence of knowing that “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you.” – Psalm 89:14 (NIV). With your Spirit as our guide and Your Word as a light to instruct our steps, please help us to be instruments of Your peace and healing to those that desperately need an authentic experience in your love.

 From that posture, we pray for the men and women of our Judicial Branch. God of Justice, it was You that established the importance of judges among Your people and it remains critical to the health of our nation today. You teach us in Your Word that “The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom, and their tongues speak what is just” – Psalm 37:30 (NIV). We desperately need Your sense of what is right and just to spring forth from the hearts of our judges. Please hear our simple request… please bring these men and women into a saving relationship with Your Son, Jesus Christ. May they know the riches of walking with Him, seeking wisdom from Him, willing to give their very lives for Him. You tell us in Your Word that You generously provide wisdom to those who ask, when their faith is in You alone without doubt (James 1:5). May they hunger for Your wisdom. May they make judgements from a posture of faith in You alone. May the weight of their rulings drive them into a humble posture of dependence on You and a respect for Your commands. May the work of transformational grace in their lives bring You much glory and much good to Your people.

October 6


Heavenly Father,

How precious is Your Word to us! Your Law is perfect and trustworthy; it revives the soul and gives great wisdom to ordinary people (Psalm 19:7). In Psalm 1:1-3, You promise blessing to the one who delights in Your Law, studying carefully how it informs life choices. Your truth leads us to reject wickedness; it transforms us from being a people quick to show contempt for others to a people showing compassion for sinners. Help us to be ambassadors of Your love, grounded in Truth, as we live as citizens under authority of the laws of this nation.

As a people empowered by Your Word, we pray for the men and women of our Legislative Branch. Just as Paul encouraged the Corinthian Church in 2 Corinthians 13:11, we pray our legislators would “Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.” In this unprecedented time of division, we pray that believers from both parties would stand unashamed of the gospel and express how You are the only way to lasting peace and reconciliation. We pray for them to legislate out of a deep conviction to serve the people of this nation and sacrificially address the needs of their communities. We pray that You would humble the proud and lift the head of the weary, helping them find common ground at the foot of the cross. We pray for a spiritual awakening to happen with our legislators, one lunch conversation, one simple act of kindness, one expression of empathy in crisis at a time. Please break down tireless, empty pursuits of political ideologies and build Your Kingdom in their hearts. All for Your glory…

October 5


Lord Jesus, we come to You acknowledging that each and every breath we take is a gift from Your Sovereign hand, and You are the One that overwhelms each moment with Your unstoppable purposes. Through You all things were created, and You have supremacy over every created thing (Colossians 1:16-18). How marvelous it is that You, the Supreme, Sovereign Lord, would leave Your place of honor to walk among us, and make a way for sinful people to be reconciled to a holy and just God. In response, God the Father exalted You to the highest place, gave You the name above any other, and assured that all would submit to Your ultimate rule, confessing You as the one, true Lord (Philippians 2:6-11).

Acknowledging You as King of kings, we pray for the men and women of our Executive Branch. You command us to pray for those whom You have placed in authority over us (1 Timothy 2:1-2, Romans 13:1), knowing full well that they too are subject to Your authority and reign. We are a broken people governed by broken people, all in need of a Savior. Please open these men and women’s eyes to the reality of Your redeeming love. May they come to know You personally and pursue You authentically. May they humbly surrender their personal agendas and seek Your heart in all things. In the face of every decision and challenge, may they seek wisdom from Your Word and purpose to align themselves with the work of the Holy Spirit. Please inspire them to love their families more than their positions and to find great joy in serving others sacrificially. May they seek to be agents of peace, promoting not just one nation under God, but a people transformed by Your grace, indivisible for Your glory.

October 4


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)

October 3


Holy Spirit, move in and through Your Church in this season. Renew our minds in the truth of Your Word. Revive our hearts in the beauty of Your presence. Realign our wills to the goodness of Yours. We pray for both Your comfort and conviction in this political season. In the face of accusation and criticism, comfort us as we hold to the convictions You give. For any selfish, unloving, wrongful convictions we may hold, please graciously release our grip that we may take hold of worthy ones in their place. As You move through the Church, lovingly weeding out sin and patiently watering faith, we ask for You to empower the Church to move through our nation’s government. May Your presence be known through Your Church from the lowest to the highest offices. Fill each of us with the knowledge of You, and lead us into all truth, we pray. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

October 2


Heavenly Father, each and every human has been created in Your image and is fully loved by You. All life, from conception to grave, is precious in Your sight — those who look like us and those who do not; those who share our opinions and those who do not; those who share our beliefs and those who do not. Firstly, we need Your eyes to see our neighbor as You see them and Your heart to love them as we love ourselves. Remind us that You are a father to the fatherless, a defender of the defenseless, a refuge for the refugee, an includer of those who have been left out. Secondly, we need Your wisdom and grace to navigate the complexities of this political season, as every candidate and every platform is ultimately insufficient to fully represent You. We ask You to raise up humble and courageous sons and daughters at all levels of our government in order to serve You and their fellow brothers and sisters well. For Your glory and our good, we pray. Amen.

October 1


King Jesus, You alone have our allegiance. You have shown us what is good and what the Lord requires of us: to do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly (Micah 6:8) with You. Thank You, Jesus, for Your leadership. You came not to be served, but to serve. Your example is self-giving, radically-forgiving, co-suffering love. Help us now to see clearly how to follow Your example in this turbulent political season. We also ask You to raise up ambassadors of Your gospel to take their places within our government, from local to national branches. Ultimately, our hope as individuals, families, churches, states, and as a nation is You alone. Give each of us wisdom and insight as we must cast our vote for fallen representatives and imperfect policies. Grant us patience and grace as we interact with broken people and navigate broken systems. May we represent Your Kingdom well in everything we say and do. To the praise and honor and glory of the Lamb upon the throne. Amen.