Franklin Graham: How You Can Pray for America

By   •   July 3, 2017   •   Topics: ,

This article originally appeared on July 1, 2010.

As Americans celebrate July 4 and remember those who fought and died for our freedom, we need to take time to pray for our soldiers.

We should also pray for our national leaders. Regardless of whether we agree with our country’s policies, we have a biblical mandate to do this.

The Apostle Paul—who knew what it was like to lose his freedom—wrote to Timothy, “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior” (1 Timothy 2:1-3, NIV).

As you pray, ask that your congressional representatives, judges, governors and all others in positions of authority will seek God’s wisdom and guidance.

Gen. George Washington issued this decree on March 6, 1776, calling for a day of fasting and prayer as our country began its long and bloody battle for independence:

“Set apart … as a day of fasting, prayer and humiliation, to implore the Lord and Giver of all victory to pardon our manifold sins and wickedness, and that it would please Him to bless the Continental Arms with His divine favor and protection—all officers and soldiers are strictly enjoined to pay all due reverence and attention on that day to the sacred duties due to the Lord of hosts for His mercies already received and for those blessings which our holiness and uprightness of life can alone encourage us to hope through His mercy to obtain.”

The freedoms we now enjoy pale in comparison to the freedom we have as Christians, purchased by Christ’s death on the cross. “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:1-2, NIV).

Pray with us that God will continue to use BGEA mightily in introducing others to the glorious liberty of Christ.

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  1. John Matteson says:

    I will be praying.

  2. Ruth Laulu says:

    Thank You very much for your love towards others..please pray for my grandsons Benjamin & Isa not feeling very well…throwing up & tired in Jesus precious name they will feel well..thank you.

  3. Theresa says:

    Thank you for sharing all the listed information. I love to learn and hear of our Lord. I always find information that answers questions for me and encourages me in Christ. As I know I can not do with out Jesus! For, I get my strength and endurance from Him.

  4. Dixie Hromcik says:

    It is sad to see how far our country has fallen from God. I pray daily for our country and our leaders that they will seek the wisdom of God. Thank you for your insight.

  5. Shirley Durmon says:

    I do need to know how to pray for our country – I tend to allow myself to get so angry at the deeds of those who are in command, but only God can change them. I just feel like there is more that I can do and I know that he is in control and he doesn’t need any help from me. I just love
    America so much and want to see it turn toward God so badly.

  6. Sandy Thomas says:

    Needed this today in a mighty way. Thank you.

  7. Linda Guilfoyle says:

    I am grateful that you are posting ways as to how we should pray for our country. At times I feel at a loss in how to express myself and pray to God as I see how gravely we have as a nation fallen from Him. I pray his protection would return to us and guide us.

  8. Martha says:

    Thank you for your insight.

  9. Bill Lanier says:

    In these times it is almost impossible, in our own strength, to not become angry at the changing moral compass of our nation. I pray for each and every one of us to pray for grace and obedience to pray for the leaders of our United States of America, that their ways and acts be of and for God. And, I pray that the citizens of these United States turn from our ways that are clearly defined as sin in God’ word, the Holy Bible. In Jesus’ name I pray these things come to pass. AMEN

  10. Terry McCarty says:

    America is falling away from God more everyday thus God is taking His blessing away from it, if we will just do as it says in 2nd Chronicles, Chapter 7, verse 14, then will God heal our land! Prayer Is The Key!