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2017 ushered in a new year, a new President and governmental cabinet. For many Christians, the change of office was a welcome one.


In our home, in 2016, we spent time in prayer and intercession for the upcoming elections. Do you remember where you were on election night? I can remember yelling at my computer screen like an excited football fan for about 45 minutes straight. And after the dust had settled, our nation woke up to a new President-elect. I felt like we had just battled and won a revolutionary war.


I cannot tell you just how full of expectation and opportunity I am – something we as Christians should have for the next four years. We have a president who is kind to Christians, willing to deal with America’s enemies, and a pro-Israel administration. This gives us great opportunities to go out and do exploits for God.


I remember the following morning after the election. I woke up early and went out to my living room to pray. The day earlier, my husband had shown me a dollar bill received as change from the store.  It had almost completely been ripped in half, but a piece of tape had kept it together. He said it reminded him of our nation, and how God had sovereignly kept our nation together, as we had, and have been morally slipping into an abyss of death.


As I sat there, just quietly thanking God for all of His blessings, I felt deeply impressed that the Lord was speaking. He was speaking to my heart, “Yes – you were on the edge of a cliff, and I pulled you back. Why? Because you asked Me to.” I felt Him speak to me that it truly was the prayers of His people – and only that – that prompted Him to keep our feet back from falling.


I praised Him for His goodness.


I believe that God answers prayer. Maybe it’s easy for you to believe that God can answer the prayers for your friends at church, or for the famous evangelist, but do you believe that He answers your prayers – no matter how weak they feel?


2 Chronicles 7:14 has been a key verse to go to for prayer in our nation: “If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their sins, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.” In this scripture, God promises His people that He will do several things for the people who do this:


  1. His people – not some group who do not follow or acknowledge Him
  2. Humble ourselves – individually and corporately
  3. Seek His face
  4. Turn from their sins


He says He will do this:


  1. Hear from Heaven
  2. Forgive our sin
  3. Heal our land


My family hung on to that scriptural promise, as we prayed in solemn assemblies, with our prayer room, and in groups, and privately in our home.


A friend kindly gave us a map of the United States to color. We took some time during the elections last year to color it during our prayer times, and we had so much fun praying for each state as we colored it.


It was also so awesome to hear, as our family had dinner and watched the elections online, our two year old daughter praying and thanking God with us, as we saw the fulfillment of our prayer come to pass in this election. It wasn’t just a Presidential win, as it was a righteous win for many other seats of influence, and for the ideals that Christians stand for winning this time around.


But we must not give up. The Bible encourages us to pray unceasingly (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18), and now is certainly not the time to give up praying for our President, as well as those in other offices of influence in the government.


It is so important to pray what the scripture says because the word says about itself that it is truth (John 17:17).  And that all of it is God breathed (2 Timothy 3:16). I don’t base my understanding of truth on my personal experiences, other people’s testimonies, text books, the news, a preacher, or what I find on the internet. If the Bible says that I can find everything I need for life and godliness in it (2 Peter 1:3), then I am going to apply scripture to my daily life choices. It’s not your truth, or my truth – it’s just truth.


I know that most of you know that it’s important for us to give our children the word every day, but I’d also like to encourage you to incorporate the word into your lives, and into your family’s lives. That way:


  • You can instill solid biblical truth to your prayers.
  • The word helps teach, reproof, and train in righteousness, so that you all will be fully equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16).
  • You can pray words that judge the thoughts and attitudes of the heart (Hebrews 4:12).
  • You can pray what Jesus Himself prayed, and taught His disciples to pray.
  • You can speak God’s word back to Him, knowing the scriptural truth that He is faithful to His word (Exodus 33:12-17), and that His word will not return void (Isaiah 55:11).


Below is a composed list of scriptures that you can use to pray for your government, local authorities like police, fire, paramedics, your mayor, city council members, your pastor, and anyone in any place of leadership or authority. The Bible has so much to say about people in these positions, but the main theme we hear again and again, is to pray for them.


So, please, enjoy this list, copy it, and add scriptures I might have left out. But most of all, use these words of God as a guide for you and your family to pray together with. I hope you do spend regular time with your family praying for our nation – and that it will be something you can do on a regular basis, if not daily. This is not a time to let up on prayer for America. Our nation needs the Lord more than ever.


Helpful Bible Verses about Praying For Government

1 Timothy 2:1-4 ESV

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.


Romans 13:1 ESV

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.


1 Timothy 2:1-15 ESV

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, …


2 Chronicles 7:14 ESV

If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.


Jeremiah 29:7 ESV

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.


1 Peter 2:17 ESV

Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.


Daniel 2:20-23 ESV

Daniel answered and said: “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding; he reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with him. To you, O God of my fathers, I give thanks and praise, for you have given me wisdom and might, and have now made known to me what we asked of you, for you have made known to us the king’s matter.”


Proverbs 21:1 ESV

The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will.


Titus 3:1-2 ESV

Remind them 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.


Psalm 22:28 ESV

For kingship belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations.


Job 12:23-25 ESV

He makes nations great, and he destroys them; he enlarges nations, and leads them away. He takes away understanding from the chiefs of the people of the earth and makes them wander in a pathless waste. They grope in the dark without light, and he makes them stagger like a drunken man.


Proverbs 11:14 ESV

Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.


Daniel 9:18-19 ESV

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 2:1-4 ESV

Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying, “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.” He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision.


Matthew 12:25 ESV

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.


1 Timothy 2:1 ESV

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people,


Romans 13:1-14 ESV

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. …


Proverbs 28:2 ESV

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 ESV

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.


Daniel 9:3-19 ESV

Then I turned my face to the Lord God, seeking him by prayer and pleas for mercy with fasting and sackcloth and ashes. I prayed to the Lord my God and made confession, saying, “O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, we have sinned and done wrong and acted wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from your commandments and rules. We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land. To you, O Lord, belongs righteousness, but to us open shame, as at this day, to the men of Judah, to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to all Israel, those who are near and those who are far away, in all the lands to which you have driven them, because of the treachery that they have committed against you. …


Psalm 2:10-12 ESV

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 ESV

“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 2:13 ESV

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.


Leviticus 26:6 ESV

I will give peace in the land, and you shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid. And I will remove harmful beasts from the land, and the sword shall not go through your land.


Colossians 2:15 ESV

He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.


Ephesians 2:2 ESV

In which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—


1 Peter 2:9 ESV

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.


Daniel 9:16-17 ESV

“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.


Revelation 15:4 ESV

Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.”


Isaiah 1:1-31 ESV

The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah. Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth; for the Lord has spoken: “Children have I reared and brought up, but they have rebelled against me. The ox knows its owner, and the donkey its master’s crib, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand.” Ah, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, offspring of evildoers, children who deal corruptly! They have forsaken the Lord, they have despised the Holy One of Israel, they are utterly estranged. Why will you still be struck down? Why will you continue to rebel? The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. …


Genesis 12:1-3 ESV

Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”


Daniel 9:20-23 ESV

While I was speaking and praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my plea before the Lord my God for the holy hill of my God, while I was speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the first, came to me in swift flight at the time of the evening sacrifice. He made me understand, speaking with me and saying, “O Daniel, I have now come out to give you insight and understanding. At the beginning of your pleas for mercy a word went out, and I have come to tell it to you, for you are greatly loved. Therefore consider the word and understand the vision.


Psalm 67:3-7 ESV

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!


Revelation 3:7 ESV

“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: ‘The words of the holy one, the true one, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens.


Philippians 2:14 ESV

Do all things without grumbling or questioning,


John 4:23 ESV

But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.


Revelation 11:15 ESV

Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.”


Isaiah 32:1-8 ESV

Behold, a king will reign in righteousness, and princes will rule in justice. Each will be like a hiding place from the wind, a shelter from the storm, like streams of water in a dry place, like the shade of a great rock in a weary land. Then the eyes of those who see will not be closed, and the ears of those who hear will give attention. The heart of the hasty will understand and know, and the tongue of the stammerers will hasten to speak distinctly. The fool will no more be called noble, nor the scoundrel said to be honorable. …


Isaiah 9:6 ESV

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.


Matthew 18:20 ESV

For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”


Numbers 16:46-48 ESV

And Moses said to Aaron, “Take your censer, and put fire on it from off the altar and lay incense on it and carry it quickly to the congregation and make atonement for them, for wrath has gone out from the Lord; the plague has begun.” So Aaron took it as Moses said and ran into the midst of the assembly. And behold, the plague had already begun among the people. And he put on the incense and made atonement for the people. And he stood between the dead and the living, and the plague was stopped.


Isaiah 62:11-12 ESV

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.


Isaiah 60:17-18 ESV

Instead of bronze I will bring gold, and instead of iron I will bring silver; instead of wood, bronze, instead of stones, iron. I will make your overseers peace and your taskmasters righteousness. Violence shall no more be heard in your land, devastation or destruction within your borders; you shall call your walls Salvation, and your gates Praise.


Psalm 144:14 ESV

May our cattle be heavy with young, suffering no mishap or failure in bearing; may there be no cry of distress in our streets!


Deuteronomy 28:1-14 ESV

“And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God. Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground and the fruit of your cattle, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. …


Ephesians 6:1-24 ESV

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, …


Micah 6:9 ESV

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!


Hosea 8:4 ESV

They made kings, but not through me. They set up princes, but I knew it not. With their silver and gold they made idols for their own destruction.


1 Peter 5:7 ESV

Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.


Jonah 3:5-7 ESV

And the people of Nineveh believed God. They called for a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them. The word reached the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, removed his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. And he issued a proclamation and published through Nineveh, “By the decree of the king and his nobles: Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything. Let them not feed or drink water,


Psalm 33:12 ESV

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!


Esther 4:15-16 ESV

Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai, “Go, gather all the Jews to be found in Susa, and hold a fast on my behalf, and do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my young women will also fast as you do. Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law, and if I perish, I perish.”


1 John 1:9 ESV

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.


Psalm 75:10 ESV

All the horns of the wicked I will cut off, but the horns of the righteous shall be lifted up.


*Please note: I did not include a list of Apostolic Prayers (prayers the apostles prayed in scripture) with this list. But we love praying them! You can find a good exhaustive list here:


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