Today is the National Day of Prayer in the United States of America. As Bible-believing Christians, we believe in prayer.
We know that God answers the faith-filled, frequent, fervent prayers of His people. As Southern Baptists, we believe that we should pray and ask God to bless our nation and its leaders. We should pray for our leaders and for every citizen of our nation, asking the Lord to forgive our sins and to guide us in His will in the future. We should also confess the sins of our nation and beseech the Lord to be merciful and gracious to every person in our country.
Many Christians will gather across America today in special venues to pray and to plead with God to let His favor and mercy rest upon us. I want to offer “A Prayer for America” that I trust will be helpful to you and other Christians that might want to use it today as you pray.
“Heavenly Father, I lift up to You the United States of America. I humbly ask You to open the windows of heaven and come down (Isaiah 64:1). Send revival to Christians in America so that our nation will turn back to You. I pray that You will raise up prayer warriors across America that will fervently call on Your name and seek Your face for an outpouring of Your Spirit. I pray that You will raise up pastors who will preach the Word of God with conviction and without compromise. I pray that You will raise up soul winners that will share Jesus and lead people to faith in Him. I pray that You will raise up disciple makers who will help new believers grow in grace and become more like Jesus.
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SOURCE: Baptist Press
Steve Gaines is president of the Southern Baptist Convention and pastor of the Memphis-area Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn.