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Prayer is a powerful tool that can bring about transformation and change in our nations. As Christians, it is our responsibility to pray for our nation and its leaders, seeking God’s guidance and blessings. We will reap the benefits of it in our countries. In this article, we will provide you with powerful prayer points for the nation with Bible verses you can use as a foundation for your prayers.

We’ll look at prayer points for nations, such as prayer points for the government and prayer points for government leaders, as well as Christian prayer points. The prayer points also cover various aspects of our nation, such as the economy, social issues, and spiritual revival, and general prayer points for the country.

We will also have examples of all kinds of prayers, such as Psalm prayer for the nation, spiritual warfare prayers for the nation, short prayers, prayer of repentance for our nation.

Prayer is not just a onetime event, but a continuous act of faith. As you pray for your nation, trust in God’s sovereignty and believe that He can bring about positive change. Just start praying and use the 27 prayer points for the nation with bible verses to guide you as you go.

(Includes prayer points for the nation with Bible verses Pdf!)

How do you pray for a nation?

First, why should we even bother to pray for our nation? Because God hears and answers prayers.

“The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.”

Psalm 145:18-19 (NIV)

The enemy goes round like a roaring lion, seeking who he can devour. We can see it all around us in our nations, so much is changing for the worse. As if righteousness is vanishing from the earth. To bring a stop to it, we also need to pray with everything we have (without ceasing, at all times), and ask God to heal our nations, bless our nations, turn wickedness into righteousness, prosper our nations, and bring peace and unity.

God wants to heal and bless our nations, but we first need to pray (and repent). We should stand on the gap in the wall and pray for our countries.

“I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land. I searched for someone to stand in the gap in the wall so I wouldn’t have to destroy the land, but I found no one.”

Ezekiel 22:30 (NLT)

How, then, do we pray for our nation?

Interestingly, there isn’t a right or wrong way to pray for our nations because the outcome doesn’t depend on us. It depends on our all-powerful God. And he is the one who said our prayers will avail much:

“The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.”

James 5:16 (NLT)

What Bible verse is used when praying for nations?

When you intercede for your nation, it is a good idea to pray based on the Word of the Lord. God’s Word is alive and powerful (Hebrews 4:12). Which Bible verse should you use when praying for nations?

Well, there isn’t just one specific Bible verse to use when praying for a nation. Many scriptures can serve as your basis for a powerful prayer for your nation. In addition, people may have their preference for certain verses to use when interceding for a nation.

My favorite Bible verse I use when praying for my nation is 2 Chronicles 7:14.

“Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.”

This Scripture links prayer to healing and forgiveness for the nations. It is a powerful promise in the Word of God. God is faithful—when He promises, He fulfills. The Bible verse also includes what our own attitude should be when praying on behalf of our nations: humble, seeking God above anything else.

With this in mind, there is one more thing to do before praying for your country. And that is to put on the full armor of God. Why? The devil is preying around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he can devour. He doesn’t want us to pray for our nations. So he will try to attack you personally, distract you, confuse you, etc. He wishes to keep his grip on nations. The more reason we should stand in the gap for our nations and intercede.

By wearing the whole armor of God, we protect ourselves. We place ourselves in the right position to pray for the nation.

“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”

Ephesians 6:11-13 (NIV)

Does this mean we should be afraid when praying for our nation? No! God is more powerful than the devil. And He has given us His armor to protect us. All we have to do is:

“Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

Ephesians 6:14-17 (NIV)

Now you are ready for spiritual warfare prayers for your nation!

What are the prayer points for a nation?

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Prayers become powerful when you use God’s Word as the basis for your prayers for your nation. Aligning with God’s word and God’s will is vital for the strength of your prayers. It will change your prayer topics into powerful prayer points. We can call this type of prayer: scriptural prayers.

There are 3 ways of using Scriptures to pray for your nation:

  • Pray the exact Bible verse: Some Bible verses can be used literally in prayer. Just read/speak the words of the scripture.
  • Rephrase the verse: other verses may need to be rephrased.
  • Use the verse as a foundation for your own prayer: all verses can be used as a foundation and then build your prayer based on the message and theme of the Bible passage.

In the next section, we will explore prayer points for nation with scriptures.

18 Powerful Prayer points for the nation with bible verses

You can use as many Scriptures as you like to intercede for your country. To get you started, I made an overview of prayer topics and the corresponding scriptural references. You’ll also find a prayer points for nations Pdf at the end of this section.

18 Powerful prayer points with Bible verses:

  1. Prosperity for the cities in the nation: Jeremiah 29:7 (NIV). “Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”
  2. Prosperity and blessings: Deuteronomy 28:12 (NIV). “The Lord will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none.”
  3. Families to turn to God: Psalm 22:27-28 (NIV). “All the ends of the earth will member and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him, for dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations.”
  4. Nation to make God their Lord: Psalm 33:12 (NIV). “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance.”
  5. Repentance and forgiveness: 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NLT). “Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.”
  6. Greatness: Job 12:23 (NIV). “He makes nations great, and destroys them; He enlarges nations, and guides them.”
  7. Holy citizens: 1 Peter 2:9 (NIV). “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
  8. The nation to be able to stand before God: Matthew 25:32-34 (NIV). “All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world’.”
  9. Fear of the Lord: Psalm 102:15 (NIV). “The nations will fear the name of the Lord, all the kings of the earth will revere your glory.”
  10. Peace of the nation: Psalm 122:6 (NIV). “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: ‘May those who love you be secure.”
  11. Unity and peace: Ephesians 4:3 (NIV). “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”
  12. God to raise peacemakers in the nation: Matthew 5:9 (NIV). “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”
  13. Fruitfulness in the nation: Ezekiel 34:26 (NIV). “I will make them and the places surrounding my hill a blessing. I will send down showers in season; there will be showers of blessing.”
  14. Disciples to arise in the nations: Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV). “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
  15. God’s will to be done in the nation: Matthew 6:10 (NIV). “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
  16. Righteousness and justice: Isaiah 1:17 (NIV). “Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.”
  17. Active Christians to rise: Matthew 9:37-38 (ESV). “Then he said to his disciples, ’The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.’”
  18. Protection and security: 2 Thessalonians 3:3 (ESV). “But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.”

Print out the prayer points and keep a copy in your Christian prayer room, so you can pray for your nation anytime you seclude yourself to pray.

I pray these prayer points to pray for the nation are an inspiration for your prayer life. If you desire to read more, you could consider starting 31 Days of Prayer for My Nation with the guidance of the book. You can also read prayer warrior Bible verses and pray along.

These are just examples of prayer points. You can personalize them and add your own specific requests for your nation.

Let your prayers be filled with faith, sincerity, and a heart that desires the will of God to be done in your nation.

9 prayer points for government leaders with Bible verses

When praying for our nations we can pray specifically for the country’s leaders—the government leaders. Why? Because that’s actually what God’s Word also asks us specifically to do in 1 Timothy 2. The kings, emperors, and those in authority represent our modern-day government leaders. If a country is governed by a king or queen, ‘king’ refers to them. Praying for them will ensure us a quiet life.   

Here are 9 prayer points for government leaders with Bible verses:

  1. Intercession for nation leaders to live in peace: 1 Timothy 2:1–2 (NIV). “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”
  2. Wisdom for government leaders to serve the Lord: Psalm 2:10-11 (ESV). “Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.”
  3. Wise advisors around government leaders: Proverbs 11:14 (NIV). “For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers.”
  4. Righteousness of government leaders: Proverbs 14:34 (ESV). “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.”
  5. God to turn the leaders’ hearts: 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.”
  6. Government leaders to grasp their God-given position: Romans 13:1 (NIV). “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.”
  7. The nation to respect their government leaders: 1 Peter 2:17 (NIV). “Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.”
  8. Godly leadership: Psalm 33:12 (NIV). “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance.”
  9. God to turn the leaders’ hearts: 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.”

I pray these prayer points for nation are a blessing to you and will fortify your intercessions for your country.

In the next section, we’ll explore intercessory prayers for nations Bible verse.

What is the powerful prayer for a nation?

All prayers are powerful if you pray with faith, sincerity, and a heart that desires God’s will to be done in your nation. That is what makes you a prayer warrior for God.

Here are 6 examples of powerful prayers for a nation, with the Scripture reference:

Scripture: Isaiah 58:12 (NIV). “Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.”

  • Short Prayer: Heavenly Father, our country is shattered. People are broken. Please, restore our nation. Let Your will be done in our country. In the mighty name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.   

Scripture: Psalm 113:4 (ESV). “The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens!”

  • Brief Prayer: Lord, we live in a nation of many different creeds. Despite our various beliefs, cultures, and identities, we acknowledge Your love and rule over everyone. Bind us with Your everlasting love. Amen.

Scripture: Psalm 84:1-2 (NLT). “How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of Heaven’s Armies.  I long, yes, I faint with longing to enter the courts of the Lord. With my whole being, body and soul, I will shout joyfully to the living God.”

  • Quick Prayer: Father God, I pray this nation will return to You and hide in your secret place. Pull the citizens of this nation to You. I pray they will desire for You with everything they have. In Jesus name. Amen.  

Scripture: Proverbs 9:10 (NIV). “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”

  • Quick Prayer: Almighty God, You are Lord over the entire universe. Let this nation recognize You as maker of everything. Let the fear of the Lord increase in this nation, so it may be well with us. Thank You. Amen.  

Scripture: Psalms 90:17 (NIV). “May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us—yes, establish the work of our hands.”

  • Short Prayer: Dear God, bring a change in the economic situation of this country. Let people be able to work for their daily bread. Let them be able to say “the work of my hands is blessed.” Bring a positive change, Lord. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.  

Scripture: Psalms 33:10 (NIV). “The Lord foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.”

  • Quick Prayer: Lord Jesus, bring a halt to every evil plan of this nation’s leaders. Too many bad things are happening in our country. Let Your will be done in this country, Lord. We rely on You. We trust You. In the Name of the Lord Jesus, we pray. Amen.   

What is an example of prayer for the nation?

Our prayers do not necessarily need to be long, as the length of our prayers doesn’t determine the power of prayer. Quick prayers can be as powerful as long ones.

In the previous section, we looked at examples of brief prayers for the nation with Bible verses. Now we’ll explore longer example prayers. Keep in mind these are just examples. The most important thing to do when interceding for your nation is to allow yourself to be guided by the Holy Spirit. We don’t know which principalities reign in the nation—but God does.

We can use current-day circumstances in our country to pray along, and we can pray general prayers for the nation. Open yourself to the presence of God and let the power of God infuse your prayers. Ask for divine wisdom. Let the spirit of the Lord guide you and just start praying.

Prayer for our country in crisis: Dear Lord, we are in times of turmoil. Our country is in a deep crisis situation. Wrong is seen as right, and right is seen as wrong. Lord, You said in Your Word that we should ask for the nations. I am asking for my nation. Please intervene. Let those in high positions turn their hearts to You. Let Your spirit of wisdom reign where national decisions are being made. May the body of Christ arise and take over. You also said You’d defend Your children. Right now, Lord, we are under attack. Protect us from seen and unseen enemies in the land. You are our strong tower in whom we seek refuge. May You become the refuge of this nation. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Prayer to destroy the strongholds in the nation: Father God, this is a great nation, but it is under attack. Evil spirits are trying to take control. But I know the whole earth and everything on it belongs to You. Wash this nation and its leaders with the blood of Jesus. Purify and cleanse us—all of us. Father, You are higher than anything below, on, and above this earth. Take control. Break the strongholds that reign this nation and let Your Spirit blow Your life into the nation. Protect God’s people against the enemy. Let Your will be done in my country as it is in heavenly places. Take Your rightful place and destroy the strongholds. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, the Name above every name! We pronounce liberty and freedom over this nation. We pronounce Your Kingdom come! Hallelujah! It is done. Thank You, Lord. Amen.

Spiritual warfare prayers for the nation: Lord God Almighty, You created this Earth and everything on it. It belongs to You. Wicked darkness and evil spirits are trying to bring this country into turmoil. Lord God, take control. In the Name of Jesus, we come against every spirit and power of darkness and all principalities of the evil one. They have been defeated on the cross. Christ Jesus took all power and authority. Sweep the land with Your Spirit, and bring repentance to every corner of the nation. We take our authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and we come against the army of the enemy, and it shall not harm us in any way. Father, take control over this nation. Throw away every evil spirit and power. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Prayer for spiritual revival in the country: Lord God, You are Holy. We worship You. You deserve all the praise. Father, revive this country. Let the spirit of unity flow through this nation and let the family of believers grow exponentially. We need a fresh revival so every knee will bow and every tongue confess that You are Lord. You alone reign high above. There are so many unbelievers in this country. Please draw them to You. We pray for the sake of those souls. You died for them as well. Let this be the time for the great harvest. Touch Your children and let them have a new desire for soul-winning. You are the Lord of the Harvest. Send Your laborers to bring in the bountiful harvest. We are ready to go and gather in. Thank You, Lord, for hearing our prayers. I know You are faithful. Amen.

Take-away prayer points for the nation with Bible verses

I pray you have been inspired to start praying for your nation. As Children of God, we can stand in the gap for our countries and ask for God’s intervention and blessings. It’s a powerful joint undertaking with God. Let the prayer points for the nation with bible verses guide you.

Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you the exact needs of your nation, whether economic, spiritual, social, etc. And don’t forget to pray for the government leaders.

If we stand up and intercede for our nations, expect to witness a significant global transformation!

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Praying for your nation can be done each day!