America remains at a proverbial crossroads. With each election, our nation is faced with the choice of who we will be and what our children will become. The polls, as well as our own encounters in daily life, reveal that we are a divided nation. Divided not as much by ethnic, economic, or educational factors as by worldview; the lenses through which we see and understand the world around us.
There are two competing worldviews locked in an epic struggle. There is a biblical worldview held by those who are followers of Jesus Christ and believe and live according to the truth of God’s word. Then there are a host of worldviews that find their commonality in the power and authority of human beings, what is described as a humanist worldview.
Possibly not since the first century of the church have we seen the reality of Jesus’s words in Luke 12:49-53 that His message is one of division. To be sure, those who accept and yield to His message can and should be unified as He prayed in John 17:20-21, but there can be no true peace and unity between followers of Jesus Christ and the world (2 Cor. 6:14).
Given this understanding of the world in which we live, what should be our course of action? For the sake of America and the rest of the world that is impacted by the choices of this nation at this point in the history of the world, we must pray!
Week 1: Family
Sunday, September 23
Marriage: Pray that marriages in America, beginning in the church, would reflect the holiness, faithfulness, and self-sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
Scripture: Gen. 2:24; Matt. 19:4-6; Eph. 5:25
Monday, September 24
Children: Pray that America, beginning in the church, would understand and embrace the sanctity of human life.
Scripture: Gen. 1:27-28; Ps. 127; Ps. 139:13-16
Tuesday, September 25
Parents: Pray for parents, that they would love their children by raising them in the fear and admonition of the Lord.
Scripture: Deut. 6; Prov. 3:5-7; Eph. 6:4
Wednesday, September 26
Children: Pray that children would obey and honor their parents that they might enjoy the blessing of God.
Scripture: Ex. 20:12; Prov. 15:20; Eph. 6:1-3
Thursday, September 27
Family Responsibility: Pray that families, beginning in the church, would care for one another and exercise fiscal responsibility.
Scripture: Is. 58:7; Mark 7:8-13; 1 Tim. 5:8; Matt. 6:25-34
Friday, September 28
The Home: Pray that in the midst of a culture that has rejected moral absolutes, creating an environment of hostility, uncertainty, and fear, that our homes would be a place of refuge, peace, and safety as we embrace the truth of God.
Scripture: Prov. 3; Ps. 91:1-2; Is. 32:17-18; Matt. 7:24-25
Saturday, September 29
Devotion to the Lord: Pray for the Christian families of America, that they would declare their unweaving allegiance to the Lord Jesus Christ and that through their bold witness, other families would be transformed by the truth of the gospel being lived out before them.
Scripture: Joshua 24:14-15; Phil. 1:27-30; Col. 1:9-13; 1 Pet. 1:13-16
Week 2: Church
Sunday, September 30
Leadership: Thank God for the godly leaders and pray that God would raise up more who can withstand the accusations of the opponents of the church.
Scripture: 1 Tim. 3:1-13; Heb. 13:17-18
Monday, October 1
Holiness: Pray for the sanctification and holiness of the church. We are called to be distinctive, different, and set apart for the Lord, which is essential to the church’s influence and spiritual power.
Scripture: 1 Peter 2:1-10; 1 Peter 4:12-17;
Tuesday, October 2
Forgiveness: Pray that Christians, beginning in the local church, will model forgiveness by forgiving one another for wrongs, regardless of who is responsible for the offense.
Scripture: Matt. 5:23-26; Matt. 6:9-13; Matt. 18:21-22; Mark 11:22-26
Wednesday, October 3
Unity: Pray that Christians would be united as one as the Father and the Son are one. Ask God to empower Believers to be unified in the understanding and application of God’s truth.
Scripture: Psalm 133; John 17
Thursday, October 4
Compassion: Ask God to give each and every Believer a heart of compassion and action for the needy, the powerless, and the defenseless.
Scripture: Isaiah 58; Micah 6:8; James 1:27
Friday, October 5
The Persecuted: Ask God to stir our hearts here in America for our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ around the world. Pray that God would use us to strengthen, encourage, advocate for, and provide for them and their families.
Scripture: Ps. 7:1; Heb. 13:3; 2 Cor. 1:3-11; Eph. 6:17-20
Saturday, October 6
Boldness: Pray that Christians will have the boldness to proclaim in word and lifestyle what Jesus declared – He is the way, the truth, and the life. No man goes to the Father, but by Him!
Scripture: Acts 4:1-31; John 14:6
Week 3: Marketplace
Sunday, October 7
Integrity: Pray first for Christian-owned businesses to operate with integrity and honesty in the marketplace. Pray also that other companies and corporations large and small would honestly conduct business.
Scripture: Prov. 13:11; Prov. 16:11; Lev. 19:35-36
Monday, October 8
Source: Pray that Christian business owners would recognize, understand, and acknowledge the source of their power to succeed.
Scripture: Deut. 8:18; John 19:11
Tuesday, October 9
Kingdom purposes: Pray that believers would see their businesses as gifts from the Lord to be used by the Lord for His purposes.
Scripture: Prov. 3:9; Acts 18
Wednesday, October 10
Boldness: Pray for Christian business owners to be bold and courageous; conducting business in a way that both acknowledges and honors the Lord. Pray that they would also be bold in evangelizing in the marketplace.
Scripture: Acts 16:11-40
Thursday, October 11
Protection: Pray that the Lord will protect Christian business owners who operate according to kingdom principles and boldly acknowledge God in how they conduct their business.
Scripture: Acts 18
Friday, October 12
Faithful and prosperous workforce: Pray that kingdom-centered businesses would attract and develop faithful employees that will cause their companies and employees to prosper.
Scripture: Ps. 112; Luke 16:1-13
Saturday, October 13
Responsible: Pray that the policies and practices of businesses/corporations would be moral and beneficial to the well-being of society. For those businesses that choose to use their influence and resources to undermine morality, pray that those resources would be entrusted to those who will honor God.
Scripture: Prov. 13:22; Eccl. 2:26
Week 4: Education
Sunday, October 14
Parents: Pray that parents, beginning with Christian parents would understand that education begins in the home with the truth of God. Pray that parents will understand that they can delegate the authority to teach their children to public or private school teachers, but they cannot delegate the responsibility. The responsibility is theirs; given to them by God.
Scripture: Deut. 11:19; Prov. 22:6; Eph. 6:4
Monday, October 15
Students: Pray for the spiritual, physical, and emotional well-being of the students in our schools. Pray that God would protect them from the destructive influences that they are exposed to each day. Ask God to use the Christian students and teachers to bring light to the darkness and hope to those who are hopeless.
Scripture: Ps. 23
Tuesday, October 16
Teachers: Thank God for the good teachers who have dedicated their lives to enriching the lives of others. Pray especially for the Christian teachers that their influence would be pervasive throughout their schools. Pray for the courage to be bold in teaching the truth and ask God to protect them from the schemes of their spiritual enemy.
Scripture: James 3:1-4; Acts 4:23-31
Wednesday, October 17
Truth and Morality: Ask God to restore the foundation of truth in education and rebuild the walls of morality around our children.
Scripture: Ps. 25; James 3:13-18
Thursday, October 18
Knowledge and Wisdom: Pray that the education of our children will focus on teaching knowledge and imparting wisdom rather than the indoctrination into moral confusion and chaos.
Scripture: Ps. 119:6; Prov. 1:1-7
Friday, October 19
Safety: Pray that the innocence of childhood would be restored and that the violence that has become commonplace in our schools from bullying and mass shootings would end. Ask God to open the eyes of our country to see the true source of this violence is not instruments of destruction, but rather the devaluing of each and every child that was created in the image of God.
Scripture: Ps. 5:11-12; Ps. 59
Saturday, October 20
Curriculum: Pray that schools will stop indoctrinating children with anti-biblical messages about the origins of life, human sexuality, and morality and that the truth will be exposed. These lies are destroying our children.
Scripture: Col. 2:8; Matt. 18:1-7
Week 5: Entertainment
Sunday, October 21
Stewardship: According to researchers, Americans spend three times as much on entertainment as they do on education. One study stated the average family spent at least 16 percent of their income on entertainment. Pray that Christians would understand that they have a responsibility to be good stewards of their time and money, which God has entrusted to them.
Scripture: Prov. 21:17; Col. 3:2
Monday, October 22
God-honoring: Pray that beginning with Christians, Americans would pursue entertainment choices that honor God.
Scripture: Col. 3:1-17; Phil. 4:8; Prov. 21:17
Tuesday, October 23
Hollywood: Ask God for a spiritual awakening in Hollywood. Pray that movie producers would stop producing destructive, humanist, anti-biblical movies and shows as Christians and others refuse to watch and support them. Pray for the believers in Hollywood, that they would be encouraged and emboldened to promote godly content.
Scripture: Neh. 13:15-21; Rom. 12:1-2
Wednesday, October 24
Professional Sports: Next to television and movie personalities, sports figures have tremendous influence in the American culture, especially upon young people. Pray that God would raise up responsible, godly role models within the sports industry.
Scripture: 1 Sam. 16:7; 1 Tim. 4:12; Eph. 5:1-33
Thursday, October 25
Sports: Sports can be very instrumental in the development of our children; teaching them to work with others to accomplish a collective goal. It can develop positive habits of physical fitness that can have lifelong benefits. But in a sports-crazed society, sports can become all-consuming. Pray that the sports that our youth engage in would help and not hinder their moral, spiritual, and academic development.
Scripture: 1 Cor. 9:24-27; 1 Tim. 4:8
Friday, October 25
Recreation: Ask God to give His people a greater understanding of the true nature and purpose of recreation. Pray that they would engage in entertainment that truly refreshes them and prepares them for greater service to the Lord and to others, rather than entertainment designed to escape the realities and responsibilities of life.
Scripture: Eccl. 3:13; Mark 6:31
Saturday, October 26
Addictions: Pray that people would have greater discernment about the addictive and destructive nature of activities like gambling, pornography, and the use of intoxicating substances, which many wrongfully consider entertainment. Ask God to expose the evil intent of those leading and promoting these industries. Pray for those struggling with these addictions that they would be free.
Scripture: Ps. 101:2-4; Matt. 5:28-30; Eph. 5:11
Week 6: Media
Sunday, October 28
Discernment. Pray that God would give His people great discernment in determining what media sources are trustworthy and what information to believe.
Scripture: Prov. 2; Heb. 5:12-14
Monday, October 29
News Media. Pray that God would open the eyes of those in the news media--reporters, journalists, and commentators--so that they will know and share the truth.
Scripture: John 8:31-47
Tuesday, October 30
Christian Media. Ask God to multiply and expand Christian media sources that have the courage to report and discuss the events of our time in the light of scriptural truth.
Scripture: Acts 5:12-16
Wednesday, October 31
Social Media. Pray that those who are seeking to control and manipulate the flow of information would be exposed and replaced.
Scripture: 2 Kings 6
Thursday, November 1
New Media. Pray that God would raise up and prosper new sources that are not conservative or liberal, but acknowledge and align with transcendent truth.
Scripture: Prov. 12:17-22
Friday, November 2
Attacks. Ask God to confound the producers and voices of those attacking biblical morality and truth in our culture. Pray that the unjust attacks on Christians and Christian ministries would be like the words of Balaam.
Scripture: Numbers 23:1-10; Acts 9:3-4
Saturday, November 3
Action. Ask God to break our hearts for what breaks His and for the Holy Spirit to lead us into action that will relieve the hurting and restore that which is broken.
Scripture: Neh. 1
Week 7: Government
Sunday, November 4
Righteousness. Pray that we would have righteousness at every level of government in America, beginning in our homes, asking that God would rule in our hearts and minds.
Scripture: Psalm 33
Monday, November 5
Responsibility. Pray that God would give His people an understanding of the responsibility that they have in selecting leaders that honor God.
Scripture: Exodus 18:13-27; 1 Timothy 3
Tuesday, November 6
Recognize. Ask God to give Christians in America an understanding of the unique privilege they have to govern themselves. In America, we are Caesar. Therefore, voting is our most basic duty that we must render.
Scripture: Matthew 22:15-22
Wednesday, November 7
Restore. Pray for a restoration of civic unity and order in America, which begins with an understanding of civil government’s limited, but God-ordained role.
Scripture: Romans 13
Thursday, November 8
Reverence. Pray for those who have been selected by the people to lead our communities, states, and our nation. Ask God to give them a heart of reverence for Him and His word, which is the foundation of understanding of the application of both justice and mercy.
Scripture: 2 Samuel 22:1-4; Psalm 89:1-18
Friday, November 9
Respect. Pray that the people of America would have respect for the leaders that have been placed in positions of authority. Pray for them so that we might live in relative peace.
Scripture: 1 Timothy 2
Saturday, November 10
Religious Freedom. Pray specifically that elected leaders will continue the restoration of religious freedom in both our domestic and foreign policy despite the persistent efforts of those who want to reduce religious freedom to the freedom of worship. Pray that this restoration of religious expression leads to revival in our nation.
Scripture: Exodus 5:1-3; Luke 21:12-19; 1 Corinthians 10:31; Galatians 5