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!

The Prayer Guide

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

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