Have you ever been in a small group or meeting where you had to pray in front of other people? It can be stressful. Sometimes we think a “good prayer” has to be complicated and flowery. In fact, sometimes I feel that way when it’s just me and God. The truth is, God doesn’t need complicated prayers; he’d much rather have prayers of sincerity. You don’t need to have a history degree, been to Shakespeare workshops or have attended seminary to pray for our nation. God cares more about your heart than what’s in your head. It’s better to say several short prayers throughout the day rather than be intimidated by the “perfect prayer” and never interceding for the nation at all. Join me in this simple prayer for America:
Your Word calls us to pray for those in authority over us (1Tim 2:1-4), so I lift up our president; may he seek your wisdom above his own and may his family be blessed. Give the gifts of discernment and leadership to those who negotiate with other nations on our behalf. Send the Holy Spirit to comfort military families who miss their loved ones while extending your hand of protection to those who are deployed. Above all, may your name be glorified in America.
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