Here are three prayers that I hope you can use when praying for a community, city, or town.
Prayer for the Leadership
Holy God, my Father, thank You for the many blessings that our local community has. I pray for those who are in the offices that govern this community and county and that they make wise and godly decisions which are always in the best interests of the community. I am glad that we have the freedom to speak up and vote for those who oppose our set of values. Even if I differ from these leaders, I pray for them to be blessed by You God and also those who are in law enforcement. Please protect them in their line of duty so that they might protect those of us who have placed our trust in them. God, please bless these men and women in city government, the mayor’s office, the commission, and all elected officials and certainly those who put themselves in harm’s way like law enforcement, firefighters, and EMS workers. I am so thankful we have all of these and in Jesus’ precious name I pray, amen.
Prayer for the Citizens
Righteous Father, You know how we are all so connected by family, friendship, fellowship, and faith so we Christians should be united in praying for our local community and for those who have not yet trusted in Christ. It is for those who are separated from You God that we pray for, that You would open their minds to see their falling desperately short of Your glory (Rom 3:32) and that we all deserve only death but You offer all who would come to You eternal life, found only in Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12; Rom 6:23). Please help me and my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ to not be afraid to speak up and tell others that dying outside of having faith in Christ will result in eternal punishment (Rev 20:12-15). We should care enough about people to warn them about God’s wrath being on all who refuse to believe in Christ (John 3:36b) so put a tender heart for the lost in my chest. I ask all of these things for the glory of and in the name of the Great Son of God, Jesus Christ, amen.
Prayer for Protection
Father God, please protect our citizens in our community and those in the surrounding neighborhoods. I know that You have provided Your own rod of correction for our community through the local law enforcement agencies that You have sovereignly placed here and so protect us and so help us to protect our own neighborhoods too and to watch out for the interests of others (Phil 2:4). For those of us who have trusted in You O God, we know You are our protector and defender, and that ultimately I have no need to fear what anyone can do to me (Matt 10:28; Heb 13:6). Help me to depend on You in all circumstances and to know that nothing happens outside of Your divine will in my life because it’s always in my best interests (Rom 8:28) and so thank You for giving us these men and women in authority for our protection for I know that they are those who wield the sword for the You (Rom 13) and so I ask You to bless them and protect them as well as my own family and friends and in Jesus’ strong name I pray, amen.
I love Paul’s instruction in prayer that he gave to Timothy in 1st Timothy 2:-1-3 “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way” because “This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior.” Since the king was evil when Paul wrote this and many of the rulers were too, you’d think Paul would qualify that and say only pray for the godly kings and all who are in high positions if they’re Christians, but he didn’t and this shows us that we are to pray for those who lead and protect our nation, our state, and our local communities. That most obviously includes the military because they are often put in harm’s way for our sake and I thank God for them and their service to our country.
Article by Jack Wellman
Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon