Prayers for Our Leaders

A Prayer for Our Leaders

Dear Lord,
You are the source of all life and authority. Help those who are in authority within government to realize that they have received the gift of authority from You, so that they will be good servants of their people and faithful stewards of Your gifts, particularly Your gift of human life. Give them wisdom and prudence to know how to protect human life from conception until natural death.

Grant them the courage to ward off any evil forces which threaten the gift of life.
Help them to nurture and support human life through just laws and sound programs.
Give them the humility to acknowledge their failings and seek Your guidance, help, and strength. Amen.

Our Leaders

Omnipotent Father,

You are all-powerful!  Even Your thoughts produce action.  I pray for our leaders in the government.  Lord, they also have power, though it is limited.  I pray that they would use their positions wisely, for You are the One who has allowed them to lead us.  We need strong men and women of faith in these kinds of roles.  I pray that our men and women in authority will strive to live godly lives and to repent when necessary.  As in Animal Farm, “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.”  If there is any corruption, I pray that our leaders would repent and ask for forgiveness, so that our country doesn’t fall apart.  I thank you for our leaders and pray for their safety.  I love you Father!  Amen

A Blessing for Our Leaders

Eternal God, Fount of wisdom,
we ask you to bless the national leaders we have elected,
grant that through their discussions and decisions
we may solve our problems effectively,
enhance the well-being of our nation,
and achieve together a fairer and more united society.

The New Zealand Prayer Book

Prayers For World Leaders

Loving Father at a time when there is increasing unrest and growing fear of what is coming on the earth, we bring before You the leaders of the various nations of the world and pray that in Your grace and mercy You would intervene and help those that are suffering so greatly in so many nations.

We pray that world leaders would seek after wisdom and justice, mercy and truth, freedom, godly grace and a desire to know You more and more. We pray that those that are deliberately opposing Your will and pushing an anti-God agenda would be removed from their office and that their plans and purposes would be exposed, and become ineffective.

We grieve for those that are living in war-torn countries of where there is much blood-shed, corruption and unrest in their governments and pray that in Your pity and grace You would intervene – by removing corrupt leaders and replacing them with those of integrity.

But Lord we also know that until the Lord Jesus returns as Prince of Pease to set up His millennial kingdom.. the current unrest, wars and rumours of wars, corruption and distress will continue – and so we pray that You would be merciful to those that are suffering.. due to the increasingly unrest and fear that is sweeping the nations of the world today – this  we ask in Jesus name,


Prayers for Our LeadersPray for government leaders and their families

God, thank You for the men and women who serve our country in leadership roles and for their families. Please provide our leaders with reminders each day of why they decided to dedicate their lives to public service, and use that commitment to encourage them. Give them peace when their work takes them away from their families. We also pray specifically for the wives, husbands, and children of our leaders. We ask that You draw near to them and give them the wisdom on how to best support one another while their loved one is away working. 

Prayer For The Leaders Of All Nations

Lord, I come to You today to pray for the nations of the world and their leaders and governors. Whether a nation is governed by a king or queen; a prince or president, a prime minister or some other form of governance, we pray for each one – that they may fulfil Your plans and Your purposes, in whatever they do – in their lands. 

We ask Your blessing on those that are seeking to follow Your ways and we pray for Your pity and mercy on those that are deliberately defying You as the Creator God. 

Lord we know that You are the One that places rulers in their high positions of honour and You are also the one that removes leaders from their elevated perches – and we pray that in Your grace and mercy You would look down on the nations of the world and intervene with those that are severely oppressing their own people. 

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord and whether at a national level or in local governance, we pray Your blessing on those men and women that are seeking to follow Your way, as they implement their authority – but Lord we also know that the opposite is true and that those who defy the living God will come to no good… 

Have pity Lord and convict the leaders of our nations to turn to You – and protect the people that are having to live in nations with a corrupt or evil government – and may the Lord Jesus Himself return very soon to set up His perfect kingdom in this world – when the earth will be filled with a true knowledge of You, in Jesus name we pray, 


Pray for softness in our leaders’ hearts

Lord, thank You for leaders who care about issues impacting the most vulnerable. We ask that You help all leaders to care for people in need, especially children. Press on the hearts of constituents a desire and drive to reach out to their government leaders on issues surrounding global poverty, and soften leaders’ hearts toward these issues.

Prayer for Those in Statecraft and International Relations

Sovereign Lord, We pray for the people who are charged with representing our nation as they bridge culture, race, and religion to painstakingly negotiate terms of trade and forge alliances of security. May they view their task as sacred and be filled with hope, creativity, and endurance so that the bonds they forge among nations may bring mutual benefit and lasting peace.

Lord, help our leaders to look beyond grand palaces and corporate offices to consider carefully the effects that the policies they are creating will have on the humble homes of average citizens. May America be girded by the spirit of cooperation and generosity that recognizes the needs of others alongside our own so that the entire world might enjoy a common wealth of food, drink, shelter, education, and recreation.

Lord, may America not succumb to imperial temptations; rather, through persons of character, remind us of our shared religious heritage of servanthood. May we use our power in concert with the international community so that we might together bring in a new era marked by justice and peace.

— Paul Brandeis Raushenbush in Prayers for the New Social Awakening

Prayer For Our Government Leaders

Dear Lord, we lift up all those that are in leadership position in our government, both locally and nationally and may they be endowed with wisdom, strength and justice to administer their duties in a manner that is right and pleasing in Your sight. 

Give them the wisdom to rightly and justly administer the law and to carry out their judgements and decisions in the fear of the Lord. 

Keep our leaders from adopting humanistic laws, which are so contrary to Your truth. Guard their consciences from being seared by so much that is flooding the corridors of world power today and give each one wisdom, insight and integrity in the decisions they have to reach – and may we live peaceably in this land as we wait for the any day return of the Lord Jesus Christ to take His church to be with Him into heaven, in His name we pray, 


Prayers for Our Leaders

Give us, O God,
leaders whose hearts are large enough
to match the breadth of our own souls
and give us souls strong enough
to follow leaders of vision and wisdom.

In seeking a leader, let us seek
more than development for ourselves —
though development we hope for —
more than security for our own land —
though security we need —
more than satisfaction for our wants —
though many things we desire.

Give us the hearts to choose the leader
who will work with other leaders
to bring safety
to the whole world.

Give us leaders
who lead this nation to virtue
without seeking to impose our kind of virtue
on the virtue of others.

Give us a government
that provides for the advancement
of this country
without taking resources from others
to achieve it.

Give us insight enough ourselves
to choose as leaders those who can tell
strength from power,
growth from greed,
leadership from dominance,
and real greatness from the trappings of grandiosity.

We trust you, Great God,
to open our hearts to learn from those
to whom you speak in different tongues
and to respect the life and words
of those to whom you entrusted
the good of other parts of this globe.

We beg you, Great God,
give us the vision as a people
to know where global leadership truly lies,
to pursue it diligently,
to require it to protect human rights
for everyone everywhere.

We ask these things, Great God,
with minds open to your word
and hearts that trust in your eternal care.

Joan Chittister, OSB

Prayer For The Leaders Of Our Country

Heavenly Father, we praise and thank You that You are the most High God Who rules in the kingdom of men and that You set up leaders in their various offices and remove them by Your mighty will.

Father we lift up the leaders of our country and all those that You have set up in places of authority to rule and govern our nation, both political and religious.. and we pray that they would rule our land and the many institutions with wisdom and integrity.

We pray that each one would carry out their various responsibilities with honesty and for the benefit of the nation. Clothe each one with righteousness and justice – and we pray that all selfish ambitions would be laid aside and that Your plans and purposes are fulfillled for the well-being of all citizens. 

May Your ways be know in our country and Your name be lifted up in the corridors of power – and guide our country we pray into the ways of peace, justice and truth – this we ask in Jesus name,


Prayer for the Rulers of the Nations

Today, O God. I hold before you the rulers of the nations —
Kings, Queens, Presidents, Prime Ministers — all who
are in positions of supreme leadership.

I can be quick to criticize: help me, Lord to first enter
their dilemma. On most issues of state I have the luxury
of withholding judgment, of not committing myself,
of sitting on the fence. Even when I have an opinion,
it has little influence and seldom any consequence.
Not so with rulers of the nations.
To the extent that they really lead, they must
make decisions, even if they are poor ones.

Help these leaders, O God, in the loneliness of their decisions.
Put wise counselors around them.

Take, I pray, the bits and pieces of virtue that are
in each ruler and cause them to grow and mature.
And take all the destructive motives and cause
them to vanish like smoke in the wind.

Lord, I know that many — and perhaps most —
rulers do not know you, nor do they seek you.
But you seek them! Help them see how good right decisions are.
And where decisions must be made that are not in their
own interest, deepen their sense of duty. Having seen
the light, give them the courage to walk in the light.

— Richard J. Foster in Prayers from the Heart

Prayer For Truth In Our Country’s Leadership

Lord Jesus, I come to You astonished and saddened by the many lies that are being perpetrated in some of the highest corridors of power in the land and it seems that no one can or will do anything to address what is effectively a clamp-down on truth. 

Father for too long I have allowed the evils that seem to be swamping our world in general and our country in particular to wash over me, but Lord there are so many evils that have ravaged our people… and goodness and truth seem to be a thing of the dim and distant past – especially the truth of Your Word. 

Lord forgive me for not opening my eyes earlier to what is going on – but I pray that You would use me now to lift up my brothers and sisters in prayer.. who are being aggressively attacked, ridiculed and even persecuted for righteousness sake – for speaking the truth. 

Look down in pity on Your children and on all who are being systematically targeted by a government that is causing increasing number of people to find themselves in severe hardships – having lost their homes and families – their livilhood and dignity. 

Lord we know that nothing is going to change the downward spiral that we are currently facing – but Lord I pray that despite the disasters we face, that You will bring good out of evil – I ask Lord that the lies that are being perpetrated in some of the highest corridors of power in the land will be the tool that will bring many people to salvation in Christ Jesus and bring them to trust in the eternal truth of Your word.. for until You come to set up Your millennial kingdom on earth nothing will breach the tide of evil that is sweeping over our land. Have pity on us and our country and guide us into all truth we pray, in Jesus name we pray, 


A Prayer for Our Nation

May we as a nation be guided by the Divine
to rediscover the sacred flame of our national heritage,
which so many have given their lives to safeguard;

Let the wounds of separation and division be healed
by opening our hearts to listen to the truth on all sides,
allowing us to find a higher truth that includes all;

May we learn to honor and enjoy our diversity
and differences as a people, even as we
more deeply touch our fundamental unity;

May we, as a people, undergo a transformation
that will draw forth individuals to lead our nation
who embody courage, compassion, and a higher vision;

May our leaders inspire us, and we so inspire
each other with our potential as individuals
and as a nation, that a new spirit of forgiveness,
caring, and honesty be born in our nation;

May we, as a united people, move with clear,
directed purpose to take our place within
the community of nations to help build
a better future for all humankind;

May we as a nation rededicate ourselves
to truly living as one nation, under God,
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

And may God’s Will be done for the United States,
as we, the people, align with that Will.

Corinne McLaughlin and Gordon Davidson in Prayers for Healing edited by Maggie Oman

Prayers of HopeA Prayer for Our Government

Father, I bring the needs of our government before You and ask You to bless our nation through godly leaders. I magnify the Name of Jesus and declare that He is Lord over this nation.

Father, I pray according to 1 Timothy 2:1-3 which says, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour.”

I pray, in the Name of the Lord Jesus, for our president, the vice president, all the Cabinet and the chief justice and associate justices of the Supreme Court to receive the wisdom of God, to act in obedience to that wisdom and for the power of God to flow in their lives.

I pray for the members of the Senate and the House of Representatives to find Your peace and direction, and for these men and women to act and lead according to Your Word. A house divided against itself cannot stand, therefore, I pray for them to be unified in righteousness for the sake of the nation.

I pray for Your protection to cover all our law enforcement officers and the men and women of the military. I ask for godly counsel and wisdom for judges across this land. In the Name of Jesus, I pray that You and Your kingdom of righteousness be manifested in the hearts of all those who are in authority in any way.

Father, Your Word says to pray for the peace of Jerusalem because those who love Jerusalem shall prosper. Lord Jesus, because You love Jerusalem and wept over it, I love it also. I pray for Jerusalem to receive the shalom of God, which brings wholeness—nothing missing, nothing broken. I pray that no leader of our nation will make any decision that will harm Jerusalem in any way. And in the Name of Jesus, I pray that You reveal Your perfect will to all the leaders of Israel. I ask You, Lord, to reveal Yourself to each person. Thank You, Father, for hearing my prayers that are in accordance to Your will. I receive the answers, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Guide Our Government Leaders

Father, I’m praying for (name them) and other government and community leaders throughout our towns, cities, states, and nation…

Save those who are not yet Your own. Give those in authority wisdom in every decision, and help them to think clearly. Grant them discernment and common sense so they’ll be strong and effective leaders. (Titus 3:5; James 1:5; Proverbs 3:21)

Help them to lead and govern with integrity, and may their integrity guide them and keep them on track. (1 Kings 9:4; Proverbs 11:3a; Psalm 78:72; 1 Timothy 2:1–4)

Be merciful to give us leaders who are Spirit-filled and follow Your principles. Direct their steps according to Your Word— for their decisions have a great impact on our lives! (Ephesians 5:18b; Psalm 119:105, 133a)

Be their defender and protector, and keep them always on guard. Help those who are Christians to be strong and courageous, standing firm in their faith and influencing others for Your kingdom. Encourage and strengthen them, giving them the wisdom they need. Help them to have courage and faith in You, no matter what they’re facing day-to-day. (Proverbs 23:11; Psalm 41:2a; 1 Corinthians 16:13; Deuteronomy 1:38; 3:28; 2 Chronicles 1:10a; Acts 27:22, 25)

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

by Jim & Kaye Johns

Prayer For Spiritual Leaders

Pour out Your Spirit we pray, on Christian leaders and those that are guiding or teaching a little flock of believers, so that there is an reawakening of the desperate need for each Christian believer to stand transparent before our God – and to give the Holy Spirit permission to search out the inner thoughts of our hearts – so that He may identify each and every area of our inner life that grieve Him or quenches His working within our lives.

Lord we all need to repent not only individually but as the body of Christ for the careless ways into which so many of us have slipped. Help us to remember the spiritual heights from whence we have fallen and to return to You and Your standards. Help us to seek Your face, not only individually but corporately – as the body of Christ and as Your representative Church on earth.

We pray that this may be the inner challenge for many leaders and pastors as well as those whom they lead – and we pray that you would give each one a deep desire for their own inner cleansing and sense of spiritual brokenness before You, so that those they teach and those who learn would be similarly challenged to lay bare their own hearts before the inner scrutiny of the Spirit within

Revive the hearts and spirits of those that have been gifted as pastors or called to be elders in their various church groups and assemblies. May each one seek Your face for their own inner cleansing and give them a renewed urgency to humble themselves before You, so that they encourage others to keep their eyes on Jesus and come to a realisation that without You we can do nothing – in Jesus name we pray,


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Prayer For Our Church Leaders

Loving Father we thank You for our Church leaders that You have appointed 

I pray that they would love Jesus with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength, and that their ministry would never steal from them their first love, Jesus Christ. I pray that they would love and serve their wives and family with glad hearts and that their family would have love for the ministry instead of resenting it for “stealing” their husband and daddy away. 

I pray for a passion; for conviction and dedication to their calling and to Jesus Christ. I pray that they will walk in confidence while kneeling in humility as gentle shepherds who care for their sheep. I pray for encouragement in their faith and ministry, and against those who attack, slander, harm, or speak evil against them. I pray that their teaching and preaching will be accurate, true, bold, convicting, encouraging, anointed, and Christ-centred. I pray that God will guard them from burnout and depression. I pray that they will never fall prey to envy, jealousy, insecurity, or comparison. I pray for their holiness and purity, and against lust, affairs, love of money, and pride. 

I pray for rest spiritually and physically, and that they know that it is not their ministry they are leading, but God’s. I pray that they will finish better than they started. I pray that they will take time to have fun, do things they enjoy, spend time with their wives and play with the kids, and get away often to find peace and solitude. I pray for God to raise up people around them to assist them, serve them, honour them, encourage them, pray for them, admonish them, and protect them. 

I pray that ministry, teaching, preaching, and leading will never become a chore for them, but that it would always be a joy and blessing to serve the Lord and His people with kindness and gladness, and that they would enjoy every aspect of leading, whether easy or hard, for the glory of God. 

I pray these things for pastors and leaders. I hope all of us will pray for them and for one another.”

For Christians in Leadership Positions

Loving Lord we bring before You the many leaders of the world, and those in high positions, knowing that the nation whose God is the Lord is a blessed nation indeed. We pray for those leaders around the world, who are seeking to abide by the truth of Your law and we pray that they my be tools, used by You, to maintain justice and righteousness in their respective positions and nations. 

We particularly lift up those men and women whom You have called into national leadership positions and pray that they will give You first place in their lives and seek You diligently in prayer when they are called upon to make difficult decisions that affect the lives of so many people. 

Lead and guide them into all truth and guard them from the ridicule that Christian leaders of our nations inevitably have to face in a world that has predominantly abandoned the truth of Scripture. 

Lord we lift up all kings, governors and those in high positions and pray that You will bring many to faith in the Lord Jesus, so that we may live peaceably in this world into which You have placed us. 

Protect our nation O Lord we pray, and bring us back to a nation whose God is the Lord, in Jesus name we pray, 


For Youth Leaders And Their Youth Groups

Heavenly Father we lift up the many youth groups and ministries that are seeking to share the gospel of Christ with young people today and particularly we ask you to lead and guide those that are in leadership positions. 

We ask that You would give each one the wisdom, strength, authority and grace that they need to lead youth groups, and may they not be ashamed of sharing the gospel, but rather be challenged to reach out to each and every young person – and show the love of Jesus in their actions, attitudes and speech. 

We ask that You would keep any evil influences away that would seek to disrupt their groups and that You would give them the wisdom and grace not to conform to the ways of the world but rather run their youth group on true biblical principles. 

Father we pray that You would use the youth groups around the globe to reach out to both unsaved and Christian youth so that they may not only come to know the Lord as their Saviour but begin to grow in grace and in a knowledge of the Lord Jesus – to His praise and glory, in Jesus name we pray, 


Prayer For Leaders To Come to Know Jesus

Prayer Heavenly Father we acknowledge that You are a gracious and merciful God but we also know that you are also holy and righteous and cannot and will not look upon sin.

Be merciful we pray to the nations whose leaders have turned their backs on You and the Lord Jesus Christ, Whom You sent to die for their sins – be merciful we pray to all those in positions of power who are seeking to implement a humanistic and anti-god agenda. Be merciful we pray to those men and women in high places that are seeking to remove all vestiges of Christianity and the One true God from their nation’s laws and rules – and protect all those that are believers in the Lord Jesus we pray.

Look down in pity on those that are under such leadership and are required to live their lives under a godless regime – and we pray that in Your loving-kindness and great mercy You would deliver them from the tyrannous rule that that has replaced the truths of God.

Have mercy on the leaders who have deliberately rejected Your path of truth and justice and bring them to saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ we pray, in Jesus name,


Godly Preparation For Leadership In Ministry

Dear Lord, You know the desire of my heart and how You have been gently leading me to this very point in my life. Thank You for all the lessons I have learned so far and make me willing, I pray, to continue to be ready to listen to Your gentle promptings. 

Lord I come to You as I make preparation for the next step in my life and ministry. Lord I want to remain right in the centre of Your will and ask that by Your love and grace You would continue to give me Your gracious promoting along my path. 

As I prepare to move into this new position of leadership in this exciting ministry – keep me low before the cross and may all I say and do be guided by You alone. Keep me from hankering after the praises of men but rather Lord give me a teachable Spirit, that comes from You, so that I may be pleasing in Your sight. 

Endow me with wisdom and give me the servant spirit of Christ that I may lead by example – and keep me Lord from compromising the truth of Your Word and may I run the race that is set before me with patient endurance, looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of my faith, in Whose name I pray, 


Prayer For Future Leaders

Loving Lord, we thank You for the heritage and gift of children and recognize that among today’s young people we have those who will become future leaders, teachers and pioneers – and who may one day become influential in forging the future direction of our society and take up the responsibilities for leading families, nations and the church into the future.

Lord we pray that they may be endowed with wisdom and grow up in the fear and nurture of the Lord… Direct and govern their steps we pray, and may they find favor with God and man – being grounded in integrity and honesty, wisdom and grace.

We pray that they may walk in righteousness and truth.. humility and grace and seek to live in peace  with all men – without compromise and without prejudice. May they keep the Word of God as their protective shield and be guarded against the lies, deceit and envy of fallen man.

Guard and guide those that will become societies future leaders, teachers and pioneers and may they hold fast to that which is good, live in peace with one another –  admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone – never repaying evil for evil, but always seeking after that which is good for one another  -and to Your praise and glory, this we ask in Jesus name,


Scriptures to Pray for our Leaders

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. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.—1 Timothy 2:1-4

Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth.  Serve the LORD with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling. Psalms 2:10-11

For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers. Proverbs 11:14

The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will. Proverbs 21:1

He makes nations great, and destroys them; he enlarges nations, and disperses them. Job 12:23-25

My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, 2) turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding— 3) indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, 4) and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, 5) then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. 6) For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. 7) He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, 8) for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones. Proverbs 2:1-8

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