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Suggested Prayer Topics for the National Day of Prayer

  • 2003 30 Apr
Suggested Prayer Topics for the National Day of Prayer

If you wonder how exactly to pray for the United States, your state, city and church, you aren't alone. Observing the National Day of Prayer may seem a little overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be. Start with the following Scriptures and list of topics, and soon the prayers will be pouring forth.


I. Reflect on these scripture verses to set the tone for your observance of The National Day of Prayer.


If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. ~~ II Chronicles 7:14


Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He chose for His inheritance (v. 12).  ~~ Psalm 33:12-22


I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by My Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in My name, there am I with them. ~~ Matthew 18:19-20


Then Jesus told His disciples...that they should always pray and not give up. ~~ Luke 18:1


Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ~~ Philippians 4:6, 7


I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone-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 men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. ~~ I Timothy 2:1-4


II - THROUGH THIS PRAYER GUIDE, you will have an opportunity to petition God on behalf of our leaders and those who are in authority over us, as we are instructed to do in 1 Timothy 2:1-2. As you humbly come before the Lord and seek His face, please pray that these men and women will be granted divine wisdom, guidance, and strength to fulfill their important roles.

Pray for Federal Leaders

President: George W. Bush

Vice President: Dick Cheney

Secretary of State: Colin Powell

Secretary of Defense: Donald Rumsfeld

Secretary of the Treasury:

Attorney General: John Ashcroft

Secretary of the Interior: Gale Norton

Secretary of Agriculture: Ann Veneman

Secretary of Commerce: Don Evans

Secretary of Labor: Elaine Chao

Secretary of Transportation: Norman Mineta

Secretary of Energy: Spencer Abraham

Secretary of Education: Rod Paige

Secretary of Veterans Affairs: Anthony Principi

Secretary of Health & Human Services: Tommy Thompson

Secretary of Housing & Urban Development: Mel Martinez

Secretary of Homeland Security: Tom Ridge

All Branches of the Armed Forces U.S. Supreme Court

Pray for State Leaders

U.S. Senator

U.S. Senator

U.S. Representative


Lt. Governor

State Senator

State Representative

State Supreme Court Justices


Pray for Local Leaders

County Officials

Court Officials

City Officials



Police Department

Fire Department

School Authorities (public & private)

Pray for Our Troops:

Pray for their safety, their diligence, and that many will turn to God in faith.

Churches and Ministry Organizations

Courage and Strength

Ask God to help them:

* Stand strong in their convictions

* Be bold in their witness

* Meet America's spiritual needs

* Be a place of hope and healing

The Imprisoned and Persecuted

Protection and Unity

Ask God to help them:

* Endure their hardships

* Find joy in the midst of trials

* Encourage one another

* Find comfort in their faith

Mass Media, Cultural and Social Services

Wisdom and Knowledge

Ask God to help them:

* Reflect godly values in their work

* Be accurate and fair in their presentations

* Place a high value on truth and decency

* Be responsible with their influence

The Family

Blessing and Prosperity

Ask God to help families:

* Commit to the permanence of marriage

* Serve one another in love

* Be dedicated to each other

* Restore broken relationships

Personal Renewal and Moral Awakening

Reverence and Humility

Ask God to help us:

* Confess our sins

* Seek His direction

* Rely on Him instead of ourselves


We need to pray because the Bible commands us to (Matthew 6:5; Romans 12:12; 1 Thess 5:17). Prayer is how we communicate with God and participate in His works. It grants us the privilege of experiencing God, keeps us humble before Him, strengthens the bonds between believers and can succeed where other means have failed.

Why Pray For Our Nation?

God answers the prayers of His people, and in 2 Chronicles 7:14, He specifically emphasizes the importance of praying for our nation. Ask the Lord to bring about spiritual renewal across America. Pray that people will turn to Him and seek His will for our land.

Why Pray For Our Leaders?

The Bible instructs us to pray for "all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness" (1 Timothy 2:2). Pray that our leaders will seek God and endeavor to serve Him in a manner that is worthy of their positions of influence.

Why Pray For Our Communities?

Intercessory prayer has the power to change the place where you live. It is time that we took back our communities for the sake of God's Kingdom and covered them with our humble petitions. Pray for your own city or town, asking God to bless your efforts to reclaim your neighborhood in His name.

Why Pray For Our Families?

God designed the family to be a place of love, support, spiritual growth, and, of course, prayer. Now is the time to pray for this holy institution, which is currently under attack in our country. Ask the Lord to bring peace, guidance and healing to families that are struggling every day.

Why Pray For Our Youth?

The youth of today will grow up to lead Twenty-first-century America. Each day conflicting moral standards, violence, and the latest media scandals bombard them. In the midst of this turmoil, God is raising up an army of young people. Ask the Lord to make them bold and steadfast in their faith.

For more ideas on prayer, visit nationaldayofprayer.org or presidentialprayerteam.org

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