God’s enemy is obviously
growing louder and stronger in our country.
Many people have been deceived and ensnared in the steal, kill and
destroy tactics as pride, hatred, lawlessness and violence ravage our land. Many
of us believers have looked the other way for a while, and now we are being tempted
to get caught up in the fray of who (what person or group) has said or done the offensive or ridiculous thing
today, but in reality, “… our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but
against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this
dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly
realms.” Ephesians 6:12: As the Lord’s people, we cannot out-argue the dark
world and spiritual forces of evil, but oh, we are an essential part of God’s
great victory as we fight the battle in the heavenlies through worship, prayer
and faith in our Almighty God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
of Prayer have been called throughout American history in times of natural
disasters, internal divisions and impending war. This year, two
significant and respected Christian groups have called the USA Body of Christ
to a National Day of Prayer and Repentance on September 26, 2020. These are not political or racial protests,
but a gathering of believers to pray FOR our nation. Franklin Graham (BGEA) is leading the
Washington Prayer March. See https://prayermarch2020.com/about/.
On the same day, “The Return” group is also praying throughout the day in Washington DC. https://thereturn.org/about/.
The purpose of this
National Day of Prayer is in 2 Chronicles 7:13-14 “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or
command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, 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 I will hear from heaven, and I will
forgive their sin and will heal their land.
are his people and are called by his name. He has told us in his word what to do
when his people and the land is being devastated: IF we humble ourselves
and pray and repent of the sins of our nation, then he will forgive us
and heal this ravaged land and people. If we do not respond to this call,
we may see our many precious freedoms lost to communism and the church coming
under severe limitations.
with your group or prayer partners to try to schedule a time on September 26th
to join in prayer with other believers.
If that day isn’t possible, your group can still join with other
Christians that are praying throughout
the period of September 19 – 28 (the Jewish Holy Day period.)
do we pray about?
Resources” document for prayer points and scriptures for the topics listed
below. Encourage people in your group to
download the Prayer Resources to use as a starting point and add other prayers as
God moves them on each topic. People who are reticent to “pray aloud” may be comfortable
praying a scripture from the resource. Keep the focus in this prayer time on praying for our nation. Remind people that they are praying with
others in the Body of Christ across our nation.
- Worship – use scripture, song and praise to
declare Him Lord of all you begin this prayer time.
- Seek God for forgiveness for the sins of our
nation and ask Him to cleanse and heal our people
- Pray for our government leaders and all those in
- Pray for our enemies
- Pray for our national Issues and the coming
- Pray for the Church
- Use the Prayer Focuses on the BGEA Washington
Prayer March route (in Prayer Resources)
Prayer walking is
a physical and spiritual way of invoking the LORD’s power to rout out the
powers of the dark world and establish our Sovereign LORD as Ruler over our
land and people. Although there is not a biblical instruction for prayer
walking per se, we see Dt 11:22-25 as a basis for prayer walking to cleanse an
and establish an area as the Lord’s. “If
you carefully observe all these commands I am giving you to follow—to
love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience
to him and to hold fast to him— then the Lord will drive out all these
nations before you, and you will dispossess nations larger and stronger
than you. Every place where you set your foot will be
yours: …. No one will be
able to stand against you. The Lord your
God, as he promised you, will put the terror and fear of you on the whole
land, wherever you go.”
We are not trying
to change things by our own strength or rhetoric, but we can set our feet and
pray for the people in our neighborhoods, schools, government buildings, local areas
of influence and areas of sin and oppression and crime. Walking these areas
enables us to see, hear and sense in the spirit things that need to be prayed
for that are not known at a distance. It
is often described as “praying on site with insight.” Prayer walking is a low
-profile act - a family, or small group. The purpose is not evangelism or
drawing attention to the group – it is invoking the presence of the Lord and
praying that He rout the enemy out of the land and set the people free to follow
Choose a place
and a time to gather. If you gather at a school or near government buildings,
encourage participation from everyone in the group rather than just one or two
do all the praying. If you walk a neighborhood, walk in groups of 2 or 3 and
each small group can use the Prayer Resources and pray. Wear a mask when
standing close to others out of consideration for your prayer partners.
to prepare ahead of time through personal prayer and to “put on the whole armor
of God” before they come to the prayer walk.