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Session 22

Dear God, hear my prayers for our nation’s leaders

Read: 1 Timothy 2:1-3, Proverbs 21:1

We all know what it’s like to feel powerless. The person we voted for didn’t win. The board votes down the proposal we spent months working on. A friend or spouse ignores our advice and does what we told them not to. 

When what we think is the right thing isn’t what happens, what do we do? 

We pray. In 1 Timothy 2:1-3, the Bible teaches us to pray for the decision makers in our lives, regardless of their beliefs, political leanings, or attitude toward us. God places authority in our lives for many reasons: to bring order to chaos, to teach us humility, to give us opportunities to learn submission, and to free us from carrying burdens we weren’t meant to.  

While we cannot control the actions of others, prayer gives us direct access to the only person who controls everything. God is all-knowing and all-powerful. He can work through immoral kings and leaders just as easily as He works through moral kings and leaders. 

When we commit to praying for those in authority over us, we not only have the power to change a country, we get to see God’s faithfulness in hearing our cries and acting in our lives. 


Celebrate

  • What makes God easy to trust? 
  • What are some reasons you can be thankful that God is in control? Let God know why you appreciate His authority in your life. 


Anticipate 

  • When so much of our lives has been focused on local and national politics, it’s easy to forget that our ultimate authority does not reside on Earth. Take a few minutes to let God know what you’re looking forward to in His kingdom to come. 


Ask

  • Are you doing more praying or complaining about the state of our nation? Ask God for forgiveness for ways you haven’t represented Him well, and commit to praying for our leaders so that we may live peaceful and quiet lives, like 1 Timothy describes. 
  • What do you want to see God do in the hearts of our nation’s leaders? Ask God to give them wisdom, discernment, or anything else they need to lead our country well. 

1

Dear God, help me become more like Jesus

Dear God, help me become more like Jesus

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2

Dear God, guide my career choices

Dear God, guide my career choices

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3

Dear God, show me your presence today

Dear God, show me your presence today

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4

Dear God, I need you to come through big time

Dear God, I need you to come through big time

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5

Dear God, heal my body

Dear God, heal my body

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Dear God, help me to trust you with my money

Dear God, help me to trust you with my money

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7

Dear God, free me from this financial or relational burden

Dear God, free me from this financial or relational burden

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8

Dear God, I feel so alone

Dear God, I feel so alone

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9

Dear God, unite me and my spouse

Dear God, unite me and my spouse

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10

Dear God, guide my kids

Dear God, guide my kids

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Dear God, help me to believe for that relationship I’ve been waiting on

Dear God, help me to believe for that relationship I’ve been waiting on

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12

Dear God, help me to forgive others

Dear God, help me to forgive others

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13

Dear God, I’m worried about my friends

Dear God, I’m worried about my friends

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14

Dear God, help me to not give up on others

Dear God, help me to not give up on others

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15

Dear God, bless my pastors and church leaders

Dear God, bless my pastors and church leaders

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16

Dear God, save people in this place

Dear God, save people in this place

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17

Dear God, send people to do your work and give us opportunities to serve

Dear God, send people to do your work and give us opportunities to serve

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18

Dear God, may there be unity in the church

Dear God, may there be unity in the church

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19

Dear God, would you change the lives of the people in my group?

Dear God, would you change the lives of the people in my group?

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20

Dear God, help us to be bold when it comes to sharing the Gospel

Dear God, help us to be bold when it comes to sharing the Gospel

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21

Dear God, help me make sense of current events

Dear God, help me make sense of current events

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22

Dear God, hear my prayers for our nation’s leaders

Dear God, hear my prayers for our nation’s leaders

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23

Dear God, someone I love is sick

Dear God, someone I love is sick

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24

Dear God, where are you in natural disasters?

Dear God, where are you in natural disasters?

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25

Dear God, stop the violence

Dear God, stop the violence

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26

Dear God, deepen my love and appreciation of your Word

Dear God, deepen my love and appreciation of your Word

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Dear God, help me to not lose sight of your presence when things are going well

Dear God, help me to not lose sight of your presence when things are going well

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