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HOW TO INTERCEDE FOR LEADERS YOU DON’T LIKE

Father, help us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us- like it says in Your Word.

Have you been wondering why you should intercede for people you don’t like? Have you been at a loss for words for HOW on earth to pray for people whom hate God and hate everything He stands for?

If so, I want to encourage you today with the Word of God—and equip you to pray in power even for people you don’t like.

First, why should you pray for people you don’t like?

This is the easiest question we address today: we pray for people we don’t like because Jesus commanded that we should. For example, in Matthew 5:43-48, Jesus told us:

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.”

The Word of God is clear that we should pray for people we don’t like—even for people who persecute us. But why? WHY would the Lord command us to do such a thing?

The answer is twofold:

  1. According to Matthew 5:43-48, obeying God in this area makes us like Him. After all, each and every one of us were God’s enemies before we gave our lives to Jesus. Yet, God in His mercy forgave us. We deserved to die in our sins, but Jesus gave His own life for us while we were yet sinners (Romans 5:8); while we were still the enemies of God.
  2. We are to pray for people we don’t like because our prayers open the door on the earth for God to move.

Psalm 115:16 tells us: “The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s; but the earth He has given to the children of men.”

This means that the Lord has delegated stewardship of the earth to us. Jesus has ultimate authority, but He has made us His “middle-managers,” if you will. And since He has delegated stewardship over the earth to us, placing us in authority over it, He needs us to pray and ask Him to move in order for Him to have permission to move on the earth. (For more about the authority delegated to us, read President Biden’s Administration and the Sovereignty of God.)

This is why your prayers are so important, even when you’re praying for someone you don’t like.

But you don’t have to pray the same way for the ungodly as you do for the righteous—and that’s a big key to effective prayer.

When you’re praying for the righteous, you can and should pray for all the blessings to come into their lives that God promises to the righteous! After all, they meet the conditions! Anyone who is obeying God has the right by covenant to receive all of God’s blessings!

But people who are not obeying God do not meet the conditions to receive His blessings. For those people, therefore, we must pray differently. We pray:

  1. For them to be saved and give their lives to Jesus, for it is not God’s will that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
  2. We ask the Lord to change their hearts and make them aware of their need for Him.
  3. We ask Him to convict them of their sin; to show them Jesus, so they will know what righteousness looks like; and to convict them of judgment, showing them that there is no hope or future in their sin.
  4. We ask God to loose Heaven into their lives and that He would change their hearts so that such a blessing is even possible.
  5. We pray that the Lord would bind them and prevent them from doing evil.

John 16:7-11 says this:

“Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they do not believe in Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.”

Holy Spirit’s job on the earth is to convict the world—to convict both sinners and the righteous—of their sin; of what righteousness looks like and why they need to be righteous; and to convict them of judgment. Therefore, our prayers along these three points release Him and give Him permission to work in this way among the wicked.

Additionally, however, we also need to pray to bind evil. As an intercessor for the great nation of America, this means:

  • We ask the Lord to give us righteous leaders.
  • We ask the Lord to remove any leader who is not leading the country into the ways of God.
  • We ask the Lord to restore the great Restrainer of evil—Holy Spirit Himself—into our governments at every level (including at the local level), so that evil will be restrained and prevented.
  • We ask the Lord to compel our leaders to walk in the ways of God and speak the words of God, even if they have zero intention of doing so.

Remember the story of Balaam in Numbers 22? Balaam was paid by a wicked ruler to speak curses over Israel. However, the Angel of the Lord—whom the Bible indicates is the preincarnate Christ—came personally to stand against Balaam, saying: “Behold, I have come out to stand against you, because your way is perverse before Me” (Numbers 22:32b). In this passage, someone who claimed to be from God was exposed by the Lord Himself as walking in perversity, and God Himself came to stand against him!

However, the story didn’t stop there. The next day, even though Balaam’s way was perverse, God placed His own words in Balaam’s mouth and he spoke a major blessing over the people of Israel—despite that fact that he had begun his journey and been paid to do harm to God’s people!

Wow! What a story!

We actually see scenarios repeated over and over like this in the New Testament. One after the other, pagan kings rise up in the nations around Israel—but God uses them to accomplish His own purposes toward Israel. Yes, sometimes those purposes are for discipline. Sometimes, however, God uses the pagan kings for the preservation of His people … and sometimes He converts them.

The ways of God are perfect, and they are past finding out.

This doesn’t mean we should ever agree with lies or injustice.

We should never turn a blind eye to evil. We should never “look the other way” and ignore anything that goes against the Word of God.

As it says in Isaiah 8:20: “To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” We have to remember this: our convictions, prayers, and conversations must remain 100% aligned with the entirety of God’s inerrant, infallible Word—the Bible.

But it does mean that we must pray for our leaders, for our family and friends, and for everyone else—whether we like them or not.

We must ask the Lord to accomplish His purposes in them and through them. We must remember:

  • That God loves sinners as much as He loves His children;
  • That the heart of God breaks whenever He sees anyone caught up in sin; therefore, we must pray in sympathy with His heart so that His plans can come forth.

When we see things from God’s perspective, it suddenly becomes easier to pray that His Kingdom would come and His will would be done on earth—even in the lives of people we don’t like—just like His will is done in Heaven. When we are willing to admit that God can work even the plots of men out for the good of His people and His Kingdom, then it becomes easier to pray along those lines.

Again, the people we are praying for don’t have to have any intention of honoring God in order for God to use them. God is able to use people, nations, and kingdoms for His purposes even when the people are completely unaware that He is doing so.

So beloved, in these trying times, I encourage you: Don’t fall into sin by refusing to pray for those who hate you. Let’s respond rightly, in accordance with God’s Word, whether you are faced with a neighbor you don’t like, a friend who mistreats you, or a national situation or leader you’d rather not pray for.

Anything less is rebelling against God.

The truth is that we, as intercessors are not accountable for the actions of people for whom we pray. However, we are accountable for responding rightly, and for obeying God in personal holiness by yielding to His command to pray.

Therefore, beloved, if you are dealing with someone who hates you, please understand that God loves them too. Pray that righteousness and justice, which are the foundations of God’s throne, would be established in your life and in the lives of every person around you. Pray for every person and situation in sympathy with the heart of Jesus, that Jesus would no longer be grieved.

And as we pray, let’s believe God together that He really meant it when He said:

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).

Check out this warning about not praying from leaders from an IFA intercessor: I’M NOT GOING TO MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE AGAIN

Jamie Rohrbaugh is an author and speaker who equips people to walk in the manifest presence and power of God. Jamie blogs for a global readership at FromHisPresence.com, where she writes about radical prayer, the prophetic word, the supernatural lifestyle, inner healing, and Kingdom wealth. She is a frequent contributor to Charisma Magazine, The Elijah List, Spirit Fuel, and various other ministry outlets. You can download her free ebook containing 555 names of God for prayer and worship here(Photo Credit: Unsplash.)

Will you pray today for God to use all of our national, state, and local leaders for His purposes—even if they intend otherwise? If you choose to obey God in this area, leave a comment below!

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  1. FINALLY this issue is explained to me in a way I understand! The idea of blessing one’s enemies not only disgusted me, but it was confusing, because why reward sin? Thank you, Jamie, for clarifying so beautifully for us that blessing our enemies means being Christlike, praying for the wicked to repent of their sin, for them to be saved, and then to do the right thing. We were all enemies of the cross at one time. God is both just and merciful.

  2. Excellent article. I’ve tried to read it several times and was interrupted often but I saved it because Holy Spirit wants me to know better how to pray for those that oppose God’s ways and remind me that I said I’d pray and follow His leading.

  3. My prayer is that Biden and Harris would have a Saul/Paul moment while he was on the road to Damascus. It’s really hard to pray for leaders we don’t like, however Jesus commands us that we should. God has a plan amid this storm, may we trust Him. God’s will be done.

    Amen! 5
    1. I pray from Acts 26:18: “Open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins & a place among those who are sanctified by by faith in Jesus.” God’s word is always more powerful than mine & I can be confident that I am lined up with his will if I pray his word. I’m asking God to make my heart line up with my head as I obey his directive to pray for my leaders. I figure this has as much to do with my own sanctification (no more self righteousness!! no more judging others!! no more relying on men more than God!)as the salvation of those I criticize.. Blind men can’t see & deaf men can’t hear–applies to my own blind & deaf areas as much those of others. Whittling away at my pride.

      Amen! 1
  4. People like to quote 1 Tim. 2:1-2 which instructs people to pray for kings and leaders, however, most don’t read further down to v. 3-4. There Paul says to pray for their salvation and for them to come to the knowledge of the truth. People should be very careful praying for anything else or for these leaders’ demonic agenda. Listen closely to the Holy Spirit before praying for anything beyond their salvation.

    Amen! 8
  5. LUKE 6:27-38
    If we are to be like Jesus and love Him we must obey Him, and pray for Him to give us willing, grateful and faithful hearts – Hearts like His own.

    Amen! 2
  6. As Christians we’ve always known to pray for our enemies, but as time goes by it is truly getting much harder! Thanks for the biblical reminders that it is God’s will that we do, as difficult as it gets…we aren’t done yet!

    Amen! 11
  7. One time in my past, I was alienated from God, as I was ignorant of the truth of personally receiving and professing Christ as my Savior. I was in a church, doing the motions, but God seemed far away and I was trying to work my way to heaven. That cannot be done, dear friends. It cost Christ Jesus much at Calvary for my soul–a sinner!! I am no longer my own. I owe Him every breath! Isn’t God precious to us, who have come to know Him as Lord and Savior? This article is very good. Christ prayed from the cross for His enemies and I am called to do the same. It is hard in the flesh…but our Lord will help us all to obey His teachings by the workings of the Holy Spirit to love our enemies. He also has given us the power of spiritual warfare and provided us His strong weapons in prayer as found in Ephesians 6 as we stand against the forces of evil in our day. The power of prayer changes things! I later learned my neighbor across the street had prayed for my salvation for years! Her testimony has borne fruit in me. How thankful I am!!! Lord, teach us and help us to pray according to Your will for our leaders and country.

    Amen! 18
  8. Thank you for the above article. I have a salvation list that I pray for people daily. On that list is also people that have harm me, my family, my nation, Israel and others. I ask God for their salvation but I ask him to stop their evil ways. I ask that they might be taken down from their throne of pride and rebellion so that they might be humbled enough to receive Christ. I believe the best blessing would be to receive my JESUS. This also releases the bitterness in my heart. Thanks again for being such a blessing in my prayer time.

    Amen! 12
  9. I have been guilty of not praying for some leaders who seem so hard and “hell-bent” on having things their way. But I see now, we cannot know what is in someone’s heart, or if that person has become reprobate. Only God knows who is or is not reprobate, so it is our job to keep praying for these leaders no matter what the appearance may be. Who knows whether God will have mercy on them and on our nation as He did on wicked Nineveh in the time of Jonah!

    Amen! 14
  10. Wow! Jamie thank you for this article. I never thought about it this way. I pray the ones submitting to evil be saved but I never thought about God using them even if they are not saved. Thank you for a new perspective in my prayer life.

    Amen! 11
  11. This is the most encouraging articles I have read to date! Thank you. I know I should be praying for this administration, but have not been able to mouth the words due to their seeming hatred for everything having to do with God and principles upon which this country was founded. God gives no exclusions, so I will pray. In the whole of God’s plan, this is a quick blip, but Eternity is f-o-r-e-v-e-r.

    Amen! 13
  12. I love reading & praying with the Intercessor each day. I know God works in my life & that of our beloved country. I believe that God can move mountains but we must bring the shovel. Prayer with the Intercessor lets me let go & let God. Thank you!

    Amen! 10
  13. As Christians we must always pray for our leaders no matter who they are, even if we don’t like them and even if they are our enemies. Jesus asks us to pray for our enemies, and we should ask God to convict their hearts of their sins and pray for their salvation.

    Sadly, I do sincerely believe that some people on the earth today cannot be saved because God has turned them over to a reprobate mind. They want nothing to do with God. They hate God.

    Reprobate in the Bible means that God has rejected and abandoned those who did not want God. Those who did not want His Righteous, His Cleanliness, His Purity or His Holiness, so God turned them over to a Reprobate Mind, because they did not like to retain God in their knowledge.

    These people were Reprobate because of their hatred toward God and their rejection of Him, therefore they are without any hope of being saved. No hope of Salvation.

    Jeremiah 6:30 Reprobate silver shall men call them, because the LORD hath rejected them. 

    Silver that could not be refined was considered worthless (reprobate) and was rejected.

    We see many today that openly hate God and want no knowledge of Him. It is evident in their sins and their support of sinful legislation that goes against God and the Bible.

    They want to destroy Christian’s freedoms and liberties. They have totally perverted God’s established laws for mankind. They hate God and do not want any knowledge of Him. They want to destroy Christianity and seemingly have no conscience at all concerning sin. They actually celebrate sin and want to establish sinful laws against God.

    In Pastor Tony Evan’s Study Bible,
    he says “The closer God’s rule is followed in society,
    the more ordered society will be. The further God’s rule is removed from culture, the more chaotic cultural becomes”. (end of quote)

    It is very sad and concerning to me to see many that have embraced these evils against God. Many of these may have been completely turned over to a reprobate mind. Their conscience has been seared like a hot iron. They have no hope of Salvation.

    Romans 1:28 “And even as they did not like to retain God in their 
    knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;”

    Either they don’t have a conscience or their conscience has been seared like a hot iron.

    1st Timothy 4:2
    Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared 
    with a hot iron; 

    Let’s all pray for all of our leaders all the time, and pray for those who are in sin that they do not become reprobate with God, having no hope of Salvation, no hope of Heaven.

    In Jesus name Amen.

    Amen! 21
  14. I appreciate this article. I have been struggling with this issue. I will pray for our current leaders through the power of the Holy Spirit. Thank you for your thoughts on this!

    Amen! 17
  15. We can pray for them as stated above, and praise God in His sovereignty, America set up laws so when leaders become tyrannical, we can also have them recalled and be in full compliance/obedience of the law and order of the constitution of the U.S.

    e.g. the RECALL GAVIN NEWSOM petition to have that oppressor of God’s people and the people of CA removed and replaced by someone who doesn’t hate the ways of God / attacks churches. CA people can sign it here: https://recallgavin2020.com/

    We can pray for our enemies whilst not wanting them to rule over us, and God made a way for us through our laws to drive out those who are a terror to good works. Praise God!

    Amen! 9
  16. Thank you, for reminding me that there is power in our words. To say I have been disappointed in the outcome of the election would be an understatement. I found that I was growing bitter and cold quickly. The Lord reminded me that He spoke and the power of His words created. Our words are powerful they create or destroy. I choose to create good with my words. Today I have repented of my sin against God and have asked the Lord to create in me a clean heart.
    Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

    Amen! 10
  17. This is indeed a timely word and I am relieved to see I am not the only one having a hard time in this area. I was more inclined to want to call down fire HA HA. I’m grateful for this article to set my thinking right and inline with what the Lord wants. May he give each of us the proper desire and the right words Amen

    Amen! 10
  18. I have been convicted about not doing enough fasting. There early churched believed fASTING AND PRAYER was the most powerful weapon. Many people feel called to fast on Bread and water on Wed and Fri. …to be fair..it is not wonder bread -it is hardy multigrain bread…I admit I have not been able to give up my daily cup of coffee but then I switch to tea….so it is a baby step in the right direction.

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  19. I wish just asking the Lord yesterday to help me in this area…Was having a very hard time praying for our current administration… To me I felt as if I were praying for Satan to repent…now I know that that was wrong… Thank you for this article it helped me to see instead that it is doing God’s will

    Amen! 11
  20. My sweet sister sent this link to me and I must say I did not feel like reading it. God intended for me to however. I have been so heart broken over how the election went and over and over have questioned God why he would allow Biden and Harris to win the Whitehouse (which I still believe they did not) knowing the evil that follows them. As I continued to read God spoke in His kind and gentle way softening my heart. I will pray for the hearts of Biden and Harris. But first I must ask for His forgiveness for I have been very unkind with my words toward these two. God’s holy word never fails.

    Amen! 16
  21. I am so greatful for this post, my prayer group and myself last night were discussing how we are approaching this subject as individuals and combining thoughts. This is a great outline and tool to follow to stay in the will of God and accomplish needed prayer tasks for the new administration and others who are difficult to pray for , thank you

    Amen! 12
  22. This has been something I have been struggling with and now, because of God’s Holy Word, I can pray for the enemies of America and people I know who don’t believe God exists and aim to destroy our great nation for their own sinful purposes. Thank you so much for explaining this and showing me God’s powerful Word so I can please Him and pray for all men. Glory be to God in the highest.

    Amen! 11
  23. These “leaders” are mere pawns in the enemy’s camp. Satan’s forces are found in the spiritual realm. They manipulate and lure anyone who is Godless and vulnerable. Way too many have fallen for the lies. We need to remind ourselves where the battle lies. God has invited us to join the battle. We have been given Kingdom Keys of authority according to the Word. We can bind and loose. We can declare His living Word that does not return void. We can pray Holy Spirit would penetrate someone’s soul and spirit. We can plead the blood of Jesus over people that blocks the enemy’s invasion and opens the atmosphere that could lead to salvation. We can worship and call His presence into the atmosphere.
    Lord, heal our broken hearts. Revive Your weary intercessors and give Your vision. Quicken us when our hearts wander from Your purpose. Strengthen us and keep us on track to fight the battle along side You. Give us wisdom, discernment and knowledge to interceded and hit every target straight on. Show Your faithful remnant how to pray for true righteousness, justice, freedom, and restoration for America. We declare You reign over the nations and victory is at hand. Release Your Spirit like never before and bring true unity and unwavering faith among the Body of Christ. Cause every eye to be fixed on You. No turning to the left or right. Cover every believer with the precious blood of Jesus. As deep cries out to deep cause our spirits to be aligned with Yours. Your army of spiritual soldiers are marching onward in confidence and assurance Your, oh Heavenly Father, will never leave us or forsake us. We can declare boldly that Your are the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. You reign over the nations You created and the victory is Yours. All in the mighty name of Jesus.

    Amen! 14
  24. This was a wonderful article that was really an answer to prayer over the struggle for praying for wicked people. However, I do not agree that God loves sinners, he loves “REPENTANT SINNERS” to leave out the word repentant gives the impression that even though I am wicked, God loves me anyway so there is no need to change. Sin does not become sin until someone commits it, so I also do not believe that we can separate the sin from the sinner without REPENTANCE. Our task is to overcome the natural man which Lucifer uses as his plaything, by taking upon us the name of the Savior. Through all this turmoil and upheaval and all the rhetoric being tossed about I have begun to think that we equate our definition of love as the Heavenly Father’s definition, and I am beginning to think the two are different. I had a Hindu friend, in a discussion about the differences in our religions tell me “The Hindus have a god for everything, so we have many, but you Christians only have one God and you try to make him human, instead of making yourself divine.” Although we can only go from our own experience and what we have for comparison I fear my friend was right. It definitely bears some critical thinking on my part.

      1. We are always sinners, even after his dying for us. Repentance of those sins is what makes that dying effective in our lives. God demonstrates his love in thousands of different ways. His dying did not free us from sin, it allowed us to repent and bring ourselves back in line with Him. The natural man is the enemy of God. Unless we repent with a broken heart and contrite spirit His dying will mean nothing. His dying does not cleanse us of our sin, His dying provided the opportunity to repent and make things right with Him. I could cite scripture after scripture to this effect but I have found that usually lead to what I call “scripture” bashing and I do not participate in that folly. God is not like an earthly father. He cannot nor will He overlook sin, He will not make excuses for it, and He most definitely will not eliminate the consequences for it. I understand where you are coming from. I was there once myself, but through prayer, study, and trying to understand the Savior and His mission in context this is where my journey has led me.

        Amen! 1
  25. I thank GOD for this article because it has really opened my eyes to what kind of prayer really pleases Him. I am truly convicted and am asking The LORD to please chang my prayer life.Please pray for me.

    Amen! 8
  26. I am now praying for God to reach those in the Biden administration, in state, county, and local governments so that they turn to God even if they don’t want to and find their answers in God. Let them all feel the peace of God and the love of God and the Truth of God — and express that in their daily walk and conversation. Therefore, all is well just as the Shumenite woman said even though her son lay dead in their home. He, of course, was brought back to life. She trusted in the healing power of God. I trust in the healing power of God.

    Amen! 11
  27. Difficult choice as I hate what is coming at us and I have not known how to pray. I thank you for giving me clear vision on this. I have been praying something similar to what you have spoken but when the news comes that we are killing babies in other countries too it puts a knife in my heart and I believe in God’s also and we will reap what we sow….may God have mercy on the obedient and righteous ones in Jesus name amen

    Amen! 10
  28. Thank you Lord for this article! I have written down the prayer points for leaders who don’t know God and for interceding for America. Some I’ve already been praying, but some I’ve not been doing. The Holy Spirit really convicted me to prayer with compassion and love for those I don’t like.

    Amen! 11
  29. The title of the article refers to praying for “leaders” we don’t like, yet the author proceeds to conflate the word “people” for the word “leader,” beginning in the first sentence. Words either justify or condemn. Words matter in the Courts of Heaven – especially legal words.

    That being said, this article is accurate, wise teaching to know how to pray for those we don’t like.

    However, if a bank robber has moved to a different country with his plunder, we don’t pray for him to be surrounded with wise counsel and use the loot for good. Never. We don’t refer to him as the legitimate owner because, well … sovereignty. We continue to call him out as a thief and pray accordingly. Joe Biden is not our leader or president.

    The sooner we operate in truth, the sooner it can set us free. 🙂

    Amen! 5
      1. EAN, I wrote this The Word and Spirit forbid me to congratulate an illegitimate president: POWERFULLY confirmed in scripture

        https://swordandspiritwriter.com/2021/01/22/the-word-and-spirit-forbid-me-to-congratulate-an-illegitimate-president-powerfully-confirmed-in-scripture/

        …because the Lord used that episode you mentioned to confirm His Word to me about this too. I was so happy to see it confirmed in scripture. I have the most peace praying for our deliverance and protection FROM Joe and that administration. And justice for them for arrogantly exalting themselves in the land and mocking God through their heist. Yes, I pray for their salvation but not knowing the hardness of their hearts, my main focus is on them being driven out ASAP and replaced by righteous VALID leaders. Not self-appointed thieves.

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  30. I certainly am so happy to have read these comments and I will with all my heart pray for our leaders in the White House in the states in the cities and all over. So blessed that my eyes were open ed. This article is helping me to know how to pray better and for the right reasons.. God bless.

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  31. Lord, reveal the election fraud for all to see, so that President Donald J Trump takes his rightful place. Work in the hearts of the current “leaders,” if there is anything good left in them. If you see that they are too evil to help, may you thwart all their plans until they are replaced with leaders who value life. Now they want THEIR pro-abortion stance to trump the Supreme Court. Babies are dying by the millions. Save them. In Jesus’ name, Amen
    https://www.theepochtimes.com/white-house-announces-it-will-codify-federal-abortion-law_3667860.html?utm_source=morningbriefnoe&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=mb-2021-01-23

    Amen! 13
  32. Thank you for this encouraging message. Indeed, it truly is saving us from succumbing to frustration and dismay. It is giving clearer meaning to the prayer, Let God’s will be done. Distinguishing praying for the righteous and the unrighteous is surrender to the will of God. Simple as I am, I thank you for interceding for my impulse to seat in judgment of those who I disagree with, but yes, praying for those who we do not like is obedience to the Lord. Thank you for the clear distinction you sought to outline in praying for the goat and sheep. May God unveil the eye of the blind that they may see, unplug the stuffed ears that they may hear and give them a heart of flesh that they may welcome the Good News of Salvation that the Lord is about to come. God loves both and God’s will be done. I draw encouragement from this article and it is very apt, indeed for Followers of Christ even today. God blessings.

    Amen! 12
  33. Yes I will pray for God has ask us to, that I will do.
    I’ll also pray that the Church as the body of Christ would now start being a part of the Government. And not leave it up to the ones in there now!
    We as the Church are supposed to be involved. But the Church set around and just complained. So here we are Church. Get involved!!!!!! Pray of course but get involved!!

    Jo Bradley

    Amen! 18
    1. We were deceived for years, told that we weren’t to get involved in anything worldly, to stay separated from politics. Well, we didn’t, and evil took over. Hosea 8:4 says they have set up kings, but not by me. Now we Christians know what we must do. Our main weapon is still prayer, but we must pray first, then get up and go do something to help bring about the cause of Christ.

      Amen! 4
  34. This is a hard time, to see the results… after so much intercessory prayer and active work in this election. We truly mourn!! It is hard to watch what is happening and it is hard to absorb.
    It is clear, Biblically, that God smiled on Trump/Pence and not Biden/Harris. And, then, every door was shut to bring the election fraud and these machines before a judge! And the Georgia election on January 5th did not “smell” right either! It is clear from all of the numbers that have been given to us, through our President’s legal team, that our President won! So, after all that we invested, now this?!
    As the inauguration happened and the events preceding it, I then started to perceive that there is something “Bigger” going on! God has allowed the darkness to come into power in DC. He also allowed this plague (virus) almost a year ago! Now, it appears more of the unborn will be slaughtered.
    There will be even moreso the lifting up of sexual deviancy. More anti-God forces now have the reins in Washington, D.C. and on and on with unwise decisions that will come forth.. We prayed because we saw all of this to be a possibility.
    It is SO against what pleases God and this is what we get after all the investment of ourselves for that which honors God?

    The book of faithful Job is about God’s Sovereignty. Job did not understand what happened to him and neither did ANY of his friends!

    Now,the whole country gets to watch all that will play out in Washington, DC and the nation. It will be on full display.
    For God to allow evil to have this victory is SO non-sensical that it is CLEAR to me that our Sovereign God has something BIGGER going on here so I/we need to trust him on this and keep our faith in Him and keep praying! God can wake up this President and Vice-President and members in the new Administration if He so chooses. He is the one who changes hearts. We are to pray for our leaders and if our Lord says we are to pray for our enemies, then who am I to question that, (no matter how I feel)? He is the Creator who can just SPEAK the universe into existence! WHO am I to question a command given to me or even a suggestion by the Lord? I do not have to like it, just obey. After all, when I pray, I find that prayer for people or a situation actually ends up changing me as well. Plus, when I obey the Lord, my emotions start coming in line with his truths. I have to take care of my feelings and acknowledge them but they cannot have the power to dictate my life. Feelings can lie to us about an event, if they are not lined up with the truth. And, face it, there is a lot we do not understand here!
    Yes, we are clearly a divided nation. Jesus said that a house divided against itself cannot stand. We cannot unify with people on anti-Godly terms. We cannot unify on Socialism. At this point to unify means to unify on their terms. So, I pray for God’s will in whatever He is attempting to accomplish here. He is clearly doing it his way and not my way (or our way) so,we should keep praying and keep trusting, especially when nothing makes sense, then our loving and all knowing God has us exactly where he wants us to be!
    And, I might add, that it is okay to wrestle and struggle to get to this point. It is how we grow. It is the growing pains that change us. Obeying him will get us to where we should be in all of this.
    He has heard our prayers and knows what he is doing here. It is okay to say, “Lord, we do not understand but we will and we MUST keep trusting you. Please enable us to not lose heart and please show us what you would have us do next. You truly love us. Your will be done, Lord” In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

    Amen! 27
  35. Thank you! I knew I was supposed to pray for our new leaders but other than salvation I did not know how. I now not only know how but also realize the scriptural importance of doing so.

    Amen! 5
  36. Thank you, I always appreciate your words. Can you give clarity to the following. I have people asking me these questions and how should I answer.

    1. “The gates of hell shall not prevail against the church:” loosing our freedom in worship sounds like the gates of hell would prevail.
    2. Was all the good God did through President Trump, in vain.
    3. Should we not expect God to intervene and save these unborn babies.

    Thank you and may the Lord continue to bless you and the work that you do.

    Amen! 2
  37. I will continue to play for the Biden administration much the same way as I prayed for the Trump administration:
    “If my (Let your) people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
    Please eradicate any and all corruption in the election process and reveal and expose, indict and convict where it has happened or could potentially happen. Let there be safeguards added to prohibit repeated corruption offenses where they have occurred. Please allow all the branches of government to still function with all the newly elected officials. For the good of our country. Please help them reduce and eliminate all excessive debt and spending- for the borrower becomes the lender’s slave!

    Dear Beloved God in Heaven,

    Please give us a president that loves this country and all the good things it stands for.

    Please give us a president who respects you as the one true God. Please surround him with enough righteous advisors and wise counsels to help him make good decisions.

    Please give us a president who will, with your help, assist to bring this nation to times of unified, peaceful greatness and glory, the way you allowed her to be created. Please let him remove the evil of his deeds from Your sight. Let him cease to do (or speak) evil, let him learn to do good; seek justice, reprove the ruthless, defend the orphan, plead for the widow. Let him unabashedly proclaim and maintain good law and order. Guide him also to discern and strike down BAD laws! (Especially laws resulting from the EPA’s 2009 “Endangerment Finding”!). Help our government to address the out of control burden of federal debt in such a way as to get rid of it (especially with respect to future generations!) – WITH LESS AND BETTER SPENDING! Let your people refute every tongue that rises against you or any aspect of Your will.

    Let those be put to shame who persecute me, but let me not be put to shame; let them be dismayed, but let me not be dismayed;
    bring upon them the day of disaster; destroy them with double destruction. (Jeremiah’s prayer)

    Please help us to respect and be grateful for what you have given us and not take anything for granted.

    Please God, weaken the evil and strengthen the good, especially within his administration and also throughout the country and the world. Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil! Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

    May our eyes be opened. In Your name, Amen

    Amen! 11
  38. Thank you so much for this encouraging word. My heart has been so heavy with all that has occurred. God is good. As I sat down this morning and checked my email for your comments, I was delighted to see your article concerning how to pray for leaders who have a wicked agenda. Thank you for being a shining light in a world of darkness. God is truly sovereign and has a plan. Praying that I may see things from His perspective. May I be a prayer Warrior who prays in God’s will and trusts Him completely.
    May His kingdom come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
    Amen

    Amen! 18
  39. We do not curse people, but we curse the demons and principalities and wickedness in high places. We pray as in psalms that God would break their teeth and cheekbones and for them to fall into their own pits they devised against God and his people. This is what I pray for the treasonous leaders and we know who they are.

    Amen! 9
  40. A timely and needed article. In continually trying to see the big picture from His eyes, no doubt we need guidance like this in how to pray.
    I’m pretty sure 99.99% of us know that Biden was elected through multiple fraudulent means. That most certainly makes him an illegitimate president. Yet we are still stuck with the present situation and therefore we must obey God’s word and pray accordingly. We have too because choosing not to places us in a sort of box that we can get trapped in. I still am praying that all this corruption will come to light and accountability. But I am “learning” that I have to pray for the other things Jamie has guided us through. It’s not easy but it is necessary in order that we stay in God’s will.
    May God give us all strength in these trying times.

    Amen! 11
  41. I pray to our Lord that the evil ones working on behalf of we, the American citizens, but have evil plans for our citizens and great land – I pray to our Lord to purge them of their wicked ways. If they cannot follow you, then I pray they purge from authority and rule here and from our wonderful earth. In Jesus precious name and blood. Amen

    Amen! 14
  42. Absolutely I will pray for all levels of government! Regardless if they are believers or not. I love my Lord and want to be obedient to him, please him. We need to humble ourselves before God and pray as we are told to. I really appreciate the article today. A great reminder and eye opener as to why and how to pray for those who are not easy to pray for. Actually it’s simple. Pray with God in mind and God does not want anyone to perish. Seek Gods direction. As Christians, there’s always hope. Especially when seeking God and doing the right thing. God is in control. God Bless America. Christians unite in prayer. ❤️

    Amen! 12
  43. Thank you for this article. I confess that this will be hard, but I understand that this will be the work of the Holy Spirit as well. I confess that my thoughts have been wrong and I ask the forgiveness of my Holy Father in Heaven. I ask for cleansing and a renewed mind and heart. I will pray for the hearts and minds of those who are acting against the Will of God to be changed by the power of the Holy Spirit.

    Amen! 15
  44. This is a prayer the Lord give me many years ago for government leaders, etc. Father, I pray for the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of government and the news media from the national level all the way down to the local level. I pray and invite Your Holy Spirit into all these levels of government and the news media. May He strengthen the godly, draw the ungodly and for those not drawn unto You, move them out and replace them with godly, Spirit-led men and women, May all those mentioned in this prayer bow their knee to the Lord Jesus Christ and if they do not, remove them from their positions of power over me and the United States of America. In Jesus’ Name

    Amen! 21
  45. This is so true and His Word must be obeyed for us to fulfill as His servants. Facing the enemy and staying in a loving spirit is not easy. It must be soaked in prayer. Thank you for reminding us of these things.

    Amen! 6
  46. I dont know if I agree with this line in the article “He needs us to pray and ask Him to move in order for Him to have permission to move on the earth.” Where in the Bible does it say that God needs permission to do ANYTHING? I honestly would like to understand that statement. Can someone explain? Other than that, this is a great article.

    Amen! 6
    1. Marilyn, good questions.
      1) Gates are a defensive mechanism, not an offensive one. The church wins as soon as it starts plundering hell on purpose, wresting the lost people out of Satan’s grip. Very few bother to actually do this; but when we do, we win.
      2) None of the good God did through Pres. Trump was in vain. Good is never in vain according to the Scriptures.
      3) Of course we should expect God to intevene and save the babies! We must pray now for this more than ever before—pray and throw ourselves into the cause of LIFE for the unborn and children. We should also and always pray for righteousness and justice to be eatablished in all things. This is the Word of God, and God’s Word never changes, no matter who sits in governmental positions in any nation.
      Blessings,
      Jamie Rohrbaugh

      Amen! 1
  47. This is helpful in how I frame my prayers. I am so disgusted by their pro abortion and disregard for life. I am frightened by their Marxism. At this time I pray for Deliverance from them and their evil ways. I pray Psalm 94.

    Amen! 10
  48. This is one of the hardest things I deal with in my personal life. The cheating, self serving, arrogant, so called representatives, who care nothing for our well being, truly disgust me. This writing does show me how little my mind is. What prompted me to pray? Page 3, “We ask the Lord to remove any leader who is not leading the country into the ways of God.”…”We ask the Lord to compel our leaders to walk in the ways of God and speak the words of God, even if they have zero intention of doing so.” Like Balaam.

    Amen! 19
  49. I lived many years next to an apartment house filled with much evil. There were drugs, foul language, total lack of respect for neighbors, there was death, there was a shooting, fighting, yes, many drugs. Once a man died in one of the apartments and when authorities went in there were all kinds of satanic occultism signs on the walls and other paraphernalia. Anyway, everyone in the neighborhood including me who was trying to raise two good kids…absolutely hated this place. It had a slum lord who didn’t care about it and did not care about the neighborhood. He lived some place else. The point is we hated that place, we cursed it constantly. We wished for it to burn down. We hoped for it to be condemned. We hope someone rich would come in and buy it, tear it down and turn it into something else. Never happened. The longer we lived in our little house across the street to it and cursing it every day the more troublesome it became. I even prayed for all of these curses to come upon it. It just grew worse. I asked God to move us but nothing ever opened up and it seemed we were stuck. So, then in the midst of the struggles and seeking ways to get rid of this trouble in our lives. Jesus took me to these same scriptures you share about loving and praying for your enemy. I was also learning about the power of the tongue and the power of Words. I slowly changed my prayers and my words towards the apartment building and also slowly changed my feelings of hopelessness to, yes, there is hope for the people and the neighborhood and for that building. As I prayed blessings and salvation freedom for these captives, I even started to see the people as people and not as demons. They needed The Light in their lives. They needed The Blessinging. They needed Jesus as much as I need Him. How many years the building on the corner was a curse and it was a perpetual curse even before we moved there it had been deemed the cursed corner of the neighborhood and everyone avoided it as much as possible. It was harder for us though because we were right across the street. Oh it was horrible times but it turned around when my prayers changed. When I decided to follow Jesus and do what He asks His people to do. There began to be shifting in attitudes, shifting in the types of people who were moving in…it quieted down so much. Then after it got very quiet and not the big trouble making bully house on the street we were released to move and move we did. It was actually an incredible transformation in the place and in me. I know that blessing with your thoughts, prayers, words and deeds work miracles and Jesus does too.
    His people are called to BLESS and NOT TO CURSE…LOVE and NOT TO HATE…THAT IS WHAT MAKES US THE SALT AND THE LIGHT IN THE WORLD…any natural man can hate and curse…there is always someone there to get under your skin, to ruffle your feathers, to put a cloud over your sunshine if you let it happen. BUT GOD…HE HAS GIVEN US POWERFUL WEAPONS TO REPELL the darkness…LIGHT‼️ Do as your Savior who is your LORD and MASTER tells you to do and in all your doing add to The Kingdom of Light for your LIGHT WHO IS CHRIST IN YOU WILL BE THE HOPE OF GLORY to a world in great need of hope and LET THEM SEE HIS GLORY IN YOU.
    BLESS YOU HOLY SALTY LIGHT BEARERS

    GOD IS THE AUTHOR OF THE BLESSING
    MAY THE LORD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU
    MAY THE LORD MAKE HIS FACE SHINE UPON YOU AND BE GRACIOUS TO YOU
    MAY THE LORD LIFT UP HIS COUNTENANCE UPON YOU AND GIVE YOU PEACE
    HE SAID THAT IF THIS BLESSING WAS SPOKEN OVER THE CONGREGATION THEN HIS NAME WOULD BE PLACED UPON THEM
    So Be It upon America and Amen

    MAY THE LORD

    Amen! 36
    1. WOW!!! Joyce, this is so powerful, and struck me so deeply! As I read what you said about my powerful weapons to repell the darkness…Light…I pictured putting on the whole armor of God as described in Ephesians 6, and which I tell myself every day. However, in mentally putting on that beautiful armor, you helped me see that not only do I need to pick up my sword…I need to pick up my LIGHT SABER!!! Thank you for your beautiful words!!

      Amen! 5
  50. Yes,I’m still praying for AMERICAS rightful President Donald J Trump and for all the corruption and fraudulent activity in Novembers election to be revealed to all and for justice to be served for all involved.I guess in a way my praying for Joe Biden.

    Amen! 9
  51. Good word today.
    Here is an article about Rees Howells of Wales who was a famous intercessor during WW2; during Hitler’s Reign:

    “A new generation of intercessors must lay aside our own dreams and desires in favor of contending for God’s purposes in the earth. As the nations of the earth are reeling from conflict and groping in darkness, God wants to raise up a people of faith and prayer who know how to contend for victory and the advancement of His kingdom.

    “Heaven knows America needs prepared intercessors right now.”

    Isaiah 59:16

    16 And he saw there was no man, and wondered that there was no intecessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him…..(pulpit commentary) GOD looked for some champion of the oppressed to arise, but “there was no man.” None stood up to resist the unrighteous and protect the innocent!

    Ezekiel 22:30

    And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.”

    Saints this is us! We are intecessors and can turn any situation through prayer! It isn’t easy to pray for our enemies, BUT WE MUST!! It will get easier.
    If you can, please agree in prayer with me:

    FATHER GOD I ask that YOUR Will be done in America and the World today. I thank YOU that YOU do operate in the affairs of men and that YOU are helping us contend for the faith today in JESUS Name. I ask that YOU Bless Joe Biden and his administration as YOU alone order their steps and direct their path. Let them be as Balaam who was sent to curse Israel, but when he opened his mouth, only Blessings for Israel came out. FATHER GOD we know that it is not YOUR desire that any perish but that all come to repentance so I pray that the LORD of the harvest will send laborers to all in our government who do not know YOU as LORD. I decree a turning in D.C. to YOU FATHER GOD, of government officials and their families in JESUS Name. FATHER help this current administration stop hating America and its people. Please put a divine love for America in them so strong that they also will fight for it, be proud to be Americans, and will protect it. Let those that know YOU in government be bold in their faith in JESUS Name! I ask YOU to cover our government with YOUR Blood and to send YOUR angels to surround and protect America and all of its people in the MIGHTY Name of JESUS. Amen.

    Amen! 27
  52. By the power of God living in me, I will pray for those in authority who I believe are evil and destructive. I will pray the Lord has mercy on them and open their hearts and minds to the truth. And that our nation will turn back to you. In Jesus name. Amen

    Amen! 17
  53. Thanks for the confirmation snd for reminding me of key scriptures to use as outlines gor my prayers. The Holy Spirit has lead me to pray for several national figures that I consider pure evil, evrn before the election. I am finding this a distasteful responsibility. Your have encouraged me.

    Amen! 11
  54. I am a proud President Trump supporter. My question is, why is this article not given to those who openly hate and condemn my opinions and views? They wish me to to be “re-educated”. They wish me to be forced out of my job, my house because I believe in President Trump and his agenda? Do you think biden and harris pray for their enemies? NO. NOBODY dares call them out on their immoral agenda. They wish us to never have a peaceful minute. Please help explain this to me. Why should I pray for a leader who openly supports ANTIFA? Allowing people to burn and steal?

    Amen! 6
    1. Amen we can not! GOD is not defeated!! Cindy M. Watch the victory channel (YouTube) toward the end Kat Kerr! Wow a word from GOD, stand back Cindy watch and see what our GOD does. It is going to be a ruff couple months GOD has to reveal all the evil in our government! It worst then anyone can imagine. This is a spiritual battle. GOD is in control. And GOD said that President Trump is the man that he is using to help us. Do not give up. GOD’s got this! 🙏🇺🇸

      Amen! 10
    2. Cindy, we can’t, but GOD through our HOLY SPIRIT using us can. It always helps me when I get on my knees and begin blessing GOD! Then our HOLY SPIRIT will bring things to me that I need to pray for. HE will help you!

      Oh Saints I need prayer!
      I just got word right now as I was posting that my brother Lawrence passed away just now this morning. He was saved but it doesn’t make it any easier! Thank you!

      Amen! 5
      1. So sorry for your loss. Prayers to you and your family at this time of distress. Your brother is with the Lord. Eternal rest grant unto Lawrence, oh Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. Amen

        Amen! 4
      2. Since Lawrence and you are both saved, you grieve with the sure hope of seeing him again. It still hurts! There’s a hole in the fabric of your life, here. May the Lord, the God of all comfort, comfort you through His Holy Spirit. May you sense His arms holding you, and know that He hears you as you talk to Him and go through this season. May He give you and your family extra grace and understanding for one another, also.

        Lord, we hold Carol and her family up to you in this time. Meet them in their need in each way that they need You!

        Amen! 1
    3. We should pray for them simply because our TRUE LORD AND MASTER has commanded us to. BE SALT! BE LIGHT!
      Jesus prayed for forgiveness for those who were in the middle of killing Him. Jesus healed a soldier who was in the midst of arresting Him and restrained His followers from fighting against the soldiers. We are not filled with HOLINESS to seek destruction…that is not who we are…that is not who you are. You are HOLY LIGHT SHINING IN A dark place…this world is not your home. God, the Father of Christ Jesus is your Father. You have His DNA HE SO LOVED AND STILL SO LOVES THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE HIS SON JESUS THE CHRIST THE ANOINTED ONE WITH ALL OF HIS ANOINTING TO SUFFER AND TO DIE IN PLACE OF EVERY SINNER…YES YOU, YES ME AND YES EVERY FLESH AND BLOOD HUMAN WHETHER THEY ACCEPT HIM OR NOT…THOSE WHO ARE NOT SAVED ARE BLINDED BY THE devil who is the enemy of OUR FATHER, THE LORD GREAT AND MIGHTY…HIS KINGDOM COME AND BE ESTABLISHED…HIS WILL BE COMPLETELY CARRIED OUT TO THE FULL AND DONE BEING FINISHED IN HIM ON EARTH AND TO HIS GREAT GLORY ALONE MAY HE GIVE US OUR DAILY WORD, OUR DAILY BREAD, OUR GOOD HEALTH, PEACEFUL HEART AND A SOUND MIND \o/ MAY HE FORGIVE US AS WE FORGIVE OTHERS FOR WE WILL MORE EASILY JUDGE IN OTHERS THINGS THAT WE SEE ARE IN US OUR GOD FORGIVES MANKIND BECAUSE HE REMEMBERS WHAT WE ARE MADE OF BUT TO HELP US TO OVERCOME HE GAVE US HIS OWN HOLY SPIRIT THAT WE MAY BE FOUND GUILTLESS IN OUR BODY, SOUL(will, minds and emotions) and SPIRITS…OUR BODY IS THE LOWEST PART OF OUR BEING IT FOLLOWS THE SOUL…OUR SPIRIT IS THE PLACE CHRIST ENTERS WHEN WE GET SAVED AND TOTALLY ENLIVENS AND SETS OUR SPIRIT HIGH ABOVE THE REST OF OUR BEING…THAT IS THE PLACE WE SHOULD LIVE FROM AND RULE FROM …HIGH ABOVE AND RULING OVER OUR WILL, THOUGHTS, DEEDS, INTENTIONS, WORDS, EMOTIONS, HEARTS, OUR BODY…WHAT OUR SPIRIT TAKES CHARGE OF COMES FROM LIVING IN THERE WITH CHRIST IN HIS KINGDOM AND LETTING THAT LIGHT POUR FROM US THROUGH OUR SOUL AND BODY…THROUGH OUR THOUGHTS OUR WORDS OUR DEEDS WE BRING THE KINGDOM FROM WITHIN US OUTWARD TO THE WORLD WE ARE LIVING IN…YOU ARE A CHILD OF LIGHT KINGDOM…BE LIGHT…ADD TO THE LIGHT IN THIS WORLD AND NOT TO THE kingdom of darkness…he thinks he’s won…BUT THE LIGHT OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD WILL NOT BE SNUFFED OUT…even if America falls utterly…THE KINGDOM OF GOD CAN NOT BE SHAKEN AND WILL NEVER EVER LOSE ANY POWER…THE POWER GRID OF HEAVEN IS FULLPROOF!! ALL GLORY BE TO OUR GREAT AND MIGHTY GOD\o/ THAT GREAT AND ALL POWERFUL GOD KNOWS YOUR NAME AND KNOWS WHERE YOU LIVE AND LIVES WITH YOU…the enemy is much more afraid of THE LIGHT IN YOU THAN YOU KNOW…he is using poor captives to try and stop the GREAT REVEAL THAT IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN ON THE WHOLE EARTH…BUT BUT BUT he has already been defeated!! and JESUS IS L O R D!! STAY CLOSER TO THE LIGHT than to the darkness…the dark place is just like the black holes…a huge suction tube…STAY IN THE LIGHT!!! LET JESUS BE YOUR GUIDE BY HOLY SCRIPTURES AND HOLY SPIRIT AND YOU WILL LIVE FREE ALWAYS. BLESSING BEAUTIFUL BE-LOVED CHILD OF LIGHT…YOU ARE HERE FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS AND JESUS WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU NOR WILL HE EVER FORSAKE YOU!! PROMISE MADE PROMISE HE WILL KEEP!!! \o/HALLELUJAH\o/

      Amen! 2
      1. Joyce…Beautiful, encouraging. God’s Light from your spirit is is truly glowing all over this page this morning!! How I struggle with praying for those intent upon destroying America…and that very well might be God’s intent. BUT…you help me to see the hopelessness of these people in their place of darkness, and you encourage me to be a little more willing to pray, and have a better idea of how to pray for them. Thank you!!

        Amen! 1
    4. If anything that I have learned over the past year or so is that with so much going on, it is all beyond our control. God is in control. We can’t change things. We need God to intercede for us. He is the only one who can change the hearts of people. So to seek change, we have to pray to Him to work on our behalf.

      You really need to read Joyce’s reply (up above on January 23rd, 7:49 am). You will understand after you read it. Our attitudes really affect everything around us. Trust me, the Lord is really teaching me about this right now!!! God bless you and I pray that you will see proof that your prayers for the ungodly do work and change things.

      Amen! 2
  55. Thank you for bringing clarity to this issue. We cannot stop praying just because our souls have been damaged by all the recent disappointment. I am
    Encouraged again.

    Amen! 8
  56. Hi, Jamie! Your article is truly an answer to my prayer. I was just asking God YESTERDAY during my prayer time … How do I pray for this man … who clearly is not going to implement policies that line up with godly principles like President Trump. And, especially after I read YESTERDAY via Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) News that he is being called the Commander of the Pro-Abortion Army. He will be using MY/OUR tax dollars to fund abortions not just in the US, but all over the world. This made me SO MAD … I was LIVID … and thought to myself WHY in the world GOD, Do you want me to pray for this man … who is going to do such EVIL work. But, after I got over myself and my anger toward him, I knew in my heart of hearts that God not only wants me to pray for him but I need to pray for him because this man needs my/our prayers. So, your article is going to help me do that in the right way. I will definitely be using the information you shared about how to pray for ungodly leaders to do just that. Thank you and GOD BLESS YOU:-)

    Amen! 17
    1. Thank you Edwina! Yes, our President and Vice President need our prayers desperately and we as Christians are responsible to pray for their salvation. We should pray without ceasing for all government officials and for President Trump who is facing impeachment a second time. Our Father in Heaven is our only hope and as His children, we must pray in consistency with His word.

      Amen! 7
  57. The part about praying differently was helpful. Here is what I would like to see some clarity on. My understanding is that in Paul’s day the Psalms would have informed their prayers. What about the imprecatory psalms? Also, wouldn’t Biden who claims to be Catholic be a Pharisee and weren’t Pharisees the one group Jesus condemned? These are honest questions that the church needs to hear leaders addressing. I am sure I am not the only one who has these questions.

    Amen! 5
    1. Hi Helen, the Psalms are a wonderful source of vocabulary words and phrases for prayer. The key is that we don’t know the state of anyone’s heart in regards to whether they still have a chance to repent and be saved—or if perhaps they have gone too far and given themselves completely over to a degenerate mind and have no further chances to repent. That’s why we should pray authoritatively for God to raise up righteous leaders and remove wicked ones—and let Him decide how to apply that prayer to the individuals at any level of government. We can judge the fruit but not a person’s future potential for repentance. I have an article about this here on IFA if you search my name in the keyword search box at the top of the page. Blessings!

      Amen! 7

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Intercessors for America’s Privacy Statement does not govern any exchange of information between you and any third party web site. IFA does not monitor, and is not responsible for, the privacy and data use policies of its corporate sponsors. We recommend you review their policies (likely to be found on their web sites) prior to accessing, but especially before sharing any personally identifiable information. Similarly, this Privacy Statement does not govern the privacy practices of any third party web site to which you might link from the IFA website.

Ability to Edit and Delete
If you would like to correct, update, add, or delete personal information, simply let us know by calling us at (800) USA-PRAY, emailing us at ifa@ifapray.org or writing us at Intercessors for America P.O. Box 915 Purcellville, VA 20134 and we will respond promptly to your request.

Changes
Intercessors for America reserves the right to make changes to this privacy policy at any time and requests that you review this policy for updates.

Content Disclaimer
Please understand that all postings, messages, text, files, images, photos, video, sounds, or other materials ( “Content”) posted on, transmitted through, or linked from this website, are the sole responsibility of the person from whom such Content originated. More specifically, each person is entirely responsible for each individual item (“Item”) of Content that they post, email or otherwise make available via the Service. Please understand that IFA does not control, and is not responsible for Content made available through the Service, and that by using the Service, you may be exposed to Content, as much as we try to prevent it, that is offensive, indecent, inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise objectionable. For the health of the IFA community you must agree that you will evaluate, and bear all risks associated with, the use of any Content, and that under no circumstances will IFA be liable in any way.  Be wise and understand that IFA does not pre-screen or approve Content generated by our community of website users, but IFA does have the right (but not the obligation) in its sole discretion to refuse, delete or move any Content that is available via the Service, for violating the letter or spirit of the terms of understanding or for any other reason. If you ever find objectionable material please contact us at 800-USA-Pray or use our contact form to notify us.

Questions or Suggestions
Please direct all questions or comments regarding this privacy policy to Intercessors for America at  Intercessors for America P.O. Box 915  Purcellville, VA 20134

This web site may provide links to external web sites maintained by individuals or organizations external to Intercessors for America. Once you access information that links you to another web site, you are subject to the privacy policy of the web site containing the information you have linked to.

Online Personal Safety
We hope and pray that all intercessors involved in Intercessors for America are trustworthy, well-meaning, and have a heart for prayer for our nation.

However, please take the same common sense precautions online as you would offline. People online are not necessarily who they say they are or seem to be. Never give out passwords, credit card information, or other private data. Be very wary of disclosing private information to a stranger you meet via prayer messaging. Even apparently innocent information, like the name of your employer, can be used against you by scammers.

When meeting with someone for the first time to gather to pray or establish a prayer group in your local area, please remember to:

Taking these precautions will help make your online experience safer. Any risk in using Intercessors for America’s online web tools to connect with others is assumed by you. Intercessors for America disclaims any liability or responsibility for acts, omissions, or conduct by you or any other party using its online web tools.

For more information about online personal safety, check out these resources:

Statement of Use
All of the content, images, logos and photos appearing on this website are copyrighted and are the property of Intercessors for America. Other images, brands or logos are copyright of their respective owners. Information and images found on the site cannot be reproduced either in print or electronically without express written permission from Intercessors for America.

The IFA or GAP Web Site may contain links to third party web sites such as those posted by members of the Get America Praying website.  These third party web sites are not controlled by IFA. The links to these web sites are provided for convenience. IFA is not responsible and assumes no liability for the contents of any of these web sites, and unless expressly stated does not endorse these web sites or their contents, products, or services. IFA is not responsible for the content of any sponsor’s Web page linked to the IFA web site, and the opinions and views expressed on the sponsor’s Web pages do not necessarily reflect those of IFA. The contents of the sponsor Web pages are not reviewed in any way before they are linked to the IFA web page. Intercessors for America reserves the exclusive right to remove any links, posts or members that it deems necessary for any reason. The intended usage of the website is for the facilitation of prayer groups.  Requests for donations other than for the owner of the site, posting of blogs and misuse of site is expressly forbidden.  Inactivity of any group or site for more than 90 days will constitute an automatic removal of the member or group from the site.

 

Intercessors for America Comments Policy

IFA is a prayerful community of believers interceding for the nation. We want to foster a community of commenters that reflects our values: Prayerful, Truthful, Generous, Hopeful, and Relational.

Comments are welcomed and encouraged on this site, but there are some instances where comments should be reported.

• Comments deemed to be spam or solely promotional in nature will be deleted. Including a link to relevant content is permitted, but comments should be relevant to the post topic.
• Comments including profanity or vulgarity will be deleted.
• Comments that condone, encourage, or incite violence of any kind, for any reason, will not be tolerated.
• Comments containing language or concepts that could be deemed offensive should be reported and will be removed. Note this may include abusive, threatening, pornographic, offensive, misleading, or libelous language.
• Comments that attack an individual directly should be reported.
• Comments that harass other posters should be reported. Please be respectful toward other contributors.

IFA reserves the right to edit or delete any comments submitted to the blog without notice. This comment policy is subject to change at any time. If you have any questions about the commenting policy, please let us know at ifa@ifapray.org.

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