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Lord, You see what is happening in our nation, and what we're facing hasn't taken You by surprise. Have mercy on our nation, our leaders, and Your people. Deliver us, and do not delay! 

The Bible is filled with accounts of men and women who were intercessors. They are of different ages and from different backgrounds, but there are common threads that bind their stories together. When you read about their intercession, you discover that the national, cultural, and spiritual needs around them were great. You also find that they lived in full confidence that the God they worshiped and served was even greater still.

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Daniel is a prime example. We know that he had just such a heart for intercession, even while he was a captive in a foreign land. His prayers are exemplary proof that we can be steadfast in prayer no matter how dark our surroundings have become. 

One night I couldn’t sleep and felt the burden of the Lord to pray. I began praying for Canada and its wildfires, and for the resulting smoke conditions that were plaguing New York and other cities. The next day I reached out to fellow IFA writer and prayer leader Lori Meed. We had already scheduled time to pray together, but Lori knew nothing of what the Lord had tasked me to pray about the night before. All this turned out to be perfect, because Lori is Canadian. She moved here to the U.S. in 2004 and is now a citizen, and she has a huge heart to pray for this nation. 

As we prayed together, I shared that the Lord was asking me to intercede for Canada and the United States — with identificational repentance. If you are unfamiliar with this term, it refers to when any group or individual confesses the sins of a nation or a people and then takes those sins to the Lord in prayer as if being personally guilty. 

Lori prayed and repented for Prime Minister Trudeau and what he as leader of Canada has allowed. She repented for the way Canadians have treated Americans. Likewise, I repented for President Biden and what has happened in America during his time in office. I repented for the way Americans have mocked and poorly treated Canadians. We prayed and repented for all political leaders who have not acted with integrity, but who rather have conducted themselves wickedly and perverted the laws of this land. We prayed and repented for pastors and spiritual leaders who have not obeyed the voice and word of the Lord. After this, we interceded for the nations, for those suffering from the wildfires, and for God’s mercy over it all.

After reflection on our time of prayer, I have to say that I don’t believe the Lord is done just yet. I believe we should continue to intercede for and repent on behalf of our political and spiritual leaders. Many cities and states are trying to pass horrendous laws against our children. We’ve been interceding, and we will continue to do so. But even if wicked leaders in our nation refuse to humble themselves and repent, Scripture tells us that we can nevertheless intercede on their behalf. Standing in the gap — isn’t that what intercession is all about? If you are interested in identificational repentance, let’s read Daniel’s account.

Confession and Repentance 

So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes. I prayed to the LORD my God and confessed: “Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments,  we have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and have rebelled; we have turned away from your commands and laws. We have not listened to your servants, the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes and our ancestors, and to all the people of the land” (Daniel 9:3–6 NIV).

Notice that when Daniel prays, he says: “We have sinned and done wrong.” Scripture shows us that Daniel was filled with faith and integrity even from his childhood. He himself was innocent of the charges he brought before the Lord, but he took responsibility for them as if he were guilty. This is identificational repentance. 

He confesses the sins of the nations as well as the sins of their kings and princes, those in authority in the land. He recognizes the judgment the people are under for turning away from God and refusing to obey His word.

Appeal to the Lord

“Lord, you are righteous, but this day we are covered with shame — the people of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and all Israel, both near and far, in all the countries where you have scattered us because of our unfaithfulness to you. We and our kings, our princes and our ancestors are covered with shame, LORD, because we have sinned against you. The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him; we have not obeyed the LORD our God or kept the laws he gave us through his servants the prophets. All Israel has transgressed your law and turned away, refusing to obey you.

“Therefore the curses and sworn judgments written in the Law of Moses, the servant of God, have been poured out on us, because we have sinned against you. You have fulfilled the words spoken against us and against our rulers by bringing on us great disaster. Under the whole heaven nothing has ever been done like what has been done to Jerusalem” (Daniel 9:7–12 NIV). 

Daniel then appeals to the Lord’s righteous character. He appeals to the merciful forgiving nature of God on behalf of the nation. He doesn’t try to excuse the rebellion of the nation’s leaders. He acknowledges that they are guilty of the charges laid out. But Daniel also knows that there is a prophetic destiny for his nation, so he appeals to heaven.


“Now, Lord our God, who brought your people out of Egypt with a mighty hand and who made for yourself a name that endures to this day, we have sinned, we have done wrong. Lord, in keeping with all your righteous acts, turn away your anger and your wrath from Jerusalem, your city, your holy hill. Our sins and the iniquities of our ancestors have made Jerusalem and your people an object of scorn to all those around us

“Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servant. For your sake, Lord, look with favor on your desolate sanctuary. Give ear, our God, and hear; open your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears your Name. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy. Lord, listen! Lord, forgive! Lord, hear and act! For your sake, my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name” (Daniel 9:15–19 NIV). 

Daniel prays to the God of his forefathers, the mighty one who split apart the sea to deliver His people from captivity. He makes his petition: Lord, turn away from Your anger and wrath against the nation, and our city. The heathen nations are laughing at us; would You lift the reproach? God have mercy on us, not because we deserve anything, but because of Your mercy and righteousness. Act Lord, not for us, but for the sake of the city and Your name. 

This was no one-and-done prayer. Daniel spent much time interceding for his nation. And he had a heart to pray even while he was living in a foreign nation whose people did not worship or honor God, and neither did their leaders. This is a challenge to every intercessor who has trouble praying for their leaders. I confess that I myself have had trouble in this area before. It was certainly Daniel’s integrity, but also his reputation for prayer that brought him before four kings to testify about the one true God. Daniel’s prayers and character were witnessed by King Nebuchadnezzar. The king had a reputation for being cruel and ruthless. We know he was humbled by God like an animal, to be recorded later in Scripture as praising and glorifying God.

It is entirely up to the Lord whether He will turn the heart of an evil leader or king as he did that of King Nebuchadnezzar. It’s up to the Lord whether He deals swiftly with any evil ruler, as He did with King Herod (see Acts 12:20–23). God alone can do this, and He bids us only to be faithful to intercede.

Will you commit (or recommit) yourself to praying for our nation and leaders, even the ones who act very wickedly? Normally, I would post a prayer here, but since I’ve laid out the pattern, let’s make this more personal: Following Daniel’s example, go before the Lord and confess and repent for the sins of the nation as if you were a partaker in them. Confess and repent for the sins of our political and spiritual leaders who have failed to honor God. Get specific and name these leaders before the Lord. If you have an ungodly governor, lift him or her up before the Lord. The same applies for mayors, and even local and county leaders. If you are faced with evil legislation where you live, lift that legislation and the legislators up to the Lord. Seek the Lord’s mercy and deliverance not because we are deserving, but rather for the sake of the prophetic destiny of the nations — and especially for the honor and glory of His name. 

Who is it you will be praying for? Share below.

IFA contributing writer Gloria Robles is a passionate intercessor with a prophetic voice for today. For more from Gloria, go to Spotify or Anchor and listen to her podcast, Something To Share. Photo Credit: Canva.

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Victoria Z
June 24, 2023

Father, in the name of Jesus, I join the prayers of the IFA intecessors for our nation, our politicians, our judicial system, FBI, Pentagon, our Education system, Social Services, as well as religious groups, churches, and industries that affect American lives regularly, even daily such as all news and media, music, theatre and sports entertainment, the food and farming industry, insurance industry, clothing, and other retail, the housing industry, financial insustry, Pharmaceutical, Medical, and other health industries, and all the leaders, members,and investors involved in those industries. Father I repent for sins of greed, deception, immorality, unfair and insufficient wages, and other evil plans and aspects of each of these government powers, entities and business industries, and even benign and helpful aspects of these industries that the enemy perverts and uses to ensnare people into spiritual and mental bondage, apathy, poverty, dependence, sin, ill health, and addiction. Father as a believer and follower of Jesus Christ, i take the authority He suffered and died, for, to give believers to loose and bind, to forgive and heal, and to pray and believe that your will WILL BE done on earth as it is in heaven, to pray that we be led not into temptation but delivered from evil. Father lead and empower our prayers, forgive me, my family, my fellow Church family, and fellow Americans, for our part in supporting the work of industries that are offensive to you and/or contribute to ill heath spiritually, emotionally, and physically, forgive us for allowing the leaders of these industries to prosper financially peddling their sin, dedgregation, and dependence on industries, ententities, and “experts” and their advice, guidance, products, and solutions instead of YOU and yours alone. Father I repent for the use of harmful pesticides in our food and water, and while I thank you that you have promised to bless the food and water of your people, I acknowledge that the American food and beverage industry is polluted with impurities and harmful additives and I ask you to intervene and bring righteous standards in that would penalize and heavily tax foods and beverages and ingredients which are harmful to health and those that contain harmful pesticides and additives, bring justice to those who abuse livestock through greed, your beautiful creatures, who suffer harsh and inhumane conditions to provide meat, eggs, and dairy, instead of a simple life on a nice farm with good caretakers that you intended. Father forgive those who over fish and or pollute the seas and rivers, or false- farm sea creatures in polluted drugged pools and tanks instead of allowing them to swim freely in your mighty waters as you intended. Father we also repent on behalf of abusers of mankind, human traffickers, purveyors, participants, and victims of all types of pornography. Father, send your Holy Spirit to bring conviction and repentance to all of these industries mentioned in this prayer, and participants in them, bring healing, restoration of moral and spiritual, and health values to our nation, our people, our animals. Bring deliverance to the abused and addicted, healing to those who became ensnared and who’s health was ruined. Father I repent for religion, and worship of false gods instead of you, I repent for the false or incomplete gospel of Jesus Christ, that seduces, mixes or substitutes religion and lies, and compromise instead of true relationship with you and true holiness. Father, forgive us, forgive our ancestors before us, religion and it’s lies and the greed and sins of many various industries have prospered far too long, bring the glory to your name and the name of Jesus Christ that you so greatly deserve, and bring the genesis life to people and humans that you intended, Jesus died to win it back from the devil. Father forgive and cleanse us us for prayerlessness, forgive our unbelief, our apathy, restore and revive your church and give us the joy of your salvation. Lead us into your righteous, into righteous living and prayer for every industry to break baondages of greed, deception , and sin over them. We thank you that although our sins and the sins of all these industries mentioned here go deep and far and wide across our nation, and participants and victims and demons too powerful and too many for us to fathom and number, that these are small details for you who sees, knows, and understands all and has all the widom, power and willingness to intervene and bring conviction, repentance, cleansing and healing deliverance, and any and all justice to all that you deem necessary. Father, heal our hearts, our souls, our minds, our bodies, heal and empower and empassion our prayers, revive our worship, our dependence on you alone, and your word, personally disciple and empower us as you did your first disciples, that we could live lives worthy of you that bring true change, hope, conviction and healing to our communities, industries, our animals and people, through your TRUE and FULL gospel of Jesus Christ, answer these our prayers and the groans of all creation for your sons to be revealed and your righteousness intervention and reign over the nations.In Jesus name we ask believing you have heard and are responding. Thank you

Jimn Kyles
June 23, 2023

Praying for Fort Bend County.

June 22, 2023

Identificational repentance.
I’d never heard it called that, but I have been confessing sin and repenting on behalf of people, groups, and nations for years. It involves confession on sin, repentance (turning away from the sin), asking forgiveness and cleansing, receiving the forgiveness and cleansing, binding and loosening, AND PRAISING and WORSHIPPING. Yes; praise and worship! Did you know you can praise and worship God on behalf of the person or group you are interceding for, after confessing, repenting, seeking and receiving forgiveness, etc. on their behalf?
When I confess and repent of personal sin, after asking and receiving God’s forgiving and cleansing, and I feel liberated, the natural (natural in the spirit) next step is to praise Him, to worship Him. Praise is our joyful thanksgiving to Him for what He has done, is doing, and will do. Praise is a spirit-felt response of thankfulness and appreciation of God moving on our behalf, of His forgiveness and cleansing power, etc. Worship is acknowledging His holiness, His Lordship, His power and might, His rule, His authority, and His sovereignty, etc.. And we can DO that for others (on behalf of others) whom we are interceding for! It is so powerful.
Intercession is so powerful! It is one of the keys to God’s Kingdom; it is Biblical and powerful.

Christine Stott
June 21, 2023

Outstanding Gloria! Thank you for highlighting and bringing to the forefront Daniel chapter 9! This is the work of the Holy Ghost in you!

June 20, 2023

Please pray for Bryn because she’s not saved.

Grant Windholz
June 20, 2023

Lord God help your children keep our eyes on you. You know exactly what’s happening in this country. Have mercy on people and their leaders. Change the minds of all of us and focus on you!

Jillian Novak
June 20, 2023

Lord, You see what is happening in our nation, and what we’re facing hasn’t taken You by surprise. Have mercy on our nation, our leaders, and Your people. Deliver us, and do not delay!

Karen Secrest
June 20, 2023

I found it interesting that the Lord had me review Daniel’s prophecy to the ungodly king who was using sacred vessels from the temple for a drunken party.
The handwriting on the wall; you have been weighed in the balance and found to be wanting”. A call to repentance definitely. Also to realize the Sacred is to be acknowledged and kept Holy..even the Word
Thank you so much for this timely mess as ge..

BK Jackson
June 20, 2023

Boy you could take Daniel 9 and just change it to America and it expresses our pleadings for the nation and its leaders and people. Thank you for this post.

Robert Sales
June 20, 2023

Amen Gloria – this is where the Body of Christ, in this nation and those around the world need to draw closer to God – He promises to draw closer to us when we take the first step. It’s a matter of spiritual distance that needs to be closed in on – step by step; day by day. Thank you for the trumpet call to arise and be the more than conquerors God has called us to be at such a time as this.


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