How to Pray for our Country and Our Lives.

 

The following verse is frequently used to call people to pray for our country on Patriotic holidays like Independence Day.  It is a good verse for that and it is needful that we do pray for our country.  However if I take that verse very personally and apply it to my daily life as well, I can be doubly blessed.


II Chronicles 7:14

Pray for country"if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land."

My people - I am not my own - I Cor. 6:20 "For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s."    
called by My name - I belong to God - John 1:12-13 "But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."
humble myself - get rid of pride, do not think myself better than others - Pro.16:18 "Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall." Rom.12:3 "For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith."
and pray - give it ALL to God -Phil.4:6-7 "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."  I Thess.5: 16-18 "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
and seek His face - establish an intimate relationship with God, fall in love with Him for who He is - Deut.30:20 "...love the LORD your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days..." Mark 12:30 "And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength."
turn from my wicked ways - recognize any sin in my life, renounce all strongholds, confess and be cleansed and be Holy - Psalm 139:23-24 "Search me, O God, and know my heart;Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting."  I John 1:9 "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."  I Peter 1: 14-16 "as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”
He will hear, forgive, and heal - He has promised to bless me when I obey. - Psalm 145:18-20 "The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them. The LORD preserves all who love Him,"  Psalm 37:3-5 "Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the LORD,  And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass."