// Lynette Hagin
PRAYER CHANGES the world around us! Our prayers don't change God, but He designed it so that He works through our prayers.
Jeremiah 33:3 says, "Call unto me, and I will answer thee." That means we've got to call. Those are the rules of prayer that God has set down! Our prayers bring things to pass that wouldn't have come into existence if we did not pray.
God is interested in the entire world and wants us to pray. But where we have the most authority is where we live—whatever nation that may be. So it's important that we each take our place in our own nation.
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.
It's time for us to stand in the gap! First Peter 4:7 (NLT) says, "The end of the world is coming soon. Therefore, be earnest and disciplined in your prayers." We don't always become earnest in our prayers until it affects us. But it's so important that we get serious about our commitment and responsibility.
Are you willing to do that? Will you answer the call to stand in the gap? The enemy is on a warpath. We are in spiritual warfare! We must focus and fully intercede for our nation so God's will is accomplished. As we recognize that and do what God told us to do, we will see change!
Brother Hagin taught us about different kinds of prayers: supplication, intercession, and giving of thanks for all those who are in authority (1 Tim. 2:1–2). In the faith movement, we've been so used to exercising the prayer of faith and speaking something into existence. We've tried to do that for our nation. But we have to use the prayer of intercession and the prayer of supplication for our country.
We can't pray for our nation one time and say, "Okay, it's done in the Name of Jesus!" Continue praying and giving thanks. In spite of what it looks like, even if it may seem hopeless, nothing is too hard for God. He will answer our prayers!
Don't get distracted by what the media says. Don't get distracted by anything—even your own thoughts! Pray what the Holy Spirit wants you to pray. Romans 8:26 says, "Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered."
As we place our trust in God and pray as He commanded, every nation will be changed!
18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
MATTHEW 18:18–20 (MSG)
18–20 "Take this most seriously: A yes on earth is yes in heaven; a no on earth is no in heaven. What you say to one another is eternal. I mean this. When two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, my Father in heaven goes into action. And when two or three of you are together because of me, you can be sure that I'll be there."
1 TIMOTHY 2:1–3
1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour.
2 CHRONICLES 7:14–15
14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
15 Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
FAITH IN ACTION
Heavenly Father, we come in the Name of Jesus—not our name, not our power, not our holiness, not even our goodness—but we come in the Name of Jesus, washed in His blood, robed in His righteousness.
We come against the forces of evil that would try to dominate and rule in our own nation. We rise up against that darkness. We rise up against those spirits and dispel the darkness.
We pray for our leaders that divine wisdom and grace will be given unto them. And direction will be given unto them.
We pray for every politician, everyone that's in office, that they'll be concerned about our nation as a whole—and above all, put God first.
We pray for the economy of our nation. We pray that the nation will be prosperous as a whole and everyone that wants a job will find a job.
We pray for the domestic scene of our nation. We command you Satan: Stop in your maneuvers. May there be peace. May there be tranquility. May there be understanding from border to border.
Father, we pray with our understanding as best we know how. And we remember that Paul said "If I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth" (1 Cor. 14:14). So my spirit, by the Holy Spirit within me prayeth. We pray and intercede and give thanks in the Spirit.
[Editor's Note: This was adapted from a prayer by Kenneth E. Hagin in 1983. Visit rhema.org/prayer to see the entire prayer.]