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Ideas on how to pray for National Day of Prayer

The National Day of Prayer group has released ideas on whom and what to pray for as Americans gather together. The prayer event, which is in person in tens of thousands of locations and virtual, takes place Thursday, May 6.

With so much going on in the world, many may wonder where to begin. Here’s some ideas:


Pray for your leaders, as well as the judges in our courts. Ask God to grant them wisdom to act with integrity. (I Kings 3:28; I Timothy 2:1-2; Exodus 18:21; Proverbs 11:3;
Romans 13:1-2).

Federal Government

Pray for our president, vice president, cabinet members, congressional leaders and Supreme Court justices.

State Government

Pray for your governor, executive leaders, legislative leaders and judicial leaders.

Local Government

Pray for your mayor, city council, police chief, dire chief, judges and county officials.

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  • Courage and dependence on God (Psalm 91).
  • Perseverance to endure hardship (Isaiah 43:2; Deuteronomy 31:6).
  • Divine protection from the enemy (Romans 5:1-5).
  • Wise leaders who inspire respect from those under their command (Romans 13:1).
  • Confidence and vision to persist in the face of negative publicity (Psalm 18:31-39).
  • Protection and support for the families they have left behind (Romans 1:8-10).
  • Chaplains who are divinely appointed to deliver hope and spiritual strength (Proverbs 4:11).


  • The decision-makers within the media to realize they can make a profit by producing family-friendly projects (Proverbs 8:10-11).
  • Christians in media to find favor and be filled with creative ideas that bring kingdom principles and life-giving messages to the public (Proverbs 2:1-15).
  • Celebrities to be provided with repeated opportunities to hear and receive salvation (Proverbs 8:35).
  • Metro Voice that we may reach more people and continue to find advertising sponsors. We also need your prayers that our message will not be hindered by Big Tech or our own fear.


  • Integrity among Christian workers so that they win the right to be heard (I Chronicles 29:17).
  • Impartation of ideas and resources to open principled businesses, especially in areas that need an economic boost (Psalm 132:15).
  • Christian workers to display Christ-like humility and service to their co-workers (Philippians 2:3).


  • A return to truth and Judeo-Christian ethics (Psalm 1:1-2).
  • A safe atmosphere conducive to learning.
  • Excellence in educators (Exodus 18:20-21).
  • Equal opportunities for every student to achieve their full potential (Philippians 1:9).


  • The church would find a new zeal and commitment to the mission and purpose of Jesus Christ (Matt 22:37).
  • Unity with and among churches that reveal God’s love to the world (John 17:23).
  • A return to the absolutes of God’s Word (Psalm 1:1-3).
  • Integrity — that God’s people look and act differently from the world (I Peter 2:11; 1
  • Corinthians 13:6).
  • A holy fear of the Lord released in the heart of God’s people (Proverbs 9:10).
  • Israel and Jerusalem. (Gen. 12:2-3)


  • Unity and love in individual families that reach out in hospitality toward others (Romans 12:9-13).
  • The reestablishment of relationships between parents and children (Malachi 4:5-6),
  • A return to family values that serve the nation as a whole (Job 22:21-22).
  • A return to the biblical mandate to train their children at home in the fear of the Lord and not leave the responsibility to others (Proverbs 22:6).

Still need more ideas? How about these:

  • The homeless
  • The hungry
  • The lonely
  • The heartbroken
  • Those living in fear of violence and abuse
  • Victims of human trafficking and slavery
  • The persecuted
  • Migrants and refugees
  • The unborn in threat of abortion, as well as their parents
  • Orphans and children whose families can’t or won’t care for them
  • Widows and the elderly who don’t have love and support
  • The sick (physically, emotionally and spiritually)
  • The wounded (physically, emotionally and spiritually)
  • Anyone God places on your heart.


–Dwight Widaman | Metro Voice