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7 Powerful Ways To Pray for the Nations

In this article we will explore on how we can pray for the nations by using a prayer map. And how we can use these 7 prayer points for the nations. So, come with a willing heart and let’s start praying…

I’m excited that you are hungry or curious enough to click on this page. Learning how to pray for the nations of the world can seem daunting, but in this article, I will show you how easy it can be. This also works if you are just wanting to pray for a nation or just a few different nations.

I seem to always be in awe of men or women who sacrifice greatly to go to the nations and spread the gospel. I recently was reading about the life of Gladys Aylward.

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She was a missionary to China from 1938-1970. Her story and work for the Lord were incredible. You can read more about her life in Gladys Aylward: The Adventure of a Lifetime

Being called to full-time missions is not for everyone. Some of us will do short term trips and some may just minister locally. It doesn’t matter as long as you follow the leading of the Holy Spirit and what God has called you to.

No matter where God has placed geographically or placed in your heart there is one thing we all can do. That is to pray!

I recently wrote a post on praying for America. You can check that out here: How to Pray for America.

I believe we should pray for our country, but I also think we should pray for other nations. Our brothers and sisters in Christ are everywhere in the world. And I think as God’s family we should cover each other in prayer.

Now, what if I told you that you could pray for all the nations of the world in a month? It’s true, it’s possible!

However, before we can go into the how let’s take a look at one reason why we should be praying for the nations.


Prayer has the power to change things….

Chew on that statement for a bit.

 Your prayers have the ability to shift things in the heavens and to cause a manifestation of God’s power to occur on the Earth. 

Look at it this way your prayers cause heaven to invade Earth. When you pray for a nation you are impacting that country more than you can imagine.

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. – James 5:16-17

Don’t ever doubt your prayers are powerless. That is a lie from the enemy to cause not to get on your knees. Now, let’s take a look at how to pray for nations.

An Awesome Tool To Help You Pray For the Nations

Before we get into praying for the nations I wanted to share a little tool I found that is super helpful to keep you organized and to help you pray for all the nations. This is the key I was talking about earlier! It’s awesome!

Of course, you don’t have to pray for all of them. It’s ok if you only want to pray for the nation you live in or just a handful you are feeling led to pray for. It’s still cool to grab the tool as I think it’s really helpful.

So, what is this tool? It’s a Prayer Map!

If you have a desire to pray for every single nation. You can easily do that with this prayer map. Every Home For Christ offers a prayer map of the world and for America. You can get it FREE at EHC Prayer Map. They have a downloadable option and the even send one out via the mail.

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The prayer map will walk you thru 31 days of prayer. Each day you will pray for 8 nations. After the month is over you will have prayed for every single nation! It’s amazing.

To top it off the map gives you some details on each nation to give you some direction in prayer. Some of these details include governmental leaders, ministries, population count, and more.

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7 Prayer Points For Nations

Alright, now let’s get into some prayer points for the nations. Remember these points are just a guide and come with Bible verses. That will help you pray. But stay sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s leading as you pray for each nation. Sometimes He will have you pray for different things for certain nations.

Prayer Point For The Nation #1 – DESIRE for the One True God

All the nations of the world have a desire for wealth, power, security and more. But Jesus Christ is the only one who can fulfill the deepest desires of the human heart. It’s this desire that needs to be awakened in the hearts of the nations. Pray for the true desire to be made known.

And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord of Hosts.” -Haggai 2:7

Prayer Point For The Nations #2 – Pray for Forgiveness

Pray for a spirit of repentance to rest on the nation and ask God to forgive the sins of that nation and to heal the land. This is also a good time to check and see if the nation is in crisis and pray for that as well.

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 I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. – 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)

Prayer Point For The Nations #3 – Cover Spiritual Leaders

Pray for the laborers in the field. Cover the ministers, pastors, church leaders of that nation. Many in ministry are attacked daily and need prayer covering.

Then he said to his disciples, The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. – Matthew 9:37-38 (NIV)

Prayer Point For The Nations #4 – Let The Gospel Go Forth

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Pray for the lost to be saved and for the gospel to go forth in boldness, and power. Pray for any form of hindrance to stop and that His word would be preached.

  • Pray for those who are wealthy and have influence to come before Jesus and receive Him as Lord. That they would experience His love and use their resources to further the gospel.
  • Pray for those who live in poverty, homeless, and lowly. That they would find Jesus and experience His love, and provision.

As for other matters, brothers and sisters, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you. – 2 Thessalonians 3:1 (NIV)

Prayer Point For The Nations #5 – Pray for the Persecuted

All nations have some kind of persecution towards Christianity. Some are more severe than others and people are still dying for their faith in Jesus.

Pray for your fellow brothers and sisters that are being persecuted for their faith. Pray for protection and from them to be hidden from those who persecute them. Pray for strength and mercy.

Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints – Ephesians 6:18

Prayer Point For The Nations #6 – Unity

Unity goes beyond our geographical boundaries. Pray for unity within the brethren, unity of the churches in that nation, unity within the saints in surrounding nations and unity of the whole body of Christ.

I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose. – 1 Corinthians 1:10 (NIV)

Prayer Point For The Nations #7 – Governmental Leaders

Prayers for the nation and its leaders are extremely important. Find out who the leaders are in that nation and pray for them. The prayer map has a ton of this information already!

Pray for their salvation, for God to keep their heart pure and remove any corruption. Pray for wisdom to make Godly laws that will bring blessing to that nation. Pray for the right people to be elected and those who cause harm to be removed out of office.

World leaders play a huge roll in the nations. Let’s pray saints!

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. – 1 Timothy 2:1-4 (NIV)

I hope you have learned through this article how to pray for the nations. And that you will pick up a prayer map to aid you in your prayer time for the nations. If you would like to learn how to pray for America check out the post below:

Feel free to drop me a comment below! I would love to know what God is doing in your life and what He is teaching and showing you in prayer.

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Nerlene Callender Sampson

Monday 6th of February 2023

Thank you for the powerful prayer points. Yahuah bless and keep you.

Dan Clifton

Thursday 5th of January 2023

Thank you for sharing these prayer points! God bless your heart and May He prosper you all the more in every area your life and ministry.

Darwin Scofield

Tuesday 4th of January 2022

Hello Melissa. I have read the article "Pray for the nations" and was wondering about printing it for use. I will be leading a breakout (this same title) for pastors/wives in 2 weeks, and would like to make it available to them. I can post the website, but that is not always as effective as giving them a handout. Thank you for your consideration. Darwin Scofield Pastor, Mountainview Community Church White Sulphur Springs, MT

Melissa Tumino

Wednesday 5th of January 2022

Hi Darwin, I just sent you an email. :) Please check it. Blessings!!