- Pray for the Executive Branch currently in office and those who will take office in 2017: for the President and Vice President and their families, for their staff and advisors, for the Cabinet and for the Secret Service who protect them.
- Pray for the Legislative Branch, those who continue and those elected to office today, for Congress and for a spirit of cooperation to work for the best policies and laws, for their staff, for the committee work, for all to work with integrity giving equal representation and concern for all people.
- Pray for the Judicial System: for the Supreme Court and for the next judge to be named to it as well as that process, for the best possible decisions to be made based on current law and available information.
- Pray for all levels of our court system, for the judges and officers of the court, for prosecutors, lawyers and public defenders.
- Pray for the Governor and state legislature to faithfully give their best for all people of this state, and for those of other states as well.
- Pray for those in military service from private to Pentagon and for those in diplomatic service. Pray that they serve with integrity and wisdom; pray for their safety and well being; pray for their families.
- Pray for local county and city officials to do their best as they work to meet the needs of the community and plan for the future.
- Pray for city and county workers who keep records, maintain streets, etc.
- Pray for police and sheriff departments, state troopers, firemen, EMTs and dispatchers.
- Pray for safety from conflict and crime in our neighborhoods and for victims of domestic violence.
- Pray for children and youth for their nurture, protection and education.
- Pray for our schools: the administration, teachers, support staff, students, parents and school board.
- Pray for open honest discussion at all levels when leaders disagree and for appropriate compromise or negotiations where needed.
Psalm 72:1-4, CEB
God, give your judgments to the king.
Give your righteousness to the king’s son.
2 Let him judge your people with righteousness
and your poor ones with justice.
3 Let the mountains bring peace to the people;
let the hills bring righteousness.
4 Let the king bring justice to people who are poor;
let him save the children of those who are needy,
but let him crush oppressors!
(While this prayer is for Solomon long ago, some of the sentiments are easily adapted to praying for the president or other heads of state in our own time.)
2 Chronicles 7:14, NIV
14 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.
(This is part of God's response to Solomon's prayer, when Solomon dedicated the Temple. It has sometimes been used for National Day of Prayer in the U.S.)
Isaiah 54:13-15, NLT
13 I will teach all your children,
and they will enjoy great peace.
14 You will be secure under a government that is just and fair.
Your enemies will stay far away.
You will live in peace,
and terror will not come near.
15 If any nation comes to fight you,
it is not because I sent them.
Whoever attacks you will go down in defeat.
(This promise made to the exiles includes things we pray for today as well.)
Romans 8:26, NIV
26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.
(This is the promise when we are unsure how to pray.)
Philippians 4:6, NLT
6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
(Good advice in all situations.)
James 5:16, NCV
16 Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so God can heal you. When a believing person prays, great things happen.
(Admitting when we are wrong is important as individuals, as governments, as a nation. Praying for each other and for world concerns is also significant.)