SCRIPTURE:

I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.

– 1 Timothy 2:1-4

PRAYER:

Almighty God,
Thank you for the privilege of praying for others. Images of violence, human tragedy, and political turmoil flood our news cycles, social media feeds, and television screens constantly. I don’t pretend to have the answers, or even to understand the scope of the problems, but I can rest knowing you do, Lord. I pray that your truth will guide the nations, your love and mercy will rule the hearts of those in authority, and justice and peace will reign. Let it start with me in my circles of influence, with prayer, and with action.
In the powerful name of Jesus,
Amen.

CALL TO ACTION:

As you spend time on social media, watching TV, or reading the newspaper today, explore the articles, stories, and headlines and write down a few that stand out to you. Create a list using a headline, an image, someone’s name, a city or state where tragedy has occurred, etc. and rather than commenting, liking, or sharing something, take time to pray for those involved with the items you list. Add to this list as other things come up in your daily life, and remember the power of taking these prayers to God.

If you’d like encouragement and to explore this idea further, take some time to watch “No Way Out–A Prayer for Desperate Times” to learn more about what God is able to do in impossible situations.

RESOURCES:

As you share your 60 Days of Prayer experience on social media, use the hashtag #FaithHopeLove!