Globe_iStock_000000421239XSmallIn 1 Chron 12:32, we read of the men of Issachar whose special contribution to David’s army was that they understood the signs of the times and knew the best course for Israel to take.’ [1]

Today, I want to think about this in the context of intercessory prayer—in particular, praying for our town, city, region, or nation.

  • Should we continue to pray the way we have done in the past; the way we have previously been taught?
  • Or—is the Spirit calling us to a new way of prayer that reflects the current season that we are in?

Where we have been: Intercessory Prayer Strategies for Regions

During the last two decades of my involvement in the ministry of prayer, I have come across a number of emphases, including:

1. Identificational Repentance

Praying and repenting on behalf of those who have committed sin and injustice in the past, confessing their sin, and asking for God’s forgiveness and cleansing of the land. Sometimes this includes confession and asking for forgiveness from people groups who have been wronged.

2. Spiritual Warfare

Discerning or identifying specific regional demonic principalities or strongholds and praying directly against them.

3. Spiritual Mapping

Researching the natural and spiritual history of an area in order to identify how to pray strategically for an area, with a particular focus on identifying and praying against spiritual strongholds, but also reviewing how God has moved in the past.

  • I believe that at the current time, these methods—at least, as a primary focus or strategy—are being superseded

Of course, if Holy Spirit is leading an individual or group to repent, wage warfare, or do research over a particular area, then yes, let’s do so.

The key is relationship and timing. We need to know “this is how the Holy Spirit is leading us right now” and ensure that we are not praying a certain way out of our own preferences, tradition, training, or expertise.

We will know that our prayer is sourced in the Holy Spirit by the fruit: the God-ordained, supernatural impact that takes place as a result of our prayer.


4 Revelations that Shift the Way We Pray For Nations

These are exciting days! The Holy Spirit is bringing fresh revelation to the Church globally. Here are 4 truths that God is emphasizing at this time, along with how these can impact our intercessory prayer for nations and regions:

1. The Revelation of God as Father

[Jesus said] “This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name…’” (Matt 6:9)

We are being awakened to know who we are—our royal identity—and Who our Father is. We are receiving insight into His love and grace like never before.

How this impacts the way we pray:

  • Our prayer is motivated, not by fear or judgment, but by the Father’s love for people (2 Peter 3:9) —no matter what arena of life they are in. Our attitude is one of honor.
  • Our desire is to hear what the Father is saying and speak that, to see what the Father is doing and do that. (John 5:19)
  • We understand the power of speaking and proclaiming blessing. As we pronounce a blessing upon our cities, regions, and nations, power is released to fulfill God’s purposes and bring people into an encounter with Him.

2. The Revelation of the Kingdom and Kingdom Resources

“…your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matt 6:10)

There is a greater awareness than ever before of the Kingdom of God, His Government, and the part that we have to play in exercising His authority so that His purposes are fulfilled upon earth. We are also recognising that an open heaven and the resources of the Kingdom are our inheritance—and available to us in Jesus’ Name.

How this impacts the way we pray:

  • We seek and declare Father’s intention over our area, city, or nation
  • We don’t pray for an open heaven, we pray from the confidence that we already have one
  • We shift our primary focus from identifying what the demonic realm is doing to seeing what Heaven is doing
  • We draw freely on the resources of the Kingdom through our petitions and declarations [2]

3. The Revelation of our Heavenly Position

‘And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.’ (Eph 2:6)

Our perspective is being given an overhaul as God is awakening us to our spiritual position of being seated in heavenly places.

How this impacts the way we pray:

  • We pray from our position of being seated with Christ.
  • The way we wage warfare is changed; rather than have a sense of being underneath principalities, battling our way to break through, we recognize that our spiritual position is over them—resulting in prayers of greater faith and authority.
  • We recognize that the atmosphere of Heaven is one of praise, and praise becomes a significant strategy of prayer for our area. (Ps 149)

4. The Revelation of God’s Presence with Us

Lift up your heads, you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. (Ps 24:7)

Along with the revelation of an open heaven, we are gaining further insight into God’s Presence, and what hosting His Presence means for our neighborhoods, communities, cities, and nations. [3]

How this impacts the way we pray:

  • We prioritize being filled with the Holy Spirit—and honoring Him in our prayer. (Acts 4:24-31)
  • We are not pleading for God’s Presence, but recognizing and delighting in the fact that He is already with us.
  • By faith, we welcome the Holy Spirit into our nation and region. We believe that God’s Presence is greater than any stronghold—and believe and pray accordingly.
  • Having identified principalities or strongholds, moving in the opposite Spirit is our first response [4]
  • Worship becomes part of our prayer, as it is the natural response to experiencing His Presence.

Next week I will continue this discussion by sharing some spiritual warfare strategies using the above principles.


Notes:

[1] 1 Chron 12:32, NLT

[2] See ‘Release The Resources Of Heaven Through Prayer’

[3] See ‘Host God’s Presence and Change a Nation.’

[4] i.e., when an attribute of a stronghold or principality is identified, to draw specifically on those attributes of the Holy Spirit that counter this: for example, responding to poverty with generosity, or accusation with blessing. I will share more on this in the next post.


Related Post:

Spiritual Warfare Strategies When Praying For Regions and Nations

Regional Visitation: The Place Where You Live Matters To God


Signs You May Be A “Watchman Intercessor”

Over the past few months, I’ve been stirred to create some special classes (within the Prayer School) for prayer warriors who are discerners.
You may identify as a “Watchman Intercessor”.

These are the prayer warriors who are God’s Heavenly alert system.

Do you relate to any of the following?

  • You have an instinct to guard, protect or warn
  • Being a discerner, you perceive or see spiritual realities that others don’t see
  • You are highly sensitive to atmospheres
  • Having a burden of prayer is familiar to you
  • You may have a specific assignment to pray for individuals, groups, or regions
  • Others may have misunderstood you, or you felt lonely in your journey

I invite you to join me at the Enliven School of Prophetic Prayer, where I have recently added a new class on the topic of “Empowering the Watchman Intercessor”. These will help you gain confidence in how to operate in your gift. You will also learn how to rest when you need to, without stress or fear of leaving your “post”!
And you will receive helpful Biblical foundations in the watchman gift and ministry.

Currently on the Enliven School of Prophetic Prayer are over 40 self-paced video lessons (to complete in your own time), along with a full PDF transcript, exercises and bonus eBooks.

Alternatively, you can view all online courses, including the Prophetic School here.


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Enliven Ministries: Prophetic ministry for a revival generation

2 thoughts on “Fresh Ways to Pray for Your Nation or Region”

  1. Hi Helen

    Once again, I found this is incredibly helpful, especially in the light of our upcoming prayer walk around Anglesey on 22nd June. Many social changes are occuring in our nations and sometimes it feels very much like Christians are being marginalised, our voices trivialised – but Jesus IS Lord! It is great to be reminded that we pray from THAT position.

    I have been studying the Ascension recently and your post reminds me that as Christ has ascended bodily, our hearts are hidden in heaven with Christ Jesus seated at the right hand of our Father, ever interceding for us. Yet He is also imminent through his Holy Spirit; we are the living temple of the Holy Spirit, with Christ the corner stone. And He wants to fill His house with His presence for the sake of the nations.

    I would like to direct readers to your post on our Prayerwalk Facebook site if I may?

    Thanks again and may God bless you

    James

    1. Hi James, great to hear from you. It’s exciting that the Anglesey prayer walk is coming up and I have diarised it so that Malcolm and I can pray with you on the weekend. Such a wonderful thing to do and I believe very much on God’s heart. Will also pray for you as a team (David McCracken Ministries)

      I know what you mean about social changes marginalising the Christian faith, this is happening at a rapid pace here in Australia too. All the more our hunger and expectation rises to see a move of God on a nationwide scale.

      You are most welcome to use, quote or point people to anything on the blog, that’s what it is here for. 🙂

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