Today’s business leaders hold a
great deal of sway in our society. America has long celebrated the
entrepreneurial spirit of men and women who have launched innovative and
successful companies. In generations past, honest and generous CEOs
were rewarded with loyal employees, customers and clients. In recent
years, however, greater numbers of large corporations are becoming
characterized by deception, greed, and even fraudulent activity.
In this climate, executives with
strong ethics are especially deserving of our recognition and patronage.
A great way to encourage such business leaders is to support
Marketplace Chaplains USA, a group that positions chaplains in companies
across the country. Also, continue praying that God will provide
corporate America with business leaders who are committed to conducting
Here are scriptures to use to pray that God will raise up His ambassadors in the workplace.
The media is unquestionably one
of the most powerful and influential voices in our culture. Journalism
used to be a simple matter of reporting the facts and, where there was
controversy, presenting both sides of the story. Unfortunately, that is
no longer the case. From the top national networks to local
newspapers, we are faced with the challenge of sorting through
commentary and conjecture in order to get to the truth.
Meanwhile, throughout the
entertainment industry, the heroes of pop culture model vices such as
materialism, promiscuity, substance abuse and violence. Professional
athletes, once some of our nation’s most revered and reliable role
models, now watch many of their fellow players regularly fall into
Those of us determined to be
discerning are constantly faced with the task of wading through the
media’s often biased and immoral offerings to find wholesome and
acceptable alternatives for ourselves and our families. Specifically,
we need to recognize and reject the errant messages of popular culture
that run counter to the Judeo-Christian system of values.
We encourage you to make our
nation’s journalists a subject of prayer. Ask the Lord to provide the
television, radio and print mediums with staff members and executives
who are committed to accuracy and integrity.
We must also remember to
intercede on behalf of the actors, musicians and athletes our young
people seek to emulate. Pray that more of Hollywood’s celebrities will
be worthy of our respect and admiration. And as you watch your favorite
sport, ask the Lord to strengthen and embolden any Christians on the
team or coaching staff. Nothing is too difficult for God and though
the industry often seems unprincipled, we know the Lord is able to use
the media to accomplish His purposes.
Here are scriptures to use to pray for truth and morality to be presented.
In the wake of the Sept. 11
attacks on our own soil, the American people have realized that the face
of war is forever changed. No longer can we think of combat being
fought solely on faraway shores. We must acknowledge that many of the
United States’ enemies are among us, even as others plot against us from
With this sobering reality in
mind, pray for the courageous troops who are actively serving our
country each day not only at bases around the world, but also here
within our borders. Our soldiers daily place themselves in harm’s way in
order to defend the way of life we hold dear, and they desperately need
our prayer support. Their families should be remembered as well. These
individuals often make significant sacrifices as they endure long
separations, frequent moves and other challenges inherent to military
As the heroic men and women in our
armed services secure our liberty both at home and abroad, pray the
Lord’s protection will go before them. In addition, lift up the
chaplains stationed around the world, along with the Christian
servicemen who unofficially fulfill a role of spiritual leadership. Ask
that these believers would faithfully represent Christ among their
Please don’t forget to pray also
for those who have lost a loved one in battle. These grieving families
have paid the ultimate price, and we must ask that God’s comfort would
be upon them in a special way.
Finally, pray that our media’s
accounts of U.S. military actions are relayed fairly and impartially.
Our troops are deserving of their fellow Americans’ gratitude and
respect, and accurate reporting can play an important role in rallying
the American people around our brave servicemen.
Pray for divine protection and
guidance for our armed forces. Ask God to intercede for military
chaplains and loved ones at home.
Our Founding Fathers established a
nearly foolproof system of government; its checks and balances are
among the most noteworthy aspects of our republic. Our executive,
legislative, and judicial branches, when functioning as they were
designed, champion our liberties and prevent our government from
becoming tyrannical and oppressive. By and large, however, the American
people are sadly uninformed about democratic principles and their role
in safeguarding our freedoms. What’s more, the clearly defined lines
between the three branches of government are becoming blurred and United
States citizens are paying the price.We must continue to pray that God protects our way of life, asking that He would embed men and women in office who
are committed to serving their constituents with integrity. We must
remain in prayer for our elections, beseeching God to prompt our fellow
citizens to become involved in this process. Voting is both a duty and a
privilege, and the outcomes of our political races are critical in
determining the future course of our nation.
May God’s hand of wisdom and
guidance remain upon each segment of our society, and through His
Spirit, may believers be inspired to “pray continually” (I Thessalonians
5:17). We are assured that the Almighty hears our petitions. As people
from coast to coast lift their voices in prayer, repentance and
humility, we simply cannot underestimate how the Lord will respond. Let
us together come before His throne with these words on our lips and in
our hearts, “God bless America!”
Here are scriptures to use to pray for our leaders, as well as the judges in our courts. Ask God to grant them wisdom to act with integrity.
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