Soldiers asked, “What about us? What should we do?” He answered, “Don’t cheat or harass anyone, and be satisfied with your pay.” (Luke 3:14 CEB)
“From one person God created every human nation to live on the whole earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their lands.” (Acts 17:26 CEB)
First of all, then, I ask that requests, prayers, petitions, and thanksgiving be made for all people. Pray for kings and everyone who is in authority so that we can live a quiet and peaceful life in complete godliness and dignity. This is right and it pleases God our savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:1-4 CEB)
Heavenly Father, any and all deliverance from evil is from you and you alone. You are the Savior. You are the Deliverer. You are the Government. All glory and praise be to you!
We confess that into this world of yours, we, your creation, have sinned, and still do constantly, endlessly introducing confusion and havoc, tension and fighting, into the rest of your creation. You have borne with us long and we ask you to bear with us yet longer. Where would we be without your constant care and involvement in all of humankind’s affairs, God?
As you often hear us ask that you would pour your wisdom into the leaders of all government and guide all soldiers by your will, today we come to you with thanksgiving.
For your concern for every person in harm’s way, be they civilian or combatant, we thank you.
For all the means – visible and invisible, known and unknown – that you use to keep to keep us all from total self annihilation and complete self-destruction, we thank you.
For your sparing of every life you spare and for the strength you extend to all who suffer from loss due to human hatred and war, we thank you.
For every soldier in every army who is respectful of your will and selfless in the execution of their duty first to you, we thank you.
For the knowledge, wisdom, courage and endurance you cause to be in the lives of all who serve others in every way, near or far away, we thank you.
For every good thing you work through any and all governments to make for a more peaceful and meaningful existence for all, we thank you.
For all the opportunities and blessings by which we can honor others before ourselves, we thank you.
For all of that you give through every means that facilitates the flow of your good news and favor to those of every tribe and tongue, we thank you.
For all that is integrity and honesty, justice and mercy, that we see in those who serve in any government and any army, we thank you.
For the way you show no favoritism, but raise up and cast down nations to advance your will, we thank you.
For the hope you hold out to us in your kingdom’s existence here on this earth, that swords can be beat into plowshares, and that one day, no more nations or arms at all will be, for this great hope, we thank you much.
And with thanksgiving that you hear our prayers, Father, we would ask this: that you would continue to work your will in the defeat of any and all powers of evil that be, wherever they be found. Use us how you will toward that end so that your gospel would run throughout the earth and be embraced by more. Do so to the ultimate end that your name would be exalted above every other name.
Father, we pray you would bring every Christian to the place in their spirit where the government whose affairs that enrapture their attention is not any human government, but your rule and order in all things first. May our first allegiance be pledged to no one else but you, ever and always, in every way and in all ways.
In the name of Jesus, we pray.