In October 2019, during a prayer gathering in San Diego, CA, I received a profound urgent command from the Lord to pray for America. He specifically said to pray for 50 hours for America (1 hour for every state). Perplexed as to how to get this done, I shared it with a few prayer warriors to ask them to help carry the load. We came into agreement. Then the Lord provided a prayer strategy (see below) of how and what to pray.
This morning I heard it again and the Lord instructed me to share the prayer strategy. Nothing happens without prayer. Can you pray for just one hour?
50 HOURS OF 🙏🏾 PRAYER FOR AMERICA 🇺🇸
Can you pray for just one hour?
Many people have gotten their lives straightened out, and many desperate situations have been changed because people have learned to pray. Mature sons and daughters learn to legislate in the prayer closet. When we pray, God does the impossible in ways we could never dream of. Prayer changes things.
“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” (1 John 5: 14-15 KJV)
One day, I read this Scripture and my prayer life was transformed. I realized that if I could locate a promise in God’s Word, then write it down as a petition, I would see results. From that day until this one, I have used this Biblical technique to see victory in my prayer life.
The Word of God says that we shall decree a thing and it shall be established. When we issue our decrees, they cannot be challenged by any court of law. “Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.” Job 22:28 . The Bible also says: If any of you shall say to the mountain: Be thou removed and cast into the sea and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he said shall come to pass; he shall have whatever he saith (Matthew 11:23).
Let’s begin! When we pray Heaven responds.
Begin with reciting The Lord's Prayer (Matthew 6: 9-13 or Luke 11:2-4) - I also encourage you to take the time to meditate on the 6th chapter of Luke and the 11th chapter of Luke it is a red letter text with many powerful nuggets of wisdom that you will be blessed by.
“After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”
Repentance (Psalm 51) - Before petitioning the Lord it is important to repent of any known or unknown sins, sins of omission and commission. Reciting Psalms 51:1-19 will be sufficient.
“Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, Blot out my transgressions. Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me hear joy and gladness, That the bones You have broken may rejoice. Hide Your face from my sins, And blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit. Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners shall be converted to You. Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, The God of my salvation, and my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness. O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall show forth Your praise. For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart— These, O God, You will not despise. Do good in Your good pleasure to Zion; Build the walls of Jerusalem. Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, With burnt offering and whole burnt offering; Then they shall offer bulls on Your altar.” Psalms 51:1;6-19 NKJV
Cover yourself, your home, and your family - FEEL FREE TO PRAY WHAT YOU SEE, ARE LEAD TO PRAY BY THE HOLY SPIRIT, OR USE THIS EXAMPLE:
I thank you Lord that you go before me and perfect those things that concern me. I thank you that you have chosen me to be your official representative in the earthly realm. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV) Therefore, I submit my mind, heart and body to you as a living sacrifice. Holy and acceptable because it is my reasonable service. I plead the blood of Jesus over my mind and I bind any demonic assignments released against me in Jesus name. Let God arise and His enemies be scattered! I release the fire of God and the blood of Jesus against witchcraft control, mind binding spirits, spirits that block or bind the will, mind control, destruction, lust, fantasy lust, perversion, intimidation, rebellion, rejection, schizophrenia, paranoia, anger, hatred, wrath, rage, resentment, bitterness, unforgiveness, unteachableness, deception, doubt, unbelief, passivity, pride, and false humility in Jesus name! I am an empowered believer. It's my desire to honor you. To be a vessel of glory and honor for your use. I activate and enforce the authority that you have given me. I ask that today I would be granted the full access and application of the work on the cross, from resurrection to ascension. Resurrect anything dead in, around and near me. Help me to ascend as an eagle above test, trials, and tribulations today. I clothe myself in Your whole armor according to Your Word in Ephesians 6:14-20; “Standing with my loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; My feet are shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, I take the shield of faith which will quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. I place the helmet of salvation upon my head, and speak the word of God boldly, as I ought to speak. As I fight the good fight of faith today, I thank you that demonic forces and powers of darkness are under my feet and shall remain there. I bind the strongman and render him helpless in my life, in my families lives, in the lives of my church family, our ministries, businesses, communities and our nation.
Declarations Over Marriage & Family
I command division, separation, strife, jealousy, envy, chaos, resentment, disharmony and bitterness that would attempt to operate in my home or toward one another to leave immediately in Jesus name! I cancel every assignment of the enemy against SPOUSE & CHILDREN’S NAME mind and I command that their mindset line up with the Word of God. Lord sever every ungodly soul tie and street tie. Remove the stumbling blocks. I decree that they will serve the Lord! Sever the ungodly male/female influence and cease it in Jesus name. Sever the relationship with his/her homeboys and remove them. Lord remove the ungodly influences. May the fire of the Holy Spirit burn out all not of You. Surround them with godly people. Let nothing hinder them from seeking you. Amen.
Cover your neighborhood - FEEL FREE TO PRAY WHAT YOU SEE, ARE LEAD TO PRAY BY THE HOLY SPIRIT, OR USE THIS EXAMPLE:
Heavenly Father, we ask for your presence in families in our neighborhood. We pray for strength and understanding between the marriages in our neighborhood. We ask for loving, strong bonds between the children, teenagers, adults, and grandparents. We pray that each branch of the family would demonstrate love for one another. God Almighty, we ask for healthy, thriving relationships between neighbors. We pray different cultures will be able to understand and care for one another in our neighborhood. We pray that the diversity of your people will be celebrated by all neighbors, just as you affirm and love each one of us. Father, we pray for the teachers and local principals who devote their days to shepherding our students. Please be present as district and state leaders make impactful decisions. We ask for guidance and patience for the parent volunteers as they serve our neighborhood schools. We pray that our schools will be a safe, positive community for our students. Lord God, we pray for guidance for our local pastors as they nurture Your congregation and seek to serve those around them. We pray congregations would welcome neighbors with open arms. We hope for residents to find a place to experience community with the body of Christ as they grow spiritually. God, our Prince of Peace, we ask for your presence in the streets and homes of our community. We pray for local law enforcement, for their safety and wisdom and compassion in all circumstances. We pray your comfort for those who have experienced violence, and we ask your protection for all our neighbors. Father, we ask you to give our state and local leaders wisdom to make decisions affecting our neighborhood. We pray they will be thoughtful in their decisions and listen to the voices of the community. We pray for courage to stand up for our community and to live with grace and dignity in our city. God, we ask for a flourishing community, where neighbors learn to love each other and come to know Jesus. We pray that we can be good stewards of Your love to each one of our neighbors. We ask that You help us to learn from our community, and it may be a place where all are welcomed.
Cover your region - FEEL FREE TO PRAY WHAT YOU SEE, ARE LEAD TO PRAY BY THE HOLY SPIRIT, OR USE THIS EXAMPLE:
Father, you said in your Word that, “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 will forgive their sin and heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14. Today I stand in the gap for the [INSERT YOUR REGION HERE] region of the United States of America. So now Lord, we humble ourselves. We realize we are not self-sufficient and our dependency is on you. We seek Your face and pursue You above all else. I pray that Your righteousness would invade our region with healing, deliverance and Your perfect will. I pray for regional repentance. That hearts may turn back to You. WE COMMAND DRY BONES TO LIVE AGAIN in [INSERT YOUR REGIONAL STATES HERE] Example: Southeast Region - Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama. I pray for the leaders throughout the region and those in authority. The heart of the king is in your hand and we know you are able to direct his decisions to your plans and purposes. (Proverbs 21:1). Give our leaders discernment, understanding, and knowledge concerning the issues that concern their attention. Strengthen them spiritually, mentally, and physically. Give them courage and fortitude to stand strong in the face of adversity. May they be bold and courageous to stand up for what is right and defy the forces that would come against our country, state, and communities.
Cover your state and the nation - FEEL FREE TO PRAY WHAT YOU SEE, ARE LEAD TO PRAY BY THE HOLY SPIRIT, OR USE THIS EXAMPLE:
Father I ask according to Isaiah 22:22 that you would open the Gates of Heaven above us and bless us. I ask You Heavenly Father to open the Gates of Favor, Provision, Deliverance, Wisdom, Protection, and Healing for the state of [INSERT YOUR STATE HERE]. I bring the needs of our local, state, and national governments before You and ask You to bless our nation through godly leadership. We magnify the Name of Jesus and declare that He is Lord over this nation. We pray for our president, the vice president, all the Cabinet the, chief justice and associate justices of the Supreme Court, our governor and mayor, to receive the wisdom of God, to act in obedience to that wisdom and for the power of God to flow in their lives. We pray for the members of the Senate and the House of Representatives to find Your peace and direction, and for these men and women to act and lead according to Your Word. A house divided against itself cannot stand, therefore, we pray for them to be unified in righteousness for the sake of the nation. May our leaders conduct their administrations and personal lives ethically, morally, and honestly. May they be people of integrity and truth and follow the convictions of their hearts, looking to You, God, in prayer for help and comfort. We pray for the safety and protection of our leaders, as well as our law enforcement officers, and men of and women of the military. We ask for godly counsel and wisdom for judges across this land. In the Name of Jesus, we pray that You and Your kingdom of righteousness be manifested in the hearts of all those who are in authority in any way. Give wisdom and insight to our leaders and everyone involved in the elimination of terrorism. Provide instruction in the development of effective and efficient anti-terrorist strategies that will give us an advantage against our aggressors, allowing the country to remain safe and secure. God, we pray you prevent the destructive forces of terrorism directed against our nation. May every evil plot be revealed and stopped. We repent for the sins of this nation. Forgive us where we have strayed dangerously far from the path you have for our country. We ask You to cleanse us and forgive us from idolatry, witchcraft and every kind of disobedience. Grant this nation a spirit of repentance and cover us with Your mercy. As we turn back to You, Lord, we believe our land is being healed. In Jesus name. Amen.
Pray for the Church
Father, in the name of Jesus, we pray for the great sleeping giant, the church, who even now has begun to shake herself from her sleep. We pray she would awake to righteousness and holiness in every denomination, in every body of believers, and slumber no longer. We pray we would begin to unify under the blood-stained banner of the Cross, and preach the Gospel of the Kingdom clearly and boldly in every highway and byway of our nation. We pray and believe for the voice of truth, salvation, revival and restoration to be proclaimed and heard across our land. Grant unto your servants everywhere that with all boldness we may speak your Word. We pray for a mighty outpouring of your Spirit with signs, wonders and miracles. We pray we will not only stand up and speak up but will begin to reap a great harvest in our nation, bringing multitudes to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. May the revival of the saints be so all encompassing that it affects the spiritual complexion of our entire nation and influences our politics, our economy, our media, and our entire society. In Jesus name. Amen.
Pray for Jerusalem
Father, Your Word says to pray for the peace of Jerusalem because those who love Jerusalem shall prosper. Lord Jesus, because You love Jerusalem and wept over it, we love it also. We pray for Jerusalem to receive the shalom of God, which brings wholeness—nothing missing, nothing broken. We pray that no leader of our nation will make any decision that will harm Jerusalem in any way. And in the Name of Jesus, we pray that You reveal Your perfect will to all the leaders of Israel. We ask You, Lord, to reveal Yourself to each person. Thank You, Father, for hearing our prayers that are in accordance to Your will. We receive the answers. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.