Prayer Guide | How to Pray the Word of the Lord Over the Nations

May 1, 2024

Introduction to the Prayer Guide

When Paul the Apostle wrote to young Timothy, he said, “But know this, that in the last days, grievous times shall come” (2 Timothy 3:1 ASV).  

It doesn’t take a prophet to realize that our nation and the nations of the earth are in serious trouble. There are raging wars and threats of even greater worldwide conflict. Plus, economic instability, riots, and protests are all off the charts. Now, we are experiencing the re-emergence of antisemitism propagated by ill-advised university students calling for a socialist revolution, which is unbelievably misguided, tragic, and demonic. From a historical standpoint, this hearkens back to the rise of the Nazi regime in Germany, the rise of the communist revolution, and even the violent Islamic takeover of nations across Asia.

Today’s prophetic voice is God’s way of crying out and waking us up. He warns because He is a God of mercy.

In his time, the prophet Jeremiah’s heart-broken lament was:

“Oh, that my head were waters, and my eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people" (Jeremiah 9:1 NKJV)!

What can we do? The same! God will hear the heart of the broken and contrite. It is time to bow our knees in prayer, change our hearts, and return to our merciful and mighty God who will turn our brokenness into rejoicing.

We are at a critical tipping point. We must join together in crying out for God’s mercy through our brokenness. I implore you to call out to our Father, not just one time, but until we see His hand turn this evil around and restore us to His mighty purpose.

This prayer guide is designed to provide a framework for interceding effectively and strategically for the dire issues outlined in the “Word of the Lord for Nations,” released by Cindy Jacobs and the Apostolic Council for Prophetic Elders (ACPE) on April 25, 2024. Drawing inspiration from the Scriptures and guided by the leading of the Holy Spirit, we will delve into specific areas of concern, repentance, and petition. We will address both personal and corporate sin, seeking forgiveness, healing, and transformation for ourselves, our families, university campuses, communities, and our nations.

Day 1 – Day of Repentance

“… ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand’” (Matthew 3:2 NKJV)!

Whenever God calls us to pray over a severe issue, like this one, that could cause the dissolution of our freedoms as we know them, The Almighty requires us to start with personal inspection, cleansing, and repentance; He requires a solemn alteration of heart and mind.

To fear the LORD is to hate evil. The LORD hates pride, arrogance, evil behavior, and twisted speech (Proverbs 8:13).

The Spirit of the LORD speaking through Peter made it clear that a change of heart, repentance, begins first in us, His Church. We are His household; it will start with us!

“For the time has come for judgment, and it must begin with God’s household. And if judgment begins with us, what terrible fate awaits those who have never obeyed God’s Good News” (I Peter 4:17 NLT)?

We must return to the fear, respect, and awe of God in every area of our lives. We must return to holiness, standing apart from the perversion of this world, to stand before the Holy One of Israel in our petitions! We must cry out the same way King David did as he wrote,  

“Search me [thoroughly], O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts, and see if there is any wicked or hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way” (Psalms 139:23-24 AMPL).

Cleansing from Unforgiveness:

Allow the Holy Spirit to bring to your mind those you need to forgive and those who have wronged you. Ask for the conviction of the Lord to rise in you over any unforgiveness. We know that if we harbor sin in our hearts, God will not hear us!

Bitterness can develop from long-standing unforgiveness. The result is often doubt and unbelief. Let the Lord show you if anger or resentful feelings toward a person or situation have created bitterness in your soul. Cry out to the Lord to give you the courage to forgive and release that one, plucking this crippling sin out at the root, restoring hope and passion for intercession.

Remember, the Lord is not asking you to stay in an abusive situation, but He is asking you to let go of resentment. Then, ask the Lord to touch your wounded heart and heal that place in your life. Ask Your Heavenly Father to direct you to the next step in your healing. 

Our Personal Prayer:

Day 2 – A Call for Corporate Repentance: The Sins of the Church 

The next step is to come together in corporate repentance for the sins of the Church and the sins of the nation. Individuals, of course, can pray the prayers in these sections, however, the power of agreement with others brings results. Assemble a gathering for prayer at your church, work, school, or even a Zoom call with others.

We will begin by repenting for the household of God. 

We read earlier that “Judgement begins at home” with His family (I Peter 4:17). His Church is the household of the Redeemed. Let’s begin here by repenting for the Church, of which we are all members, and therefore take responsibility for her sins.

It is important to note that we cannot address unholy acts of violence and sins of disunity and division among the nations when we ourselves are guilty of the same sin.  

Corporately, we, God’s people, as His Church, need to come together and cry out for mercy and forgiveness, returning to the true worship of God in Spirit and truth. It’s time to call for a solemn assembly and return to the Lord in humility and brokenness (Joel 1:14, 2:15).

Let’s pray these prayers in unity together for the Body of Christ:

Unity and Reconciliation Among Believers

Commitment to Holiness and Discipleship

Empowerment for Ministry and Mission

Renewal of Passion for Prayer and Intercession

Day 3 – A Call for Corporate Repentance: The Sins of the Nation

God is merciful, but when a nation’s walls are down through the sins of her people, that nation is vulnerable to the takeover by hostile nations and their ungodly ideologies (Deuteronomy 28:49).

God is looking for a Church without spot or wrinkle to stand in the gap for our nations. 

“So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one” (Ezekiel 22:30 NKJV).

We need multitudes to come to Jesus and see our land healed.

“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” (II Chronicles 7:14 NKJV).

The Lord of Hosts is the only army that can destroy the enemies of His people (Romans 13:1-7). When we stand with Him, He fights for us. 

“You will be secure under a government that is just and fair. Your enemies will stay far away. You will live in peace, and terror will not come near. If any nation comes to fight you, it is not because I sent them. Whoever attacks you will go down in defeat” (Isaiah 54:14-15). 

As Daniel cried for his nation of Israel, let us come together and pray as one voice for our nation: 

Lord Almighty, You are Great and Awesome; You keep Your covenant of love with those who love You and keep Your Word. But we and our leaders have sinned and done wrong. We and the people of our nation have been unfaithful and turned away from Your truth; we have become rebellious, refusing to obey You.

Now all this disaster has come on us because we have not sought the favor of the Lord our God by turning from our sins and giving attention to Your truth. Our sins and iniquities have made us an object of scorn to all those around us. But You, Lord our God, are forgiving. You, O God, are righteous and good in everything You do.

Have mercy, Lord. Look with favor upon us once again and heal our desolation. We do not make requests of You because we are without fault, but because of Your great mercy. Lord, forgive me and the people of my nation! Now, Gracious Father, hear our prayers. Mighty God, do not delay because our nation and Your people need Your help and deliverance. Christ, have mercy! Lord, have mercy! Come forgive our sins and heal our land. In the priceless Name of Jesus.

It is my heart that the Lord would supernaturally move upon us to travail and weep before Him for the sins of our nation. Tears are often a sign of true brokenness and repentance. An acceptable sacrifice to God is a broken spirit. He will not reject a broken and repentant heart (Psalm 51:17 NLT).

Ask God to break your heart over the sins overtaking your nation, such as: 

Repentance for Idolatry and Materialism

“Tell the city what I, the Sovereign LORD, am saying: Because you have murdered so many of your people (children) and have defiled yourself by worshiping idols, your time is coming. You are guilty of those murders and are defiled by the idols you made, and so your day is coming; your time is up! That is why I have let the nations make fun of you and all the countries sneer at you” (Ezekiel 22:3-4 NLT).

It is time NOW to take seriously this WORD of the LORD. As it was valid for Jerusalem…it is true for us. We must return in repentance to the Lord of mercy and truth.

Repentance for Killing Babies in the Womb

Trafficking of Women and Children

Restoration of Moral Integrity and Family Values

Day 4 – Corporate Prayer for Sins Against the Jews/Antisemitism

We know that God chose a people out of all the nations of the earth for Himself. He calls this unique people His beloved nation, Israel (meaning “The One Who Prevails with God”), and from the tribe of Judah (meaning “Praised One”). As we know, Jesus, the Savior of the world, was born of this very tribe and nation. 

The misguided idea of replacement theology is rampant in some churches and nations. Replacement theology says that the Jewish people are not unique to God anymore because they have been “replaced” by the Church.   

But the Bible tells us that the nation of Israel will endure for all generations (Jeremiah 32:35-36 GWT).  “And I will dwell among the children of Israel and will not forsake my people Israel” (1 Kings 6:13).  

All the people of the earth are to bless God’s beloved Israel and pray for the peace of God to come upon that nation. The Bible tells us that those who bless Israel will be blessed.

“I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in You all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Genesis 12:2-3 NKJV).

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: ‘May they prosper who love you’” (Psalm 122:6 NKJV).

Throughout history, the Jewish people have been hated for their special place as God’s chosen people. Plots to annihilate them have risen throughout the ages. We are called to pray blessings upon them, asking the God of Israel to open their eyes to see and their hearts to receive His redemption through their Messiah, Jesus. We are called to stand in the gap in prayer for Israel as the spirit of anti-Semitism is rising among the nations once again.

According to Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, the spirit of Amalek is the principality that is coming against Israel. We see this is the same spirit that Saul was supposed to deal with. Because he did not, it grew until it manifested through Haman the Agagite, who was a descendant of Agag, the King of the Amalekites.

Prayer for Israel and against antisemitism:

Day 5 – Prayer for University Campuses

It is no secret that while we have been sleeping our universities have been taken over by other anti-Christ ideologies. The generations are literally rebelling against Israel and the Jewish people. We are aware that no nation is perfect, but violence against the Jewish people must not be tolerated.

Pray against antisemitism on our college campuses:

Forgiveness for Hatred of the Jewish People

Protection for Jewish Students and Allies

Divine Intervention

Hearts Opened to Understanding

Peace and Reconciliation

Wisdom for University Leadership

Exposure of Manipulative Agendas

Revival and Awakening on College and University Campuses

Day 6 – Prayer over Global Alliances

The Word of the Lord for the Nations revealed an existing axis of evil. With Iran as its head, it is a Caliphate including the Palestinian State, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen. The Lord warned that Hezbollah would be a part of this alliance, and eventually, Afghanistan. God warned other nations in the Middle East, as well as Africa, to resist participating with this Caliphate and to remain independent. 

The Lord highlighted Russia desiring to overtake Europe through Ukraine. And China is also a threat to world security, desiring to control Taiwan, Korea, and other countries in Asia. 

The Lord warned that while the nations of Iran, Russia, and China could align as an expanded axis of evil, the Caliphate of Islam could eventually take over. The fervent intercession of a repentant Church is the only way to keep this greater ungodly alliance from forming and to prevent World War III.

And in the middle of all of this is the nation of Israel, the “Apple of God’s Eye.”

Intercession for the Nations:

Stopping the Caliphate and World War III

Wisdom and Discernment for World Leaders

Protection Against Terrorist Attacks

Use of Military Intervention

Divine Intervention and Protection

Day 7 – National Revival and Spiritual Awakening

Time and again throughout history, there is documentation of revival and awakening following intense times of repentance and intercession. The Bible tells us, “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (James 5:15 KJV). 

We have spent the previous days in intense introspection, asking God to forgive us for all known and hidden sin, first in ourselves, then in the Church, then in our nations. God bends low and listens when this type of intercession is occurring. You have been used as an instrument of His grace on the earth. Now, from that place of righteousness only found in Him, through the shed blood of Jesus, and in the power of His resurrection, passionately petition Him on that throne of grace for worldwide spiritual awakening and a great harvest of souls!

Pray for revival and awakening in your nation:

“Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the Lord!  Awake as in the ancient days, in the generations of old. Are You not the arm that cut Rahab apart, and wounded the serpent? Are You not the One who dried up the sea, the waters of the great deep; that made the depths of the sea a road for the redeemed to cross over? So the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing, with everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness; sorrow and sighing shall flee away” (Isaiah 51:9-11 NKJV).

Hear our cry, and deliver our nations, Lord. Release the harvest from the hold the enemy has had over multitudes of souls. Make us ready to disciple this fresh harvest and the nations of the earth, in Jesus’ glorious Name! Amen and amen.



Prayer-walk your local college campuses and universities.

Make plans to send teams to evangelize local campuses.

Meet local college students and invite them into your home.

Plan a prayer meeting on or near a college or university and cry out for massive revivals on our campuses.

Send Judah first! By this, it is meant to send worshippers to sing and worship to win the battle against the forces of darkness raging in our cities and on our campuses.


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