Prayer for the Nation and the World by Pastor Ling You Han

Dear Father in Heaven,

As we lift up our eyes to Your majestic throne, we see how tiny and unworthy we are before You. Your glory and splendour reveals that no one can compare to You. How great and magnificent You are! Your beauty exceeds all the wonders of the world and Your goodness flows from the throne to those who fear You. Here we are, Almighty God. Have mercy on us.

Sovereign God, we bring before You our country, Malaysia.

You have seen all kinds of sins and wickedness in this country that cause suffering in many aspects of lives in this nation. Holy Father, we cannot excuse ourselves from the wrong doings of our government and unjust laws in our homeland. We judge, complain and lament – with each other and through social media. Rarely do we go to You with our concerns. You have called us to be the salt and the light of the world, as Your chosen people, as a royal priesthood, and as a holy nation. As God’s special possession, if we fail to shine brightly before others with good deeds, they will indeed not know how to glorify You Holy God, forgive us.

Father, due to these reasons we bear the consequences of this nation that has turned away from Your glory and goodness. We hereby repent of our selfish contribution to these troubles. We willingly now kneel before You to uphold this country in our prayers. We want to humbly obey You to pray that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made not only for all people but especially today for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. ‘ .

Lord, we ask for the Holy Spirit to move the leaders in the government to make the welfare and the needs of our nation to be the priority in their plans. Place wise men who fear God to be beside these decision makers to compel them to execute their duties with justice. We bring our righteous indignation to You and commit this new government into Your hands during this difficult period. Although the leaders have usurped authority by devious means, we believe that You have a plan for this country. You alone Father, are Sovereign over all nations. There is a revival of prayer and social concern in many churches in Malaysia through this pandemic. You have woken up the churches to reach out to the people in their community who are in need as well as refugees crying out for help. Thank You, Lord. ‘“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are Your ways higher than our ways and Your thoughts than our thoughts.

Lord God of all nations, we bring before You all the countries have encountered the devastation of this pandemic. Sufferings and death have become the daily news of the world. Hopelessness and desperation are shrouding many of us. Father, have You heard our cries? Have You seen our sorrows? Yes, we know You are always here empathizing with our grief  because You left the heavenly throne to become the ‘Man of sorrows for us. Father, we plead You to heal this world not only of physical ailments but also of the misery and the brokenness of many souls. We ask the Holy Spirit to reveal Your plan of Salvation with the precious truth and power of the Gospel shown through the good deeds of the local churches.

Thank you Father, that it is not our meagre works but the Lord Jesus Christ who is the ultimate solution of the world because of His accomplished work on the cross. Now, we can proclaim that You are the life, the way and the truth… ‘“You have told us that in You we may have peace. In this world we will have trouble. But the good news is that our Lord Jesus has overcome the world.”’ 

Lord, You are our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting — You are God.

In Jesus name, we pray. Amen

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