This is the 4th article in our 8-part series, entitled Bless Your Nation. In each article, we focus on a different area of society to be blessed. Read each article carefully and pray the blessings over your nation in faith. This week we focus our blessings on the economy, natural resources and agriculture.
Christians everywhere must take responsibility for their own nation, believing that God can and will change the hearts of citizens in their nation. Our first task as believers is to ask God to change our own hearts from a negative perspective of our nation to a faith perspective and to trust that He wants to use us to bring about change in our nation. If you have not yet read the first article in this series to prepare your heart to bless your nation, we suggest you do so before continuing.
Day 1. ECONOMY
BLESSING: While you continue to speak the 3 blessings from Numbers 6:24-26, Matthew 5:3-12 and Ephesians 1:3-4 daily over the nation, add this blessing over the economy:
In the name of Jesus Christ, I bless ____________’s economy! May we have a healthy currency, a quick repayment of national debt and no need to borrow from the World Bank. May our economy have a stable environment that will attract foreign investors. May corruption be dealt with speedily. May the government be accountable, wise and responsible in their spending of national revenue and resources, and may there be a healthy balance between government grants and entrepreneurial development. May we all have a healthy work mentality. I bless the Revenue Services and the National Treasury, I bless the Departments of- Economic Development, International Relations and Cooperation, Labour, Public Works, Public Enterprises and Transport, as well as the Reserve Bank, the Stock Exchange and the Mint.
PRAYER: Father God, please deliver us in ____________ from all forms of greed and mismanagement of money, and help us to pursue righteousness and godliness.
1 Timothy 6:10-11: For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.
PRAYER-WALK/DRIVE: Banks, financial institutions and business districts.
PRAY: For managers, businessmen and women, labour unions, sales representatives, etc.
Day 2. ECONOMY
BLESSING: I bless our labour force with these blessings:
In the name of Jesus Christ, I bless the people of ____________ and every worker in the nation. The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace. (Numbers 6:24-26).
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Matthew 5:3-12).
Blessed are You, our God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ…that we should be holy and without blame before You in love. (Ephesians 1:3-4).
I bless the Departments of- Small Business Development and Trade and Industry.
PRAYER-WALK/DRIVE: Your local mall/shopping centre and pray for management, owners of businesses, retailers, vendors, shop assistants, cashiers, cleaners, etc.
INTERCEDE: For the salvation of corrupt officials and citizens, thieves, murderers, and instigators of unrest, rebellion and violence, etc.
Day 3. ECONOMY
Father God, I pray according to the prayer of Jesus in Matthew 6:11, that You will give us our daily bread and provide for all our needs. I intercede for every person that is unemployed, begging on the streets, homeless, poor, desperate and needy. Please bless ____________’s economy so that we can create jobs for every person who has a heart to work. Please bless the work of our hands. I pray for the salvation and deliverance of those who have resorted to crime, prostitution, smuggling, theft, corruption, illegal activities, alcoholism or drugs as a solution to their problems. I bless the foreigners amongst us, and I pray that there will be no extortion of money or abuse of any kind in our formal or informal business relations with people from other nations. I bless ____________!
PRAYER-WALK/DRIVE: Infrastructure (roads, airports, harbours, railways).
PRAY: For factory workers, road and construction workers, flight attendants, pilots, freight businesses, bus and taxi drivers, garage attendants, domestic workers, etc.
Day 4. NATURAL RESOURCES
PRONOUNCE 3 BLESSINGS: Please continue to bless ____________ by pronouncing the 3 blessings from Numbers 6:24-26, Matthew 5:3-12 and Ephesians 1:3-4 over the nation. The Word of God is alive and active to perform God’s purposes on earth.
PRAYER: Let us once again pray for the cleansing of our hearts and lips.
Father God, please forgive me for every harsh word that I have spoken in anger, impatience, hatred or insensitivity to family members, people of other races, leaders or foreigners. Remove every curse from my lips, and use me as an instrument of righteousness to bless ____________. Help me to watch my words and to guard my heart.
Father God, I thank You for giving ____________ natural resources. In the name of Jesus Christ, I bless ____________’s land and mineral resources. May we deal wisely with what You have entrusted us with, utilise it responsibly and secure sustainability of all natural resources. May all citizens benefit from these resources and become responsible stewards of them. I bless the Departments of- Energy, Mineral Resources and Science and Technology.
PRAYER-DRIVE/WALK: Around mines and industrial areas.
INTERCEDE: For mineworkers, Labour Unions, traders and support networks, and for perpetrators who illegally exploit mineral resources.
Day 5. NATURAL RESOURCES
In the name of Jesus Christ, I bless ____________’s rich and diverse natural resources. I pray for the protection of our wildlife and flora, and our marine and freshwater resources. May we be responsible stewards of the environment God has entrusted to us and reign over them according to Genesis 1:26: Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.
I bless our atmosphere and pray for creative ways to deal with pollution and for a blessed interaction between humans and nature. I bless the waters of ____________ and pray for them to be cleansed from any spiritual or physical defilement.
PRAYER-WALK/DRIVE: Environmental agencies, game reserves, mountains, beaches, parks, mines, dams, rivers, etc.
INTERCEDE: For the salvation of those who exploit the environment, poach wildlife and mismanage or abuse the country’s natural resources.
Day 6. LAND
BLESSING: Remember to bless ____________ according to Numbers 6:24-26, Matthew 5:3-12 and Ephesians 1:3-4.
In the name of Jesus Christ, I bless ____________’s land. I pray for wisdom to manage the land and to remove the historic injustices and other land issues that still plague ____________. I confess our guilt and pray that the land will be purified from all defilement caused by immorality (Leviticus 18), idolatry, spiritism, sorcery, reverence for the dead and ancestor worship (Leviticus 19:31; Isaiah 8:19), bloodshed, killing, stealing, lying, adultery and swearing (Deuteronomy 21:1-9; Hosea 4:1-3), and broken covenants or agreements and divorce (Isaiah 24:5; 2 Samuel 21:1; Malachi 2:16). I pray for God’s favour and blessing to rest on our land.
I bless the Departments of- Environmental Affairs, Human Settlements and Urban Development, Rural Development and Land Reform, and Water and Sanitation.
PRAYER-WALK/DRIVE: Find a place in your backyard or at a park near you, and lay your hands on the soil of ____________ and bless it in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Day 7. AGRICULTURE
I bless ____________’s agriculture with fair, wise and responsible cultivation of land, and with healthy relationships between farmers, workers, market developers and financial institutions. I bless our farmers with the farming, marketing and financial skills they need to develop innovative ways to cultivate our land and assure long-term food security. I pray that our agricultural land will be fertile, that rain will fall in the right season, and that crops will prosper. I pray that all livestock will be healthy and prosper also. I bless our trade agreements and food-exports to other nations. Lord God, bless our land! I bless the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
PRAYER-WALK/DRIVE: Farms, small holdings, abattoirs, grain silos, agricultural hubs and depots, etc.
PRAY: For farmers, farm workers, fishermen, environmental personnel, etc.
Follow this series and bless your nation
Read each article in this series and pray the blessings over your nation, believing God to transform the hearts of its citizens. Remember to bless, rather than curse; heal, rather than wound; restore, rather than destroy as you live your life daily.