Praying for Government leaders in Oppressive Regimes

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"Wherever the Church has been aroused and the world's wickedness arrested, somebody, somewhere has been praying."
~ Dr. A.T. Pierson

1 Timothy 2:1-2 has clear instructions that we should pray “for Kings and all those in authority.”  This is a direct instruction from Scipture that we should regard seriously.  At the moment, more than ever,  battle is underway in the air for total control and power of governments in many countries of the world.  
More than 1.6 billion people—23 percent of the world’s population—have no say in how they are governed and face severe consequences if they try to exercise their most basic rights, such as expressing their views, assembling peacefully, and organising independently of the state.
These numbers are increasing day by day as more and more Oppressive Regimes assert their powers and overthrow governments. 
The one thing we can do for the nations :

Read more about 20 of the most Oppressive Regimes in the world 

Here are some Guidelines on how to pray for our Leaders
  • Pray for their salvation so that they can be reconciled to God. Pray specifically that the Lord will send people to them who can witness to them.
  • Pray specially that corrupt and unsaved leaders become convicted and that they will seek God's forgiveness. Pray for them for pure lives and sober habits.
  • Pray for their families for their salvation and that they will influence the person's life positively.
  • Pray for the person in the execution of his/her duties, that they will act fairly, humanely and with insight.
  • Pray that the Holy Spirit will pour out the love of God into the person's life.
  • Pray according to Micah.6:8  “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.  And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."
  • Pray that unfair and godless leaders will make "mistakes" that will be to the advantage of the Gospel.
  • Pray that oppressors and godless leaders will lose their positions of power by means of wrong advice. "Confuse the wicked, o Lord, confound their speech, for I see violence and strife in the city" (Psalm 55:9).
  • Pray that the Lord will disrupt the advice of evil advisors and that He will give the leader wisdom and discernment.
  • Pray that the plans of those who are involved in plots and unholy conspiracies will be broken, whether the conspirators are people in authority or persons seeking to harm someone in authority, we need to pray that their plans will come to nothing.
  • There are specific demons working in politics and at government level. Pray and resist the influence of the evil powers on the lives of individuals in Jesus' Name. Break the strongholds of the Evil One in politics and in individual's lives.
  • Pray for the leaders in countries where there is bloodshed, violence, chaos and anarchy, that they will tire of these evils and seek for peace and stability.
  • Pray that leaders will realise that God appointed them and that He gave them authority so that they will act responsibly and will realise that they will have to give account to God of everything that they do.
Source:  Jericho Walls International
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