I found this short history of The National Day of Prayer.
It can be so easy at times to forget that prayer is the duty of every believer and follower of Jesus. While I cannot say that I do this like I should, I understand that the leaders of this country need the prayers of the people, but not for the reasons that you might think. Many times our prayers descend into a kind of political jockeying with God. Here is the bottom line.
God is NOT interested in our politics.
As a matter of fact, God could care less about the political situations on this world. God is more interested in accomplishing his purposes through his people. Therefore, it is important for us, the children of God, to quit trying to get God to change the political situation due to some preference we might have. This could very easily descend into a rant, but I will keep myself from that!
My desire on this National Day of Prayer is this: That we as Christ followers would not pray for God to change the political situation or climate or whatever. I would like for us to pray that God would change the hearts of the politicians toward himself. I want my confidence to be in God, not in some man or woman that wants to represent “my interests.” The only one I trust with my interests is God.
And I want to leave it that way.
Most Gracious God,
You are greater and more wonderful that any political system, philosophy or candidate. I pray that we, your people, would spend more time trusting you, rather than some elected official.
Father I pray, that as a follower of your Son, I would call out to you for the heart and soul of every member of Congress and every elected official. I ask that you would transform them and conform them into the image of your Son. Trusting in others for what only you can provide will lead us toward idolatry and hopelessness.
Help us to increase our trust in you. In Jesus name, Amen.