But where to begin? I believe praying for Canada is a good example of how we can feel ...
6 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. (Romans 8:26-27)
But it is also helpful for us to hear about and read prayers/articles that speak to our hearts and inspire us to learn and grow in prayer. We can be ignited and encouraged to keep pressing on in prayer. (In this day of the internet, we have so many valuable resources at our fingertips.)
Here is a prayer for Canada which is inspired by Psalm 72. It is a wonderful prayer and also can serve as a guideline for more prayer. I suggest you pray it entirely and then go back and take note of specific points. These points can act as triggers to pray deeper as the Spirit leads you.
For instance, "we gather together", brings to my mind the importance of unity over Canada and leads me to also pray for more unity and common purpose in our churches. In this way, you may also discover certain topics or areas that you are called to pray about on a regular basis.
Of course you may get inspired in your first reading and immediately pray more into it. That is great and is a good example of how we can be ignited and drawn deeper into prayer. This is the work of the Holy Spirit and is another exciting part of growing in Prayer.
God bless you and your loved ones! God bless Canada!
PRAYER FOR CANADA
“He shall have dominion from sea to sea….” Psalm 72:8
we gather together in your presence on this Canada Day.
We read of your “dominion” in Psalm 72,
and claim this promise—that your will would prevail in this land.
We pray for the movement of your Holy Spirit across this nation
and for the work of your church in every city and village.
O Lord, make us mindful of your generosity,
and glad to do your will.
Bless our land with honest industry, truthful education,
and an honourable way of life.
Save us from violence, discord, and confusion;
from pride, arrogance, and from every evil course of action.
Make us, who come from many different backgrounds and countries,
a united people – one in purpose and vision.
Give our government a spirit of wisdom and compassion
that there may justice and peace in our land.
When times are prosperous, lead us to thanksgiving,
and when times are troubled, lead us to a deepening trust in you.
All this we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
(Adapted from a prayer of Trinity Anglican Church)