Today, August 15, India celebrates 67 years of independence. As I think of that vast and diverse nation, I am thankful to the Lord for connecting my heart to India. I am grateful for the dear friends He has given me there, and I am also thankful that He placed a burden on my heart to pray for India.
This is the prayer I offer today on India’s Independence Day:
Lord, I thank You for the nation of India and for its beautiful and gifted people. You have created each one of them, and You long for them to abide and rest in You. I thank You for what You are doing in India to bring the hope and love of Jesus to people all across the country. Lord, would You pour out Your Spirit in even greater measure and would You intervene for the precious people of India in these specific ways?
Where there is bondage, I pray for liberty for the captives and release for those held in slavery. (Isaiah 61:1)
Where there is oppression, I pray You would work righteousness and justice. (Psalm 103:6)
Where there is poverty, would You supply the needs of people according to the riches of your glory in Christ Jesus? (Philippians 4:19)
Where there is barren and unproductive land, please bring abundance and overflow to the ground itself, causing it to bud and flourish. (Psalm 65:9-13)
Where the dominion of darkness reigns, I ask that You would bring people into the kingdom of your beloved Son, in Whom they have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:13)
Where the lies of the enemy prevail, I pray that the fullness of Your truth and grace would be revealed. (John 1:14-18)
Where the thief has come to steal and kill and destroy, would you give life, even abundant life, to the people of India? (John 10:10)
Where there have been many paths that claim to lead to God, I pray the women, men and children of India would come to the One who is The Way, The Truth and The Life. (John 14:6)
In the Name of the humble and glorious Savior I pray. Amen.