Uganda, just like every country in the world right now, really needs prayer. The pandemic has hit them hard, but there is also political unrest, torturings, ambushes, and more. One of the best ways to lift the Ugandan people up is to use God’s Word to guide our prayers. Here are 5 Scriptures to pray for Uganda.
The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. -Zephaniah 3:17
Lord, thank You that You are in the midst of the Ugandan people, that You are their victorious warrior, the mighty one who will save. We ask that You would save them from their fears, from the pandemic, and from the dangers of political unrest. Be their joy, quiet their hearts with Your love. May they hear Your voice of truth loud and clear. In Jesus’ name, amen.
They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. -Psalm 112:7
“After a campaign consisting of violent suppression of the opposition – often legitimized as a response to violations of covid-19 restrictions – Mr Museveni will now start his sixth term and 35th year as the leader of Uganda. As a presidency filled with corruption, nepotism and state violence continues, democracy seems like a distant utopia. But while the situation remains unsteady and volatile, there may be signs of democracy wavering on the horizon for the people of Uganda.” (Source: https://www.theperspective.se/the-future-of-democracy-in-uganda/)
Father, the Ugandan people have had to endure hardship after hardship, particularly related to their president. Be their hope, Lord. Be their Protector. Take their fear and replace it with steadfast trust in You. Keep them safe in the palm of Your hand. Bring peace to this country! In Jesus’ name, amen.
The Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. -Romans 8:26
Father God, our hearts break when we hear stories from Uganda about violence and oppression towards Your children. Our hearts ache when a Muslim father hangs his own wife and child because they accepted Christ or a family of three is beaten and sprayed with acid because they renounced Islam and became believers. Lord, we do not know how to pray as we ought; intercede on behalf of Your children in Uganda. Open the eyes of their persecutors to the truth. In Jesus’ name, amen.
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. -Colossians 1:9-14
Lord, thank You for the faithfulness of pastors and missionaries in Uganda. Continue to grow Ugandan Christians in their faith so that they can live it out and bear fruit in their communities. Give them endurance, patience, and joy in their walk with You. Help them to be bold in their witness. Rescue the lost from darkness and sin. In Jesus’ name, amen.
You will incline Your ear to vindicate the orphan and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth will no longer cause terror. -Psalm 10:17b-18
God, we ask that You would rescue Ugandan orphans and bring them into stable homes with parents that love them and want to raise them up to love and serve You. Remove any fear or loneliness from their hearts, Lord, and draw them to Yourself. Be their father, for they have none. In Jesus’ name, amen.