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PrayNetwork Spotlight: Presidential Prayer Team

There are many organizations and sites devoted to praying for the United States.  One of the largest is the Presidential Prayer Team.  Founded in 2001, PPT is a source of prayer information and requests for all three branches of our government, plus a source of prayer for international events.  The PPT is chaired by Franklin Graham, CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

PPT's outlook is morally conservative but is carefully neutral politically.  On the site you'll find prayer requests for the President and Executive branch, for judges, and for Senators and Representatives regardless of political affiliation, in accordance with Paul's instructions to Timothy (1 Timothy 2:1-4).  This is an important distinction, as many prayer movements and organizations are strongly political.  PPT seeks God's answers to prayer, rather than "giving God the answers" and asking him to simply bring them about.

The PPT site is updated constantly with new prayer requests.  Two email prayer letters are available; the first, a daily devotional that includes three timely prayer requests about current issues; the second, a weekly prayer digest including prayer items for all three branches of government, with a focus on praying for individuals.  PPT also emails special prayer alerts for time-sensitive issues and crisis situations. 

The site features pages with several different contributions toward praying for America:

  • Prayer Tools, a page with current prayer topics
  • Inside Washington, a page featuring current events in more depth, with additional prayer requests
  • Viewpoint, a kind of editorial page, again with encouragements to pray
  • Bright Spot, a page featuring a positive news story (rare these days!)
  • Morality in America, another page with deeper analysis of social and political trends from a Christian moral standpoint.

PPT runs a Pray the Vote campaign for each national election - both in Presidential election years and in "off years".  The related page features comments from the candidates and analysis of the campaign trends.

Many of PPT's pages are interactive, allowing members to respond to various stories and posts.  A Prayer Wall page allows members to share prayers around multiple themes.

If you're interested in praying for our country with a spiritual rather than political emphasis, check out the Presidential Prayer Team.  You can find them at


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