Let’s Turn Pride Month into Prayer Month

Editor’s note: Even though we’re already a few days into June, we hope you’ll find this 30-day prayer guide helpful as you consider how to pray for those struggling with or impacted by issues related to gender and sexuality this month.

It’s upon us once again: thirty days of unremitting, unapologetic, rainbow banner carrying support for the LGBTQ+ movement. While I admit that I’d much rather bury my head in the sand and ignore this aggressive campaign, I’m convinced that we followers of Christ must launch a campaign of our own. I’m not talking about petitions, protests, or boycotts. I want to see the Body of Christ use the next thirty days to storm the gates of heaven for our own souls, our families, churches, communities, nation, and world. What if every time we see a rainbow flag this month we stop to pray? What might God accomplish in the next thirty days? Thirty months? Thirty years? The answer: I have no idea. But I do know that we pray to the God who is “able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine” (Eph. 3:20 niv). 

Below you’ll find a request and accompanying verse or passage to pray each day of June. Perhaps it will help spur us on to recapture this month for the glory of God and His kingdom. 

30 Days of Prayer for Pride Month

June 1: Pray for the boldness of believers this month to speak the truth in love with our neighbors, family members, and friends regarding “pride” topics. 

But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into him who is the head—Christ. (Ephesians 4:15)

June 2: Pray for the Church to demonstrate compassion to those caught in the snare of homosexuality, a transgender lifestyle, and for those who struggle with same-sex attraction and/or gender dysphoria. 

Therefore, as God's chosen ones, holy and dearly loved, put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. (Colossians 3:12)

June 3: Pray that the truth of the gospel of Christ will set free those who have been enslaved to the pernicious master of sexual immorality of all types. 

Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you continue in my word, you really are my disciples. You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31–32)

June 4: Pray that our civic leaders—local, state, and national—will govern with wisdom, integrity, honesty, and humility. Pray that God will lead them to make decisions in keeping with His moral will and that those who do not know Christ would trust His death alone for salvation. 

First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. (1 Timothy 2:1–2)

June 5: Pray for pastors to remain true to the Word of God, unashamed of the gospel of Christ, unintimidated by outside threats. Pray that they would walk in wisdom, humility, and dependence on the Holy Spirit. 

Shepherd God’s flock among you, not overseeing out of compulsion but willingly, as God would have you; not out of greed for money but eagerly; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. (1 Peter 5:2–4)

June 6: Pray for disciples of Christ to walk in wisdom as they interact with a world darkened by sin. May we demonstrate wisdom that is from above—pure, peace-loving, gentle, compliant, and full of mercy—not the demonic wisdom of the world. 

But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peace-loving, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without pretense. (James 3:17)

June 7: Pray for opportunities to initiate, develop, and cultivate redemptive relationships with people who identify as LGBTQ+ with the aim to show them the love and truth found in Christ. 

While he was reclining at the table in the house, many tax collectors and sinners came to eat with Jesus and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 

Now when he heard this, he said, “It is not those who are well who need a doctor, but those who are sick.” (Matthew 9:10–12)

June 8: Pray for families that have been broken by sexual sins: marriages that have been shattered by pornography or adultery. Intercede on behalf of “trans widows,” women whose husbands have left to pursue a life as a transgender woman. Pray for the God of hope, the God of peace, and the God of grace to meet these hurting hearts in the valley of their suffering. May God redeem their suffering in such a way that they may be able to help others walking the same difficult path. 

 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort. He comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction, through the comfort we ourselves receive from God. (2 Corinthians 1:3–4)

June 9: Pray for parents who have recently found out that their son/daughter is pursuing a lifestyle of homosexuality and/or transgenderism. Ask for wisdom, comfort, grace, and peace as they grieve and seek to move forward with the grace of Christ. Pray that they know the nearness of God though their hearts are broken.

My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart, my portion forever. . . .

But as for me, God's presence is my good.
I have made the Lord God my refuge,
so I can tell about all you do. (Psalm 73:26, 28)

June 10: Pray for transgender individuals who now wish to de-transition. Pray for wise counselors and a network of support who will point them to the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, and Prince of Peace. 

For a child will be born for us, 
a son will be given to us, 
and the government will be on his shoulders. 
He will be named 
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, 
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

June 11: Pray for revival. May the work begin in our own hearts and extend to our families, churches, communities, nation, and world. 

Will you not revive us again
so that your people may rejoice in you?
Show us your faithful love, Lord,
and give us your salvation. (Psalm 85:6–7)

June 12: Pray that God keep His followers from falling into Pharisaical self-righteousness. Give us hearts like the tax collector, and not like the Pharisee. 

“Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee was standing and praying like this about himself: ‘God, I thank you that I'm not like other people—greedy, unrighteous, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of everything I get.’

“But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even raise his eyes to heaven but kept striking his chest and saying, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner!’” (Luke 18:10–13)

June 13: Praise God that the gospel is the very power of God. Ask that He unleash this power in our families, nation, and churches. 

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek. (Romans 1:16)

June 14: Pray that the Church loves the LGBTQ+ community in real, tangible ways. 

Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy, is not boastful, is not arrogant, is not rude, is not self-seeking, is not irritable, and does not keep a record of wrongs. Love finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (1 Corinthians 13:4–7)

June 15: Pray for churches to stand upon the sufficiency and authority of Scripture. May they trust its power to teach, correct, reprove, instruct, and make complete, thoroughly equipped disciples of Jesus Christ. 

All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16–17)

June 16: Pray for hearts that have been wounded by hurtful speech. Ask that disciples of Christ speak words seasoned with grace that serve to build up and edify and that are untainted by the hateful poison of the world. 

No foul language should come from your mouth, but only what is good for building up someone in need, so that it gives grace to those who hear. (Ephesians 4:29)

June 17: Pray that believers have homes with open doors, using hospitality as an inroad to share the hope and healing found in Christ. 

“And the King will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” (Matthew 25:40)

June 18: Pray that God will raise up a generation of godly men who desire to shepherd their homes well. Pray for the fathers in your life to be committed to their children and to their wives. Ask for grace to fight against the temptations hurled at them by the enemy who lurks, waiting for an opportunity to devour them. 

Be sober-minded, be alert. Your adversary the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour. Resist him, firm in the faith, knowing that the same kind of sufferings are being experienced by your fellow believers throughout the world. (1 Peter 5:8–9)

June 19: Pray for believing teachers who work in public schools. Pray for wisdom and grace to stand for truth, shine the light of Christ, and to love their students and co-workers with the love of Christ. Ask that God give them a summer of rest, eyes fixed on Him so that they may take up the mantle again in the fall, ready to stand on the front lines of Satan’s attacks. 

My eager expectation and hope is that I will not be ashamed about anything, but that now as always, with all courage, Christ will be highly honored in my body, whether by life or by death. For me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. (Philippians 1:20–21)

June 20: Pray for those trapped in the clutches of pornography. Ask for God to grant them boldness to step into the light and get gospel help for their addiction. May the God of all grace give them courage to tell their loved ones about their struggle and seek to restore relationships broken by sin. 

If we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:7)

June 21: Pray for those who have suffered the trauma of abuse, whether physical, verbal, or sexual. May they find shelter under the shadow of the wings of the Most High and dwell in the shadow of the Almighty.

The one who lives under the protection
of the Most High
dwells in the shadow of the Almighty. 

I will say concerning the Lord,
who is my refuge and my fortress,
my God in whom I trust:
He himself will rescue you from the bird trap,
from the destructive plague.
He will cover you with his feathers;
you will take refuge under his wings.
His faithfulness will be a protective shield. (Psalm 91:1–4)

June 22: Pray for God’s protection of marriages, young and old. Ask that God keep temptation and sin at bay. Pray for forgiveness in the face of conflict and hope in the valley of trial. May God protect and preserve this image of the gospel for His glory. 

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself for her to make her holy, cleansing her with the washing of water by the word. He did this to present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or anything like that, but holy and blameless. (Ephesians 5:25–27)

June 23: Pray that our fallen culture recognize that its cisterns are broken. May we as a nation turn from our idols to serve the living and true God. 

For my people have committed a double evil:
They have abandoned me,
the fountain of living water,
and dug cisterns for themselves—
cracked cisterns that cannot hold water. (Jeremiah 2:13)

June 24: Pray that the Church would look and sound different from the world. May we be a city shining on a dark hill, giving light to those who cannot see. May we flavor our every conversation with the grace of the gospel of Christ. And may we remain committed to the truth of His Word. 

“You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14–16)

June 25: Pray for Christian influencers with large platforms to stand boldly and speak wisely and carefully in the midst of a crooked and perverse world. May they not be ashamed of the gospel of Christ but entrust their souls and their content to their Faithful Creator. 

But I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that he is able to guard what has been entrusted to me until that day. (2 Timothy 1:12)

June 26: Pray for believers to fall out of love with this present world and to long for heaven. May our hearts be turned upward with affections set on things above, not on things that are on earth. 

So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. (Colossians 3:1–2)

June 27: Pray that the next generation would know and embrace the truth. May they not fall prey to the world’s lies and rhetoric but hold fast to the Word of Life which is able to redeem, restore, and reconcile hearts to God. 

“Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.” (John 17:17)

June 28: Pray for hearts that won’t faint in the face of persecution. May we not be troubled or dismayed, but may we find peace and hope in our Savior who has overcome the world. 

“I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.” (John 16:33)

June 29: Pray for Christian teens to have the courage to give voice to their struggles, doubts, and sins. May they find godly counselors who will walk with them through the valley of their anxieties, temptations, and questions. May they not walk alone. 

Without guidance, a people will fall, but with many counselors there is deliverance. (Proverbs 11:14)

June 30: Come quickly, Lord Jesus. Maranatha! 

He who testifies about these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”

Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! (Revelation 22:20)

Revive Our Hearts will be here all month long to help you navigate issues of gender and sexuality in today’s world. For instance, did you know that according to popular opinion, your sexuality is all about you? But the inventor of sex invites you into a new way of thinking. What if your sexuality were about intimacy with God and bringing Him glory? Learn more on the Revive Our Hearts podcast’s current series “Rethinking Sexuality, with Dr. Juli Slattery.” 

About the Author

Cindy Matson

Cindy Matson

Cindy Matson lives in a small Minnesota town with her husband, son and daughter, and ridiculous black dog. She enjoys reading books, drinking coffee, and coaching basketball. You can read more of her musings about God's Word at biblestudynerd.com.

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