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The power of prayer should not be underestimated. James 5:16-18 declares, “…The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.”

God listens to prayers, answers prayers, and moves in response to prayers.  Jesus taught, “…I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you” (Matt.17:20)

We are dedicated to providing new tools to our members to use as a catalyst to dedicated and disciplined prayer for our President, our nation, our leaders and our troops. Our tools are designed to be able to share with others so that our prayers on behalf of our nation multiply across the country.

As the Lord has promised, prayer will transform our nation by transforming individual lives, one heart at a time.

Today’s Prayer

  Heavenly Father, You are a faithful and merciful God. Nothing is impossible with You. Habakkuk 3:1 I have heard all about You,Lord, and I am filled with awe by the amazing things You have done. In thid Time of our DEEP NEED, begin again to Help us, as You did…in years gone by {in the Founding Years}. Show us Your Power to save us.And in Your anger, remember Your mercy. {remember O Lord, the prayers of the saints, the synergy of the ages}. Father, raise up leaders in our Nation, to bring GLORY to YOUR NAME. YESHUA

Insights Into Prayer

What Does the Bible Tell Us About How to Pray?
Jesus shares some tremendous insight regarding how to pray to God in Matthew 6:5-13.

“And now about prayer. When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I assure you, that is all the reward they will ever get. But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father secretly. Then your Father, who knows all secrets, will reward you.”

“When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think prayers are answered only by repeating words over and over again. Don’t be like them, because your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him! Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be honored. May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done here on earth, just as it is in heaven. Give us our food for today, and forgive us our sins, just as we have forgiven those who have sinned against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”

In the above verses, Jesus shares how not to pray.

Verse 5: We are to pray in secret, not the way people did in His day — praying out loud publicly, primarily to just be seen, and heard.

Verse 6: Jesus asks us to go to a private place since our Heavenly Father already knows what we are going to pray about.

Verse 7: Jesus tells us not to ramble on and on, as people of other religions do, or be repetitious with words. God, our heavenly Father, would have us be specific about our prayer.

Verse 8: Jesus reiterates that the believer is not to pray repetitiously like the heathen.

Next, Jesus, teaches us how to pray.

Verse 9: Jesus says we should give honor to God and His name.

Verse 10: We are to pray for His Kingdom to come, and for His will to be done, that there would be a heavenly or godly presence here on earth.

Verse 11: We are to pray for daily provision.

Verse 12: We are to pray and ask for forgiveness for our sins, and for others who have wronged us.

Verse 13: We are to pray and ask God to keep us from being tempted, and to deliver us from Satan and his power.

Other New Testament writers describe other ways to pray.

Paul, in Philippians 4:6, says that we should pray for everything with thanksgiving. Paul, who wrote several books of the New Testament, often began and ended his letters in prayer for the saints. Specifically, Paul prays for God’s grace, peace, love, and faith among believers.

Peter, in 1 Peter 5:7, exhorts us to cast all our care upon God, because He cares about us. In verse 8, Peter warns us that Satan seeks to devour the believer.

James 1:5 says we can pray and ask God for wisdom, but this should be done in faith. James 4:1-4 says that when we pray, we often pray or ask out of our own selfish ambition. James 4:15 exhorts that we need to pray for God’s will to be done in our lives.

In the Old Testament, Moses prayed to God almost constantly on behalf of the Israelites — for God’s mercy and graciousness in dealing with their sins. Abraham prayed persistently for his relative Lot, who lived in Sodom, that God would spare Him. 2 Chronicles 14:11 says Asa cried out to the Lord. Prophet Jeremiah prayed for God’s guidance and correction of the Israelites (Jeremiah 10:23-24). David prayed for the peace of Jerusalem in Psalm 122:6.

The protocol on how to pray covers several ways of prayer. The primary focus of prayer is the intent. Does the prayer honor God and exalt His name? What is the purpose behind the prayer? Is it personal gain or ambition? Do you pray for others to be blessed and encouraged? Are your prayers done in secret and in humility? Are your prayers focused on obtaining godly wisdom, counsel, and direction? God is pleased with these prayers and answers them.

How often are we to pray? The Bible says pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). What should we pray for? What if we do not know how to pray? The Bible says the Holy Spirit will help us pray (Romans 8:26-27).

How do w e pray to God? Prayer is essentially putting your request, concern, or issue before the Lord, and trusting Him to answer them.

Matthew 18:3 says we need to pray with the heart of little children, simple, reverent, specific, and trusting.

Prayer Updates

March 5th, 2015

WARS AND TERRORISM

Even though the war in Afghanistan is officially over, the conflict persists as U.S. Special Forces and drones continue to hunt down members of the Afghan Taliban, reporting that between 35 and 44 have been killed so far in 2015.

The U.S. and its coalition partners continue to stage airstrikes against Islamic state militants in Syria and Iraq; however, they are not lending air support in the Iranian-led attempt by Iraqis to retake Tikrit.

Pray for God’s protection over America’s Special Forces and the pilots who fly the airstrikes in Iraq and Syria.

FOREIGN INTERESTS AND CONFLICTS

North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea and vowed “merciless” retaliation as the U.S. and South Korea kicked off their annual joint military drills that Pyongyang consider recklessly confrontational.

Beijing pushed back at the U.S. over espionage concerns after President Obama criticized a Chinese anti-terror measure that would force tech firms to surrender key information to the Communist authorities.

Pray about the saber-rattling rhetoric of North Korea and about cybersecurity issues with the Chinese.

ISRAEL AND THE MIDDLE EAST

Iran denounced as “lie-spreading” a speech given Tuesday by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the U.S. Congress in which Netanyahu warned that a nuclear deal being negotiated would “threaten the world.”

King Abdullah of Jordan has called the battle against Islamic State “World War 3” – a “generational fight” to overcome the “outlaws of Islam” – and urged all nations to come together to counter the threat they pose.

Pray for Secretary of State John Kerry and all who are involved in trying to find a nuclear deal with Iran.

THE ECONOMY

A new survey from Gallup finds Americans split on whether it’s important that the U.S. economy is the world’s largest. Just 50 percent think maintaining this status is “important,” and 49 percent say “not that important.”

The American economy expanded at an even slower pace than initially thought in the fourth quarter of 2014, as a weaker trade balance and less inventory stockpiling by businesses weighed on growth.

Pray about whether the ranking of the American economy is important, and about the struggle to regain footing.

HEALTH CARE

The U.S. faces a shortage of as many as 90,000 physicians by 2025, including a critical need for specialists to treat an aging population that will increasingly live with chronic disease, according to a report by teaching hospitals.

Federal investigations said they found evidence of widespread overuse of psychiatric drugs by older Americans with Alzheimer’s disease, and are recommending that Medicare officials take immediate action to reduce prescriptions.

Pray about the issues created by an aging American population and the remedies that may be available.

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you,
That God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

1 John 1:5