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)
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As the Lord has promised, prayer will transform our nation by transforming individual lives, one heart at a time.
O Lord My God When I in awesome wonder consider ALL the things the world have known … we are thankful that YOU are at the Center of our Hearts, that you are our provider, the director of our lives, our best friend, our comforter, counselor, financial adviser, You walk with us EVERY moment … 24/7! We are BLESSED to be a blessing! You know all things, please cover them with your goodness & wisdom & grant us that same wisdom. We Need Thee Every Hour O Precious Lord! In Jesus Name we ask, Amen!
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.
August 27th, 2015
WARS AND TERRORISM
As of August 15, the cost of the U.S. military campaign against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is approaching $4 billion ($9.9 million daily), just over a year after the Pentagon began launching airstrikes against the terror group.
The burgeoning list of appalling acts by ISIS grew this week as the group blew up a nearly 2,000-year-old temple in Palmyra, Syria, after beheading an archeologist working at that site for over 40 years.
Pray about the atrocities committed by ISIS and about the U.S. efforts to “dismantle and defeat” the terror group.
FOREIGN INTERESTS AND CONFLICTS
Around 1.5 million people are facing severe shortages of food this year in Zimbabwe, once known as the “breadbasket of Africa,” due to a drought that has impacted the maize crop and a corrupt socialist dictator-led government.
A Nigerian pastor, head of the Church of the Brethren, said Boko Haram has killed as many as 8,000 members of congregations he oversees, destroyed 70 percent of his churches, leaving most of the pastors under his care jobless.
Pray about the suffering of the people of Africa, and the thousands who are fleeing to Europe for refuge.
ISRAEL AND THE MIDDLE EAST
The main suspect in the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 U.S. military personnel is reported to have been captured in Beirut, Lebanon and transferred to Riyadh. He is under U.S. indictment.
U.S. Congresswoman Betty McCollum (Minnesota) wants the State Department to investigate Israel’s military and deny aid to the nation over the depths of two Palestinian teenagers shot by Israeli Security Forces last year.
Pray about the deteriorating relationship between the United States Administration and Israel.
A survey of leading economists show that most now foresee a weaker expansion than they had earlier, with a majority predicting tepid economic growth, weak pay gains and modest hiring for the next two years at least.
Regional and state unemployment rates were little changed last month. Fourteen states had increases, 12 had no change, and 24 plus the District of Columbia showed unemployment rate decreases.
Pray about the U.S. economy, the impact of the wildly-fluctuating stock market, and the pain of unemployment.
The Senate will make an effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) before the end of the calendar year. The House of Representatives already passed a repeal measure in June with bipartisan support.
Organic food products accounted for 7 percent of all food units recalled so far this year, compared with 2 percent last year, and 1 percent in 2012 and 2013. Growing consumer demand is considered part of the reason.
Pray for members of the Senate as they consider ObamaCare repeal; pray for safety in the food industry.
Thus says the LORD: ‘Stand by the roads, and look,
and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is;
and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.”