Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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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.

Daily Prayer

Heavenly Father, we pray that Your Name be lifted up in this world. Beyond the violence and injustice, the lawlessness, let us see Jesus. Let us see that You will triumph in the end, and help us see You at work now. Lord, bring righteousness and peace in the Middle East. Grant Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu godly wisdom and keep Israel safe. And Lord protect our borders: land, sea and air. Lord, bring our president to accountability before You and the American people. In Jesus` Name, 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.

Prayer Updates

October 15th, 2014

WARS AND TERRORISM

Islamic State (ISIS) appeared to defend its enslavement of women in the latest edition of its online magazine, saying taking women and girls of the enemy is firmly established in and allowed under the strict laws of the Quran.

Ron Paul, former Congressman and presidential candidate, said the U.S. has achieved no victory in its longest-ever war in Afghanistan, and would leave that country in chaos and ultimate collapse if a force is not left behind.

Pray for the men and women of our Armed Forces in the withdrawal from Afghanistan and in the air over Iraq and Syria.

FOREIGN INTERESTS AND CONFLICTS

The U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia has warned of a possible attack by Somali militant group al Shabaab and urged its nationals to avoid large crowds and hotels and restaurants in an upscale district of its capital, Addis Ababa.

In just two months, the Ebola outbreak that has wreaked havoc in West Africa and is spreading to Europe and the U.S, could see 10,000 new cases every week, according to the World Health Organization.

Pray for the people and governments of African nations facing the scourges of Islamist radicalism and the Ebola virus.

THE ECONOMY

U.S. retail sales declined in September and producer prices also fell, worrisome signals on the country’s health that heightened financial market worries over faltering global growth.

A string of four 200-plus point swings in the Dow, following earlier gyrations in the currency market, and collapsing oil prices, demonstrates that market volatility is back and it might be here to stay, some economists warn.

Pray about the need for improvement and stability in the U.S. economy, and the roller-coaster ride on Wall Street.

ISRAEL AND THE MIDDLE EAST

The first trucks with 600 tons of cement, 400 tons of steel, and 50 of gravel, entered the Gaza Strip this week as reconstruction efforts commenced under joint United Nations-Palestinian Authority supervision.

An improvised explosive device was thrown at security forces near Rachel’s Tomb on the outskirts of Bethlehem as some 40 Palestinians began rioting against an army position, throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at policemen.

Pray about the peaceful reconstruction use of the building supplies being delivered to the Gaza Strip.

HEALTH CARE

A second worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas has tested positive for the Ebola virus. She was part of the medical team that attended to the treatment of Liberian Thomas Duncan who died from the disease.

Hundreds of thousands of people still don’t officially have the Medicaid coverage they signed up for under the Affordable Care Act, some as early as late 2013, according to a new report.

Pray for the health workers caring for Ebola patients here in the U.S. and in field hospitals in Africa.

Listen to advice and accept instruction,
that you may gain wisdom in the future.
Many are the plans in the mind of a man,
but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.

Proverbs 19:20-21