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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, We pray for a baptism of love for one another across the land. Give us love for You and each other. Help us trade in our bitterness and hatred for those different than ourselves for Your love for them. We pray for love for our elected officials–even they betray the trust we have put in them. Teach us to work together for the common good. Bring us all to repentance for our sin and to salvation. 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 Update

January 22nd, 2015

WARS AND TERRORISM

In response to the growing threat posed by Islamic State, the royal family of Saudi Arabia is having a 600-mile barrier constructed to completely block the Iraqi portion of the Saudi northern border, hoping to prevent an ISIS invasion.

The latest voice of alarm on Islamic extremism comes from within Islam as the president of Egypt calls for a “revolution” to tame Islam, saying extremists “are making enemies of the whole world,” and reform is needed.

Pray about the growing threat of terror and extremism beyond the Middle East and Africa into Europe.

FOREIGN INTERESTS AND CONFLICTS

A Russian spy ship docked in Havana on the eve of a ground-breaking visit to Cuba by a U.S. delegation, in a defiant display of Cold War style military might by Vladimir Putin.

Turkish President Erdogan warned of “a clash of civilizations” in the wake of Islamic attacks in Paris, and also criticizing France for allowing the wife of one of the gunmen to travel to Syria through Turkey.

Pray about the U.S. foreign policy, about renewed relations with Cuba, and about attitudes toward terrorism.

ISRAEL AND THE MIDDLE EAST

Iran has warned Israel of ‘crushing response’ to an IDF airstrike in Syria that killed a general of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. “Muslim fighters will take powerful revenge for the blood of these martyrs,” he warned.

A Palestinian man in his 20s from the West Bank stabbed and wounded up to a dozen Israelis as he rampaged through a bus in central Tel Aviv. He was shot and wounded by security forces when he tried to run away.

Pray for Israel’s security as they defend against attacks and planned invasions by Hezbollah.

THE ECONOMY

Groundbreaking for U.S. single-family homes rose at the end of 2014 to the highest level in more than 6-1/2 years and construction permits surged, a hopeful sign that the sluggish housing market is on the upswing.

The solar industry added jobs at a rate nearly 20 times faster than the national average last year, according to a just-released annual report, which said that 85 percent of those jobs were new, and further increases are forecast.

Pray for the resurgent U.S. economy and for the millions who still “don’t feel it,” and those remaining unemployed.

HEALTH CARE

In Sierra Leone, the front line of the Ebola epidemic, the tide seems to be turning against the disease. More than half the beds in treatment centers are empty, and some U.S. military-constructed centers have never been utilized.

An FDA panel is recommending approval of the first in a new class of drugs called “biosimilars” – a type of generic drug that’s never been available in the U.S. that could potentially save patients thousands of dollars.

Pray with thanksgiving for what appears to be containment of Ebola in West Africa.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God,
who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
But let him ask in faith, with no doubting.

James 1:5-6a