Friday, February 12, 2016
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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, I praise You that Your power is so much greater that that of the enemy who is trying to destroy Israel and this nation. Psalm 2 says “The one enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them. He rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath.” We praise You that You alone are in charge of this planet. You will raise up the godly and put down the wicked. We trust You to judge the wicked, but also be merciful bringing many to repentance. 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

February 11th, 2016

WARS AND TERRORISM

Newly-released images of Iran’s top secret Panchin military complex reveal that even as Iran was working on the nuclear deal, it was apparently working to hide its atomic work of the past and bets for the future.

Islamic State militants have slipped into Europe disguised as refugees, the head of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency said, after security forces thwarted a potential attack in Berlin.

Pray about the worldwide rise of radical Islamic terrorism, and about Iran’s intent to fulfill its part of the nuke deal.

FOREIGN INTERESTS AND CONFLICTS

North Korea’s refusal to abide by Chinese entreaties not to launch a rocket is a remarkable display of disrespect toward Beijing, raising a key question of how long China will tolerate North Korea’s behavior.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has scrambled thousands of troops and hundreds of warplanes across southwestern Russia for military drills intended to test troop readiness in the event of a hot conflict with NATO.

Pray about the saber-rattling actions of autocrats across the globe, and for U.S. troops stationed with NATO.

ISRAEL AND THE MIDDLE EAST

Isaac Herzog, the head of Israel’s Labor Party, said that without separating from the Palestinians, Israel will turn into an Israel-Arab state, and Jerusalem will have an Arab mayor. The Knesset will soon vote on a two-state solution.

Prime Minister Netanyahu announced his intention to “surround the entire state of Israel with a fence,” including sealing off openings in the West Bank security barrier, and plans to address threats of cross-border tunnels.

Pray for the security of Israel and for the leaders in the Knesset. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

THE ECONOMY

Small business owners turned less optimistic about their prospects last month as a tumultuous stock market and intensifying concerns over global growth took a toll on confidence.

“Financial concerns in the United States have recently become less supportive of growth, with declines in broad measures of equity prices, higher borrowing rates…weigh on the outlook,” Fed Chairman Janet Yellen reported.

Pray about the things that pose a risk to solid growth of the U.S. economy and its return to stability.

HEALTH CARE AND EDUCATION

ObamaCare gave $750 million in subsidies to illegal immigrants and individuals without verified immigration status, according to a Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee report.

The Obama Administration is stepping up pressure on the gatekeepers of billions of dollars of federal aid to crack down on colleges and universities where students fare poorly, putting a premium on student outcomes.

Pray about the government’s spending priorities when it comes to health care and education.

But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him,
and his righteousness to children’s children.

Psalm 103:17