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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 that as we move through Lent to Resurrection Day our hearts will become more tender toward You. May we, our president and our leaders allow Your Spirit to search our hearts, turning us to full commitment to the Savior, for we are not our own; we are bought with a terrible price. Bring us to the cross–to full commitment to You. We thank You for President Obama’s plea for the release of Pastor Saeed from the Iranian prison. Restore him to his family to celebrate Christ’s resurrection with his family. 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

March 26th, 2015

WARS AND TERRORISM

Iraqi President Fouad Massoun said that the U.S.-led coalition would soon carry out airstrikes against the Islamic State in the Sunni city of Tikrit, after starting aerial reconnaissance flights this week.

President Barack Obama granted Afghan’s requests to slow the drawdown of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, and said he would maintain a force of 9,800 through the end of 2015 while sticking to a 2017 total exit plan.

Pray for the safety of American troops deployed in the Middle East, and for the families who await their return.

FOREIGN INTERESTS AND CONFLICTS

A 1,000 strong ultra-nationalistic militia is preparing to defend the port city of Mariupol in southeastern Ukraine against a widely-expected attack by pro-Russian separatists, as the negotiated ceasefire in Ukraine has failed.

Islamic State has recruited at least 400 children in Syria in the past three months and given these so-called “Cubs of the Caliphate” military training and hardline indoctrination. The children are all under age 18, some only 11 and 12.

Pray about the escalation of tensions in Ukraine, and about the loss of innocence for the Syrian child jihadists.

ISRAEL AND THE MIDDLE EAST

In recent weeks a senior Qatari official has been meeting between Israel and the Hamas government in the Gaza Strip in a bid to negotiate a long-term ceasefire agreement and broker terms for rehabilitation of the Palestinian areas.

The Israeli Defense force is taking a series of measures to prevent an escalation of violence in the West Bank, including holding large-scale surprise drills and easing entry restrictions on Palestinians.

Pray about the efforts of many sides to secure peace within Israel and among her Palestinian neighbors.

THE ECONOMY

Nearly half of all Americans live from paycheck to paycheck, a new study shows, and fewer than 47 percent have any savings or buffer plans to protect them should the economy turn, they lose their job, become ill or retire.

U.S. consumer prices rebounded in February, as gasoline prices rose and other underlying factors signaled inflationary pressure on the economy, keeping the Federal Reserve on course to raise interest rates this year.

Pray about the still-wavering American economy, and for the numbers who cannot seem to get ahead financially.

HEALTH CARE

Half of the households that received subsidies to help pay health insurance premiums last year under the Affordable Care Act will probably have to repay some of the money to the federal government, according to a new analysis.

Consumer advocacy groups are asking fast-food franchises like Burger King and Wendy’s for commitments not to sell genetically engineered apples and potatoes that the Department of Agriculture approved for consumption last week.

Pray about the costs of American health care and the factors that impact the health of us all.

Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk,
that by it you may grow up into salvation –
If indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

1 Peter 2:2-3