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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 hope for those of Your people in seemingly hopeless situations, those held hostage by ISIS, those being persecuted and tortured in jails and elsewhere for their faith, and those held hostage by godless systems of all kinds. Reveal Your love to them. Give them Your peace and strength. Give them Your courage and wisdom to share the truth about You. We pray that our president do all in his power to bring about their freedom. 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

April 23rd, 2015

WARS AND TERRORISM

Brigadier General Thomas Wiedley said coalition airstrikes against the Islamic State [ISIS] were forcing the terror group to move weapons and fighters from Iraq back into Syria and to “recalculate their resources” in Syria.

A new report out of Afghanistan says that Daesh (also known as ISIS) and the Taliban have announced jihad against each other accusing the other of not “deserving spiritual or political credibility” in Afghanistan.

Pray about the long-term effectiveness of the U.S.-led coalition airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq.

 

FOREIGN INTERESTS AND CONFLICTS

The Italian government said the European Union should set up refugee camps in countries bordering with Libya to stop asylum seekers before they reach Mediterranean shores as a way of resolving the current migrant crisis.

Russia’s Prime Minister said that sanctions imposed on Russia over its annexation of the Crimean Peninsula had done “meaningful” harm to the economy, but that it was a price worth paying for strategic ports on the Black Sea.

Pray about the refugee crises in Syria, North Africa, and the Ukraine and the problems of receiving nations.

 

ISRAEL AND THE MIDDLE EAST

Turkish President Erdogan launched a strong attack against Islamic State (ISIS) militants, saying the group was a “virus” working to destroy the Muslim community through division. “We must drain the swamps” of them, he said.

At a trial in Germany, a former Auschwitz guard (now 93) acknowledged that he bears a share of the moral guilt for atrocities at the camp, but told judges it was up to them to decide if he was an accessory to murder.

Pray for peace in Israel as it celebrates its Independence Day from sundown April 22 to sundown April 23.

 

THE ECONOMY

U.S. home sales surged to their highest level in 18 months in March as more homes came on the market, a signal of strength in housing ahead of the spring selling season. The percent increase was the highest since December 2010.

The new Gallup Economic Confidence index held steady at 3, a consistent number over the last five weeks, although down from where it was in early 2015, but still higher than any stretching back to the start of the Great Recession.

Pray that every indicator will continue to show a strengthening economy, and that more Americans will feel it.

 

HEALTH CARE

Congress has provided $320 million over four years to pay for Medicare to print new Medicare cards that will omit Social Security numbers. The payments will be made from Medicare trust funds financed with payroll taxes.

For the first time, the ObamaCare health law has received a favorability of 43 percent, according to Kaiser Family Foundation polling, while those who remain in the unfavorable category dropped to 42 percent.

Pray about the government-funded and overseen health care coverages afforded families and seniors in the U.S.

O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you;
My flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.

Psalm 63:1