Friday, July 31, 2015
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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, forgive us for our pride as individuals and as a nation. Forgive our president, his cabinet members, those currently running for president and those in judicial and legislative positions. Remove those serving our government with a prideful mentality. Bring down the proud and lift the humble to places of leadership. Bring us all to humility. We pray for Your people, Israel, as well. Forgive them for turning from Your Son, Yeshua. Bring them all to submit to His lordship, and keep them safe. 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

July 30th, 2015

WARS AND TERRORISM

Taliban leader and high-ranking terrorist Mullah Mohamed Omar died “in a mysterious way” in Pakistan in 2013, a spokesperson for Afghan President Ghani said in a Wednesday news release, citing “credible information.”

While Turkey has joined the airstrikes campaign against Islamic State, a move welcomed by the White House, its prime minister maintains that his country will not send foot soldiers into neighboring Syria.

Pray about the expanding reign of terror, whether from the Taliban, Islamic State, Boko Haram or other Islamists.

FOREIGN INTERESTS AND CONFLICTS

China’s Minister of Defense has responded to a surveillance flight by the new U.S. Commander of the Pacific Fleet in the South China Sea, saying the U.S. actions had “seriously damaged mutual trust” and could trigger accidents.

Turkish President Erdogan said it was impossible to continue a peace process with Kurdish militants and urged parliament to strip politicians with links to them of immunity from prosecution.

Pray about U.S. relations with China, and about Turkey’s airstrikes on one faction of Syrian Kurds.

ISRAEL AND THE MIDDLE EAST

The parole of U.S.-convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard, seen by some as an attempt to assuage Israel over the Iran deal, will do little to change Israel’s friction-laden relationship with the U.S. and the Obama Administration.

A Muslim sheik was filmed in the Old City of Jerusalem near the Temple Mount teaching children about martyrdom and virgins in paradise as part of a summer camp activity. The filmmaker cried out “Shame on you,” to no avail.

Pray about the fractured relationship between Israel and the U.S., particularly between Netanyahu and Obama.

THE ECONOMY

The number of jobs requiring individual licenses has been expanding across the U.S.; the White House warned that occupational licenses is getting burdensome, holding back the economy, and creating barriers to workforce mobility.

U.S. consumer confidence took its biggest tumble in four years in July on a less upbeat jobs outlook, while home applications in major cities stalled in May, suggesting a strong pause in housing demand.

Pray about the balance between regulatory impediments to job seekers and protection of the public by licensing.

HEALTH CARE

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell championed a renewed push to bypass a filibuster and repeal ObamaCare with 51 votes, saying “it’s time to repeal the broken promises of ObamaCare” as promised to the American public.

The number of deaths, hospital stays and healthcare costs decreased among older Americans on Medicare over the past 15 years, according to a new Yale University study using data from over 68 million people on the federal program.

Pray about the federal programs that aim to assist the elderly and uninsurable to maintain healthy living.

Look among the nations and see; wonder and be astounded.
For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told.

Habakkuk 1:5