Thursday, October 23, 2014
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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

We give glory to Your Name, I Lord – that Name above all names, Jesus.  We praise You for Your hand of protection and final release of Meriam Ibrahim who witnessed heroically of her faith knowing her captors could take her life at any time. Help us, Lord, to be as strong within our culture that day by day loses more of its contact with You. Give us more faith, and grace upon grace, we ask in that Blessed Name.

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

October 23rd, 2014

WARS AND TERRORISM

Three teenage girls from Denver traveling to Syria to join militants from the Islamic State were intercepted by American law enforcement authorities at a German airport and returned to their families. No charges have been filed.

The Pentagon this month will terminate a critical task force responsible for combatting corruption in Afghanistan as it tries to reach President Obama’s target force of 9,800 U.S. troops in country by the end of 2014.

Pray for America’s youth, male and female, who think fighting with the Islamic State is a worthy goal.

 

FOREIGN INTERESTS AND CONFLICTS

North Korea said that its leader, Kim Jong-un, had personally ordered the release of Jeffrey Fowle, an American detained for leaving a Bible in a club, after considering requests from President Obama.

The raging battle in the Syrian town of Kobani is spilling over the border into Turkey triggering confrontations as students with masks and sticks shouting Allahu Akbar clash with leftist students at Istanbul University.

Pray that President Obama would work to secure the release of Americans detained in Mexico, Iran and N. Korea.

 

THE ECONOMY

Millions of older Americans who rely on federal benefits will get a 1.7 percent increase in their monthly Social Security payments next year, the third year in a row that the increase is less than 2 percent.

Last week, 23 percent of Americans said the economy was “excellent” or “good,” while 33 percent said it was “poor.” The economic outlook had dropped three points, with 40 percent saying it was getting better, and 54 percent, worse.

Pray for the struggling American economy, and the millions who remain unemployed.

 

ISRAEL AND THE MIDDLE EAST

A top Palestinian Authority official has threatened that if the U.S. vetoes the PA’s plan to gain a United Nations’ planned timetable for an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank, it would join countless anti-Western organizations.

PA President Abbas has tightened the penalty to hard labor for life for Palestinian citizens “diverting, renting or selling land to an enemy state [Israel] or one of its subjects [Israeli citizens].”

Pray about the tough stances and “muscle flexing” being engaged in by the Palestinian Authority.

 

HEALTH CARE

The Department of Homeland Security has announced that all passengers arriving from Ebola-affected countries in West Africa must go by way of a handful of U.S. airports as a part of measures to contain the spread of the virus.

A recent survey of doctors find that most give low grades to ObamaCare, with 46 percent of those polled giving a grade of “D” or “F”, 29 percent giving a “C”, and only 4 percent giving it an “A”.

Pray for the two nurses being treated for Ebola, and for all who are on a quarantine or self-testing list.

 

God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal:
“The Lord knows those who are his,” and,
“Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.”

2 Timothy 2:9