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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

Father God, I long to see America bowed before you in repentance for not obeying you. May our leadership have a repentive heart and recognize that they have allowed immigrants to bring their gods into our nation and have worshiped foreign gods. As a result our Nation-America is in the status it is now. Father that your people who are called by your name repent and seek your face, so that we can affect a change in our land. In Jesus name I pray. 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

June 25th, 2015

WARS AND TERRORISM

Islamic State claims it is ready to start issuing its own currency in the form of gold and silver coins for use in its caliphate, saying they want to be free from the “global satanic economy.” The coins allegedly depict a world map.

The Taliban attacked the Afghan Parliament just as lawmakers were convening for their third attempt to confirm a defense minister, while in northern Afghanistan a second district fell to Taliban insurgents.

Pray about the way Islamic State is progressing while the international community mostly just watches.

FOREIGN INTERESTS AND CONFLICTS

United Nations investigators condemned Syria’s government and armed opposition groups for deliberately targeting civilians with bombing and artillery attacks that are causing “unspeakable suffering.”

Nearly 60 million people have been driven from their homes by war and persecution in an unprecedented global exodus that has burdened fragile countries with waves of newcomers and littered deserts and seas with bodies.

Pray about the worldwide refugee crisis and for governments of nations that are trying to absorb these people.

ISRAEL AND THE MIDDLE EAST

Turkey said it was holding talks with Israel over a deal to reconcile the two former allies that was broken following a deadly Israeli commando raid on a Turkish aid vessel bound for Gaza in May 2010.

A UN investigation found “serious violations of international humanitarian law” that “may amount to war crimes” by both Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip last summer, a report denounced by the U.S. and Israel.

Pray for a restored relationship between the Obama Administration and the Netanyahu government in Israel.

THE ECONOMY

The nation’s homeownership rate has been falling for eight years, providing a boon to rentals along with an increase in rental rates – the longest stretch of rental growth in the U.S. since the 1980s.

New U.S. single-family home sales increased in May to more than a seven-year high, further brightening the outlook for the housing market and the broader recovery, the Commerce Department reported.

Pray about the numerous factors that are bellwethers of the nation’s economic pull out of stagnation.

HEALTH CARE

The House recently passed a repeal of ObamaCare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board (sometimes referred to as the “death panel”) with a handful of Democrats voting with Republicans against that part of the Affordable Care Act.

A common insecticide has been found to cause cancer in humans, according to the World Health Organization. The product, lindane, was once widely used in agriculture and continues in some treatments for head lice and scabies.

Pray about both public and legislative reaction to the Supreme Court’s ruling on ObamaCare subsidies due this week.

The LORD blesses you and keep you;
the LOD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
The LORD lift up his countenance upon you and gives you peace.

Numbers 6:24-26