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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 Daily Prayer

 Father, thank you for this day and for your benefits. Have mercy on the USA, forgive us our sins, and send an outpouring of the Holy Spirit to America. Bless the POTUS, FDEMA and all who serve. Help the people impacted by the hurricanes, the government agencies, and the volunteers to get the right help and supplies to the right places at the right time. Spare our nation from further catastrophe. Protect us from our enemies, and deliver us from the evil one. Come quickly Lord Jesus. In Christ 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

May 11th, 2017

 

PRAY FOR PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP AND HIS ADMINISTRATION

Illegal immigration across the southwestern border is down 76 percent since Donald Trump was elected, with the flow of children and families down even faster, analysts say.

The White House said President Trump won’t make a decision about withdrawing from the Paris climate accord until returning from an international summit later this month.

Pray for President Trump and the major decisions he is faced with on a daily basis.

PRAY FOR OUR CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS

Sen. Bill Cassidy (Louisiana) said that, if President Trump keeps his promise to the American people, there will be “some sort of Medicaid expansion” in the health care law.

Sen. Lamar Alexander (Tennessee) said the Senate health committee will schedule a meeting soon do discuss U.S. prescription drug prices, amid a bipartisan debate on who is to blame.

Pray for members of the Senate as they consider the House health care bill and/or rewrite a bill of their own.

PRAY FOR OUR JUDICIARY

Spirit Airlines won a temporary restraining order from a U.S. District Court against the union representing its pilots, effectively forcing the pilots back to work.

A U.S. Appeals Court granted a Trump Administration request to put on hold a legal challenge on regulations curbing greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants.

Pray for America’s courts as they consider issues of public health, safety and welfare.

OTHER PRAYER CONCERNS:


WARS AND TERRORISM

President Trump wants the Pentagon to come up with a new plan to win in Afghanistan before authorizing the deployment of thousands of additional troops to the region.

Sen. Todd Young (Indiana) is pushing for Congress to issue a war authorization against ISIS, saying failure to do so “isn’t good for our country.”

Pray for the Trump Administration and Congress as they consider U.S. policies war and conflict matters.

FOREIGN INTERESTS AND CONFLICTS

China has complained about a U.S. bipartisan congressional delegation that visited the Dalai Lama at his home in India, saying the U.S. must handle the Tibet issue more carefully.

South Korea’s new president Moon Jae-in vowed to immediately tackle North Korea’s advancing nuclear ambitions and to soothe tensions between the U.S. and China.

Pray about the U.S. Asia policies, and particularly about America’s relationships with China.

ISRAEL AND THE MIDDLE EAST

The co-founder of Hamas said his terror group’s new political program would not preclude Hamas from seeking to liberate all of historic Palestine, including Israel.

Turkish President Erdogan urged Muslims to throng to the Temple Mount in a show of solidarity with Palestinians and challenge Israel, which he called “racist and discriminatory.”

Pray for the leaders in Israel to be wise in their dealings with increased Palestinian threats.

THE ECONOMY

As Congress looks ahead to an infrastructure policy, freight and rail industry members say their industries are key to increasing America’s economy. They also cautioned against more regulations.

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said the U.S. economy would be five percent larger if women would only work at the same rate as men and if the gender gap is closed.

Pray about the many facets of the American economy and their impact on individual citizens.

ACROSS THE STATES

A partial roof collapse of a tunnel containing nuclear waste at the Hanford Nuclear site in Washington triggered an emergency declaration, including evacuations.

Illinois Senate lawmakers passed a bill that would prevent state and local police from enforcing Trump immigration laws, absent a federal criminal warrant.

Pray for the governors, state legislatures and mayors across America facing emergencies and civil unrest.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that the power of the Holy Spirit may abound in hope.  Romans 15:13