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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.

Daily Prayer

Heavenly Father, we pray that Your Name be lifted up in this world. Beyond the violence and injustice, the lawlessness, let us see Jesus. Let us see that You will triumph in the end, and help us see You at work now. Lord, bring righteousness and peace in the Middle East. Grant Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu godly wisdom and keep Israel safe. And Lord protect our borders: land, sea and air. Lord, bring our president to accountability before You and the American people. 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

November 20th, 2014

WARS AND TERRORISM

Iraq’s agriculture minister accused Islamic State (ISIS) of pilfering more than 1.1 million tons of wheat and barley from the country’s northern region and delivering it to militant-controlled cities in Syria.

Germany and Italy plan to keep a total of up to 1,350 soldiers in Afghanistan in 2015 to help train local armed forces, a slightly larger contingent than had been previously expected, their defense ministries said.

Pray for America’s military men and women and civilian contractors still serving in Afghanistan and again in Iraq.

FOREIGN INTERESTS AND CONFLICTS

Russian authorities expelled several European diplomats in recent days amid growing tensions between Moscow and the West over Russia’s role in Ukraine’s instability. Poland also expelled a Russian diplomat, sources say.

A splinter group of Pakistan’s Taliban has pledged its support to Islamic State (ISIS), another indication of the appeal of the Iraq- and Syria-based jihadist group in a region traditionally dominated by Al Qaeda and other insurgencies.

Pray about the escalating tensions between Russia and European nations, and about the increased influence of ISIS.

THE ECONOMY

With gasoline prices under $3 a gallon, more U.S. drivers (estimated 40,000 more0 will take to the road for the holidays while air passengers will drop by the same number, industry groups estimate.

The growing appetite of Americans to eat out is one of many signs pointing to a good stretch for the economy in the year’s final quarter. Outlays for dining out rose at an annualized rate of 9 percent in October.

Pray with thanksgiving for every indicator that signals an improving U.S. economy.

ISRAEL AND THE MIDDLE EAST

Shortly before dawn Wednesday, a powerful explosion from Israeli forces ripped the walls of the home of a 21-year-old Palestinian from East Jerusalem who rammed his car into Israeli pedestrians in a murderous terror attack.

For the first time in decades, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered the deployment of checkpoints at the entrance to East Jerusalem from Arab neighborhoods as a security measure after terrorists killed 5 at a synagogue.

Pray about the security of Israel, and pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6).

HEALTH CARE

The ObamaCare marketplaces opened for business last weekend, and so far the website is working better than last year. Premiums are expected to rise 4-5 percent in federally run markets, while no numbers are out for state-run groups.

It cost around $1.6 million to treat the two Ebola patients directed to the University of Nebraska’s Medical Center by the federal government, and it is not yet clear who will pay the bill and how.

Pray for all who are treating Ebola patients, whether in West Africa or in the U.S. and the costs that are incurred.

Your testimonies are my heritage forever,
They are the joy of my heart.

Psalm 119:111