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.
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.
October 1st, 2015
WARS AND TERRORISM
Russia has conducted its first airstrikes against ISIS in Syria targeting military equipment, communications centers, vehicles and ammunition near Homs, they said. The U.S. said there was “no strategic purpose” to those sites.
In a potential major shift in policy, U.S. military commanders want to keep “at least a few thousand” American troops in Afghanistan beyond 2016, citing a fragile security situation highlighted by new Taliban activity.
Pray about the wars in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, and about the Obama Administration’s policies toward them.
FOREIGN INTERESTS AND CONFLICTS
Evelyn Farkas, the Pentagon official who oversees military relations with Russia and Ukraine, has resigned, the same day President Obama met privately with Russian President Putin. She wants to work outside of government, she said.
Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the shooting death of an Italian aid worker in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s diplomatic quarter. No arrests have been made, but the country has been having problems with Muslim militants.
Pray about the Islamic State’s spread into more regions, and about American ISIS fighters who are returning home.
ISRAEL AND THE MIDDLE EAST
The Israeli Air Force carried out airstrikes in the Gaza Strip after a rocket was launched from the Palestinian territory toward Israel that was intercepted by Iron Dome. They said they hit Hamas training sites.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani demanded that the United Nations strip “the Zionist entity” of nuclear weapons, calling Israel “inhumane,” then saying Iran wants to rebuild peaceful ties with the global community.
Pray about the never-ending conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, and about the threats from Iran.
U.S. companies hired workers at a solid clip in September, but data showed factory activity contracted in the U.S. Midwest, muddying the economic picture for the Federal Reserve on whether to raise interest rates later this year.
Retailers are in for a somewhat less merry holiday sales season this year, although a stronger increase in online sales might be up slightly, and “brick and mortar” stores are looking for ways to increase online competitiveness.
Pray about the bumpy road of the economic recovery and what it will take for a full turn-around.
Healthcare payers and providers are beginning to take action with steep-change investments in cyber security as medical records become ever more vulnerable to hackers – essentially impacting everyone.
Two new therapies for hard to treat advanced kidney cancer could change care and increase survival, according to the European Cancer Congress, by taking the brakes off the immune system stopping growth signals in tumors.
Pray about essential improvements to protection of medical records, and about advanced cancer studies.
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions,
and thanksgivings, be made for all people,
for kings and all who are in high positions,
that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life,
godly and dignified in every way.
1 Timothy 2:1-2