Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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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

Most Loving Heavenly Father, We know that there is good in all things by your hand. There is assurance that you are with us in ever trial of life. We know that your love and grace is free and you live in each of us, we belong to you. Thank you for the journey that you will walk with all of the victims of the flood, those who have lost loved ones and keeping each strong as lives are rebuilt. Our faith and trust us in you, Lord. We call upon you and praise your Holy 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 21st, 2015

WARS AND TERRORISM

President Obama will speed up training and equipping of Sunni tribal fighters in an effort to erase gains made by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, tweaking the U.S. response after the President met with Arab leaders last week.

Islamic State fighters used a sandstorm to help seize a critical military advantage in the early hours of the terrorists group’s assault on Ramadi that forced Iraqi security forces to flee. The sandstorm aborted U.S. bombing flights.

Pray about the conflicts in the Middle East and the part that American forces take in defending Iraq and Syria.

FOREIGN INTERESTS AND CONFLICTS

Iran’s Supreme Leader said he would not tolerate “unreasonable demands” from world powers during nuclear negotiations, and in particular would not permit foreigners to interview his nuclear scientists, warning harsh response.

The United States signed its second $1 billion loan guarantee deal for Ukraine aimed at helping the crisis-wracked country surmount a Russian-backed insurgency and rebuild its tattered economy.

Pray about the ongoing negotiations with Iran over its nuclear weapons program, and for the government of Ukraine.

ISRAEL AND THE MIDDLE EAST

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suspended a Defense Ministry pilot plan that would have disallowed Palestinians with work permits using Israeli buses to enter the West Bank also being used by Israeli settlers.

Prime Minister Netanyahu vowed that Jerusalem would never be split in any peace deal with the Palestinians and said construction throughout the capital would continue despite international criticism.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6) and for wisdom for Prime Minister Netanyahu.

THE ECONOMY

Motorists across the country are paying on average 95 cents a gallon less than what they did a year ago, yet consumers are wary of heading into the summer months because of a near-record percentage increase in all prices this spring.

The Obama Administration’s plan to increase the number of workers who qualify for overtime pay would hurt more people than it helps. Businesses say the cost of as much as $874 million for retailers and others would be passed on.

Pray about the nation’s economic recovery and its costs to individual budgets.

HEALTH CARE

One-quarter of people with healthcare coverage, an estimated 31 million people, are paying so much for deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses that they are considered underinsured, a new study shows.

An inexpensive vitamin – B3 – can help reduce the occurrence of non-melanoma skin cancers in people prone to that disease, according to a new study at the University of Sydney in Australia.

Pray about whether ObamaCare coverage has created more problems with individual budgets than it has helped.

For I desire a steadfast love, and not sacrifice,
the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.

Hosea 6:6