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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 we do thank you for life, healing and strength to carry on each day in a world that sometimes seem dark and dreary. We love you God because you first loved us. We ask you now that you will infiltrate the hearts and minds of the leaders of this great country. We ask that you don’t forget about us. Though are sins are many, there are those of us that recognize your love and forgiving virtue toward us. Please Lord, grant us your peace and may your ever-loving grace and mercy be upon us in Jesus precious 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

December 18th, 2014

WARS AND TERRORISM

Taliban gunmen attacked a military-run school in Pakistan Tuesday killing 141 people – almost all of them students – before government troops ended the siege.

A siege that shut down a large part of central Sydney, Australia for more than 16 hours ended early Tuesday after two hostages and their armed captor were killed when police stormed the café amid a hail of bullets from both sides.

Pray for wisdom for world leaders in dealing with terrorism and for U.S. policy regarding the terror threat.

FOREIGN INTERESTS AND CONFLICTS

Two American soldiers and at least 19 Afghans were killed in a series of attacks in Afghanistan last week. The violence began when a bomb explosion hit a convoy of NATO-led International Security Assistance Force troops.

An alleged weapons maker for The Islamic State terrorist group claims that a "radioactive device" has entered somewhere in Europe. Jihadists recently claimed to have built a "dirty bomb" with radioactive uranium they reportedly stole from Mosul University.

Pray for the members of the U.S. military and Christian missionaries serving around the world.

THE ECONOMY

For the first time in U.S. history, food stamp enrollments have been above 46 million for 36 months in a row. Food stamp enrollments have skyrocketed under President Obama from just under 32 million in January 2009 to 46 million this past September.

Oil prices fell to new lows this week as concerns about a global glut of oil outweighed news of reduced Libyan exports. The price of crude has plunged more than 45% in the last six months as output has increased.

Pray for the recovery of the U.S. economy from the downturn of the past several years.

ISRAEL AND THE MIDDLE EAST

Trucks loaded with United Nations supplies still aren’t moving into Syria five months after they were first authorized. Meanwhile, the war in that nation has killed at least 200,000 people.

A Hamas drone flying over the Gaza Strip prompted the Israeli Air Force to scramble jet fighters late last week as the Islamist regime held a military rally. The drone didn’t cross the border into Israel.

Pray for relief for Syrian refugees and for God to protect Israel against the threat from terrorist organizations.

HEALTH CARE

Monday was the deadline for new customers to pick a health plan under the Affordable Care Act that takes effect January 1 and for current enrollees to make changes that could reduce premium increases before the new year.

A Canadian company is developing rapid Ebola testing and managing health data in West Africa. Buoyed by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Fio Corporation is adapting its mobile devices to provide Ebola test results in minutes, instead of hours or days.

Pray for Americans grappling with health care issues and those dealing with the threat from the Ebola virus.