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)
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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.
November 19th, 2015
WARS AND TERRORISM
France is sending its biggest warship, the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, to the Eastern Mediterranean to increase its air power against Raqqa and other ISIS strongholds in Syria, where more than 33 terrorists have already been killed.
“There will be retribution,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said after confirming that the Metrojet had been downed by an ISIS explosive device. “It is up to God to forgive them; but sending them to Him is up to me,” he said.
Pray about the responses being leveled against ISIS for their recent attacks in Paris and against the jetliner.
FOREIGN INTERESTS AND CONFLICTS
A nighttime suicide bombing blamed on Boko Haram killed 32 people and wounded 80, mostly vendors and passersby, at a truck stop in northeastern Nigeria, breaking a three-week hiatus in suicide bombings and other attacks.
The Philippines and Vietnam signed a strategic partnership, deepening security ties in the face of Beijing’s increased assertiveness in the South China Sea. Manila hopes to encourage other nations to join in the territorial dispute.
Pray about the increased tensions between people groups and nations, and the greed and ideologies behind them.
ISRAEL AND THE MIDDLE EAST
Israeli security forces recently busted a group of six Israeli Arab men who planned to travel to Syria with the intention of fighting alongside Islamic State. A seventh member succeeded in crossing the border on a hang-glider.
Palestinian terrorists fired a rocket from the Gaza Strip at Israel. It landed near the border fence dividing portions of Jerusalem. Earlier that day, an Iron Dome signaled a false alarm, sending residents running for air shelters.
Pray for the security of Israel, and for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6).
A widening generational divide exists between boomers and millenials, as the aging baby boomers see losing faith in local, national and global economies, while millenials are bullish on the U.S. and global economies.
Manufacturers and corporate profits are both in recession mode, even though the rest of the U.S. economy limps along, a new study showed, saying the manufacturing economy is the worst since March 2009.
Pray about what it is going to take to turn the U.S. economy around.
A yearlong investigation into the dietary supplement industry has resulted in a widespread crackdown on the sale of tainted or misleading products, specifically Jack3d and Oxy-Elite Pro, with criminal charges being filed.
A large study (200,000 people over 30 years) found that drinking coffee is associated with reduced risk of dying from heart disease and other causes such as stroke and diabetes, and that the caffeinated amount was not significant.
Pray about the eating and medicating habits of Americans, and for the government overseers and regulators.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation,
by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,
will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.