Thursday, October 30, 2014
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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

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

October 30th, 2014

WARS AND TERRORISM

A new report reveals the war on drugs in Afghanistan has been colossally expensive, largely ineffective, and likely to get worse. This is particularly true in the case of opium production where over $7 billion has been spent to contain it.

In an elaborate, secret, 20-hour departure mission, the U.S. Marines and British forces ended their operations in Afghanistan by withdrawing from Helmund Province after more than a decade of land-locked battles.

Pray that the blood and wealth of U.S. and NATO Forces will continue to have a positive effect in Afghanistan.

FOREIGN INTERESTS AND CONFLICTS

ISIS fighters reportedly have their hands on sophisticated antiaircraft missile systems, raising the threat against air operations carried out by the U.S.-led coalition fighting against the terror group in Iraq and Syria.

Boko Haram this week has kidnapped at least 30 boys and girls in a village raid in northeast Nigeria. The Nigerian government maintains that, despite ongoing attacks, negotiations to release the girls kidnapped in April continue.

Pray about the scourge of radical Islamism whether in Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, North Africa, Pakistan or wherever it is.

THE ECONOMY

The U.S. economy is not in danger of a major pull-back even as European demand lags and China’s growth slows, according to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, who continues to be optimistic about the nation’s recovery.

U.S. consumer confidence rose in October to its highest level since October 2007 as views on the job market improved, according to a report released by an industry group just days before the significant mid-term elections.

Pray for the continuing recovery of the American economy, and for the millions who remain unemployed.

ISRAEL AND THE MIDDLE EAST

The Obama Administration this week expressed an epithetic-filled anger at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Israeli government creating a new “red-hot” relationship that is in “full-blown crisis.”

Support for Hamas and for armed struggle against Israel is gaining popularity in the Palestinian territories despite languishing rehabilitation efforts in the war-battered Gaza Strip, a new report claims.

Pray for a better relationship between the Obama Administration and Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu.

HEALTH CARE

More than 50 children in 23 states have had mysterious episodes of paralysis to their arms or legs, according to the CDC, and some doctors suspect a link to the enterovirus 68 that has sickened thousands of children in recent months.

According to a new CNN poll, 54 percent of those surveyed said the government has done a “good job” in its handling of the Ebola virus, both in treating patients and preventing others from catching the virus.

Pray for those overseeing Ebola in America, and for the children mysteriously paralyzed and their families.

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.
This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior.

1Timothy 2:1-3a