Tuesday, July 28, 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

Oh, Lord, I pray II Chronicles 19:6 NLT over our nation’s leaders and judges:”Always think carefully before pronouncing judgment. Remember that you do not judge to please people, but to please the LORD.” Father, I pray that You remove the people pleasers from our government leadership. Replace them with those who love and please You. I pray for Your strength and direction and care for those who are losing their jobs, as more and more companies out-source their positions to third world countries. Bring us answers to this dilemma. 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

July 23rd, 2015

WARS AND TERRORISM

A suicide bomber on a motorcycle killed at least 15 people and wounded 30 near a busy marketplace in northwest Afghanistan Wednesday. No one has claimed responsibility, but it has the hallmarks of a Taliban militant attack.

Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno said it’s “frustrating” to watch gains he helped achieve in Iraq disintegrate at the hands of Islamic State, saying the chaos now unfolding “might have been prevented” with longer U.S. engagement.

Pray for America’s military men and women wherever they are serving, and for families who await their return.

FOREIGN INTERESTS AND CONFLICTS

Russia issued a warning that the military drills led by U.S. forces in western Ukraine could ignite “explosive consequences” and upset the peace process with separatists in the eastern part of that country.

Yemeni fighters, backed by Saudi-led airstrikes, battled to take back northern suburbs of Aden from Houthi opponents a day after their capture of the center of that strategic port city. Houthis still hold the airport.

Pray about America’s foreign policies as they relate to Russia, Ukraine, and the Islamic turmoil in the Middle East.

ISRAEL AND THE MIDDLE EAST

Italy’s prime minister told the Knesset he plans to call on the Palestinians to recognize Israel as the Jewish state. “Peace will only be possible with two states for two peoples,” he said, urging all parties to “recognize reality.”

In a UN vote, 16 countries voted against a resolution that aimed to prevent the London-based Palestinian Return Center from being recognized. Israel maintains that the “human rights” NGO group is linked to Hamas.

Pray about the potential for a two-state solution in Israel. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6).

THE ECONOMY

U.S. home sales rose in June to their highest level in nearly 8-1/2 years, a sign of pent-up demand that should buoy the housing market recovery and likely keep the Federal Reserve on track to hike interest rates later this year.

Citing two separate reports, Representative Bobby Scott (Virginia) voted against a sweeping trade agreement with Asia earlier this month, in part because he thinks it will depress U.S. wages at the “worst time since the 1920s.”

Pray about the U.S. economy and its role in the global economy, and for increased growth out of stagnation.

HEALTH CARE

The federal government’s two largest benefits programs – Social Security and Medicare – face both short- and long-term financial problems as they close in on milestone anniversaries, according to projections of the trustee reports.

After the Supreme Court’s decision validating the ObamaCare subsidy rule, a new Congressional debate focusing on oversight will begin Friday in the Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee.

Pray about the stability of federal programs such as Social Security, Medicare, and ObamaCare.

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another,
And the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

1 John 1:7