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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 Daily Prayer

Our Heavenly Father, we ask for your will to be done in and through us, in America, in the election of all levels of servants wanting to do great work for the constituents of this great land. Speak to us that we will know your will for our lives individually also. That we can be obedient because we listen and hear your voice! Father, we know that your will can be so much greater than anything we may ask of you, and we want the very best for our situations. Cover us with your love and fill our cups Lord! In Jesu 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 Update

September 29th, 2016

 

PRAY FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HIS ADMINISTRATION

Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S. is not yet ready to remove Columbia’s FARC rebel group from its list of terrorist organizations, but will review their peace accord.

U.S.-based terrorists are likely focused on mass killings at festivals, concerts, sporting events, and other outdoor events, according to a confidential Homeland Security report.

Pray for our leaders as they deal with terrorism on multiple fronts.

PRAY FOR OUR CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS

House leaders have reached a deal to allow a vote on emergency funding for lead-contaminated-water communities, like Flint, MI, in an attempt to avoid a government shutdown showdown.

A trio of senators is asking a government watchdog to look into whether the Pentagon violated the law by surveying state sites as possible alternatives for the Guantanamo Bay facilities.

Pray that the

PRAY FOR OUR JUDICIARY

The centerpiece of Obama’s climate change strategy faced hard questions by a federal appeals court on whether the Administration overstepped its authority on power plant regulations.

A federal appeals court says proof-of-citizenship voter registration for federal elections is not within the purview of the states, but up to the federal elections panel to decide.

Pray for wisdom for the appeal court judes as they deal with highly contentious issues.

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WARS AND TERRORISM

The Pentagon will send 600 more U.S. troops to Iraq in advance of an offensive measure to take back Mosul from Islamic State. There are currently 4,565 troops in Iraq.

Islamic State militants are “dead set” on using chemical weapons and will likely try to use them against U.S. and Iraqi forces as they prepare for the seige on Mosul.

Pray about the coming offensive to retake Mosul, and for God’s protection over our troops.

FOREIGN INTERESTS AND CONFLICTS

The White House has barred Pentagon leaders from referring to a “power competition” between our military and that of China, or any challenges being posed against the U.S. by China.

The U.S. Treasury has sanctioned a Chinese industrial machinery and equipment wholesaler in tightening the financial noose around North Korea’s nuclear program.

Pray about the U.S. relationship with China and escalating military tensions in Asia.

ISRAEL AND THE MIDDLE EAST

“A man of vision, he looked to the future,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said of his friend Shimon Peres, one of the founding fathers of the modern Israeli state, who died this week.

Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are strong supporters of Israel, said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, after meeting with both of them earlier this week.

Pray for safety and calm in Israel as the people mourn the passing of Shimon Peres.

THE ECONOMY

The muscle behind the U.S. economic expansion is the same as the recovery’s weakness: Mexico. Some 43 percent of employment growth is Hispanic – native born and immigrants.

Around 3.5 million Americans were able to raise their chins above the poverty level in 2015, according to new census data, many in the lowest-level of labor pools.

Pray that America will soon see a recovery in the economy benefitting all citizens.

CRIME AND POLICING

Murders in the U.S. jumped by 10.8 percent in 2015 according to the FBI, a sharp increase fueling concerns that the 20-year trend of falling crime rates may be over.

The Justice Department announed that it will award $20 million to some 106 police departments that wish to introduce and implement body-camera policies.

Pray for our law enforcement and other first responders who protect and defend us daily.

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness. Matthew 6:33