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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

O Lord My God, Help all of your people to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with You daily. We trust that you answer our prayers! Father, we come before you on our knees, humbly asking you to heal our nation and that your light will shine forth brilliantly and honorably before all peoples! May you turn us from evil to goodness. Walk with your choice for president of the U.S that your people will see your mark upon that person. Lead us Lord and direct our paths! God, we believe our intercessions for America’s citizens and all leaders in Washington DC will come to fruition! 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

May 26th, 2016

WARS AND TERRORISM

A U.S.-backed Kurdish-led coalition of close to a thousand armed militiamen has launched an offensive drive to oust Islamic State from Raqqa, its de facto capital for more than two and a half years.

Four days after their leader was killed in an American drone strike, the Taliban announced that a lesser-known deputy and cleric, Malawi Haibatullah Akhundzada, would take over and continue the war against the Afghan government.

Pray for efforts to overcome and eradicate terror groups like Islamic State, al Qaeda, the Taliban and others.

FOREIGN INTERESTS AND CONFLICTS

Somalia’s president has called for “a better way” to bring home some 300,000 refugees from his country currently in a camp in Kenya, with Kenya insisting it will go ahead with plans to close the world’s largest refugee camp.

The U.S. Embassy in Venezuela has temporarily stopped scheduling appointments for first-time visa seekers because of the overwhelming – 1,800 per day average – demand in the crisis-ridden socialist country.

Pray about the refugee issues that plague Africa, the Middle East, and parts of Europe.

ISRAEL AND THE MIDDLE EAST

Iranian military officials claimed that it can level Israel “in less than eight minutes,” after their new 2,000 km-range missiles were tested over the past couple of weeks accurately hitting their targets “without error.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu said he would meet with Palestinian leader Abbas in Paris instead of backing French-led multiilateral talks planned for next month, but the Palestinians are rejecting his direct-talks proposal.

Pray for Israel’s leadership, for its national security in face of large threats from Iran and terror groups.

THE ECONOMY

New U.S. single-family home sales surged to a more-than-eight-year high in April and prices also hit a record high, offering further evidence of a pick-up in economic growth.

The Federal Reserve is hinting at a rate increase in June. “I think the economy could withstand a rate hike,” said John Williams, president of the Federal Reserve Bank in San Francisco, suggesting three or four hikes are possible.

Pray about the continued growth of the U.S. economy and whether inflation will be offset by interest rate increases.

HEALTH CARE AND EDUCATION

The annual cost of providing health care to a typical American family of four rose above $25,000 – a three-fold increase since 2001 – despite the fact that health care costs seem to be slowing down.

There is new evidence that U.S. schools are desegregating as poor black and Hispanic children are increasingly isolated from their white, affluent peers in the nation’s public schools, making them “inherently unequal.”

Pray about the health and education of all of America’s children, regardless of economic or racial demography.

The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot.
The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.

Psalm 16:5-6