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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

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

December 8th, 2016

 

PRAY FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HIS ADMINISTRATION

In his last address on national security, President Obama said that for eight years his Administration has protected the U.S. from a major terror attack, while abiding by cherished American ideals.

Some 175 immigrants were approved for citizenship even though they were not properly run through the FBI data bases, potentially missing disqualifying red flags, the Obama Administration admitted.

Pray for President Obama and his family as they prepare for their next life chapter.

PRAY FOR OUR CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS

Sen. Tom Cotton (Arkansas) called on President Obama to halt any further releases of Guantanamo Bay detainees, after the Administration announced more would be transferred.

Republicans in Congress are planning to strike a direct blow against ObamaCare in the early weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (California) said.

Pray for the new leadership in the 115th Congress that will begin in January.

PRAY FOR OUR JUDICIARY

The Supreme Court, ruling on an insider trading case for the first time in two decades, upheld a conviction that should make it easier for prosecutors accusing people of profiting on confidences.

A federal appeals court halted a key ObamaCare case, putting off proceedings until February 21, allowing time for the Trump Administration and Congress to deal with any repeal.

Pray for wisdom for those who sit on the American benches.

OTHER PRAYER CONCERNS:


WARS AND TERRORISM

The secretive teams of Green Berets guiding rebels in northeast Syria have expressed frustration with the amount of micromanagement they receive from a top-heavy U.S. headquarters.

Russia’s foreign minister said he was confident Moscow and Washington can reach a deal in talks this week on the withdrawal of all rebels from the eastern section of Aleppo, Syria.

Pray for a quick and satisfactory conclusion to the war efforts against ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

FOREIGN INTERESTS AND CONFLICTS

Less than a week before President-elect Donald Trump spoke with Taiwan’s president, two Chinese long-range, nuclear-capable bombers flew around Taiwan in a show of strength.

The U.S. State Department says organized crime members from Ghana and Turkey ran a fake embassy in Ghana, issuing real visas for entry into the U.S. for $6,000 for “a decade.”

Pray about the steady-handedness of oversight of American foreign policy and worldwide representation.

ISRAEL AND THE MIDDLE EAST

The Palestinian Authority called on the U.S. Administration to officially recognize the state of Palestine and support a UN resolution against Israeli settlements on the West Bank.

Secretary of State John Kerry took an unusually harsh tone against the Israeli government, warning about recent language that could undermine the prospects of a two-state solution.

Pray for an improved relationship between the United States and Israel.

THE ECONOMY

Unfunded government pensions to the tune of $1.3 trillion is a ticking time bomb facing the U.S. economy, placing the nation on the precipice of a recession, a Federal Reserve adviser said.

America’s service industries expanded in November at the fastest clip in 13 months, putting the economy’s biggest sector on a robust growth path.

Pray about the conflicting news that always seems to question the nation’s economic future.

THE TRUMP TRANSITION TEAM

President-elect Donald Trump blasted Boeing for alleged cost overruns on the new fleet of Air Force One craft to replace the current Reagan-era planes, saying “cancel the order.”

President-elect Trump is moving quickly to repudiate vast parts of the Obama domestic agenda as he fills his cabinet with conservatives in areas of social programs, veterans, wages, etc.

Pray for President-elect Donald Trump and the work of his transition team.

There is none like you, O LORD, and there is no God beside you. – 1 Chronicles 17:20