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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 come before you today with thanks and praise. You are Holy and Exalted about all else – Your Name is the name above all names and You are seated over all other thrones. Please bestow upon your church the wisdom needed for such trying times as we are currently facing. May your presence soften the hearts of those in leadership in this nation, and may they be humbled to turn to you and call upon you in their distress. We wait on you.

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

April 28th, 2016

WARS AND TERRORISM

President Obama announced the U.S. would send 200 more U.S. troops to Syria, in addition to the 50 Special Forces already deployed, and is open to sending more if the current deployment is “successful.”

Afghanistan plans to take Pakistan to the UN Security Council over its continuing support to the Taliban, which Kabul says is destabilizing their country’s government and exploiting its security dynamics.

Pray about “mission creep” in the war against ISIS and whether there is the will to totally defeat the jihadists.

FOREIGN INTERESTS AND CONFLICTS

China has reportedly tested a new hypersonic glide vehicle (affixed to a ballistic missile) capable of traveling up to 7,000 mph and designed to deliver nuclear weapons through sophisticated missile defense shields.

The weather changer known as El Nino has left countries in West Africa and parts of India in extreme drought and in danger of famine, according to a group of nongovernmental agencies in the regions.

Pray about the threats to humanity from sophisticated weapons as well as from natural causes.

ISRAEL AND THE MIDDLE EAST

Israeli defense officials are concerned that an Islamic State affiliate operating near the Syrian border with Israel has acquired chemical weapons and may be planning to test them in the Golan Heights area.

Iran test-fired an advanced rocket system capable of launching a nuclear device at targets thousands of miles away, according to both Russian and American radar-station pickups.

Pray for God’s hand of protection over Israel, and for the calm determination of the Israeli Defense Forces.

THE ECONOMY

If U.S. regulations had held at 1980 levels, the difference between the current U.S. economy and the hypothetical economy where regulatory accumulation was halted would be about $4 trillion, a new study revealed.

The Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged this week but signaled confidence in the U.S. economic outlook, leaving the door open to an interest hike in June. First quarter growth was 0.4 percent.

Pray for America’s economic recovery, and for the members of the Federal Reserve and the politics of rate increases.

HEALTH CARE AND EDUCATION

A national healthcare alliance aimed at reducing drug costs is rolling out a dozen proposals for sustainable drug pricing that it hopes will provide the framework for a major debate in Congress over the next year.

The so-called Nation’s Report Card revealed that high school seniors are slipping in math, not making strides in reading, and only about one-third are academically prepared for challenges of college entry-level courses.

Pray for improvement in high school curricula that would teach for learning and not “teach to the test.”

For I am not ashamed of the gospel,
for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes,
to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
For in it, the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith.

Romans 1:16-17a