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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

March 23rd, 2017

 

PRAY FOR PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP AND HIS ADMINISTRATION

President Donald Trump has been conferring with Congressional members and leadership in his push for the upcoming votes on repeal and replace of ObamaCare.

President Trump put NASA on course for deep space exploration, signing a bill authorizing $19.5 billion to fund the agency’s manned-space flight program and mission to Mars and beyond.

Pray for President Trump as he works with Congress on his Make America Great Again agenda.

PRAY FOR OUR CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS

Sen. Rand Paul (KY) is drawing the ire of his colleagues by being the lone holdout on a treaty allowing Montenegro to have membership in NATO, calling it not in America’s interest.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (NY) warned that Democrats will not support a healthcare reform bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare).

Pray about the broad tensions in Congress, along party lines, and among allied partisans.

PRAY FOR OUR JUDICIARY

President Trump has made his first nomination to a lower court by naming Amul Thapar to a seat on the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Senate confirmation is required.

Hundreds of people affected  by 9/11 filed a lawsuit in a federal court in lower Manhattan against Saudi Arabia, seeking monetary damages for the kingdom’s alleged involvement in the attack.

Pray for the president’s court nominees yet to be named, and for the nomination of Judge Gorsuch.

OTHER PRAYER CONCERNS:


WARS AND TERRORISM

Turkey’s president Erdogan warned Europeans they “will not walk safely in the streets” if they persist in what he calls anti-democratic attitudes regarding Turkey’s upcoming elections.

Up to 1,000 U.S. soldiers could join the current 500 officially stationed in Syria ahead of the battle to remove ISIS from its de facto capital in Raqqa, U.S. defense officials said.

Pray about worldwide attitudes toward conflict in the Middle East. Pray for America’s Armed Forces.

FOREIGN INTERESTS AND CONFLICTS

As South Sudan’s civil war worsens, thousands of children are being forced to join the fight as soldiers according to UNICEF, and tens of thousands have already been killed.

North Korea has warned the Trump Administration that it is “ready for any war” the U.S. might start, and that it has been working on the ability for a preemptive strike.

Pray for wisdom for the Trump Administration in dealing with North Korea and issues like South Sudan.

ISRAEL AND THE MIDDLE EAST

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would not “negotiate” on halting construction of new homes in East Jerusalem’s Jewish neighborhoods, even as talks with the U.S. continue.

The David’s Sling air defense missile shield is expected to be fully operational in Israel by mid-April, with reports it is “relevant to the threats posed to Israeli citizens.”

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6), and for wisdom for Prime Minister Netanyahu.

THE ECONOMY

Moody Analytics’ chief economist supported the Federal Reserve’s March rate increase and thinks the U.S. economy is about to make some huge leaps forward.

U.S. factory output increased for the eighth straight month in February and consumer sentiment rebounded, underscoring the economy’s resilience and general upward direction.

Pray about the many factors that influence the national economy and individual confidence in it.

ACROSS THE STATES

A coalition of education and parent groups in Michigan announced they are suing to prevent the state from providing funding for private schools. The state has 643 private schools.

Marking the return of big wind power development in Oregon, a renewables company plans to break ground in September on a 404-megawatt project to provide 250-400 homes with power.

Pray for the governors, legislatures and mayors to have wisdom as they serve their public.

I will sing of your strength; I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning. For you have been to me a fortress, and a refuge in my day of distress. – Psalm 59:16