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Tomorrow is The National Day Of Prayer: Pray For Our Local, State and Federal Governments
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
1 Timothy 2:1-4 (ESV)
We are facing a clear and present danger in our generation. Our nation is in turmoil … unstable … full of pressures and uncertainties. There is rioting in the street. Christian believers and businesses are under attack. Our election process looks like a bad reality show. The institutions that support our society's framework are being destroyed by legal fiat. Our politicians seem to care for nothing, except their own self-interest or agendas that are contrary to God's laws. The problems our beloved country faces seem so overwhelming that we wonder if there are any answers to the needs, troubles and tribulations we face. But there is an answer. And that answer can be found in prayer.
God is looking for people like you and me who will so connect with Him in prayer that He can unleash His power through us. It is a power to overcome any trial, any difficulty and any challenge our nation is experiencing. It’s a power that can change our nation and our world.
Our theme for the National Day of Prayer in 2015 was “Lord, Hear Our Cry,” inspired by 1 Kings 8:28: “Hear the cry and the prayer that your...
Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.
Colossians 2:6-8 (ESV)
Paul is reminding us believers that because we have professed Christ as our Lord and Savior our duty and obligation don’t end there. We are to "walk" in Him; notice this is an action verb. We are to be constantly moving forward in our relationship with Christ—not stagnant or bored.
It’s also interesting to think about the phrase “rooted and built up.” As a mighty oak or even a fortress, not only are we supposed to be deeply grounded and have a firm foundation, but also we are to be built up in our faith in Christ. Only this will allow us to be free from the attacks of the secular world and the destruction it offers.
This strength will come from our personal time in God’s Word, prayerful communion with him, and from our community of believers. It is vital to our walk with Christ to know and breath God’s Word. As we have discussed these last several weeks, prayer is our daily, critical conversation with our Heavenly Father.
The third prong, active fellowship and support of a local church that glorifies God is just as paramount as the other two. For a believer to truly be built up in their faith, they must by being actively involved in their local church or community of believers. Such fellowship is imperative as...
[A]nd I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills—to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze….
Exodus 31:3-4 (ESV)
In Exodus 31, we see God giving Moses the final commands as to how the tabernacle is to be built. In chapters 25-30, God gives Moses very specific demands as to using only the finest materials to construct the tabernacle. However in Chapter 31, the focus turns from the fine materials that are to be used to the people whom will physically construct the tabernacle. Just as only the finest materials were to be used, only the most skilled craftsmen would be the ones to work on the tabernacle. In fact, it was a humbly born craftsman named Bezalel that God blessed with ability, intelligence, and natural craftsmanship to be his chief contractor and bring forth his earthly dwelling.
God uses all people to build His kingdom. It is not just the ministers that He uses, but also everyone who confesses Jesus as Savior. If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, you are a minister.
In my opinion, the greatest opportunity for ministry we have, outside our family, is at our place at work. After all, this is where we spend a substantial majority of our time. Let your light shine at work. Let your coworkers, bosses, and employees know by your labors that you are different from nonbelievers. Be diligent in your work. Be Christ-like in your behavior and speech.
We are at a serious crossroads in our nation’s business sector. Our nation’s economy is perilously close to collapse. Workers are unhappy and dissatisfied in their work, if they even...
6 days till the National Day of Prayer: Pray For Our Military and their Families
By | April 29, 2016
And he set combat commanders over the people and gathered them together to him in the square at the gate of the city and spoke encouragingly to them, saying, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or dismayed before the king of Assyria and all the horde that is with him, for there are more with us than with him. With him is an arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God, to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people took confidence from the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.
2nd Chronicles 32:6-8 (ESV)
As you can clearly see in this passage, Hezekiah is offering his army a battle cry of encouragement. His men were tired, have walked and worked tirelessly for their king and for their land. He encourages them to continue in strength and courage and to cast away the fear of men. He reminds them that the Lord is with them, to help them and fight with them.
The Assyrian army may have countless men, but that means nothing against the might of the Lord. From this battle cry, Hezekiah raises his people back up, fills them with confidence in God, and gives them hope. If you notice, Hezekiah could have been making plans of preparation, making plans of attack, but instead he leads by relying on the strength of God.
When in war or serving a post, it can sometimes be easy to lose faith, feel drained, and simply get discouraged. That is why encouragement and prayer for our men and women in the military is so crucial. Just like the warriors in Hezekiah’s army, our men and women serving our nation...
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Philippians 4:8 (ESV)
Chuck Klosterman, pop culture expert and author says this about media and entertainment: “Pundits are always blaming TV for making people stupid, movies for desensitizing the world to violence, and rock music for making kids take drugs and kill themselves. These things should be the least of our worries. The main problem with mass media is that it makes it impossible to fall in love with any acumen of normalcy. There is no 'normal,’ because everybody is being twisted by the same sources simultaneously.”
It’s a tragedy in today’s world that there’s no sense of this “normal.” Hollywood and Big Media celebrate the degradation of our society; they lift up and publicize the abnormal and sinful. They celebrate the most morally compromised and confused among us. The enemy has risen up and negatively influenced each and every aspect of America, especially Hollywood and those whom we have trusted to report facts, arguably the most influential aspect of today’s culture.
If we were to truly pray and then act upon Philippians 4:8, there would be no more twisting and perverting the news and entertainment that gets broadcast and shown all over the country. We need to pray for those in these industries. We need to pray they will focus their efforts on things that are true, things that honor God and his creation, things that are just and fair, things that are pure, things that are lovely and commendable, things that are excellent, and things that are...
8 days till the National Day of Prayer: Pray For Our Educators
By | April 27, 2016
If you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding -indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
Proverbs 2:1-6 (ESV)
The word education comes from the Latin word “educare”, which means “to train or to mold.” What a beautiful picture of what God wants to do in our lives, molding us into the image of His son Jesus! We are called by Christ to love God with all of our mind as well as our heart and soul (Matthew 22:37).
So how do we obey this command? We start off with listening and being attentive to his instruction. God gives us a promise in Proverbs 2 that if we call out for wisdom and seek instruction, we will find the knowledge of God. God asks us to pray for wisdom (James 1:5). We then grow in wisdom by spending time in God’s Word and learning from the counsel of godly people who have walked the path before us.
Therefore, it is critical that our educational institutions, from preschools to graduate schools teach subjects and use methods that support our faith or at the very least not teach in direct opposition to God’s law. Because these institutions greatly affect the paths our children take, we should pray for their administrators and their teachers. We should pray they have the courage to stand up for their faith and that...
9 days till the National Day of Prayer: Pray For Our Nation's Families.
By | April 26, 2016
And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.
Mark 3:25 (ESV)
Ever since the creation of the universe, God has established the family as the basic community in which God wants His people to live. In God’s design, and as history has shown, communities based upon His design for families thrive; those that fall short pass away.
One of the ways Satan tries to attack the people of God is by destroying the relationships in the family. In Mark 3:25, Jesus is explaining to the religious leaders of the day that the miracles He had just performed could not have come from Satan. He gives them an illustration about unity in a physical house. However, it is clear this truth applies to the family unit as well.
Your family may be normal or dysfunctional, but God has specifically placed you in your family to shine His glory on a daily basis. Consistent with his original design, God knows that if the family can be transformed to love and serve Him, then the whole church, community, and nation can be revived to follow God as He has called us all to do.
Pray this day for your family, families in our nation, in your state, and throughout your community. Pray with passion for the Lord to protect and to strengthen marriages, encourage parents toward His priorities, heal relationships, and secure His values in their homes.
PRAY FOR OUR NATION'S FAMILIES TODAY
If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14 (ESV)
The passage above, one so close to my heart, encapsulates the reason to pray, how to pray, and what to pray.
Notice, the verse is directed to "my people;" God, our Heavenly Father, surely listens to the cries of His children.
Our Lord then asks us to humble ourselves before him. He is our sovereign; we are his servants.
Almighty God then commands us to pray, seek Him, and repent from our sinful selves. Then, there is the wonderful promise, that if we do those things, then we will be forgiven and He will heal our land.
Absent the Civil War, I know of no other time when our nation needs more healing than now. Our beloved nation is hurting and deeply wounded. The institutions that are the foundation of our society are under attack. Over the next seven days, I urge you to continue with these devotions and pray with me for these institutions—families, educators, media and entertainment, the military, businesses and workers, churches, and our government.
However, before healing and restoration can occur, it must start with those of us who call ourselves by His name. We must humble ourselves. We must pray and seek His will, not our own. We must turn from our wicked ways. We must end complacency in our churches. Then and only then can this great nation experience the spiritual awakening which it so desperately needs.
13 days till the National Day of Prayer: No more cowardice; Pray with boldness.
By Dr. Jack Graham | April 22, 2016
But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."-Matthew 19:26
As a Christian, your lifeline to God is prayer. It’s how you grow more intimate with God and develop a deeper and more personal relationship with Him. But prayer is also how you face the enemy of your soul head-on with courage and hope!
God tells us to not be afraid of Satan and his forces. Because as a Christian, you have authority in Jesus Christ who has conquered all the spiritual forces of darkness. When Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose again, He won the victory. And He wants you and me to live in that victory!
How? It starts with prayer… passionate, even presumptuous prayer… to a God who you know can overcome anything. So often we forget to pray boldly, thinking that God can’t do what we are asking. But that is far from the truth, as today’s verse tells us.
Now, it’s important to remember that doesn’t mean we have a blank check to ask God to do anything and everything we want Him to do. There is a powerful connection to God’s Word and prayer. Scripture will guide you and teach you what things you should pray for. And God will always come through in His response based on what His Word says.
Let me put it this way: There is nothing that lies outside the reach of prayer except that which may lie outside the will of God.
If you are facing a battle with the enemy today, know that God is fighting for you… and your victory is sure in Jesus Christ. You...
14 days till the National Day of Prayer: Make yourself available to God’s will.
By | April 21, 2016
Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually!—1st Chronicles 16:11
Sometimes I encounter Christians who ask me, “Pastor, why should I pray? God already knows what He’s going to do, so doesn’t He already have the answer?” Well, I tell them that it’s in prayer that you discover what God wants to do. It’s in prayer that you determine God’s wisdom, God’s way, God’s plan, and God’s desires. It’s in prayer that you make yourself available to God.
I like to think of it like the photo plates that were used to develop pictures. That photo plate was taken into a dark room where the time exposure takes place. In the dark room with the exposure of time, the image is presented to us.
And so it is in prayer. When we enter into the secret place of prayer, when we shut the door to our closet, get alone with God, and give ourselves to God, the imprint of Jesus Christ is placed upon our lives. We’re exposed to Him and we experience Him. And through that experience, we discover His purpose for our lives.
Prayer isn’t just asking God to do something, it’s allowing God to reveal His sovereign will to you. So spend time in prayer, opening yourself up to God and allowing Him to impress upon you and reveal His will in your life!