39 Days of Prayer for America – “If my people will pray…”

If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 NLT

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Praying Like a Faithful Citizen

The Newspaper Prayer: Find a news article about an issue of concern for faithful American Citizens. Think about how human dignity is affected by the issue or situation. Pray for God’s healing and transformation for all people impacted, lawmakers, and citizens like yourself. Ask God how he is asking you to respond to this issue.

“Prayer in Charlotte counters ‘hurt, anger’” – September 29 – click on title for full article

Heavenly Father: I pray for the racial divide in our country of which Charlotte, NC is a prime example.

+ Father: Thank you for Christian leaders, both black and white, who have joined together to bring healing and reconciliation.

The city of Charlotte is experiencing “pain, hurt, anger, disappointment, and frustration.”

+ Father; Thank you for protecting churches close to the fray; make them beacons of hope and houses of prayer.

“There will be no agenda, no program, no music, no preaching, but just men and women of God, on the altar, crying out to The Father! These are serious days, and they require serious people who take seeking the heart and will of God seriously!”

+ Father: These are serious times all across America; we seem to be coming apart at the seams. Jesus be our center; You alone hold all things together. Have mercy on us and do not leave us to our own devices.

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Charlotte skyline

“Now is the time for heartfelt and sincere prayers, not political and personal-agenda driven rhetoric. Now is the time for loving encouragement not condemning judgment. In light of the climate in our city, I stand with other pastors and leaders both black and white and our church unites with other churches that [demonstrate] the gospel of Jesus Christ in love and that [seek] the peace of our city.”

+ Father: Bind us together in our Lord, Jesus Christ, and fill us with His love and compassion. Help us to set aside our theological and cultural differences so that we might seek the peace in our cities.

+ Father: Protect the civil authorities who are trying to bring peace and restore order, especially the Charlotte City Police, the State Highway Patrol, and the NC National Guard. Give them wisdom and sound judgement in their decision-making and use of force.

“We pray for the Scott family. The death of a loved one is gut-wrenching under any circumstances. They need our prayers. We pray for the officer involved in the tragedy. This public servant, this protector of all of us, is no doubt hurting as well. Not only the pain of what took place, but the intense scrutiny of each decision, which is life-and-death moments faced all too often, is cause for us to lift up this policeman and his family.”

+ Father: thank you for the rapid response teams from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association who are offering prayer and counsel on the street.

“Much of what we are seeing play out is being perpetrated by people from outside Charlotte. The true leaders, black and white, in Charlotte, who work, worship and raise their families here are all calling for peace.”

+ Father: Hear the cries of our hearts as we bring the good people of Charlotte before You. Deliver them from evil and frustrate the schemes of all evil doers both within and without.

+ In the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Morning Prayer: Fri, 30 Sep – Psalm 84:8-11; I Chronicles 16:27-29; 2 Corinthians 3:18 ~ reflected glory

In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening Sentence

One thing I have asked of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life; to behold the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.

Reading: Psalm 84:8-11 (NLT)

O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies, hear my prayer. Listen, O God of Jacob.

O God, look with favor upon the king, our shield! Show favor to the one you have anointed.

A single day in your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else! I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God than live the good life in the homes of the wicked. For the Lord God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right.

Reading: I Chronicles 16:27-29 (NLT)

Honor and majesty surround him; strength and joy fill his dwelling.

O nations of the world, recognize the Lord, recognize that the Lord is glorious and strong. Give to the Lord the glory he deserves! Bring your offering and come into his presence. Worship the Lord in all his holy splendor.

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2 Corinthians 3:18

Reading: 2 Corinthians 3:18 (NLT)

So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.

Prayer

May everything in this my being be directed to Thy glory and may I never despair. For I am under Thy hand, and in Thee is all power and goodness. – Dag Hammarskjold, Markings

May I be equal to Your hope of me. If I am weak, I ask that You send only what I can bear. If I am strong, may I shrink from no testing that shall yield increase of strength or win security for my spirit.

I trust in You, O Lord. I say, “You are my God. My times are in Your hand, my times are in Your hand.”

“Psalm 84 ” – C3 Church Oxford Falls Campus in Sydney, Australia.

Blessing

May the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

40 Days of Prayer for America – “If my people will humble themselves…”

Peanut Gallery: I am a partisan Donald Trump supporter – a proud “deplorable,” if you will. But, first of all, I am a Christian – I have been redeemed by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord.

As much as I want Donald Trump to win the upcoming election, I am fully aware that the future of America is in God’s hands. And I believe only God can save our nation.

It’s in this spirit that I invite you to join me in 40 Days of Prayer for America.

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If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 NLT

Prayer for humility:

Lord Jesus, when You walked the earth, Your humility obscured Your Kingship.

+ Teach me to accept obscurity – may I live inconspicuously, nevertheless confident that I am Your dearly loved child.

Your meekness confused the arrogant, hindering them from grasping Your purpose, Your nobleness attending to the destitute.

+ Give me Your heart and conform my will to Your purpose –  to bring Good News to the poor; to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord ’s favor has come.

Teach me to model after Your eminence, to subject my human nature to humility.

+ Help me to empty myself of my prerogatives and gracefully accept my limitations.

Grant me a natural inclination to never view myself greater than anyone.

+ Open my eyes to see Your face in the most unlikely people and to treat them accordingly.

Banish all lingering sparks of self-importance that could elevate me greater than You.

+ Replace my bravado with quiet confidence in the power of Your Spirit.

Let my heart always imitate Your humility!

+ In the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

 

Morning Prayer: Thu, 29 Sep – Psalm 31:14-16; Exodus 3:14-15; Revelation 22:13 ~ I AM has sent me

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening Sentence

One thing I have asked of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life; to behold the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.

Reading: Psalm 31:14-16 (NLT)

But I am trusting you, O Lord, saying, “You are my God!” My future is in your hands. Rescue me from those who hunt me down relentlessly. Let your favor shine on your servant. In your unfailing love, rescue me.

Reading: Exodus 3:14-15 (NLT)

"God Blessing the Earth" Garofalo Nationalmuseum Stockholm.
“God Blessing the Earth”
Garofalo
Nationalmuseum Stockholm.

God replied to Moses, “I am who I am. Say this to the people of Israel: I am has sent me to you.” God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: Yahweh, the God of your ancestors—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.

This is my eternal name, my name to remember for all generations.

Reading: Revelation 22:13 (NLT)

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”

Prayer

Michael and All Angels, September 29

Holy Michael, archangel, defend us in the day of battle; be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray: and do thou, prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God thrust down to Hell Satan and all wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of our souls. Amen.

“The great I AM”

Blessing

May the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Morning Prayer: Wed, 28 Sep – Psalm 131:1-2; I Kings 19:19-21; Mark 14:32-40 ~ answering the call

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening Sentence

One thing I have asked of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life; to behold the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.

Reading: Psalm 131:1-2 (NLT)

Lord, my heart is not proud; my eyes are not haughty. I don’t concern myself with matters too great or too awesome for me to grasp.

Instead, I have calmed and quieted myself, like a weaned child who no longer cries for its mother’s milk. Yes, like a weaned child is my soul within me.

Reading: I Kings 19:19-21 (NLT)

So Elijah went and found Elisha son of Shaphat plowing a field. There were twelve teams of oxen in the field, and Elisha was plowing with the twelfth team. Elijah went over to him and threw his cloak across his shoulders and then walked away. Elisha left the oxen standing there, ran after Elijah, and said to him, “First let me go and kiss my father and mother good-bye, and then I will go with you!”

Elijah replied, “Go on back, but think about what I have done to you.”

So Elisha returned to his oxen and slaughtered them. He used the wood from the plow to build a fire to roast their flesh. He passed around the meat to the townspeople, and they all ate. Then he went with Elijah as his assistant.

Reading: Mark 14:32-40 (NLT)

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They went to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and Jesus said, “Sit here while I go and pray.” He took Peter, James, and John with him, and he became deeply troubled and distressed. He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

He went on a little farther and fell to the ground. He prayed that, if it were possible, the awful hour awaiting him might pass him by. “Abba, Father,” he cried out, “everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”

Then he returned and found the disciples asleep. He said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour? Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”

Then Jesus left them again and prayed the same prayer as before. When he returned to them again, he found them sleeping, for they couldn’t keep their eyes open. And they didn’t know what to say.

Prayer

Praise to You, guardian of heaven, the might of the Lord and His purpose of mind, the glorious all Father, for You, God eternal, are kind.

The will of God be done by me, the law of God be kept by me, my evil will controlled by me, my sharp tongue checked by me, quick forgiveness offered by me, speedy repentance made by me, temptation sternly shunned by me, blessed death welcomed by me, angels’ music heard by me, God’s highest praises sung by me.

Help me to know that the secret of contentment lies in organizing the self in the direction of simplicity. And, unless You have another task for me, keep me vigilant in prayer.

“House of Prayer” – Eddie James

Blessing

May the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!