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December 15, 2016

Are You Faithful in Prayer?

Mercy is undeserved kindness. In scripture it is linked to covenant—God’s covenantal faithfulness and kindness. We are told that His mercies are new each morning (Lamentations 3:22-23), and they also triumph over judgment (James 2:13). Merry Christmas, America, you just experienced incredible mercy! The question now becomes, “Will we waste this precious gift, or “spend” it wisely? The tendency of the Church is to pray (sometimes fervently) during an election, then return to our “prayer-less” ways afterwards. A Christian Senator once called me out on this, saying, “The Church prays us into office, then we’re on our own!” He actually went on to say, “I can tell when the Church is praying and when it isn’t.”

“The faithful love of the Lord never ends. His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.” (Lamentations 3:22-23; NLT)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  1. Repent if you know you have been one that stops praying with fervency when it appears breakthrough has come and things are “all right”.

  2. Repent if you have only prayed for governing leaders that you agree with.

  3. Every state has 2 Senators. Find them here and pray for them today. There is a small box on the upper right where you choose your state and you will see your two Senators. Click on their names to learn more about each of them and find lots of things to pray about.

  4. Each state has many Representatives. Find yours here and pray for them. There is a small box on the upper right under “Find Your Representative” where you can enter your zip code to find your Representative. You will see the cities they represent. Click on their name on the left and you will go to their House.gov page. Here you can find the committees they serve on and any issues they are working to resolve. Pray for them.

  5. Consider signing up for your Senators’ and Representative’s newsletters, so you stay informed and know exactly how to pray on a regular basis.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, forgive me for praying with passion for my nation and the elections when we get to that season, but forgetting about praying for the ones elected! Forgive me when I have not been able to find Your heart and direction to pray for those that represent me in Washington and locally. Remind me to pray for them, Lord, even when I do not agree with them. They need the prayers of the Church, and who knows if they might just change their minds about some things. Help me learn about them, learn what they are working on, and care about them, so that I can pray regularly for them. Thank you, Jesus. Amen.

Today’s decree:

May my elected officials know that I am praying for them on a regular basis!