Honoring The National Day of Prayer
Today is America’s National Day of Prayer. The timing couldn’t be more appropriate. In order to be unified with millions of believers around the nation, for today’s post I am using the statement, guide, and prayer provided by the National Day of Prayer Committee. I have added a paragraph at the end of their prayer for the Supreme Court and the pending Dobbs verdict. This recorded version of the post will be intentionally shorter. I am encouraging you to use the guide/suggestions to pray individually, and to join either the National Day of Prayer or Intercessors For America in their prayers today. I feel it is significant that as many people as possible agree together in prayer today. The links to do this are provided for you at the end of our prayer.
"The National Day of Prayer has great significance for us as a nation as it enables us to recall and to teach the way in which our founding fathers sought the wisdom of God when faced with critical decisions. It stands as a call for us to humbly come before God, seeking His guidance for our leaders and His grace upon us as a people. The unanimous passage of the bill establishing the National Day of Prayer as an annual event signifies that prayer is as important to our nation today as it was in the beginning." -National Day of Prayer Committee.
WHY PRAY FOR AMERICA?
“God is sovereign and nothing comes as a surprise to Him. Whether we face fluctuating economics, threats from abroad, unrest at home, or other troubling circumstances, our Heavenly Father is not caught unaware. Through prayer, we are able to tap into His wisdom, strength, protection, and peace. He stands ready to respond to our needs when we humbly ask for divine intervention in the affairs of men.
“As we Pray for America, whose pledge of allegiance recounts that we are ‘one nation under God,’ and whose currency states that it is ‘in God we trust,’ we want Americans to encounter the God who rules over their country. ‘He who forms the mountains, creates the wind, and reveals His thoughts to man, He who turns dawn to darkness, and treads the high places of the earth—the LORD God Almighty is His name.’ (Amos 4:13; NIV)
“He is the One who gave us this promise in 2 Chronicles 7:14: ‘If my people, who are called by My name, will 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 will heal their land.’ As we humbly and diligently seek Him, we’ll be changed, and we’ll see transformation in America through prayer!
HOW TO PRAY FOR AMERICA - BY PRAYING INTO SEVEN CENTERS OF INFLUENCE IN OUR NATION (You can use National Day of Prayer’s guide to prayer on your own.)
“Pray for your leaders, as well as the judges in our courts. Ask God to grant them wisdom to act with integrity. (I Kings 3:28; I Timothy 2:1-2; Exodus 18:21; Proverbs 11:3; Romans 13:1-2)
(To read more on WHY, HOW, and WHAT to pray for the government, visit "Praying for Leaders and Elected Officials in Government")
“Federal Government - Consider praying for our President, Vice President, Cabinet Members, Congressional Leaders, Supreme Court Justices
“State Government - Consider praying for your Governor, Executive Leaders, Legislative Leaders, Judicial Leaders
“Local Government - Consider praying for your Mayor, City Council, Police Chief, Fire Chief, Judges, County Officials
“He appointed military officers over the people and assembled them...and encouraged them with these words: ‘Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him. With him only is the arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles...’ (2 Chronicles 32:6-8)
“Perseverance to endure hardship (Isaiah 43:2; Deuteronomy 31:6)
“Wise leaders who inspire respect from those under their command (Romans 13:1)
“Protection and support for the families they have left behind (Romans 1:8-10)
(To read more on WHY, HOW, and WHAT to pray for the military, visit "Praying For Our Armed Services")
‘“...Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.’ (Philippians 4:8)
“The decision-makers within the media to realize they can make a profit by producing uplifting projects. (Proverbs 8:10-11)
“Christians in media to find favor and be filled with creative ideas that bring kingdom principles and life-giving messages to the public. (Proverbs 2:1-15)
(To read more on WHY, HOW, and WHAT to pray for businesses, visit "Praying for Arts, Entertainment and Media")
“I have filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts. He is a master craftsman, expert in working...” (Exodus 31:3-4)
“Impartation of ideas and resources to open principled businesses, especially in areas that need an economic boost (Psalm 132:15)
“Christian workers to display Christ-like humility and service to their co-workers (Philippians 2:3)
(To read more on WHY, HOW, and WHAT to pray for businesses, visit "Praying for Businesses and the Workplace")
“‘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, and from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.’ Proverbs 2:3-6
“A safe atmosphere conducive to learning
“Excellence in educators (Exodus 18:20-21)
“Equal opportunities for every student to achieve their full potential (Philippians 1:9)
(To read more about WHY, HOW, and WHAT to pray for churches, visit "Praying For the Education of Young People")
“‘So then, just as you received Jesus Christ as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.’ Colossians 2:6-8
“The church would find a new zeal and commitment to the mission and purpose of Jesus Christ (Matthew 22:37)
“Unity with and among churches that reveal God’s love to the world (John 17:23)
“Integrity–that God’s people look and act differently from the world (I Peter 2:11; 1 Corinthians 13:6)
(To read more about WHY, HOW, and WHAT to pray for churches, visit "Praying for the Body of Christ")
“If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” (Mark 3:25)
“Unity and love in individual families that reach out in hospitality toward others (Romans 12:9-13)
“Establish healthy relationships between parents and children (Malachi 4:5-6)”
(To read more about WHY, HOW, and WHAT to pray for families, visit "Praying for Families In Our Nation") (1)
“Lord, we exalt You. We are filled with awe and wonder as our praise joins the heavenly hosts saying, ‘Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of hosts, the whole earth is full of His glory.’ You have established Your throne in heaven and the foundations of the earth. You alone are the Creator; the earth is Yours and all it contains is for Your glory. You created and established all of us as Your image-bearers. May our lips and lives continually praise You, reflecting and magnifying You in all our words and ways.
“You are the author of our days, You have established Your plans and purposes for us. We respond toYour glory and authority in obedience to Your Word and will. You have established prayer that we, Your children, can communicate with You, our Heavenly Father, directing, strengthening, and discipling us in Your everlasting love. We join heaven’s activities as we lift up our prayers And pour out our praise, repentance, thanks, intercession, and supplication.
“Lord, You have established America through the hearts of our founding fathers and the documents they penned declaring our dependence on Your sovereignty and supremacy. We pray for America: the Church, Family, Education, Military, Workplace, Government, Arts, Entertainment and Media. United in Your love, we exalt the Lord who has established us.
“We overflow with gratitude having been firmly rooted and built up in our faith in You. Let our reputation be of our faith in Christ alone, our love for all people, and fruitful lives bearing the attitude, affections, and actions of Your Spirit, who dwells and works within us and through us. In Jesus' Name, we always pray, Amen!” (Prayer written by Kathy Branzell, President of the National Day of Prayer Task Force)
And Father, we stand in agreement for the finishing of Roe’s evil reign. We decree that satan’s attempt to alter Your timing and declared will (Daniel 7:25), through the leak from the Supreme Court, will fail. We bind it in Christ’s name.
Cleanse our land from the bloodshed of 63 million innocent babies. Our faith is that the blood of Jesus cleanses us from ALL sin and unrighteousness. Apply it now we pray, and heal our land. And deliver us from evil leaders who have no regard for the lives of pre-born babies.
And finally, send a revival to America with such force that it changes the hearts of tens of millions of Americans. Draw us back to You! In Christ’s authority, we pray. Amen.
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