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Day 23 of 40 Days of Prayer for America

Target: Voting in Local Elections

Proverbs 20:7 The righteous man walks in his integrity; his children are blessed after him.

Founding Father Quote: “Now more than ever the people are responsible for the character of their Congress.  If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption.  If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature. . . . If the next centennial does not find us a great nation . . . it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces.”  -James Garfield

Prayer: Lord, we must consider the future of America, the future of our children and grandchildren.  When the righteous man is silent or behaves like the wicked, the next generation can only live in destruction and disgrace.  We know that nothing is impossible with You, oh Lord, and we ask that You would forgive us and help us take our country back, to restore it to the great nation it once was.  May our children come to know the America that our grandparents enjoyed.  As we think of our pending national elections, may we not forget that the local elections are also of great importance to the strength of our country.  What we build on the local level affects our cities, our states and indeed our nation.  At this point in our history, we are no longer a truly united body of states.  May Your love once again unite us.  The victory alone is Yours, and we humbly ask that You go before us to pave the way for a bright future for those we love most, our precious children.  We ask this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Day 22 of 40 Days of Prayer for America

Target: Consistency
Titus 1:7-9 …be blameless, as a steward of God, … hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled, holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict.

Founding Father Quote: “The time has come that Christians must vote for honest men and take consistent ground in politics or the Lord will curse them. . . . Christians have been exceedingly guilty in this matter. But the time has come when they must act differently. . . . Christians seem to act as if they thought God did not see what they do in politics. But I tell you He does see it, and He will bless or curse this nation according to the course they [Christians] take [in politics].” -Charles Finney

Prayer: Lord, You are always just, merciful, loving and wise.  Your Word says that You are the same yesterday, today and forever.  You are unchanging and Your mercy is renewed for us each and every morning.  Your love for us never fails.  But we have failed You, and ask for Your forgiveness.  We have not been steadfast in our choices, always making the extra effort to stand for what is right and pure.  May we live according to the example You have sent in Your Word.  May our light so shine before men that all would see and know Your glory, that all would seek Your salvation.  We will no longer allow the mandates of society or busy schedules to allow us to slip into a place of complacency.  From this day forth, we choose to vote according to the commands found in Your Word.  We are more than conquerors through Jesus Christ!  Amen.

Day 19 of 40 Prayer for America 10.16.12

Target: Immigration
Deuteronomy 28:1 Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth.

Founding Father Quote: “You do well to wish to learn our arts and ways of life, and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ.  These will make you a greater and happier people than you are.”  -George Washington

Prayer: O Lord, we are guilty of allowing those who despise You to influence and threaten our very way of life.  We started out as a nation aware of the dangers involved in granting citizenship to anyone not honoring You.  Forgive us for foolishly abandoning our watch.  We have been lax in ensuring that those entering our country share our Judeo-Christian values.  This value system has afforded us Your mighty protection, provision and incomparable power…until now.  Lord, give our leaders the wisdom necessary to enforce the good laws already in place, and to reverse the foolish policies that have brought shame to our nation.  Help us eliminate the dangerous philosophies that threaten us as Americans.  We ask that You soften the hearts of those living in this country, by birth or immigration, that we may all enjoy the benefits of living in America.  May we experience what made this nation great in the first place…You!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Day 18 of 40 Days of Prayer for America

Target: Military
Nehemiah 4:9, 13-14 Nevertheless we made our prayer to our God, and because of them we set a watch against them day and night.

Therefore I positioned men behind the lower parts of the wall, at the openings; and I set the people according to their families, with their swords, their spears, and their bows.  And I looked, and arose and said to the nobles, to the leaders, and to the rest of the people, “Do not be afraid of them.  Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses.

Founding Father Quote: “I urge you by all that is dear, by all that is honorable, by all that is sacred, not only that ye pray but that ye act.” –John Hancock

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we pray for our military today as we acknowledge the importance of national defense.  From the founding of America, You have guided the great military minds who have faithfully led our troops to protect and defend our freedoms.  Ironically, we have used these very freedoms to allow other gods to come into our country and to hold a place of honor.  We have brought shame upon ourselves as we have dishonored Your holy name.  Our military machine has been prevented from its righteous purpose because You are no longer held as its Master Strategist.  Lord, forgive us.  Take charge of our military and give unprecedented wisdom and courage to our military leaders.  May they do what is good and right in Your eyes.  Protect and provide for our military troops and their families for the sacrifices they make every minute of every day.  May the remnants of our freedoms be preserved, and those that have been lost, restored.  Raise up godly leaders within our military, that we might once again secure our national borders and protect the freedoms we have so callously taken for granted.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

The Brave Friendship of God.

“He took the twelve aside….”  Luke 18:31

Oh, the bravery of God in trusting us!  Do you say, “But He has been unwise to choose me, because there is nothing good in me and I have no value?” That is exactly why He chose you.  As long as you think that you are of value to Him He cannot choose you, because you have purposes of your own to serve.  But if you will allow Him to take you to the end of your own self-sufficiency, then He can choose you to go wit Him “to Jerusalem” (18:31).  And that will mean the fulfillment of purposes which He does not discuss with you.

We tend to say that because a person has natural ability, he will make a good Christian.  It is not a matter of our equipment, but a matter of our poverty; not of what we bring with us, but of what God put into us; not a matter of natural virtues, of strength of character, of knowledge, or of experience– all of that is of no avail in this concern.  The only thing of value is being taken into the compelling purpose of God and being made His friends (see 1 Cor 1:26-31).  God’s friendship is with people who know their poverty.  He can accomplish nothing with the person who thinks that he is of use to God.  As Christians we are not here for our own purpose at all– we are here for the purpose of God, and the two are not the same.  We do not know what God’s compelling purpose is, but whatever happens, we must maintain our relationship with Him.  We must never allow anything to damage our relationship with God, but if something does damage it, we must take the time to make it right again.  The most important aspect of Christianity is not the work we do, but the relationship we maintain and the surrounding influence and qualities produced by that relationship.  That is all God asks us to give our attention to, and it is the one thing that is continually under attack.

(Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, Aug. 4th)