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Day 6 of 40 Days of Prayer for America Oct 3, 2012

Target: Israel

Psalm 25:22 “Redeem Israel, O God, Out of all their troubles!”

Abigail Adams, the wife of one American President and the mother of another, knew the omnipotent power of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob:
“The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong; but the God of Israel is He that giveth strength and power unto His people. Trust in Him at all times, ye people; pour out your hearts before Him; God is a refuge for us.”

Prayer:
Jehovah God, You alone are able to protect Israel from the enemies that constantly surround her on every side, attacking from every angle. Open the eyes of her adversaries, that they might be able to clearly see that Israel is the apple of Your eye, a holy city created by Your divine hand. Lord, we know that Israel resides under the shadow of the Almighty. May our nation come to be the strong earthly support that she needs in her darkest hour. May we not forsake Jerusalem and instead begin the daily ritual of praying for her peace, as Your word commands. Let the world know that there is no God like Jehovah and You have not forgotten Your people. For He who keepeth Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps. Amen.

(Thank you to John Hagee Ministries for these daily updates.)

Day 5 of 40 Days Prayer for America, 9.02.2012

Target: Work Ethic

Exodus 20:9-10

Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work…

The industrious George Washington Carver said, “I shall be glad to cooperate with you in doing all I can through Christ who strengthens me to better the condition of our people.” He understood God’s will for man to be productive citizens.

Prayer:
Father in Heaven, we come before you today, asking forgiveness for not obeying Your command to work diligently until the day of Your return. We are commanded to seek You first, and we have sought the pleasures of our flesh instead. We ask Your forgiveness for being lazy and self-serving. Starting today, may everything we do bring honor and glory only to You. May we bring You pleasure through the fruits of our labor. Lord, within our government, spark a legislative movement to bring accountability to these United States once again. From the strongest of our members to the weakest, may we come to experience You in a very real way. May we worship you in our jobs, setting a Godly example as a shining light for all to see. We pray for those enslaved by our welfare system; may they come to know what true freedom is, and that it can only be found in You. Ignite in us a deep desire to honor You in all that we do. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Thank you John Hagee Ministries for these daily prayers and thoughts.

Marbles Monday Menagerie

Interesting thoughts on unhealthy and healthy criticism.  (Can there be a menagerie without Tom Rainer?  I think not.)

I have also wondered why autumn has two names.  When is it appropriate to call it autumn and when to call it fall?

For my Greek-nerd friends- love the discussion on the fun topic of anger and its relevancy to life.

Now that the papyrus fragment has been called a forgery, here is some info on that verdict.

Is having something in place like this admitting that there is going to be a failure? Or jurisprudence?

Day 4 of 40 Days of Prayer for America Oct. 01, 2012

Target: Fear

Psalm 27:1, 3

The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid? Though an army should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; Though war should rise against me, in this I will be confident.

Founding Father Quote

“Under all circumstances, trusting in our Maker and through His wisdom and beneficence to the great body of our people, we will not despair nor despond.”

- Abraham Lincoln

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, we are plagued on every side by troubling circumstances. It seems that our enemies are shooting poisonous darts from every angle, and stealing our peace. Forgive us for allowing the Enemy to create unrest in our homes, in our schools, in our places of business. Forgive us for allowing the government to kick You out of places where we desperately need Your peace to reign. As ungodliness increases in our country, there seems to be little room for hope. As Christians, we know that the Scriptures say You are our Great Hope. Through the blood of the Lamb, we have assurance that You are in control, and that You have not given us a spirit of fear but of sound mind. Therefore, we will not fear but place our trust in You, until the time of Your Son’s returning. For in You we have our being, and through You nothing is impossible. Lord, have mercy upon us and grant us Your peace that surpasses all understanding, that we might be able to stand against the Enemy and boldly proclaim, “I will not fear any evil, for Thou art with me.” In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Day 3 of 40 Day Prayer for America, Sept. 30, 2012

Target: Freedom

Psalm 119:45

And I will walk at liberty, for I seek Your precepts. I will speak of Your testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed. And I will delight myself in Your commandments, which I love.

The Founding Fathers knew that America could only be a great nation if it was founded and sustained on Christian values:

“The Christian religion is the basis, or rather the source, of all genuine freedom in government. I am persuaded that no civil government of a republican form can exist and be durable in which the principles of Christianity have not a controlling influence.”

- Noah Webster, Founding Father, “Schoolmaster to America”

Prayer:

Lord, we often hear the call to “take America back.” As a nation, we need to once again embrace the wisdom You gave our Founding Fathers. May we implement the changes necessary to return to righteousness. We pray that our nation looks to You for guidance, the Chief Cornerstone. May we be the catalyst for change in our country, enabling us to once again place the Ten Commandments in our classrooms and courthouses and regain the necessary luxury of public prayer. We repent for our wrongdoings as a nation, so that we can return to our former glory as one nation under God. As we turn from our wicked ways, Your Word promises that you will begin to heal our land. In Jesus’ name, we ask for a great healing from top to bottom. May the revival to take back our land and our liberty spread like wildfire throughout our nation, and may it begin with me. May the freedom our country once knew reign supreme, that the God of Israel be glorified in all that we do. Amen.