Prayer: What is prayer? How do I pray?


Prayer

What is prayer? How do I pray? 

Mick Dobra, 2014, cybermick.com

What is prayer?

“The purpose of prayer is to express our submission to the sovereignty of God and our trust in His faithfulness. Prayer is the means by which we express all that is in our hearts to our loving and wise heavenly Father. Prayer is not to give God information, because God knows everything. Prayer brings us into reverent communion with God, worshiping Him and acknowledging Him as the giver of all things.” (1) 

“Address of God in word or thought involving praise, thanksgiving, confession, petition, and intercession.” (2) 

“Prayer is a sincere, sensible, affectionate pouring out of the heart or soul to God, through Christ, in the strength and assistance of the Holy Spirit, for such things as God has promised, or according to the Word of God, for the good of the church, with submission in faith to the will of God.” John Bunyan (3) 

“It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the Providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.” George Washington, October 3, 1789 

“Every great movement of God can be traced to a kneeling figure” D.L. Moody 

“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 will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14) 

How do I pray?

Jesus’ Pattern for Prayer (1) 

Jesus was asked by the disciples how to pray, and this is His response, His model for our prayer life. 

9 Pray then like this: 

“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
10 Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread,
12 and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.  

Matthew 6:9-13

Key elements of The Lord’s Prayer: 
Pray to God: Our Father in heaven
Exalt Him! hallowed be your name
Submit to Him: Your kingdom come, your will be done
Look to Him: Give us this day our daily bread,
Confess to Him: forgive us our debts,as we also have forgiven our debtors
Depend on Him: lead us not into temptation
Trust in Him: deliver us from evil

ACTS (1) 

A simple acronym for us to remember that can help us incorporate the key elements of prayer: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication. 

Adoration: Reflect on God Himself. Praise Him for His attributes, His majesty, and His gift of Christ.
Confession: Admit to God that you have sinned. Be honest and humble. Remember, He knows you and loves you.
Thanksgiving: Tell God how grateful you are for everything He has given you, even the unpleasant things. Your thankfulness will help you see His purposes.
Supplication and Petition: Make specific requests. First for others, and then for yourself.

Practice of Prayer (3) 

“Prayer is the proper work of the soul which loves Christ (Ephesians 6:18)” 

Here are 5 practical steps we can take to enrich our prayer lives. 

1. Use a prayer list!

Every Christian man should have a prayer list which lists, among other things, the names of his family and if married, spouse and children. Moreover, the list ought to be detailed, featuring personal items under the names of those closest to him… 

Sample prayer list headings: 

  • Family
  • Friends/Saints
  • Sick/Healing
  • Problems
  • Events
  • Ministries
  • Requests from Others
  • My Church/Pastors/Leaders
  • Universal Church/Persecuted Believers
  • Government Leaders

2. Quiet time!

Find quiet time, and give your best time!

Here Jesus’ habit is instructive: ‘Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed’ (Mark 1:35) The early bird gets the prime time. The real question for you is, when is your best time?

3. Place

Find a place where you will not be disturbed!

4. Prepare properly!

Again, it is not the physical details that are of prime importance but the condition and stance of the heart. Whatever helps you focus on the Lord, use it. 

5. Length

Often the best prayers are short and passionate. Luther himself said: ‘Look to it that you do not try to do all of it, do not try to do too much, lest your spirit grow weary. Besides, a good prayer mustn’t be too long. Do not draw it out. Prayer ought to be frequent and fervent.’ A legalistic commitment to duration can kill one’s prayer life. 

Spiritual Disciplines
Adoration, Meditation, Confession, Submission, Petition, and Prayer (3) 

Here we look at some spiritual disciplines that will help us deepen our prayer life. 

Adoration

… sublime adoration and worship. This begins with a proper sense of awe in the presence of the God we know and serve… 

Reverence… the terror that came to Luther, ‘the horror of Infinitude’ that smote him at the altar – for our access to the awesome God of Heaven is real!” 

to lift God up as worthy and to ascribe great worth to Him.‘You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.’ (Revelation 4:11).” 

The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.  

Psalm 19:1 

Meditation

 “meditation – which involves personalizing and internalizing a segment of the Word…. begins with the devotional exercise of listening to the Word… The words of Scripture are not merely to be read but to be heard. They are meant to go to the heart!”  

“When the Psalmist speaks of meditating on the Law of God day and night (Psalm 1:2), he uses a word which means ‘to mutter’… Meditation is intrinsically verbal. This means the Psalmist memorized God’s Word.”

Oh how I love your law!
It is my meditation all the day.
Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies,
for it is ever with me.  

Psalm 119:97-98 

Scripture made for meditation: (just a small sample!)
The Ten Commandments Exodus 20:1-17

The Beatitudes Matthew 5:1-11

The Lord’s Prayer Matthew 6:9-13

Kenosis passage Philippians 2:5-11

The Shema (hear, as in “hear oh Israel”) Deuteronomy 6:4-9

The Armor of God Ephesians 6:10-20

“You must remember this: You can never have a Christian mind without reading the Scriptures regularly because you cannot be profoundly influenced by that which you do not know. If you are filled with God’s Word, your life can then be informed and directed by God – your domestic relationships, your child-rearing, your career, your ethical decisions, your interior moral life. The way to a Christian mind is through God’s Word!” 

“It is always best to drink at the well and not from the tank. You shall find that reading the Word of God for yourselves, reading it rather than notes upon it, is the surest way of growing in grace. Drink of the unadulterated milk of the Word of God, and not of the skim milk, or the milk and water of man’s word.” 
(“How to Read the Bible” a sermon by C. H. Spurgeon) 

Confession

“There can be no ongoing devotion without confession, which can take place anytime. Ideally it ought to take place whenever we sin. But all too often we are too proud and emotionally charged to acknowledge our sin at the time we commit it… But devotion is impossible if we are overloaded with guilt…” 

“Psalm 139, which systematically contemplates God’s omnipotence, ends with a prayer for divine investigation of the Psalmist’s soul:

Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting! 

“The importance of confession for the devotional life cannot be overstated. ‘If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened’ Psalm 66:18, Proverbs 28:13” 

Submission

“Does adoration lead to anything else? Yes – the presentation of our bodies – or entire lives – in an ultimate act of worship… 

Our devotion must culminate in a conscious yielding of every part of our personality, every ambition, every relationship, and every hope to Him.”

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
Romans 12:1

All-Prayer (3) 

… the believing soldier does the most astounding thing. He falls to his knees in deep, profound, petitionary prayer – for he has obeyed his divine instructions to take up what John Bunyan referred to as ‘All-Prayer.’

5 Elements of All-Prayer

praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints
Ephesians 6:18

1. Pray in the Spirit
in the Spirit

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. Romans 8:26-27 …

As we seek the Spirit’s help, He will speak to us through His Word, which conveys His mind regarding every matter of principle.

The spiritual discipline of meditation helps us learn to pray in the Spirit. 

2. Pray Continually
praying at all times

This characterized the practice of the Apostolic Church, as Acts 1:14 indicates: ‘All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer…’ 

Paul told the Thessalonians to ‘pray continually’ (1 Thessalonians 5:17)… 

Is continual prayer possible? Yes and no… the prayer called for here is not so much the articulation of words as the posture of the heart.

3. Varied Prayer
with all prayer and supplication

Varied prayer grows out of what we have just seen about continual prayer, because if we pray continually, the various situations we encounter will demand a variety of prayers. Think of the variety appropriate to life’s situations – prayer to resist temptation, prayer for wisdom, for power, for self-restraint, for protection of others, for growth, for conviction.

4. Persistant Prayer
keep alert with all perseverance

And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. 2 He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. 3 And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ 4 For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’”
Luke 18:1-5 

5. Intercessory Prayer
making supplication for all the saints

Pray for others, especially the saints. “There are many worthy petitions to make, but ‘saints’ – believers in Jesus Christ – are to have a large place in our prayers.” 

Petitionary prayers for others brings grace to their lives. Few people know that the stupendous achievement of William Carey in India was fueled by his bedridden sister who prayed for him for over fifty years. 

Sample Prayers

Jesus’ Prayer in the Garden

“Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.”
Luke 22:42

The Prayer of Jabez

Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request. 1 chronicles 4:10

A Prayer from George Washington’s Prayer Journal

“O eternal and everlasting God, . . . increase my faith in the sweet promises of the gospel; give me repentance from dead works; pardon my wanderings, and direct my thoughts unto thyself, the God of my salvation; teach me how to live in thy fear, labor in thy service, and ever to run in the ways of thy commandments; make me always watchful over my heart, that neither the terrors of conscience, the loathing of holy duties, the love of sin, nor an unwillingness to depart this life, may cast me into a spiritual slumber, but daily frame me more and more into the likeness of thy son Jesus Christ, that living in thy fear, and dying in thy favor, I may in thy appointed time attain the resurrection of the just unto eternal life – bless my family, friends, and kindred.” 

Mary’s Song of Praise: The Magnificat
46 And Mary said,

“My soul magnifies the Lord,
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
49 for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
50 And his mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
51 He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
52 he has brought down the mighty from their thrones
and exalted those of humble estate;
53 he has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
55 as he spoke to our fathers,
to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”
Luke 1:46-55

Tax Collectors Prayer

But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.
Luke 18:13-14 

Common Prayer

One of the things lacking in independent churches is the rich tradition of “common prayer.”

Such as these from Martin Luther’s Small Catechism

Morning Prayer
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have kept me this night from all harm and danger; and I pray that You would keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please You. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.

Evening Prayer
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have graciously kept me this day; and I pray that You would forgive me all my sins where I have done wrong, and graciously keep me this night. For into Your hands, I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.

You can still find some modern editions of “Books of Common Prayer.”
Here is an older classic from Project Gutenberg:
Morning and Evening Prayers for All Days of the Week 

The index is toward the end.
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/34994/34994-h/34994-h.htm

Today individual churches will have a prayer ministry to lead and guide it’s members. Such as Bethany Baptist’s “Partners in Prayer” which has a daily scripture reading and prayer that can be listened to online as part of a prayer routine. www.bethanycentral.org/dailyprayer

Prayers of great saints

The Prayer of St. Patrick
I arise today
Through the strength of heaven;
Light of the sun,
Splendor of fire,
Speed of lightning,
Swiftness of the wind,
Depth of the sea,
Stability of the earth,
Firmness of the rock.
I arise today
Through God’s strength to pilot me;
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to protect me,
God’s hosts to save me
Afar and anear,
Alone or in a mulitude.
Christ shield me today
Against wounding
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.
I arise today
Through the mighty strength
Of the Lord of creation.

I Know Not What I Am, But To You I Flee: A Prayer of William Wilberforce
O Lord, reassure me with Your quickening Spirit;
without You I can do nothing.
Mortify in me all ambition, vanity, vainglory,
worldliness, pride, selfishness,
and resistance from God,
and fill me with love, peace
and all the fruits of the Spirit.
O Lord, I know not what I am,
but to You I flee for refuge.
I would surrender myself to You,
trusting Your precious promises
and against hope believing in hope.
– William Wilberforce, 1759-1833

A Contrite Heart (The Prayer of John Newton)
by Reformed Reader

When John Newton was still young in years (25 or so) and young in Christ (only a year or two), he sometimes lamented his slow spiritual growth. Here’s a prayer of his from January 1, 1754. It is really a prayer all Christians can (should!?) pray. This is exactly what it means to have a broken and contrite heart – sacrifices that the Lord will not despise (Ps. 51:17).

“Alas! Most gracious Lord, what shall I say? I have nothing to offer for all thy goodness but new confessions of my guilt. That thou art kind to the unthankful and the evil, I am one of the most remarkable instances. Forgive me, I beseech thee, this year of misspent life, and charge me not with the long abuse of thy bounty. I owe thee ten thousand talents, and have nothing to pay. Yet I entreat thee to have patience with me – not that it will be ever in my power to make any amends by the best I can do, but because my Savior Jesus Christ, thy beloved Son, has done and suffered more than sufficient to atone for all my offenses, and to supply all my defects. Let me plead his merits on behalf of myself….”
Amen!

More prayers from Scripture



References: 

1. “Fundamentals of the Faith: 13 lessons to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ” by Grace Community Church, 2009, Moody Publishers. 

2. “Evangelical Dictionary of Theology” edited by Walter A. Elwell, 1991, Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49516 

3. “Disciplines of a Godly Man” by R. Kent Hughes, 2001, Crossway Books.

Household Prayer 9/22/2020

“When God has something very great to accomplish for his church, it is His will that there should precede it the extraordinary prayers of his people.”

Jonathan Edwards – #AwakeAmerica2020https://www.awakeamerica2020.com

There are a few events happening locally and nationally. So lets focus this week on family and national revival.

Pray that a real spiritual and familial revival will take place in our homes, churches, and America even as the nation seeks to redefine God’s plan for the family. Pray for there to be an increased dependence upon God the Father as we lead our children spiritually, emotionally, physically and academically.

Read Ezra’s prayer of repentance, Ezra 9:6-15.

Pray that a real spiritual and familial revival will take place in America even as the nation seeks to redefine God’s plan for the family.

And now for a little while grace has been shown from the Lord our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a peg in His holy place, that our God may enlighten our eyes and give us a measure of revival in our bondage.–Ezra 9:8 (NKJV)

The living, the living, he thanks you, as I do this day; the father makes known to the children your faithfulness. –Is. 38:19

ICHE

Events This Week

40 Days for Life

Tonight, 9/22, is the kick-off for the fall 40 Days for Life prayer vigil!

Peoria campaign details here https://www.40daysforlife.com/peoria

Memorial to the lost children. Peoria 2019

Illinois United in Prayer

This weekend, Saturday September 26, there is a Illinois United in Prayer event in Springfield.
11:00AM – 1:00PM
Lincoln statue on east side of Capitol 301 S. 2nd Street, Springfield, IL
https://illinoisfamily.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/United-in-Prayer_flier.pdf

The Body of Christ in Illinois coming together in prayer, humility, and repentance as we seek spiritual awakening in our land, and revival in the Church of Jesus Christ. Establishing A Oneness in the Body of Christ, through prayer, that releases Kingdom Authority in Illinois.

Prayer March 2020

Pray for America from wherever you are as Franklin Graham leads a nationwide prayer march in Washington, D.C. The 1.8-mile march through the National Mall stops at key locations from the Lincoln Memorial to U.S. Capitol.

Date: September 26
Time: 12pm – 2pm
Starting Location: Lincoln Memorial
Distance: 1.8 miles

Together, let’s seek God’s forgiveness, healing and intervention in our divided nation.

Watch Live: Prayer March 2020 https://prayermarch2020.com/live/

Pray that God does not leave His church sleeping!

We have been told that we people are the chance result of impersonal chaos working its dark magic on the universe… The outcome of such thinking? Humanity is disenchanted…

But this is not the biblical account of man… God, the beautiful one, made the human race as his capstone work, his corporeal masterpiece (Ps 8:3-6; 27:4) … The imago dei marks out humanity as an enchanted race. Tragically, humanity disenchanted itself by following the anti-wisdom of the serpent…

If we have assumed… that our children learned what they needed to know simply by ecclesial and cultural osmosis, let us be clear that we may hold this assumption no longer. Now is not the time to play down our doctrine of mankind; now is the time to teach it with confidence and with joy, seeking to be witnesses to fellow sinners and guides to all God’s flock.

“Reenchanting Humanity: a theology of mankind” by Owen Strachan

Household Prayer 9/8/2020

“When God has something very great to accomplish for his church, it is His will that there should precede it the extraordinary prayers of his people.”

Jonathan Edwards – #AwakeAmerica2020

To know God.

This week let’s pray that our families would come to know God in new and profound ways. That our knowledge of God would have an impact on our children’s education and understanding of His creation.

Read Psalm 19.

We have been told that we people are the chance result of impersonal chaos working its dark magic on the universe… The outcome of such thinking? Humanity is disenchanted… But this is not the biblical account of man… God, the beautiful one, made the human race as his capstone work, his corporeal masterpiece (Ps 8:3-6; 27:4) … The imago dei marks out humanity as an enchanted race. Tragically, humanity disenchanted itself by following the anti-wisdom of the serpent… If we have assumed… that our children learned what they needed to know simply by ecclesial and cultural osmosis, let us be clear that we may hold this assumption no longer. Now is not the time to play down our doctrine of mankind; now is the time to teach it with confidence and with joy, seeking to be witnesses to fellow sinners and guides to all God’s flock.

“Reenchanting Humanity: a theology of mankind” by Owen Strachan

Household Prayer 9/1/20

Praying for our homeschool and Classical Conversations community.

A vision for homeschool 2020-2021

This week let’s pray for fathers to develop and communicate a clear vision for education and discipleship in their homes.

“He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children, that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments;”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭78:5-7‬ ‭ESV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/59/psa.78.5-7.esv

And let’s pray for our wives to let go of anxiety in their efforts, and find joy in trusting in God.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:5-6‬ ‭ESV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/59/pro.3.5-6.esv

Thanks to ICHE for prayer focus ideas.

Essential Prayers for Life

Church parking lots are empty. Gathering and worshipping in Jesus’ name has been deemed non-essential by the civil authorities.

But the killing of unborn children has been deemed essential, and based on how full the parking lot is, they are doing a lot of business.

We need to pray!

Memorial for the lost children, Peoria, 2019 Fall 40 Days for Life

Day 1 – Friday May 8, 2020

Science, models, and public policy become putrid without open discussion, debate, and dissent being allowed.

“We have been told that we people are the chance result of imperfect chaos working its dark magic on the universe… The outcome of such thinking? Humanity is disenchanted.”

But in reality, “God, the beautiful one, made the human race as his capstone work, his corporeal masterpiece (Ps 8:3-6; 27:4)… God actually made humanity; God actually gave humanity infinite dignity and worth… The imago dei marks out humanity as an enchanted race.” (“Reenchanting Humanity” by Owen Strachan)

“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭8:3-5‬ ‭ESV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/59/psa.8.3-5.esv

Day 2 – Monday May 11, 2020

Perspective, “In California, a state with 40 million people, there have been approximately 2,700 Covid-related deaths.  More than that die each year from traffic deaths in the Golden State.” https://www.cwfpac.com/monday-may-11-2020-exposing-communist-china-shutdown-deadly-left-vs-israel

Human rights begin with the right to life!
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…” – Declaration of Independence

Day 3 – Tuesday May 12, 2020

Day 4 – Wednesday May 13, 2020

Day 5

By What Standard? Worried about “tarnishing your witness?” By what standard are you judging the reputation of your witness? By obedience to God and His standard, or by the opinion of men and their standard?

Day 6

“I witnessed, while visiting a surgical suite as an OB/GYN resident, the abortion of a fetus that weighed approximately two pounds. It was placed in a bucket, crying and struggling to breathe, and the medical personnel pretended not to notice. Soon the crying stopped…
Some people believe that being pro-choice is being on the side of freedom. I’ve never understood how an act of violence, killing a human being, albeit a small one in a special place, is portrayed as a precious right. To speak only of the mother’s cost in carrying a baby to term ignores all thought of any legal rights of the unborn. I believe that the moral consequence of cavalierly accepting abortion diminishes the value of all life…”
The only issue that should be debated is the moral one: whether or not a fetus has any right to life. Scientifically, there’s no debate over whether the fetus is alive and human—if not killed, it matures into an adult human being. It is that simple. So the time line of when we consider a fetus ‘human’ is arbitrary after conception, in my mind.”
Dr. Ron Paul OB/GYN, “Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom”

Day 7

Women’s Care Center of Peoria, Illinois
http://www.womenscarecenter.org/locations/peoria
7319 N. University Street
Peoria, Illinois 61614

Empower Life center
https://www.peoriarescue.org/womens-pregnancy-center/
(309) 688-0202
1825 N. Knoxville Ave., Peoria, IL 61603

Day 8

Cash-Rich Abortion Giant Received $80 Million Meant For Small Businesses Hurt by Pandemic
https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2020/may/cash-rich-abortion-giant-received-80-million-meant-for-small-businesses-hurt-by-pandemic?fbclid=IwAR0_pmxDjKHPeqG-ibmhzBzASw12mWqgVHz8qSGrn3TBzLUhz1pdu_bqiOU

Romanian persecution comes to roost in Chicago https://onenewsnow.com/church/2020/05/21/romanian-persecution-comes-to-roost-in-chicago#.Xsbcnkir-M4.twitter

“At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of things that are shaken—that is, things that have been made—in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12:26-29‬ ‭ESV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/59/heb.12.26-29.esv

Love the captive soul, but rage against the captor. Arise O Church arise!

Day 9

“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭2:1-8‬ ‭ESV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/59/eph.2.1-8.esv

Day 10

“A nation that will cannibalize its babies for parts will abandon its elders to secret abuse and choking, solitary deaths. Such a nation fears death, because it believes nothing comes after. So it also fears life…”https://stream.org/who-dumped-a-violent-autistic-20-year-old-covid-patient-on-this-nursing-home-and-why/

“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”
‭‭Micah‬ ‭6:8‬ ‭ESV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/59/mic.6.8.esv


Day 11

Day 12 – Praise God!

Praise God!

Governor Pritzker has “lifted all restrictions on churches in the state. (We have amazing prayer warriors!!) Peoria area attorney Brian Heller put the development more succinctly:

We won, or more accurately, the Gov. retreated from the field of battle facing likely humiliation.

https://illinoisfamily.org/religious/gov-pritzker-backs-down-before-the-u-s-supreme-court/

Prayer for Healing

“Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior, You became man and died on the cross for our salvation. You healed people of sickness and affliction through Your love and compassion. Visit me, Lord, and grant me strength to bear this sickness with which I am afflicted, with patience, submission to Your will and trust in Your loving care. I pray that You will bless the means used for my recovery and those who administer them. Grant that my sickness may be to my spiritual benefit and that I may live the rest of my life more faithfully according to Your will. For You are the source of life and healing and to You I give praise and glory, now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.”

“My Orthodox Prayer Book” by Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Rev. Theodore Stylianopoulos

See Healing https://ministry.family.blog/2020/01/05/healing/

40 Days for Life fall 2019

“Illinois Family Institute wants to encourage Christians everywhere to prayerfully consider taking part in the upcoming peaceful campaign known as 40 Days for Life. It is an important pro-life effort to save lives and share truth.”

https://illinoisfamily.org/life/pastor-jim-nicodem-on-40-days-for-life/#.XXzbTOL8w9g.twitter

https://www.40daysforlife.com/
“Why Pro-Life?” Randy Alcorn

“I witnessed, while visiting a surgical suite as an OB/GYN resident, the abortion of a fetus that weighed approximately two pounds. It was placed in a bucket, crying and struggling to breathe, and the medical personnel pretended not to notice. Soon the crying stopped…”

“Some people believe that being pro-choice is being on the side of freedom. I’ve never understood how an act of violence, killing a human being, albeit a small one in a special place, is portrayed as a precious right. To speak only of the mother’s cost in carrying a baby to term ignores all thought of any legal rights of the unborn. I believe that the moral consequence of cavalierly accepting abortion diminishes the value of all life…”

“The only issue that should be debated is the moral one: whether or not a fetus has any right to life. Scientifically, there’s no debate over whether the fetus is alive and human—if not killed, it matures into an adult human being. It is that simple. So the time line of when we consider a fetus ‘human’ is arbitrary after conception, in my mind…”

“One thing I believe for certain is that the federal government should never tax pro-life citizens to pay for abortions.”

Quotes from “Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom” by Ron Paul

Call 2 Fall Prayer Day 2019

“Jesus said, “My house will be called a house of prayer…” (Matthew 21:13). Our response to Christ’s declaration, coupled with the promises of 2 Chronicles 7:14, give hope to our nation. A massive interdenominational prayer movement is underway, standing in the gap for America.

“Repent, pray, and seek God’s face for our nation on Sunday, June 30th.

http://www.call2fall.com/

“Lead your family in repentant prayer for our nation. The only thing we ask is that you take at least five minutes (those who are able) to fall on your knees in humble prayer before the Lord.

“The Call2Fall Declaration: “I will answer God’s call to fall on my knees in humility and seek His face in repentance so that He might forgive my sins and heal our land.”

“Watch Tony Perkins’ short video about the First Prayer in the Continental Congress. At another desperate time in our nation’s history, pastor-led prayer moved many of our Founding Fathers to their knees and even tears. Eventually, they declared their independence from Great Britain, but at the same time, declared their dependence on the Providence of God. Like these Founders, my prayer is that we will do the same!

Repent of coveting and jealousy.

“Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah”
Psalms 32:1-5 ESV

Shout for joy, praise, and give thanks.

“Shout for joy in the Lord, O you righteous! Praise befits the upright. Give thanks to the Lord with the lyre; make melody to him with the harp of ten strings! Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts. For the word of the Lord is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness.”
Psalms 33:1-4 ESV

God is mighty!

“Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!”
Psalms 95:1-6 ESV

Work hard, don’t be like the lazy sluggard.

“Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest. How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.”
Proverbs 6:6-11 ESV

Shout for joy to God!

“Shout for joy to God, all the earth; sing the glory of his name; give to him glorious praise!”
Psalms 66:1-2 ESV

Repent!

“If a man does not repent, 

God will whet his sword;
he has bent and readied his bow;
he has prepared for him his deadly weapons, making his arrows fiery shafts. 

Behold, the wicked man conceives evil and is pregnant with mischief and gives birth to lies.

His mischief returns upon his own head, and on his own skull his violence descends.”
Psalms 7:12-14, 16 ESV

Love the Lord and hate evil!

“O you who love the Lord, hate evil! 

He preserves the lives of his saints; he delivers them from the hand of the wicked.

Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous, and give thanks to his holy name!”
Psalms 97:10, 12 ESV

Justice will come to unjust leaders of the nations.

“The nations have sunk in the pit that they made; in the net that they hid, their own foot has been caught. The Lord has made himself known; he has executed judgment; the wicked are snared in the work of their own hands. Higgaion. Selah 

The wicked shall return to Sheol, all the nations that forget God. 

For the needy shall not always be forgotten, and the hope of the poor shall not perish forever. 

Arise, O Lord! Let not man prevail; let the nations be judged before you! Put them in fear, O Lord! 

Let the nations know that they are but men! Selah”

Psalms 9:15-20 ESV

There is hope in God because He forgives sins and redeems us.

“If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared. I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;

O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption.”

Psalms 130:3-5, 7 ESV