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Don’t Let Politics Trump Prayer

“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:1-4)

As Christians we are called to pray for our leaders and all those in authority. I hope you prayed for President George W. Bush when he was president. I hope you prayed for President Barack Obama when he was president. And I hope you will pray for President Donald Trump now that he is president.

Why should you pray for your leaders and those in authority over you? One obvious reason is because they make decisions that have a huge impact on your life. But the Bible addresses a much more important issue here in these verses from 1 Timothy.

The Bible instructs us to pray for those in authority so that we may live out our Christian lives peacefully and share our faith with others. Never take for granted that you live in a land where you have the freedom to worship God. Never take for granted that you have the freedom to share the gospel with others without fear of persecution.

It is important to pray for our leaders. We are to pray for our president whether or not we like him as a person. We are to pray for him whether or not we agree with his policies. In fact the less you agree with him, the more important it becomes to pray for him! It’s easy to pray for a president with whom you agree on everything.

So I hope you have already begun praying for President Trump. I know I have. It’s been a rough political season, and not everyone is happy with the new president. But that just makes it all the more important to pray. Don’t let politics trump prayer!

7 Prayer Requests for Unsaved Loved Ones

Sunday we held a prayer service at church for unsaved loved ones. At the beginning of the service I shared the following seven requests we can pray for our friends and loved ones who do not yet know Christ. Each request has an accompanying Scripture to read along as you pray. You will notice that most of the prayer requests revolve around the gospel, because it is only through the hearing and believing of the gospel that anyone can be saved. I hope you will find these requests and Scriptures helpful as you pray for your unsaved loved ones. (Note: Click here for a print-ready PDF handout.)

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Praying for Unsaved Loved Ones

“I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.” (Romans 1:16)

1. Pray that God will draw them to himself.
“No one can come to me unless the Father … draws him.” (John 6:44)

2. Pray for the Holy Spirit to bring conviction of sin.
“The Holy Spirit … will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment.” (John 16:8)

3. Pray for opportunities to share the gospel.
“Pray for us that God may open a door for our message … Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.” (Colossians 4:3-4)

4. Pray that others will share the gospel with them as well.
“Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Matthew 9:37-38)

5. Pray that God will open their eyes to the truth of the gospel.
“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” (2 Corinthians 4:4)

6. Pray that God will open their hearts to respond to the gospel.
“The Lord opened her heart to respond to the message.” (Acts 16:14)

7. Pray that they will believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” (Acts 16:31)
 

National Day of Prayer 2014

National Day of Prayer

Today is the National Day of Prayer for the United States. The purpose of the National Day of Prayer is to gather the people of our country to come together and pray, particularly for our nation and for those in leadership on all levels of local, national, church and educational areas of influence.

Let me encourage you to participate in this special day of prayer for our nation. Over 40,000 prayer events are scheduled to take place this year across the country — at churches, schools, government buildings and other public gathering places. We will be hosting an event here in Plantation, FL at City Hall during the lunch hour. Click here to find an event near you.

Seahawks and Broncos Post Super Bowl Prayer Huddle

Lots of players pray before the big game, but how many pray afterwards? I was encouraged by this photo of Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos players joining in prayer together immediately following Super Bowl XLVIII.

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In case you’re wondering who the players are, that’s Seattle Seahawks linebacker Mike Morgan (#57); and for the Denver Broncos, it’s tackle Chris Clark (#75), running back Knowshon Moreno (#27), and wide receiver Wes Welker (#83).

HT: Twitter @KariVanHorn

Prayer Suggestions for Newtown, CT

We are all grieving over the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT this morning. My sister Sharon, who is the USA National Director at Moms in Prayer International, sent out the following prayer suggestions which I recommend to you as you pray for those affected by this terrible tragedy.

Please pray for:

  • The families of those who lost their lives.
  • The family of the troubled soul who did this.
  • The students, faculty, and administration of Sandy Hook Elementary School as they cope with what happened.
  • All our schools and communities across the USA especially during this time of year.
  • Revival among our young people, that every student will have an opportunity to hear of the mercy and grace afforded us through Jesus Christ.

Reading Classics Together – The Hidden Life of Prayer

The Hidden Life of Prayer, by David M. MacIntyre

Starting this Thursday over at Tim Challies’ blog, we will be reading David MacIntyre’s The Hidden Life of Prayer as part of Tim’s Reading Classics Together program. This is one of my favorite books on prayer, and I encourage you to grab a copy and read along. The chapters are short but focused and full of great teaching and reflections on prayer.

I like this book so much that back in fall of 2010 I created Kindle and ePub editions with fully-linked footnotes and table of contents. If you need a good ebook edition, you can order it through Amazon or Barnes & Noble through one of the links below:

    ● The Hidden Life of Prayer – Kindle edition at Amazon.com
    ● The Hidden Life of Prayer – Paperback edition at Amazon.com
    ● The Hidden life of Prayer – Epub edition at Barnes & Noble

And don’t forget to visit Tim’s blog on Thursday for the first round of discussion on chapter one.

Note: You don’t need a Kindle to read Kindle books. Click here for a free e-reader.

The Hidden Life of Prayer Now Available for the Kindle

The Hidden Life of Prayer, by David M. MacIntyre

The Hidden Life of Prayer, by David M. MacIntyre, is now available for the Amazon Kindle. This is fast becoming my new favorite book on prayer. The book is a treasure trove of spiritual insights and practical instructions. MacIntyre draws from Scripture, Christian literature and Christian experience to encourage and instruct the believer in the rich subject of prayer. There are also many fine quotations about prayer from across the centuries sprinkled throughout the book’s pages.

But don’t just take my word for it. Here are John Piper’s and Wayne Grudem’s recommendations:

“God brings books at their appointed times. The Hidden Life of Prayer arrived late but well-timed. This little jewel-strewn tapestry has done for me at 64 what Bounds’ Power Through Prayer did at 34. I could be ashamed that I need inspiration for the highest privilege. But I choose to be thankful.”
John Piper, Senior Pastor, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota

“I have read The Hidden Life of Prayer again and again since Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia first gave it to me when I visited there as a prospective student forty years ago. Every time I read this book, the Lord uses it to deepen my prayer life and encourage my faith. I strongly recommend it!”
Wayne Grudem, Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies, Phoenix Seminary, Phoenix, Arizona, USA

You can purchase the book from Amazon or you can get it right here at my website in ePub or Kindle/Mobipocket format. It is also available at Barnes & Noble for the Nook. And remember, you don’t need a Kindle to read Kindle books. Click here for a free e-reader.

31 Ways to Pray for Your Children

Would you like to pray more effectively for your children? Try Bob Hostetler’s “Prayer Calendar” approach.

Each day of the month, in addition to my prayers for their safety and for the concerns of that day, I also pray for a specific character trait, virtue, or fruit of the Spirit to be planted and nurtured in my children … At the end of each month, I begin praying through the list again, combining traits when the month is shorter than thirty-one days.

Here are the first seven items on Bob’s list.

  1. Salvation: “Lord, let salvation spring up within my children, that they may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory” (Isaiah 45:8, 2 Timothy 2:10).
  2. Growth in grace: “I pray that they may ‘grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ'” (2 Peter 3:18).
  3. Love: “Grant, Lord, that my children may learn to ‘live a life of love,’ through the Spirit who dwells in them” (Ephesians 5:2, Galatians 5:22).
  4. Honesty and integrity: “May integrity and honesty be their virtue and their protection” (Psalm 25:21, NLT).
  5. Self-control: “Father, help my children not to be like many others around them, but let them be ‘alert and self-controlled’ in all they do” (1 Thessalonians 5:6)
  6. A love for God’s Word: “May my children grow to find your Word ‘more precious than gold, than much pure gold; [and] sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb'” (Psalm 19:10).
  7. Justice: “God, help my children to love justice as you do and to ‘act justly’ in all they do” (Psalm 11:7, Micah 6:8).

Be sure to visit Bob’s website for all 31 prayer items complete with Scripture references. (Link: 31 Ways to Pray for Your Children)

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Around the Web – 8/18/2010

  • The World’s Prayer Guide. The latest edition of Operation World spotlights a shifting global church. (Due out in October)
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Ramadan 2010 – 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World

The month of Ramadan begins today (August 11 – September 9 for the year 2010). Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar and the most sacred month of the Islamic year. Muslims believe that the first verse of the Qur’an (Koran) was revealed to Muhammad during Ramadan in AD 610. Each year at this time Muslims fast during the daylight hours for the whole month. In addition to fasting, Muslims are encouraged to read the entire Qur’an.

30-Days International produces a “30-Days of Prayer for the Muslim World” Christian prayer guide coinciding with Ramadan each year. The booklet contains daily readings with prayer points, informative background articles, a list of titles for further study and a resource section featuring ministries and services focusing on the Muslim world. There is also a Children’s Edition with quizzes, stories and maps. You can order the 52-page booklet here, or you can sign up for the free email version which is distributed daily during the 30 days of Ramadan. Free pdf versions of the adult and children’s editions are also available for download.

I have signed up for the daily emails and look forward to participating in this prayer effort. If you are a Christian, would you consider participating also? Here is an additional challenge. When you consider that Muslims around the world are committed to fasting and reading through the entire Qur’an this month, how much time will you invest in prayer and reading your Bible?

Note: If you are looking for a good book on how to share the gospel with Muslims, let me recommend Pastor Thabiti Anyabwile’s book, The Gospel for Muslims: An Encouragement to Share Christ with Confidence.

Ligon Duncan on Bible Study and Prayer

Dr. Ligon Duncan offers ministry leaders the following six wise suggestions on how to help your people grow in Bible study and prayer.

  1. Be patient.
  2. Preach the word from the pulpit with fervency, clarity and power, and let the prime means of grace do its work.
  3. Emphasize the importance of a weekly prayer meeting.
  4. Invite a core group of potential leaders in the congregation to study the Bible and pray with you, weekly and personally. Meet as a small group and do a Bible survey, and lead them in prayer. Model for them how to do it. Make them take part and be active participants. Watch the contagion spread among them for the study of God’s word and prayer in the church, homes and their personal lives. Let them become recruiters and encouragers of others to study the word and pray for themselves.
  5. In the course of your teaching/preaching the Bible in the local church, spend time explicitly and specifically on explaining why it is important for Christians to study the word and to pray, and how one ought to do it.
  6. Get your people to read good books about Bible study and prayer (John Blanchard, “How to Enjoy Your Bible,” Don Carson, “A Call to Spiritual Reformation,” Matthew Henry, “Method For Prayer,” “Ryken’s Bible Handbook,” etc).

Stop Praying!

Here is a great church sign for all my friends up north:

Whoever is praying for snow - please stop!

Do I hear any amens?

HT: Pure Church