Wednesday, October 31, 2012

40 Days of Prayer - Day 34


State Department

Proverbs 29:26
Many seek the ruler’s favor, but justice for man comes from the LORD.

Founding Father’s Quote:
 “Righteousness alone can exalt America as a nation. Whoever thou art, remember this: And in thy sphere practice virtue thyself, and encourage it in others.”
- Patrick Henry
Prayer:
Heavenly Father, we come before You today and thank You for the many blessings You have bestowed upon us.  We are thankful for Your mercies which are renewed every morning.  We ask Your forgiveness for turning from You as a nation, and ask You to renew a right spirit within us.  Lord, we need You to infiltrate our homes, our cities and indeed our country.  We ask You to make our State Department conscious of what once made us great.  Give these men and women who have been appointed to stations of power Your wisdom so that they might bring back to America godly principles.  May we seek justice over the favor of men, over foreign dictators.  May we seek Your guidance as we seek to build a stronger border for our country and a more secure homeland for our families.  We ask that You protect us from our enemies, both foreign and domestic.  May those that have come to America
that seek to destroy us be cast out.  And may You grant us Your peace.  In Jesus’ name, Amen. 
 

First Prayer of the Continental Congress, 1774

O Lord our Heavenly Father, high and mighty King of kings, and Lord of lords, who dost from thy throne behold all the dwellers on earth and reignest with power supreme and uncontrolled over all the Kingdoms, Empires and Governments; look down in mercy, we beseech Thee, on these our American States, who have fled to Thee from the rod of the oppressor and thrown themselves on Thy gracious protection, desiring to be henceforth dependent only on Thee. To Thee have they appealed for the righteousness of their cause; to Thee do they now look up for that countenance and support, which Thou alone canst give. Take them, therefore, Heavenly Father, under Thy nurturing care; give them wisdom in Council and valor in the field; defeat the malicious designs of our cruel adversaries; convince them of the unrighteousness of their Cause and if they persist in their sanguinary purposes, of own unerring justice, sounding in their hearts, constrain them to drop the weapons of war from their unnerved hands in the day of battle! Be Thou present, O God of wisdom, and direct the councils of this honorable assembly; enable them to settle things on the best and surest foundation. That the scene of blood may be speedily closed; that order, harmony and peace may be effectually restored, and truth and justice, religion and piety, prevail and flourish amongst the people. Preserve the health of their bodies and vigor of their minds; shower down on them and the millions they here represent, such temporal blessings as Thou seest expedient for them in this world and crown them with everlasting glory in the world to come. All this we ask in the name and through the merits of Jesus Christ, Thy Son and our Savior.
Amen.
Reverend Jacob Duché
Rector of Christ Church of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
September 7, 1774, 9 o’clock a.m.




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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

40 Days of Prayer - Day 33


Protection from Division

Matthew 12:25

But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them:  “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.”

Founding Father Quote:

“The unity of government which constitutes you one people is also now dear to you. It is justly so, for it is a main pillar in the edifice of your real independence, the support of your tranquility at home, your peace abroad, of your safety, of your prosperity, of that very liberty which you so highly prize. But as it is easy to foresee that from different causes and from different quarters much pains will be taken, many artifices employed, to weaken in your minds the conviction of this truth, as this is the point in your political fortress against which the batteries of internal and external enemies will be most constantly and actively (though often covertly and insidiously) directed, it is of infinite moment, that you should properly estimate the immense value of your national union to your collective and individual happiness; that you should cherish a cordial, habitual, and immovable attachment to it; accustoming yourselves to think and speak of it as of the palladium of your political safety and prosperity; watching for its preservation with jealous anxiety; discountenancing whatever may suggest even a suspicion that it can in any event be abandoned, and indignantly frowning upon the first dawning of every attempt to alienate any portion of our country from the rest, or to enfeeble the sacred ties which now link together the various parts.”
-From George Washington’s Farewell Address


Prayer:

Father, we ask that You give us the courage to stand against the schemes of the devil.  May we put on the whole armor of God and stand fearless before any attacker.  Our fight is not only on this earth with mere flesh and blood, but against spiritual wickedness in high places.  We ask that You go to battle on our behalf, that you protect us from falling prey to those who would gloat at our destruction.  We ask that You bind the evil one in these last days, and that we would once again come together in Christian unity, loving one another as Christ loved the church.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

http://newsletter.jhm.org/NewsLetters/JHM-40-Days-of-Prayer-2012_20121030.htm


LORD, You establish peace for us; all that we accomplish you do for us.
Isaiah 26:12



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Monday, October 29, 2012

40 Days of Prayer - Day 32


National Unity

Psalm 133:1

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

Founding Father Quote:

“…that Heaven may continue to you the choicest tokens of its beneficence that your union and brotherly affection may be perpetual; that the free Constitution which is the work of your hands may be sacredly maintained; that its administration in every department may be stamped with wisdom and virtue; that, in fine, the happiness of the people of these States, under the auspices of liberty, may be made complete by so careful a preservation and so prudent a use of this blessing as will acquire to them the glory of recommending it to the applause, the affection, and adoption of every nation which is yet a stranger to it.”
-From George Washington’s Farewell Address

Prayer:

Lord, Your Word says that where two or more come together, there You are in the midst of them.  We come together now and thank You for all the good and perfect gifts You have given us.  We know that You are our only hope for national reform, and in You we move and live and have our being.  Without You we are nothing.  We ask You, Heavenly Father, to unite us as one nation under God again.  We need to become a strong united front for righteousness in our country so that we can defeat the foes that constantly plague us.  Instead of focusing on foreign enemies, we have turned inward and begun to fight amongst our own brothers.  Please forgive us for our foolish choices, for choosing petty arguments over harmony.  May we be reconciled to each other, and may Your love be the healing balm that makes this country great once again.  In Your Son’s Name we pray and ask.  Amen.

http://newsletter.jhm.org/NewsLetters/JHM-40-Days-of-Prayer-2012_20121029.htm



There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female,
for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Galatians 3:28


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Sunday, October 28, 2012

40 Days of Prayer - Day 31



Department of Defense

Proverbs 20:18

Plans are established by counsel; By wise counsel wage war.

Founding Father Quote:
“Forasmuch as it is the indispensable Duty of all Men to adore the superintending Providence of Almighty God; to acknowledge with Gratitude their Obligation to him for benefits received, and to implore such farther Blessings as they stand in Need of; And it having pleased him in his abundant Mercy not only to continue to us the innumerable Bounties of his common Providence, but also to smile upon us in the Prosecution of a just and necessary War, for the Defense and Establishment of our unalienable Rights and Liberties; particularly in that he hath been pleased in so great a Measure to prosper the Means used for the Support of our Troops and to crown our Arms with most signal success.”
-Continental Congress, November 1, 1777

Prayer:
Dear God, war has become a necessary evil for our country today.  We have seen Americans lose their lives on our home soil, a horrific tragedy played out in 9/11.  Our false sense of security was shattered because we foolishly believed that we would never be harmed in our own country.  We have lost dedicated men and women in foreign lands fighting wars we didn’t start, wars that have no definitive winner.  Lord, we pray that Your divine protection surround our soldiers that put their lives on the line every day to protect our freedom.  Send Your angels out before them and stand as their rear guard.  May these soldiers be richly blessed for their great sacrifice, and may You grant them supernatural wisdom and courage.  The victory alone is Yours.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

http://newsletter.jhm.org/NewsLetters/JHM-40-Days-of-Prayer-2012_20121028.htm



For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities,
against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Ephesians 6:12

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

40 Days of Prayer - Day 30



Integrity

Proverbs 24:21-22

My son, fear the LORD and the king; do not associate with those given to change; for their calamity will rise suddenly, and who knows the ruin those two can bring?

Founding Father Quote:

“When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers, "just men who will rule in the fear of God." The preservation of government depends on the faithful discharge of this duty; if the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made, not for the public good so much as for selfish or local purposes; corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizens will be violated or disregarded. If a republican government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the divine commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the laws.”
-Noah Webster

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, we cry out to you as a people desperately in need of Your mercy.  Please forgive us for turning from You, for forsaking our time of prayer and fasting that invites the Holy Spirit to rule and reign in our lives.  We need Your guidance for the very survival of our nation.  Forgive us for allowing those in power to ban days of public prayer.  We ask that You would place righteous men of integrity in the various public offices found throughout our cities, states and country as a whole.  We need men and women who serve You with their whole hearts, never giving in to selfish desires or peer pressure.  May we once again represent the Christian values that founded America.  May we return to a system that seeks for Your approval, not the approval of foreign countries and dictators.  And may America once again prosper under the sheltering wing of Almighty God.  Amen.

http://newsletter.jhm.org/NewsLetters/JHM-40-Days-of-Prayer-2012_20121027.htm


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Friday, October 26, 2012

40 Days of Prayer - Day 29


Being a Godly Role Model

Proverbs 20:7

The righteous man walks in his integrity; his children are blessed after him.

Founding Father Quote:

“Impress upon children the truth that the exercise of the elective franchise is a social duty of as solemn a nature as man can be called to perform; that a man may not innocently trifle with his vote; that every elector is a trustee as well for others as himself and that every measure he supports has an important bearing on the interests of others as well as on his own.”
-Daniel Webster

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, our children are in desperate need of righteous role models.  May you send men and women, boys and girls who have been called according to Your purpose to infiltrate their lives.  May they grow in the knowledge of You all the days of their lives.  As they hide Your words in their hearts, may America’s children begin to walk in the shadow of the Almighty.  May the Godly examples being played out before their eyes affect them in such a way that they leave behind those things of the world and begin to diligently seek You with their whole being.  We ask for Your supernatural protection over them, as they are 100% of our future.  May Your love become contagious throughout our nation, and may we give You all glory, honor and praise in all that we do.  Amen.

http://newsletter.jhm.org/NewsLetters/JHM-40-Days-of-Prayer-2012_20121026.htm


You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.
You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house,
when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.
Deuteronomy 6:5-7



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Thursday, October 25, 2012

40 Days of Prayer - Day 28


Change

Philippians 2:12-15

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.  Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.

Founding Father Quote:
“[S]hould things go wrong at any time, the people will set them to rights by the peaceable exercise of their elective rights.”
-Thomas Jefferson

Prayer:O Lord, we ask that you infiltrate our nation, transforming us into a union that seeks only after that which is true, pure and of good report.  May we seek You first in all that we do, and may we become a nation that hungers and thirsts after You.  We take for granted so many privileges, and we ask Your forgiveness for that.  May we be a beacon of light for Your love, an outspoken instrument for Your glory.  Please give us the courage to ignite the fire in our bones, to spread Your Gospel and to instigate the change that our nation so desperately needs.  Let the redeemed of the Lord stand up and take their designated places at the voting booths this year.  May we vote into office the change we need to return to the godly nation our children so richly deserve.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

http://newsletter.jhm.org/NewsLetters/JHM-40-Days-of-Prayer-2012_20121025.htm

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,
that you may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Romans 12:2


You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
1 Peter 2:9


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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

40 Days of Prayer - Day 27



Reform

2 Timothy 3:16

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Founding Father Quote:
“[T]he rational and peaceable instrument of reform, the suffrage of the people.”                                                 
-Thomas Jefferson

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, if we are Your children, we must lift the banner of Your commandments as the standard we unashamedly endorse, both in our public and private lives.  We must endorse the candidates You have put in a position of power by casting our ballots.  It is not only an honor and privilege to do so, but our duty as Christians.  May our judgment no longer be clouded by the mandates of the world, but may we begin to seek You with our whole heart, never settling for second-rate substitutes.  Send Your Holy Spirit to empower us as we seek complete reform in our nation’s infrastructure.  It is only by Your grace that we can prevail.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

http://newsletter.jhm.org/NewsLetters/JHM-40-Days-of-Prayer-2012_20121024.htm



"Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from your presence
or take away your holy spirit from me".
Psalm 51:10-11



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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

40 Days of Prayer - Day 26



Remembering God

Psalm 9:17

The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.

Founding Father Quote:


“If the time ever comes when we shall go to pieces, it will . . . be . . . from inward corruption - from the disregard of right principles . . . from losing sight of the fact that ‘Righteousness exalteth a nation, but that sin is a reproach to any people’ [Proverbs 14:34]. . . .[T]he secession of the Southern States in 1860 was a small matter with the secession of the Union itself from the great principles enunciated in the Declaration of Independence, in the Golden Rule, in the Ten Commandments, in the Sermon on the Mount. Unless we hold, and hold firmly to these great fundamental principles of righteousness . . . our Union . . . will be ’only a covenant with death and an agreement with hell.’”  
-Francis Grimke

Prayer:
Father, we have allowed spiritual darkness to overtake our nation while we sat idly by.  Everywhere we turn, there is discord and confusion.  We have given the enemy free reign to attack us in our homes, in our schools and in our places of business.  We have allowed the worship of other gods and the free expression of other religions to infiltrate these United States.  We have forgotten You, oh God.  We ask that You forgive us for our foolishness, and heal our lands; not that we deserve it, but because we serve a merciful God.  Make us a land full of servants living in fear of You and only You.  May our pulpits once again be filled with Godly men called to action.  May we seek out that which is good and abstain from that which is destructive.  We are called to meditate on Your Word day and night.  As we return to a praying nation, may the sacred Scriptures once again fill our hallways, and return us to “one nation, under God, indivisible, with justice and liberty for all.”  Amen.

http://newsletter.jhm.org/NewsLetters/JHM-40-Days-of-Prayer-2012_20121023.htm



As I gaze towards heaven, Lord, I see you.
As you gaze towards this earth, you see me.
You see all the nations of the world.
Psalm 33:13-14



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Monday, October 22, 2012

40 Days of Prayer - Day 25



Righteous Promotion

Proverbs 24:24-25

He who says to the wicked, “You are righteous,” him the people will curse; nations will abhor him.  But those who rebuke the wicked will delight, and a good blessing will come upon them.

Founding Father Quote:
“A share in the sovereignty of the state, which is exercised by the citizens at large, in voting at elections is one of the most important rights of the subject, and in a republic ought to stand foremost in the estimation of the law.”
–Alexander Hamilton

  Prayer:

Heavenly Father, thank You for the awesome privilege of participating in the governance of this great nation.  Forgive us for taking for granted our freedom to vote, thus neglecting our Christian duty to influence America in the direction of righteousness.  Let the redeemed of the Lord say so.  May the righteous be bold and take a stand, steering this country in a direction of Light, away from the darkness.  May America once again experience the blessings of Almighty God as we turn from our sinful ways.  We ask you, Lord, to lead us by Your truth towards our divine destiny as responsible, righteous citizens of the United States of America.

http://newsletter.jhm.org/NewsLetters/JHM-40-Days-of-Prayer-2012_20121022.htm

Ultimately it's the Christians responsibility.


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Sunday, October 21, 2012

40 Days of Prayer - Day 24



Rulers

Proverbs 29:27

An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous, and he who is upright in the way is an abomination to the wicked.

Founding Father Quote:
“Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation, to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.”
–John Jay


Prayer:
Father God, we humbly seek Your face and ask that You would place righteous rulers in positions of power.  We have made poor choices in the past, or let others choose for us when we failed to exercise our right to vote.  As the true “goodwill ambassadors”, it is our honor to represent You wherever we go.  Lord, as we begin to study the men and issues presented on our ballots this November, bring about a national revival of Biblical values.  May America once again seek first the Kingdom of God and its righteousness.  May we press toward the high calling of Christ Jesus, so that we may honor you in the laws that govern this great nation.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

http://newsletter.jhm.org/NewsLetters/JHM-40-Days-of-Prayer-2012_20121021.htm




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Saturday, October 20, 2012

40 Days of Prayer - Day 23


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.






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Friday, October 19, 2012

40 Days of Prayer - Day 22


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.

http://newsletter.jhm.org/NewsLetters/JHM-40-Days-of-Prayer-2012_20121019.htm




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Thursday, October 18, 2012

40 Days of Prayer - Day 21



Voting in National Elections

Psalm 37:34-36

Wait on the LORD, and keep His way, and He shall exalt you to inherit the land; when the wicked are cut off, you shall see it.  I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a native green tree, yet he passed away, and behold, he was no more; Indeed I sought him, but he could not be found.

Founding Father Quote:
“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual - or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.”
-Samuel Adams

Prayer:

Father, may our hearts be filled with Your love and Your wisdom as we enter this election season.  Though the enemy would like nothing better than to utterly destroy us as a nation, we ask that You begin to slay our enemies one by one.  Give us courage and righteous indignation, to vote the principles found in Your Word.  May we be bold in our stance, and obedient to Your commands.  Thank You for the privilege of voting, a freedom we often take for granted.  As we begin to vote into office those men and women who exalt You, may You alone be glorified.  May we turn from our sinful ways as a nation and once again return to the protection of Your sheltering wing.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.






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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

40 Days of Prayer - Day 20


Stewardship

Genesis 1:27-28
So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.  Then God blessed them and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

Founding Father Quote:
When asked, “Does the Bible tell about peanuts?”
George Washington Carver replied, “No Sir, but it tells about the God who made the peanut.  I asked Him to show me what to do with the peanut and He did.”
 
Prayer:
Jesus, You have indeed created all things and entrusted us with their care.  As we have failed in our mission to preserve that which is right and good, others who do not know You have risen to power, perpetuating rules and regulations in the name of environmentalism, economics and social justice.  These rules have stripped us of our freedoms.  Forgive us for not being the good stewards You created us to be.  Forgive us for an ungrateful spirit, often taking for granted the blessings You have so graciously bestowed upon us.  We ask that You guide and direct us in Your pathways, as we begin to diligently seek Your will for our lives.  May we begin to show You in a very real way, our deep appreciation for all You have given to us.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.





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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

40 Days of Prayer - Day 19



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.








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Monday, October 15, 2012

40 Days of Prayer - Day 18



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.







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Sunday, October 14, 2012

40 Days of Prayer - Day 17



Abortion

Jeremiah 2:31-34

O generation, see the word of the LORD!  Have I been a wilderness to Israel, or a land of darkness?  Why do My people say, “We are lords, we will come no more to You”?
Can a virgin forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire?  Yet My people have forgotten Me days without number.  Why do you beautify your way to seek love?  Therefore you have also taught the wicked women your ways.  Also on your skirts is found the blood of the lives of the poor innocents.  I have not found it by secret search, but plainly…

Founding Father Quote:
“He who is void of virtuous attachments in private life is, or very soon will be, void of all regard of his country.” 
–Samuel Adams
Prayer:

Father God, we have left the beautiful splendor of your righteousness for the ugliness that comes from choosing our own foolish paths.  Forgive us for not following Your Word, for not valuing human life.  Forgive us for taking so much for granted.  As a nation, we have seen unwanted pregnancies on the rise, even glorifying these young women on our television shows and through national media campaigns.  Instead of turning back to the Bible, we have glorified pregnancy out of wedlock.  We have rationalized our poor choices and even shed the innocent blood of the womb.  We blame these choices on convenience or science, but Your Word calls it murder.  Israel did not escape Your judgment for killing innocent children and neither will we.  For you are the same yesterday, today and forever.  We ask Your forgiveness for killing the lives of untold millions.  May we turn from our wicked ways and become a people who hide Your Word in our hearts, that we might not sin against You.  Amen.









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Saturday, October 13, 2012

40 Days of Prayer - Day 16



Academia

Colossians 2:2-3

…be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ.  In whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Founding Father Quote:
“…I know that my Redeemer liveth…I am not interested in science or anything else that leaves God out of it.”    
-George Washington Carver
 
Prayer:

Father God, we have removed Your hallowed Name from the door posts of the very universities established to honor You.  We have kicked You out of our elementary, middle and high schools and allowed idolatry to infiltrate the hallways that train our children.  Your Word says to train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.  But we have left our first love and allowed wickedness to reign supreme in our school system.  We have taken your Commandments off the walls.  We have banned public prayer to you, but allowed other religions to pray to their own gods.  We have completely disobeyed the command telling us to have no other gods before You.  We ask for Your forgiveness, and that You have mercy upon our children.  May they not inherit the blame for our foolish choices.  Forgive us for locking You out of the school house, for taking Your Word out of our text books and instead allowing alternate learning to replace our Christian values.  Forgive us for not standing up for what we know is the good and the right thing to do.  Lord, turn our hearts back to the Bible, back to the Source of all knowledge and wisdom.  May our children take on the minds of Christ.  May they choose the path that is narrow, even in a world full of ridicule and hatred for Your followers.  It is only through Your help that we have even the remote possibility of regaining our schools.  We ask that You allow us the opportunity to once again place You first in our schools, that we may bring honor to Your name.  Amen.






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Friday, October 12, 2012

40 Days of Prayer - Day 15



Illegal Immigration

Lamentations 5:1-2

Remember, O LORD, what has come upon us; Look, and behold our reproach!  Our inheritance has been turned over to aliens, And our houses to foreigners.

Founding Father Quote:
“No country upon earth ever had it more in its power to attain blessings than United America.  Much to be regretted would it be were we to neglect the means to depart from the road which Providence has pointed us to so plainly.  I cannot believe it will ever come to pass.”
-George Washington
Prayer:

Father God, we have become complacent and neglected to protect our precious “American way of life.”  Our Founding Fathers used direct quotes from the Bible in 34% of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  The cornerstones of our very existence as a nation are based upon Biblical principles.  These formidable documents were intended to encourage Americans to live their lives according to Your Word or forfeit our blessings to the enemy.  Forgive us for allowing unrighteousness to infiltrate our society and to threaten our very existence.  We have not been good stewards of our borders.  Help us to secure our national borders and enforce the immigration laws currently in place.  May those wishing to become a part of our United States choose to enter legally, and may they bring with them a deep respect for our Judeo-Christian values.  In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

http://newsletter.jhm.org/NewsLetters/JHM-40-Days-of-Prayer-2012_20121012.htm



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Thursday, October 11, 2012

God and Country - Featuring David Barton and more



Press Release:

BRINGING AMERICA BACK TO GOD
GOD AND COUNTRY rally

In downtown Kansas City, Missouri October 13, 2012 at the Liberty Memorial in the J.C. Nicholas Auditorium from 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM

PRESERVING AMERICAN LIBERTY is sponsoring this event.  Political Chips and Kansas City FreedomKeepers are cosponsoring the event. President of Preserving American Liberty, Karladine Graves, stated, "For too long in America the Judeo-Christian has remained silent. America was founded upon the principles and beliefs from the Judeo-Christian faith, yet within the last 40 years these principles have been pushed aside. It is as if they have not had nor have a place in who America is today."

The God and Country rally will be featuring nationally known historian David Barton, Bill Federer, author, radio presenter of The American Minute and former evangelical pastor, Pastor Stephen Broden, Founder and Senior Pastor of Fair Park Bible Fellowship, president of the Fair Park Friendship Center in Dallas Texas, former adjunct profess at Dallas Baptist University, and founder of Ebony Berean's.
In addition, citizens will have an opportunity to hear from three patriot statesmen that are committed to bringing America back to Her values which our Republic was founded upon. Todd Akin, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, Ed Martin, Republican candidate for Missouri Attorney General, and Jacob Turk, Republican candidate for U.S. Congressmen.

Tickets for the event cost: $20.00 for Adults and $10.00 for Students. Seating is limited, registration is advised before October 13, 2012. Registration can be made on line at www.PreservingAmericanLiberty.com or calling 816-225-7020 for more information.



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40 Days of Prayer - Day 14



Congressmen

Romans 10:3

For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God.

Founding Father Quote:
“Let the religious element in man’s nature be neglected—let him be influenced by no higher motives than self-interest, and subjected to no stronger restraint than that of civil authority—and he becomes the creature of selfish passion or blind fanaticism.”
-Daniel Webster, “Defender of the Constitution,” U.S. Senator, Secretary of State
 
Prayer:

Lord, You are painfully aware of the mass confusion currently plaguing the House of Representatives and Senate at both the state and national levels.  Today, we ask You to intervene on behalf of our citizens and convict the conscience of every man and woman holding a seat in our legislative government.  May these elected officials move according to Your Word.  Father, we thank You for the Godly men and women who are diligent in their service and who seek Your face before making life-changing decisions for our cities, states, and the nation as a whole.  We ask that You bless the work of their hands and supernaturally protect them from all evil.  May you multiply their good works and may Your light so shine before their colleagues, that those around them can only say, this congressman is blessed and highly favored of God.  It is in Jesus’ name we ask and pray, Amen.

http://newsletter.jhm.org/NewsLetters/JHM-40-Days-of-Prayer-2012_20121011.htm




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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Last Day to Register to Vote!



Today is the last day to register to vote.
Please make sure your friends and family are registered.

Not sure if you're registered? Check here:


Go to the Macon County Courthouse for registration or more information.



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