Thanks for your response to the article about intercession. It seems to me that every time I talk about prayer here on the blog, I get a lot of really exceptional feedback on the subject, and I’m very glad that BLOGINTHENOW, while being decidedly unconventional in its approach to theological and spiritual matters, is consistently so prayer-friendly. Today’s entry from AYITN is about EXPECTANCY, which is certainly an important aspect of prayer, and in light of that, I want to encourage all who are a part of this blog community to maintain an attitude of expectancy today that keeps faith and vision at a high level. Keep looking forward, regardless of any recently experienced disappointments, and believe in the probable occurrence or appearance of something good coming in to your world today, because something good is due for you. Here's some more about prayer...
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
praise him, all creatures here below;
praise him above, ye heavenly host:
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Thomas Ken - 1674
Father, Mother, God,
Thank you for your presence during the hard and mean days.
For then we have you to lean upon. Thank you for your presence during the bright and sunny days, for then we can share that which we have with those who have less. And thank you for your presence during the Holy Days, for then we are able to celebrate you and our families and our friends.For those who have no voice, we ask you to speak. For those who feel unworthy, we ask you to pour your love out in waterfalls of tenderness. For those who live in pain,we ask you to bathe them in the river of your healing.For those who are lonely, we ask you to keep them company.
For those who are depressed, we ask you to shower upon them the light of hope. Dear Creator, You, the borderless sea of substance, we ask you to give to all the
world that which we need most—Peace.
- Prayer by Maya Angelou
Violence never again! War never again! Terrorism never again! In God's name,
may all religions bring upon earth justice and peace, forgiveness, life and love!
Prayer by his holiness Pope John Paul II - 01.24.2002
Make us worthy, Lord, to serve our fellow men throughout the world who live and die in poverty and hunger.Give them through our hands this day their daily bread,
and by our understanding love, give peace and joy.
- Prayer by Mother Teresa
Prayer for the National and Local Election (from Prayers That Avail Much)
Father, in Jesus' name, I give thanks for the United States and its government. I hold up in prayer before You those people who are seeking a position of authority in political office. I pray that the Spirit of the Lord rests upon them.
I believe that skillful and godly wisdom has entered into the heart of everyone whom you have appointed to lead us and that knowledge is pleasant to them. Discretion watches over them; understanding keeps them and delivers them from the way of evil and from evil men.
Father, I ask that You surround everyone in authority with men and women who are attentive to godly counsel and do that which is right in Your sight. We pray that our leaders will be people of integrity who are obedient concerning us that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. I pray that only the upright shall be elected to govern over us...that only a person who is blameless and complete in Your sight, Father, shall obtain these positions of leadership. In the name of Jesus we pull down the wicked from this election and the treacherous shall be rooted out of it. I also pray that the media who proclaims any news about this election, will clearly speak and write truth that prevails, and their influence will be for good and not evil.
Your Word declares that blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord (Ps. 33:12). I receive Your blessing, Father, for my country. You are our refuge and stronghold in times of trouble (high cost, destitution, depression and desperation). So I declare with my mouth that Your people shall dwell safely in this land, and we prosper abundantly. We are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus!
It is written in Your Word that the heart of the king is in the hand of the Lord, and you turn it whichever way You desire. I believe the hearts of our leaders are in Your hand and that their decisions are divinely directed by You, Lord.
I give thanks unto You that the good news of the gospel is proclaimed and published in our land. The Word of the Lord prevails and grows mightily in the hearts and lives of the people. I give thanks for this land and the leaders You will give to us, in Jesus' name.
Jesus is Lord over the United States of America!
Deuteronomy 23:5 (NIV) Deuteronomy 28:10, 11 (NIV)
Psalm 9:9 (NIV) Proverbs 2:10 - 12, 21, 22 (NIV)
Proverbs 9:9 (NIV) Proverbs 11:14 (NIV)
Proverbs 15:22 (NIV) Acts 12:24 (NIV)
Romans 8:37 (NIV) Revelation 3:18 (NIV)
Without going into any detail, if you had to make a list of the top 5 people who most need our prayers today, who would be on that list?