Category Archives: Prayer

National Day of Prayer 2013: It’s Time For Repentance America

According to the law of Congress today is the National Day of Prayer. Men and women from all walks of life are called to pray to their god. But only one God who hears. The LORD, God of the Bible, who is Almighty and Powerful is able to hear and answer beyond what we can ask or imagine. The question is what matters to God in prayer?

Pro 28:9 One who turns away his ear from hearing the law, Even his prayer is an abomination.

The plight of our prayers as a nation can not be said more clearly than this verse. The horrific status of our nation is that we have turned our ear from God and his Law. We have removed the ten commandments for schools and court rooms. We remove laws in our land that once were derived from the scriptures and now have legalized abortion, drugs (in some states), homosexuality, and pornography. False religions are our greatest religions. It is folly to assume that God hears our prayers when we can meet supposed Christian with every other false religion.

Ps. 66:18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear.

The reality is that the prayers we need to offer is one of repentance. As most Christians at one time or another have likely heard this passage from Numbers 7:14 which say “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 I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” But rather we are a proud nation focused on fleeing from God while pray while calling for the blessing of God on our nation.

Isaiah 1:15 When you spread out your hands, I will hide My eyes from you; Even though you make many prayers, I will not hear. Your hands are full of blood.

May this verse be a sobering reminder of where we are. May we turn back and repent our sins. May we come humbly to our God and find that he is merciful and gracious to those who turn towards him.

George Washington on this subject

We ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained; and since the preservation of sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government are justly considered as deeply, perhaps finally, staked of the experiment…

Let us conclude with a final closing of prayer from a Puritan Prayer.

Confession and Petition

Holy Lord, I have sinned times without number, and been guilty of pride and unbelief, of failure to find Thy mind in Thy Word, of neglect to seek Thee in my daily life. My transgressions and short-comings present me with a list of accusations, but I bless Thee that they will not stand against me, for all have been laid on Christ. Go on to subdue my corruptions, and grant me grace to live above them. Let not the passions of the flesh nor lustings of the mind bring my spirit into subjection, but do Thou rule over me in liberty and power.

I thank Thee that many of my prayers have been refused. I have asked amiss and do not have, I have prayed from lusts and been rejected, I have longed for Egypt and been given a wilderness. Go on with Thy patient work, answering ‘no’ to my wrongful prayers, and fitting me to accept it. Purge me from every false desire, every base aspiration, everything contrary to Thy rule. I thank Thee for Thy wisdom and Thy love, for all the acts of discipline to which I am subject, for sometimes putting me into the furnace to refine my gold and remove my dross.

No trial is so hard to bear as a sense of sin. If Thou shouldst give me choice to live in pleasure and keep my sins, or to have them burnt away with trial, give me sanctified affliction. Deliver me from every evil habit, every accretion of former sins, everything that dims the brightness of Thy grace in me, everything that prevents me taking delight in Thee. Then I shall bless Thee, God of jeshurun, for helping me to be upright.

From the Valley of Vision a Puritan Prayer.

Biblical Prayer In Evangelism

Green GO GospelonPrayer is commanded throughout the Bible. It is the habit that every Christian should be in daily practice beyond the table. The Bible gives examples of saints and even Jesus on how we should pray. Yet it has crossed my mind lately that in many cases we likely do not pray rightly. James 4:3 says that “You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.” Although this is often sinful prayers it probably is applied in the form of me not obeying the great commission. I will say that even if we do pray and not correctly that we have an intercessor on our behalf. I would challenge you pray from a Biblical perspective for the lost.

I find that people pray (me included) when it comes to the lost that God save them. Even if our prayer is for family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors that we pray but with little application. For instance we might pray for say Cindy. “Lord, will you save Cindy? Help her to repent and come to faith in you.” Yet this is hardly supported in the scripture. It might be more easily said Lord help me to share the Gospel with Cindy. Enough of my thoughts lets look at what Jesus says on the subject.

The Lord’s prayer is an obvious choice. “In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.”

The Lord Jesus does in deed pray and it seems that it is the Lord’s return soon. So in one sense we might pray for those family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors that the kingdom of God would come to them and that the will God be done in their life. But here is what Jesus says about prayer and evangelism in Luke 10:2; “Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” In Luke He was sending them to preach and while at it pray for more laborers. Why because the harvest is plentiful. There are people who are prime for the truth and God has set them to be saved.

Paul would say that we should pray for boldness. [Pray] “for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.” In Ephesians 6:19 Paul is asking for prayer that he would speak boldly in the context of praying. Many supplications and thanksgivings would be made including boldness to preach the word. This might be a bit controversial but look at what Acts tells us.

Both Peter and John pray to God for boldness. After a day of sharing the gospel these two are arrested, beaten, jailed, and then threatened. Now we might look at success as the man who was healed. But say you saw Peter and John arrested that this was a successful ministry. Many would say it is not. But here is what Peter and John prayed. Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus (Acts 4:29-30).” So again it seems that boldness to preach the gospel was the prayer. It seems that even the disciples needed a little prayer to be bold and witness.

It seems that the gospel needs people who are willing to share it. It looks to me that a more Biblical approach to prayer in evangelism is that we should go and do the will of God. Will I completely stop praying for the lost. Not likely. Will I pray more that I or someone would be sent that they would hear and believe. Yes.