Purify My Heart, Let Me Be As Gold

Shirley Dobson, Chairman of the NDP Task Force[hr] A popular contemporary praise song contains the words, “Purify my heart, Let me be as gold … Refiner’s fire, My heart’s one desire, Is to be holy, Set apart for You Lord, I choose to be holy.” These sentiments, written by Brian Doerksen, reflect the Christian’s deep longing to be sanctified and to fulfill his Creator’s intentions for his life. The refinement process alluded to is used to remove impurities from precious metals – a task that requires intense heat (For comparison, water boils at 212 degrees Fahrenheit, but gold doesn’t melt... Read more >>

Devotionals on Prayer #4

Greg Laurie, 2013 Honorary Chairman for the National Day of Prayer Task Force [hr] Now they came to Jericho. As He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"— Mark 10:46-47   I wonder whether Bartimaeus, a blind man, would have been healed by Jesus if he had simply sat in silence when Jesus walked by. Would Jesus have stopped and... Read more >>

You Want Me To Pray For Who?

You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,that you may be children of your Father in heaven. – Matthew 5:43-45 [hr]   After the last elections, our vice-chairman, John Bornschein, wrote a poignant article, addressing the state of our culture, and just how wide the chasm of biblical truth and moral relativism has grown. Here is an excerpt from that article:   “Abraham Lincoln, quoting from the biblical passage of Mark 3:24, boldly stated that “a house (nation) divided against... Read more >>

Devotionals on Prayer #3

And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. — Jeremiah 29:13 [hr]Sometimes we think a prayer wasn't answered when, in effect, it was. It just wasn't answered in the affirmative.   When we ask God for something and He says, "No," then it means no. So if we want our prayers answered in the affirmative, then we need to align ourselves with God's will.   God answers prayer in three ways: yes, no, and wait. Sometimes He wants you to grow through your challenge. The apostle Paul came to God with... Read more >>

Devotionals on Prayer #2

Let them exalt Him also in the assembly of the people, And praise Him in the company of the elders. - Psalm 107:32 [hr]I can give you a very good reason why you should never be late to church: you miss out on that time when God is glorified. Worship is not a warm-up act; it is effectively prayer set to music. Worship helps prepare our hearts to receive the Word of God. Worship also can be a powerful witness. I think that when a nonbeliever comes into a setting where Christians are honestly encountering God, it is a testimony,... Read more >>

Wrestling in Prayer

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. - Ephesians 6:12 [hr]   Growing up in Iowa, wrestling was a part of the culture, and Iowa’s favorite wrestling ‘son’ was Dan Gable.  During his prep days and college career at Iowa State, he compiled an unbelievable record of 182 wins and 1 loss. His only defeat came in the NCAA finals his senior year. Gable was a three-time all-American and three-time Big Eight champion. Dan Gable,... Read more >>

Devotionals on Prayer #1

[hr] [typography font="Cantarell" size="24" size_format="px"]Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, "Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples." — Luke 11:1 [/typography] [hr]   Jesus gave us the model for all prayer in what we call "The Lord's Prayer." And although there is nothing wrong with praying it verbatim, The Lord's Prayer is more of a model, or a template, for prayer. Jesus began with, "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name" (Luke 11:2). Now if we had... Read more >>

PRAY FOR AMERICA - Call to Prayer

Join Shirley Dobson, Lisa Crump, John Bornschein, Dion Elmore and a panel of special guests as we PRAY FOR AMERICA.  WHEN: Thursday, February 6, 2014TIME: 10:00-11:30 p.m. Eastern Time ZoneHOW: Call 712-432-0075 (enter PIN: 4961322#)   Read more >>

2013 Theme and Verse

The upcoming 62nd annual National Day of Prayer, May 2, 2013, will have profound significance for our country.  We have an unprecedented opportunity to see the Lord’s healing and renewing power made manifest as we call on citizens to humbly come before His throne.  To echo the words of Mary Ball Washington, mother of our nation’s first president, we believe it is time to “Remember that God is our only sure trust.”   Our theme for 2013 is Pray for America, emphasizing the need for individuals, corporately and individually, to place their faith in the unfailing character of their Creator,... Read more >>

Church Events

Here are some helpful Church Prayer Event Ideas being utilized by other groups around the country: Place your list items here   Have children punch holes in the NDP Bookmarks and tie red and blue ribbons on them. Then pass them out to the congregation after the service.   Pray for Everyday Heroes – The National Day of Prayer Task Force has created an easy-to-use kit complete with study guides, videos and more. Use the balloons, included in the kit, to write prayers from children, attach and release as a symbol for the power of prayer ascending into the heavens.   Have... Read more >>