Prayer Begins With...A Purpose

When you come to God, know what you are going to pray about. It is difficult to pray fervently without knowing what you want or desire from God. We should have a clear-cut, well-defined idea about what we are asking God for (being flexible to His leading). “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4).You should pray in such a way that you will know afterward what you prayed for, and you will recognize when the answer to your prayer is manifested. Jesus commanded us to specifically ask, seek, and knock... Read more >>

A Prayer for America by Dr. Henry Blackaby

Dr. Henry BlackabyOh Heavenly Father, You have made Yourself known to us as a nation by Your mighty works throughout our history.From the beginning, You have been with us and through many wars and conflicts Your Right Arm has saved us.  We have been amazingly and graciously blessed.Today, we confess our sin of not responding to Your right to rule in our lives and our nation.  We have despised and rejected Your will while imposing our own, and are now fully under Your judgments.  Draw us back to Yourself, that you may return to us once again. Without You we... Read more >>

A Prayer for America by Ravi Zacharias

Dr. Ravi ZachariasHoly Father,In a world where so many are hungry, You have given us food in abundance; In a world where so many are hurting, You offer to bind up our wounds; In a world where so many are lonely, You offer friendship to every heart; In a world longing for peace, You offer hope.Yet, we are so stubborn and resistant. Have mercy upon us, Lord. Our nation is at a crossroads; we look to you to be our strength and shield.Please give us guidance and may we honor you and respond to the wisdom from above so that... Read more >>

Prayer Begins With...A Clean Heart

Prepare your heart for fellowship with God (Psalm 23:3-5). Begin your prayer with the confession of any known sin in your life (1 John 3:21-22; Hebrews 10:19). In confession of sin, we tell God with our mouths specifically what we did, or we acknowledge what we failed to do that we should have done. This is necessary to restore communion with God and is a preparation for further fellowship with Him.“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness…and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us... Read more >>

Lessons from the Life of Daniel

If anybody understood politics and the rise and fall of administrations, it was Daniel. His initial experiences were with Nebuchadnezzar, king of the Babylonians from 605-561 B.C. You probably know the story. Nebuchadnezzar had a dream and Daniel interpreted it. Daniel and his three friends got promoted, but next there was a plot against them. Daniel’s three friends were thrown into a blazing furnace. They were supernaturally delivered and even Nebuchadnezzar praised the God of the Hebrews. Nebuchadnezzar’s son, Belshazzar, assumed the throne and threw a big party. The finger of God miraculously appeared and wrote on the wall. Daniel... Read more >>

A Prayer for America by Chuck Swindoll

Chuck SwindollAlmighty God, we pause to reflect on Your character as we seek wisdom for such a time as this.  .  In these unsafe days,     You remain all-powerful and able to protect;  .  In these uncertain times,     You remain all-knowing, leading us aright;  .  In the unprecedented events we’re facing,     You remain absolutely sovereign.Our times are in Your hands.Therefore, our dependence on You, is total, not partial. . .  our need for Your forgiveness is constant. . .  our gratitude for Your grace is profound. . .  our love for You is deep.We ask that You guard and guide our... Read more >>

Prayer Begins With "Our Father"

Jesus taught us to pray, “Our Father in heaven…” (Matthew 6:9). Prayer will only work in the context of this relationship where we recognize God as our loving Father and Jesus as our Friend and Brother and Savior. Jesus made it clear that prayer is simply speaking and listening to your heavenly Father, respectfully but openly, just as He did. It is the natural expression of our heart that expresses the intimacy that flows spontaneously from our love for Him.It is because of our relationship with Jesus Christ that we are “in Christ,” that God hears our prayers. We must... Read more >>

The Dirt

John BornscheinI have had the amazing privilege of serving here at the National Day of Prayer Task Force for 11 years. It is hard to believe that over a decade has passed since Mrs. Shirley Dobson asked me to be part of this ministry to our nation.I didn’t realize how nominal my prayer walk really was until I was surrounded by individuals who truly modeled the actions of Christ in daily intercession for others and our nation. I was attending church. I had served in missions and had even held positions with other prominent ministries, but prayer was not a... Read more >>

What Does the Lord Require of Us?

“If that nation against whom I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I thought to bring upon it.  And the instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it, if it does evil in My sight so that it does not obey My voice, then I will relent concerning the good with which I said I wouldbenefit it.”  —Jeremiah 18:8-10How does a nation corporately turn from its evil?  How does a nation corporately do evil?  In a nation of more than 270 million people there will... Read more >>

A Prayer for America by Joni Eareckson Tada

Joni Eareckson TadaAlmighty God, you are our Mighty Fortress, our refuge and the God in whom we place our trust.  As our nation faces great distress and uncertainty, we ask your Holy Spirit to fall afresh upon your people — convict us of sin and inflame within us a passion to pray for our land and its people.Grant the leaders of our country an awareness of their desperate need of wisdom and salvation in You until sin becomes a reproach to all and righteousness exalts this nation.Protect and defend us against our enemies and may the cause of Christ always... Read more >>