Proverbs 3:13-18 Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her; those who hold her fast will be blessed.
The National Day of Prayer is only two weeks away! Together, we will “Pray God’s Glory Across the Earth.” Until then, we continue to pray for you in these challenging days, as well as asking God to reveal what He is challenging each of us to do with these days. We have said that we want to steward and not squander the opportunities and lessons that God has purposed for us in this pandemic. He did not allow us to go into a “holy pause” without filling it with purpose. If asked to give an account for what you have done with your time at home, what would you say?
I have seen many friends posting pictures of clean closets and remodeled or redecorated spaces in their homes. They are beautiful and it feels so good to do something that has been a dream or at least a “Honey-do” with some unexpected time on your hands, but have you started any new habits? To drill down deeper, have you started any spiritual habits that could have an eternal impact?
We are thankful to announce that our friend Claude King, co-author of Experiencing God, has put together a simple prayer guide to get families praying together for the eight days leading up to the National Day of Prayer, or the week following and beyond. This guide steers you through praying for one of the “seven mountains of Influence” each night of the week. It is easy and makes prayer personal in order to have a deeper understanding and practice of prayer together. Did I mention that it is simple? YOU CAN DO THIS!
We are asked repeatedly to teach people to pray. Prayer helps us find wisdom. Wisdom is only found in God, from God. If you have children, you pray that they will be healthy and make good, godly choices. That does not happen magically. You must, “Train up a child…” and despite Benjamin Franklin’s well-known quote: "Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise" one does not become wise by sleeping, but rather by studying Scripture and praying. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Walking with God in prayer increases wisdom that cannot be stolen or overcome. We have recently seen health, wealth and peace diminished in a day into pandemic, poverty and panic. But, according to Scripture, wisdom is ours to keep and is more profitable, precious and pleasant than anything else we could desire or acquire. Prayer will serve as a path for your family members to run to God in times of temptation, fear, rejoicing, looking for protection, provision, in expressing thankfulness, making decisions and everyday occasions where their habit is to turn to the Lord for wisdom and in wisdom.
The National Day of Prayer is just two weeks away on May 7, 2020. We hope that you will join us in preparing in prayer for all of the
possibilities to participate as individuals, families, small groups where permissible, and as a nation by joining us at 8:00 PM ET. Tune in and pray through our National Observance that can be seen on GodTV, Daystar, Enlace, TLN, on our website, Facebook steam or heard on Moody and Bott radio. Others may be joining as well, so stay tuned. Until then, we encourage you to begin or extend your family time of prayer to include praying through the family prayer guide. Click here to download this simple plan. Share it with others, your Pastor, friends, etc. It is free, make all the copies you need. Pastors or Children/Youth Ministry leaders can add their own comments or send it out one day at a time or for the entire week.
Please join us in prayer now:
Lord, Jesus, we ask that you help us to grow in wisdom, knowledge and understanding. In the fear of the Lord, we live in awe-filled reverence of You that spurs us to love and obedience, as we begin to walk in wisdom. Draw us and our families nearer to you. Help us to teach our children to pray. Teach us to be comfortable in conversing with You in prayer throughout the day, in all we see, feel, need and celebrate. In all circumstances, decision-making, needs and victory we want to give praise and thanks and knowing Your wisdom walks us through life when we walk with You.
Serving Him with Gladness,
P.S. Calling all Pilots! Every year since 2007, The National Day of Prayer is blessed with prayer from the air with our prayer flight pilots taking flight over each of our 50 states to pray or with passengers who pray. This incredible ministry is still looking for some pilots in various states to keep us covered this year. If you are willing to join our prayer flight this year, or would like to know more about Prayer Flight please visit their website at www.prayerflight.net