Prayer Targets: Noah Webster; Common Core; 9/11 Anniversary; Benghazi; Vote to Curtail Free Speech

Except the LORD shall build the house, they labor in vain that build it: except the LORD shall keep the city, the watchman waketh in vain. Psalm 127:1, Webster Bible

Dear Praying Friends,

Noah Webster (1758-1843) believed American children should read American history and learn from American, not British books. His grammar-speller-reader, popularly called the “blue-backed speller” was used to teach American children for over 100 years. The book was selling a million copies per year, 20 years after his death. Royalties from that book afforded Webster time for public service; to produce the first New English Bible translation in 250 years; and, over 27 years, to expand his first American Dictionary to over 70,000 words. Webster, known as the “Father of American Education,” helped create a common American language.

Every child in America should be acquainted with his own country. He should read books that furnish him with ideas that will be useful to him in life and practice. As soon as he opens his lips, he should rehearse the history of his own country; he should lisp the praise of liberty, and of those illustrious heroes and statesmen, who have wrought a revolution in her favor.

A selection of essays, respecting the settlement and geography of America; the history of the late revolution and of the most remarkable characters and events that distinguished it, and a compendium of the principles of the federal and provincial governments, should be the principal school book in the United States. These are interesting objects to every man; they call home the minds of youth and fix them upon the interests of their own country, and they assist in forming attachments to it, as well as in enlarging their understanding.

“Montesquieu observe, that the laws of education ought to be relative to the principles of the government.” In despotic governments, the people should have little or no education, except what tends to inspire them with a servile fear. Information is fatal to despotism…

In our American republics, where (government) is in the hands of the people, knowledge should be universally diffused by means of public schools. Of such consequence is it to society, that the people who make laws, should be well informed… I do not mean merely a knowledge of spelling books, and the New Testament. An acquaintance with ethics, and with the general principles of law, commerce, money and government, is necessary for the yeomanry of a republican state…

This school should be kept by the most reputable and well informed man in the district… The virtues of men are of more consequence to society than their abilities; and for this reason, the heart should be cultivated with more assiduity than the head… (Noah Webster, “On the Education of Youth in America,” The Founders’ Constitution).

Webster’s American Dictionary of the English Language (1828) contains six thousand Bible references. He wrote, “Education is useless without the Bible” (Webster’s Dictionary 1828)

With the exception of Ronald Reagan, every President since FDR has proposed sweeping federal reforms to fix public education, yet our children are farther behind and less prepared than any time in modern history. Morals, too, are at a low. Is it time, yet again, for new politically correct federally enforced standards and controls?

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Prayer Targets: Floyd on Fasting; Christian Genocide; Hope for Marriage; a Holy Fast; Israel; More

Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. Matthew 17:21

Dear Praying Friends,

Dr. Ronnie Floyd, current President of the Southern Baptist Convention, in his 2009 book told how prayer and fasting changed his life and his congregation. What he learned has helped pastors and churches of many denominations. His message is needed now, more than ever.

Forty-Day Corporate Fast – On several occasions in our history, we have led the church to be a part of a forty-day fasting journey. I am not talking about individuals doing forty days by themselves, but the church going for forty days. Individuals would be challenged to fast one day during that forty days or however many days they desired during that period of time.

Our church has done forty-day corporate fasting for evangelistic events. In 1993… we were praying and fasting for one thousand people to come to Christ over a seven-day period of time… Miraculously… in that one week we witnessed more than twenty-six hundred people come to saving faith in Jesus Christ. All for Jesus! God heard our cry in prayer and fasting and did what only God could do. It was incredible!

We have done forty-day corporate fasting for revival, and … for a mighty outpouring of the Holy Spirit to be upon our church… Our heart has always been for America so this was also in relationship to our nation as well. Prayer and fasting really give me the heartbeat that God is going to bring a mighty revival to America that will cross over all cultural, racial, ethnic, and denominational lines. Before Jesus returns, I believe we will see it occur…

A guide is important when you are leading your church in prayer and fasting….

Spiritual Goal - Fasting is abstinence from food with a spiritual goal in mind. The prayer guide defines the goal specifically and leads everyone to pray toward that goal… Oneness - a guide helps create a sense of unity. It promotes unity of spirit and oneness of heart. There is something unusually dynamic when we focus on the same thing together… Just knowing someone else, or twenty people, or five hundred people are praying at the same time for the same thing can elevate the entire church… Specificity - Powerful praying occurs when you pray specifically. Can you imagine your entire church praying for the same spiritual goal in complete oneness with one another and even with specificity over each request? Powerful! Life changing! God-sized results! Consistency - When you have a spiritual goal before you, knowing others are praying with the same specific prayer guide, you will be consistent in the journey… we organize most things, but at times we do not organize prayer. The Holy Spirit can lead you in the plan (and) the process.

RISING UP – I am not sure anything is more powerful than the church rising up to pursue God through the disciplines of prayer and fasting. While the walls around us seem too high, too deep, and too thick to overcome, through prayer and fasting each wall can be crushed and destroyed. When the church comes together in prayer and fasting, a mighty army is rising up to ascend the hills toward God, and NOTHING can stand in its way. For too long the world has seen what the church can do. Now is the time for the world to see what God can do through the church! … Prayer and fasting are God’s gateway to spiritual breakthroughs. Prayer and fasting will lead your church to experience God (Floyd, Power of Prayer and Fasting, 2009).

Dr. Bill Bright challenged Ronnie Floyd to fast for 40 days and it changed his life. Now he is calling for a trans-denominational prayer and fasting movement as the greatest hope for revival in our churches and nation (listen to Tony Perkins’ Interview with Dr. Floyd).

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Prayer Targets: Marriage War Continues; Common Core; Israeli Conflict; In God We Trust Campaign!

Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. 2 Timothy 3:12

Dear Praying Friends,

We should strive always to be peaceable and civil in speech but bold to speak “the truth in love” (Eph 4:14-15). Many martyrs, even as they submitted themselves to the stake, repeated Jesus’ words: ‘Father, forgive them for they know not what they do” (Lk 23:24). All eyes are upon us.

Their bold proclamation of God’s truth, spoken in love, despite the cost, was at the center of the martyrs’ testimony. We, too, are called to speak the word of God boldly to one another, to the lost around us, to those in power, to this “evil generation!” (Mt 12:34). We will face hostility, deception, danger, “the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive (Eph 4:14).” Jesus said, “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves” (Mt 10:16).

Thus, we must be bold to speak “the truth in love” even if “evil men and seducers” grow “worse and worse.” In our backslidden nation, many “lie in wait to deceive.” Lies and deception have become rampant in the American public square: in government, politics, the media. In the White House, our executive agencies, even the halls of Congress, lying has become an art form. Distinguishing lies from the truth has become a full time job for the American people, including those called to be Christ’s Ambassadors. The Church must be grounded in the Truth in order to speak it in love vigilantly, boldly, and winsomely. If truth does not prevail in the public arena, our Republic cannot survive. Darkness will instead prevail. Hostility toward those who believe will increase. Persecuted Christians will likely go into hiding as many have done in other nations (Pr 28:12). But if God’s people in America will arise now, go on the offense, and boldly speak the truth, refusing to allow lies and liars to prevail, there is hope.

Words are not enough! Paul points to the unseen world, where God’s praying people must wrestle and prevail against “principalities,” “powers,” and “spiritual wickedness in high places.” These powers will bring our nation down (Pr 14:34; 16:12). Only God’s people can pull down these wicked spiritual strongholds (2 Cor 10:4). Spirit-led, bold praying will beget Spirit-led, bold preaching, bold witnessing, and bold truth speaking in the public square (Jer 1:10; Mt 9:38; 28:18-20; Lk 10:19; Acts 4:23-31; Heb 10:16; Jas 5:14-18; Rev 12:11). As FRC and our allies are assaulted with lies, deceit, and dishonesty on every side, only the prayers of God’s people will enable us to make the impact we must make. And it will not be with words alone. Paul wrote, “For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power” (1 Cor 4:20). Your prayers multiply the power with which we accomplish His work in Washington, the State Capitals, and your community (PB).

Circuit Court to Decide on Marriage in Four States - A three judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals in Cincinnati heard cases today that challenge traditional marriage amendments in four state Constitutions: Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. Each of the Amendments, duly passed by a majority of voters in each state according to their own Constitutional process, was ruled unconstitutional in federal district courts. The Appeals Court will consider all four as a single case. In nearly every federal jurisdiction, it seems activists can find liberal district judges who agree with the argument that same-sex “marriage” is a fundamental right by expanding the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment. Christians are tired of this fight, and many, including prominent pastors, have given in (Read FRC’s Dr. Chris Gacek’s recent article in the Cincinnati InquirerNo Fundamental Right to Same-Sex Marriage” to understand why they are wrong).

  • Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever! Your design for marriage is not only divine law and points to the union between Christ and the Church, but it has tremendous social benefits. Man may try to change it, but to do so it is to invite the sad consequences. May your people stand, proclaim truth lovingly, and refuse to bow to the lie, however craftily presented. Please move the Appeals Court to reverse these tyrannical and immoral rulings that usurp the clear intention of God, the expressed will of the people, their duly enacted state constitutions, their history and heritage! (Pr 22:8; Jer 18:14-18; Mt 19:4-6; Acts 4:31; Eph 5:32; Heb 13:8; Rev 3:8)

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Prayer Targets: City upon a Hill, Israel, Middle East; IRS & Churches; House to Sue President; More

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. John 15:13-14

Dear Praying Friends,

On January 25, 1974, California Governor Ronald Reagan delivered his famous “City upon a Hill” speech. John Winthrop, future Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, had penned the phrase that echoes Matthew 5:16 on the Arabella, sailing across the Atlantic with the wave of English Puritan Christians in 1630. His Model of Christian Charity set forth the principles and spirit by which citizens of “New England” were to live. Winthrop outlined a society built upon a covenant with God, the rule of law administered with justice and mercy, and God’s promised blessings of life, liberty and prosperity. Winthrop wrote:

First, in regard of the more near bond of marriage between Him and us, wherein He hath taken us to be His, after a most strict and peculiar manner, which will make Him the more jealous of our love and obedience. So [as he told Israel] therefore will I punish you for your transgressions.

Secondly, because the Lord will be sanctified in them that come near Him. We know that many corrupted the service of the Lord [and were punished - some swiftly, some more slowly].

Thirdly, when God gives a special commission He looks to have it strictly observed in every article… [Saul failed to keep his commission and lost the Kingdom]…

Thus stands the cause between God and us. We are entered into covenant with Him for this work…. He will expect a strict performance of the articles contained in it; but if we shall neglect the observation of these… dissembling with our God … [if we] embrace this present world and prosecute our carnal intentions, seeking great things for ourselves… the Lord will surely break out in wrath against us, and… make us know the price of the breach of such a covenant.

Now the only way to avoid this shipwreck, and to provide for our posterity, is to follow the counsel of Micah, to do justly, to love mercy, to walk humbly with our God. For this end, we must be knit together, in this work, as one man. [If we do this] The Lord will be our God, and delight to dwell among us… and will command a blessing upon us in all our ways … we shall be as a city upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us. So that if we shall deal falsely with our God in this work… and so cause Him to withdraw His present help from us, we shall be made a story and a by-word through the world. We shall open the mouths of enemies to speak evil of the ways of God… Beloved, there is now set before us life and death, good and evil… Therefore let us choose life, that we and our seed may live, by obeying His voice and cleaving to Him, for He is our life and our prosperity (Colonial Gov. John Winthrop, A Model of Christian Charity, 1630).

I have always believed that there was some divine plan that placed this great continent between two oceans to be sought out by those possessed of an abiding love of freedom and a special kind of courage… John Winthrop said, “We will be as a city upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us. . . .” We cannot escape our destiny, nor should we try to do so… Into the hands of America God has placed the destinies of an afflicted mankind.” We are indeed, and we are today, the last best hope of man on earth (Gov. Ronald Reagan (CA), The City upon a Hill, 1974).

America’s broken covenant with God, our retreat from the vibrant Christian life and witness, our retreat from citizenship responsibilities that determine who will decide and what direction of our nation will take, have led to the greatest crisis in our churches, nation and world we’ve seen in our lifetime. Rev. Richard Owen Roberts gives us answers in his address, Something Must Be Done, delivered at FRC on Tuesday. I urge you to watch the video online. Afterwards, Roberts prayed that God would help us be willing to lay down our lives in prayer for the Church and our nation. See the Webcast message here and forward the link to others!

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Prayer Targets: Weeping Prophets; Christian Holocaust; ENDA; Israel, More

From that time Jesus began to preach… Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Mt 4:17

Dear Praying Friends,

Rev. Richard Owen Roberts’ good friend, Dr. Henry Blackaby (bio), wrote the foreword to Roberts’s 2004, Repentance, the First Word of the Gospel.” Here are excerpts:

Have you ever heard the voice of the “weeping prophet”? … Every true prophet of God shares with Him the pain of a broken heart for the people of God. First, he cries toward God, and with God, in the knowledge of what could have been. Then, he laments with Him over the peoples’ terrible blindness and hardness of heart, with its accompanying tragic loss amid the immeasurable blessings that are assured by God Himself.

Given the nature of sin, God, in His justice, could simply judge His people completely and immediately. But He, in love, desires to extend His mercy, forgiveness, and restoration to all of His people in the hope that they will repent and return to Him… “Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand!” … The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are working all the time to call and to draw people back from their sin to a full relationship with Himself.

This word “repentance” [must] become the first word from God to this generation. It must be clearly and persuasively taught and preached and urged among God’s people, and then, to an eternally… lost world. Roberts…is a true prophet to our generation… To me, true theologians are those who have been in the awesome presence of God and have a clear word from the immediate heart of God to their generation. Richard Owen Roberts is, in my judgment, such a spokesman for God. …

We desperately need men of integrity and spiritual power before God and men. When leaders depart from an intimacy with God, the people soon follow… Their ears become dull of hearing from God and their hearts become hard and heavy, so they will not hear, “lest they… should understand with their heart… be converted, and I should heal them” (Mt 13:15, Is 6:10).

(Henry T. Blackaby, Foreword, Richard Owen Roberts’ Repentance: The First Word of the Gospel).

Rev. Richard Owen Roberts, the “weeping prophet Blackaby describes, will speak at FRC headquarters next Tuesday, July 29th at 12 Noon (see rortrust.org). We would love to have you join us in person for his hour-long lecture or to view the webcast live via the internet. Please register here, and spread the word to praying friends!

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Prayer Targets: Christian Zionism; Assault on Israel; RFRA; If 7:14; Prayer & Fasting, Pastors, More

Dear Praying Friends,

After 26 years as a U.S. Treasury agent, John P. McTernan became co-founder and Chaplain of Cops for Christ and a pro-life leader. In 2001, he and White House Correspondent Bill Koenig co-authored Israel: The Blessing or the Curse. His 2008 book, As America has Done to Israel, analyzes our nation’s relationship with the Jewish people and the State of Israel in light of Scripture. He points to evangelist William Blackstone (1841-1935) as the progenitor of modern Christian Zionism:

America had several powerful spiritual revivals that touched the entire nation. The Great Awakening of the 1740s… 1800, a great revival started in Kentucky and spread eastward until it affected the entire nation. The Second Awakening began in 1820… and shook the nation. Toward the end of the nineteenth century, huge segments of American Christianity began focusing on the second coming of the Lord Jesus and the rebirth of the nation of Israel… Powerful evangelists like D. L. Moody and William E. Blackstone were proclaiming this as were hundreds of lesser-known preachers. Blackstone’s book Jesus Is Coming (1878) affected millions of people.

Amid this revival, Russian Jews began pouring into America. The horrors of the Russian pogroms touched the hearts of American Christians, who began to help by providing food, clothes, and medical attention. The crisis awakened the church to the need for a Jewish homeland. Blackstone became the leader of this movement and traveled extensively throughout America promoting a Jewish homeland in Palestine… In 1890, Blackstone chaired a conference called, “The Past, Present and Future of Israel.” Some of the most influential leaders in the Jewish and Christian communities attended… Blackstone felt resolutions they produced were not strong enough, and met with President Benjamin Harrison and Secretary of State James Blaine to present to them a document, later called a Memorial, entitled “What Shall Be Done for the Russian Jews?” It helped spearhead the Zionist movement. Modern Zionism actually sprang from the church in the United States. The church… believed it was time for Jews to go back to their biblical homeland… six years before world Jewry initiated the first Zionist Congress.

More than four hundred leading Americans signed the Memorial. Religious leaders [including] D. L. Moody, leading members of Congress and mayors, powerful industrialists and bank presidents including John D. Rockefeller, J. P. Morgan, Cyrus McCormick, and Charles Scribner, editors and publishers from ninety-three leading national newspapers and religious periodicals… Most of America was behind protecting Jews and the creation of a Jewish nation… Cyrus H. McCormick, president of McCormick Harvester accompanied the Memorial with a letter declaring his deep belief in the Bible as the literal word of God. Quoting Isaiah 49:22 and Ezekiel 34, Blackstone requested that the President and Secretary of State take a personal interest in this matter expectant that God would bless (per His covenant in Genesis 12:3). While Harrison mentioned the plight of the Jews in his State of the Union Speech, he did not further follow through. But the spiritual force of the church was now engaged in a real way for God’s restoration of Israel. This awakening never died in America and remains alive to this day. (John McTernan, As America Has Done to Israel, 2008; edited for space).

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777: URGENT CALL TO PRAYER: DAY SEVEN

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Worthy is the Lamb who was slain,
to receive all
PRAISE

“Hallelujah!  Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, for true and just are His judgments…Hallelujah!  For our Lord God Almighty reigns.  Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory!” – Revelation 19:1-2, 6-7
 

Note: For this, our seventh day of prayer, our format is slightly different than the first six days.  Today, we will pray and fast for seven hours.  So the following prayer is laid out hour by hour.  Included in the direction for some of the hours, I have adapted Puritan prayers from Valley of Vision* to help us articulate the cry of our hearts. They will be in italics. I have also made suggestions if you would like some additional direction.

THE FIRST HOUR—WORSHIP

We praise You as the One who declares Your greatness and glory in Creation. The heavens that are pitched like a tent for the sun speak of Your vastness. The sun that never ceases to rise, then set, speaks of Your faithfulness.  The billions of stars that sparkle like diamonds in the dark expanse of the night sky reveal Your vast, personal knowledge, as You call each one by name. The boundaries on the shore that You set for the waves of the sea speak of Your laws that are for our good.  The sparrows that you see fall, and the lilies that You clothe, point to your compassionate, individualized, personal attention.

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777: URGENT CALL TO PRAYER: DAY SIX

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Worthy is the Lamb who was slain,
to receive all
GLORY

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word.” – Hebrews 1:3
  • We worship You, Lord Jesus Christ, as God in “homespun and sandals,” come down to perfectly reveal to us the character of the Father. When we want to know what God is like, we can look at You. When we want to know what’s in His heart and what’s on His mind, we can look at You. You illuminate the darkness of our circumstances and the chaotic confusion of our world, giving hope for the future. You are the marvelous, everlasting and all-powerful Light that shines abroad in our hearts that we might no longer walk in the darkness of deception, fear, ignorance and evil, but in the love and light of Your glory.
  • I worship You as _____________
  • We repent of tarnishing Your glory with our bitterness, meanness, unforgiveness, pridefulness, unkindness, rudeness, self-righteousness or any sin that makes others think less of You. We repent of giving others the impression that You tolerate sin because we do.
  • We repent of hiding Your glory in our denominational loyalty that can lead to divisiveness and exclusiveness so that we make others feel they are on the periphery of Your inner circle, and so feel alienated from You.
  • We repent of lashing out to wound others when we’ve been wounded, and so perpetuate the cycle of pain within Your Body, diminishing the radiance of Your unconditional love, mercy, and grace.
  • We repent of running from Your marvelous light back into dark areas of old habits, forbidden relationships and seductive pleasures.
  • We repent of giving You glory, while taking a 10% commission for ourselves.
  • I repent of____________
  • We choose to give You all the glory, and reflect Your glory accurately and winsomely, through the powerful presence of Your Spirit within us, so that others are irresistibly drawn to You.
  • I choose now to___________
  • We ask, as we repent of our sin, that You cleanse and fill us with Yourself so that Your church is filled with Your glory.
  • We ask that Your church, once again, be the Light of the world, like a city on a hill that cannot be hidden, beckoning the lost to come home to You.
  • We ask that our conduct and character would make others want to know You, to love You, and to put their trust in You.
  • I humbly ask that__________

FOR YOUR GLORY,

AMEN

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777: URGENT CALL TO PRAYER: DAY FIVE

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Worthy is the Lamb who was slain,
to receive all
HONOR

Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.  – Philippians 2:9-11
  • We worship You, Lord Jesus, as the name that is above every name. You stand in the solitude of Yourself.  There is no one like You. You are the One who sits on the throne at the center of the Universe. You are the Creator, the Messiah, the Redeemer of Israel, the Savior of the world, the Hope of the Ages. You alone are able to rule the world and fulfill the Father’s purpose for the human race, yet You humbled Yourself to the point of death on the Cross that You might be the ransom for our sin.
  • I worship You as _______________
  • We repent of caring more about our own reputations than Yours.
  • We repent of giving You our left-over money, our left-over time, and even our left-over love, implying You are second-best.
  • We repent of priorities, actions and decisions that reveal we honor and exalt ourselves, our friends, our families, other people, and even our wallets, above You.
  • We repent of honoring other gods in the name of pluralism as though You are just one of many other gods, and so compromise our witness of You for the sake of toleration because we want to seem inclusive of everyone.
  • We repent of honoring You with our lips, while our hearts are far from You.
  • We repent of robbing You of the honor due Your name.
  • I repent of _______________
  • We choose to seek Your Kingdom and Your righteousness before all else, placing You alone on the throne of our hearts. We count our own lives as nothing that You might be everything. We abandon ourselves to Your will. We regret that we have only one life to live for Your glory and Your honor alone.  We choose in honor of Your Name to publicly declare that all have sinned, that there is forgiveness of sin at the Cross, that there is no other way to the Father but through You, that eternal life is found through faith in You alone.
  • I choose now to_________
  • We ask that as we honor You, You would honor us with Your favor, and the good-will of our neighbors and co-workers; that even those who don’t believe in You will respect Your name because of the way they see we honor You.
  • We ask that as Your name is lifted up, dark spirits would flee.
  • We ask that Your name would be a strong tower to those who take refuge in You.
  • I humbly ask that____________

FOR YOUR GLORY,

AMEN

 
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777: URGENT CALL TO PRAYER: DAY FOUR

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Worthy is the Lamb who was slain,
to receive all
STRENGTH

That power is like the working of His mighty strength, which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age, but also in the one to come.  And God placed all things under His feet…  – Ephesians 1:19-22
  • We worship You, Lord Jesus Christ, on this our nation’s birthday, as the All-Mighty – our breathtaking and all-powerful Lord.  You measure the waters in the hollow of Your hand.  You weigh the mountains on scales.  You stretch out the heavens like a curtain.  Your immensity is impossible for us to comprehend.  You make a way when there is no way. You are a prayer-hearing, prayer-answering, miracle-working God!  Our nation’s history gives testimony to Your strength to establish, preserve, and prosper us.
  • I worship You as ______________
  • We repent of our arrogance and pride that have led us to think we are sufficient in ourselves.
  • We repent of believing that the prosperity of our nation is because we are great, while refusing to acknowledge that all blessings come from Your hand.
  • We repent of looking to the President or to our Pastor or to a Priest or to a government agency for the help we need before we look to You.
  • We repent of depending upon our military might and our weapons systems to protect us from harm and danger, while denying, defying and ignoring You.
  • We repent of disobeying Your commands, using our weakness as an excuse.
  • We repent of living under the burden of our problems instead of rolling them onto Your capable and strong shoulders.
  • I repent of___________
  • We choose to rely on You and to pray without ceasing.
  • I choose now to_________
  • We ask that You strengthen Your people with might on the inside; that You make one of us as mighty as a thousand.
  • We ask that You give us deep convictions regarding the truth of who You are and what You have said, and the courage to stand up and speak out for them.
  • We ask that You give us experiences of Your miraculous enabling as we live in total dependence upon Your strength, so that we boast of our own weaknesses.
  • We ask that you give us blessed assurance that greater are You in us, than the evil that’s in the world, so that we stand against it.  Remind us that Your love is stronger than hate, and the Light of Your Truth will never be overcome by the darkness, so that we lovingly and boldly proclaim that victory has been won!  Jesus saves!
  • And we ask that You would continue to bless America and return her to the foundation of her faith in You.
  • I humbly ask that____________

FOR YOUR GLORY,

AMEN

 
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