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24
Oct

A Prayer of Hope

A Prayer of Hope

Heavenly Father, I honor You.  You merely spoke and the heavens were created.  You breathed the word and all the stars were born.  You assigned the sea its boundaries and locked the ocean in vast reservoirs.  Let the whole world fear You, Lord.  Let everyone stand in awe, for when You spoke, the world began and appeared at Your command.  Thank You for watching over me and my family through the years.  Thank You for Your unfailing love and eternal blessings.  Thank You for being my God.

Wonderful Father, You are my shepherd and I do not have to want for anything.  You let me rest in green meadows and lead me beside peaceful streams.  You renew my strength and guide me along right paths, bringing honor to Your name.  If I have to walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid because You are close beside me.  Your rod and staff protect and comfort me.   You have prepared a feast for me in the presence of my enemies and You honor me by anointing my head with oil.  My cup overflows with Your blessings.  Surely, Your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life and I will live in Your house forever.  Yes, Father, I can.  I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me.

Holy Spirit, help me to trust our Heavenly Father daily.  Help me to give him my cares since He cares for me.  Please help me to walk by faith and not be persuaded by the things that are going on in my life.  Gracious Father, I need You!  Continue to surround me with Your unfailing love for my hope is in You, alone.

Forgive me for doubting Your love for me.  Forgive me for my lack of faith and sincerity.  Forgive me for looking to other sources for my peace and security.   I acknowledge that You are the source of my existence and I cannot live without You.  Righteous Father, I submit to You and confess that Jesus Christ is Your son.  Because of Him, I have redemption through His blood and the forgiveness of my sins.  Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those people that I need to forgive. (You should now see faces or names of people that you need to forgive in your spirit.  Today, decide to forgive them and say out loud “I forgive [name each person].”  Trust the Holy Spirit to help you to forgive and to heal the wounded places in your soul caused by offenses, hurtful words, etc.) 

Father, lead me not into temptation, but deliver me from the evil one.

Lord, there is none like You.  You are great and Your name is full of power.  Who would not fear You, O King of the nations?  That title belongs to You, alone!  Among all the wise people of the earth and in all the kingdoms of the world, there is no one like You.  You are the King of Glory.  You are the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.  You are worthy, Lord our God, to receive glory, honor, and power.  You created all things and they exist because You created what You pleased.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture References for the Written Text:  Psalm 33:6-9, Psalm 23, Philippians 4:13, I Peter 5:7, Romans 10:9, Matthew 6:13, Jeremiah 10:6-7, Psalm 24:10, Revelation 4:11

24
Oct

A Prayer for O.N.E. (One Nation Empowered)

A Prayer for O.N.E.

(One Nation Empowered)

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He has chosen as His own inheritance.

Psalm 33:12

 

Almighty Father, God, You merely spoke and the heavens were created.  You breathed the Word, and all the stars were born.  You assigned the sea its boundaries and locked the oceans in vast reservoirs.  We praise Your name forever and ever, for You possess all wisdom and power.  Father, thank You for blessing the United States of America with abundance and prosperity.  Thank You for surrounding our nation with Your favor, grace, and mercy.  Jesus, thank You for shedding Your blood for our redemption.  Holy Spirit, thank You for Your guidance and power.  You are an awesome God!

Heavenly Father, let Your kingdom come and Your will be done in our nation.  Your Word states that we are to pray for kings and all people who are in authority, so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives that are marked by godliness and dignity.  We know that this is good and acceptable in Your sight.  Today, we pray for our new President, Barack Obama, and his presidential administration.  We declare that as they prepare to lead our nation, they will trust in You with all of their hearts.  They will not depend on their own understanding, but they will seek Your will in all they do and we expect that You, Lord, will show them which path to take when making decisions for the American people.

We decree that our local, state, and national leaders will not walk in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of the scornful; but their delight will be in the law of the Lord and in His law they will meditate day and night.  They will be like trees planted by the rivers of water that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf will not wither and whatever they do will prosper.  Gracious Father, some nations boast of their chariots and horses; but we boast in the Name of the Lord, our God.

We submit to Your care, President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Hillary Clinton, Timothy Geithner, Robert Gates, Eric Holder Jr., Kenneth Salazar, Thomas Vilsack, Hilda Solis, Shaun Donovan, Raymond LaHood, Steven Chu, Arne Duncan, Eric Shinseki,  Janet Napolitano, Leon Panetta, Dennis Blair, Christina Romer, Lisa Jackson, Robert Mueller, Lawrence Summers, James Jones, Susan Rice, Peter Orszag, Ron Kirk, Robert Gibbs, Rahm Emanuel, the U.S. Congress and all governmental officials.

Holy Spirit, unite this new administration and remind all of our  leaders that they are working for the good of the nation and not for the advancement of self.  Please help our leaders to put aside “politics” and operate in the best interest of the American people.   Heal the wounds that negative politics, fear and ignorance have created within our nation.  Empower us, the Body of Christ, to lead the effort in the healing process.  Eternal God, Lord of Heaven’s Armies, we ask You to bless and protect our leaders’ families.  Please continue to protect our troops and our borders.  Increase the courage and strength of our servicemen and women as they fight courageously for our country.

Merciful Father, we repent on behalf of our nation for our many sins.  We acknowledge that our actions have created problems that only You can solve.  Forgive us for all sin, including greed, arrogance, selfish ambition, disobedience, rebellion, hypocrisy, injustice, jealousy, hatred, violence, ageism, sexism, racism, and dissension.  Father, forgive us for shedding innocent blood and denying Your power.  We confess that we have not loved the world as You love the world.  We ask You to heal our land and make us one, even as You and Jesus are One.  Please have mercy upon all of us and help us!  As a nation, show us those we need to forgive and help us to forgive.

Lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from the evil one.

Now, unto You, the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture References for the Written Text:  Psalm 33:6-7, Daniel 2:20, Matthew 6:10, I Timothy 2:1-3, Proverbs 3:5-6, Proverbs 11:14, Proverbs 4:6, Proverbs 22:4, Psalm 1:1-3 (NKJV), Psalm 20:7, Philippians 4:19, Matthew 6:13, I Timothy 1:17

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