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Guess what? We have virtually no power over whether or not our nation continues to hold a National Day of Prayer. But guess what, you have every power to hold a National Day of prayer within the confines of your own family. Of course everyday should be the National Day of prayer – right?
1 “Now this is the commandment, and these are the statutes and judgments which the LORD your God has commanded to teach you, that you may observe them in the land which you are crossing over to possess, 2 that you may fear the LORD your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, you and your son and your grandson, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged. 3 Therefore hear, O Israel, and be careful to observe it, that it may be well with you, and that you may multiply greatly as the LORD God of your fathers has promised you—‘a land flowing with milk and honey.’[a]
4 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one![b] 5 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
6 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:1-8
I love these verses. I do realize that this was for the Israelites at the time but we could obviously take a lesson from it.
“Many Christians find themselves profoundly conflicted because of some of the moral positions and social policies that Mr. Obama espouses. So how do you pray for your President when you disagree with him?
Thankfully, the Bible is not silent about such a question. After all it commands us to pray for all in authority (1 Timothy 2:2), no matter their party, policies or religion (or lack thereof). It is vital that we think Christianly, which is to say, biblically, about this issue (and not just as Democrats or Republicans who happen to be Christian). So, back to the question. How do we pray for Mr. Obama? Here are some ideas (and I want to thank Al Mohler and Justin Taylor for many of these thoughts and words) for praying for our new President, Barack Obama:
First, it needs to be said, that we ought to commit ourselves to pray for our new President, for his wife and family, for his administration and for the nation. We will do this, not only because of the biblical command to pray for our rulers, but because of the second greatest commandment, “Love your neighbor,” and what better way to love your neighbor than to pray for his well-being. Those with the greatest moral and political differences with the President ought to ask God to engender in them, by His Spirit, genuine neighbor-love for Mr. Obama.
We will also pray for our new President because he (and we) face challenges that are not only daunting but potentially disastrous. We will pray that God will grant him wisdom. He and his family will face new challenges and the pressures of this office. May God protect them, give them joy in their family life and hold them close together.
We will pray that God will protect this nation even as our new President settles into his role as Commander in Chief, and that God will grant peace as he leads the nation through times of trial and international conflict and tension.
We will pray that God would change President Obama’s mind and heart on issues of crucial moral concern. May God change his heart and open his eyes to see abortion as the murder of the innocent unborn, to see marriage as an institution to be defended and to see a host of issues in a new light. We must pray this from this day until the day he leaves office. God is sovereign, after all.
For those Christians who are more concerned than overjoyed about the prospects of an Obama presidency, there should be a remembrance that as our President, Barack Obama will have God-given authority to govern us, and that we should view him as a servant of God (Romans 13:1, 4) to whom we should be subject (Romans 13:1, 5; 1 Peter 2:13-14). Thus, again, we are to pray for Barack Obama (1 Timothy 2:1-2). We are to thank God for Barack Obama (1 Timothy 2:1-2). We are to respect Barack Obama (Romans 13:7). We are to honor Barack Obama (Romans 13:7; 1 Peter 2:17).”
Prayer should be a daily and constant thing in our lives. But it is nice for our nation to be reminded that prayer is important at least on one day a year.
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. I Thessalonians 5:16-18
As you know we have been talking about memorizing Scripture and making a prayer journal for a while now. I found this piece from John Piper very interesting regarding why we should memorize Scripture.
Revive our Hearts website has some good places to start with memorizing Scripture.
Here is another place to start memorizing from Bible.org. “There are approximately 200 verses covering broad areas of theology and ministry.”
My next plan is to memorize is Psalm 27 (one of my favorite Psalms). I had memorized it years ago but I only remember portions of it.
1The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
2When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.
3Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.
4One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.
5For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.
6And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.
7Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.
8When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.
9Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.
10When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.
11Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.
12Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.
13I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
14Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
How are you doing on your memorizing? If you wanted a helpful system to keep you reviewing your verses, this system from the Simply Charlotte Mason website is a great system.
Have you started your prayer binder? Are you using it? This week I thought I might share some things that you could print off and put in your binder. They are in no particular order.
1. My first one is praying for the lost. On whatever day you decide to pray for the salvation of people, you might want to go here and print this off and put it in that section to help you.
2. Praying for your husband – there are some studies out there and other things to pray for your husband, but Revive Our Hearts has a free PDF for you to print and put in your binder. You may want to look up the Scripture and print that out as well. This has 31 days of things to pray for specifically for your husband.
What to memorize – what I used
I hope this helps you in continuing to put your prayer life in order. The prayer binder is a constant process for me. I am always adding verses and things to pray about for myself and others.
Let me know how you are doing? Do you need someone to be accountable to? I would be happy to help you. Just leave me a comment and we could be accountable through e-mail.
Pray for me because I have to say all of my over 50 verses word perfect this Friday. I think I will get some grace though if I don’t – undeserved, but grace just the same.
And my plan for my next verses to memorize is verses from Ginger Plowman’s Wise Words for Moms. This little pamphlet (it is actually the size of a calendar) is SO helpful. I highly recommend purchasing it.
Have a great day!
You may ask why I am talking about memorizing Scripture with my prayer binder. Well, I will tell you. Sometimes we really need to pray for people at a time when we do not have a Bible or any book with verses in them. Here is where knowing God’s Word comes in VERY handy. I keep my verses in the folder of my prayer binder so I will see them everyday when I open my binder.
I have talked about this before, but a great place to start with memorizing Scripture is with the Navigator’s Topical Memory System. This system actually puts verses into “categories” so if you need to think up a verse about God’s strength you immediately think of Isaiah 41:10. If you need a verse about prayer – Phil. 4:6&7. I have went to these verses many times when I am out or when I find something out that needs immediate prayer. I cannot tell you how wonderful it is to have these verses commited to memory.
Now I personally am almost done with this system which is over 50 verses. My friend Angel and I are really close to being done (I have to memorize 3 this week to be done and she only has to memorize one). So you see, it really helps you to have someone to keep you accountable to keep memorizing.
Right now I am trying to decide what to memorize next. I wanted to start memorizing books of the Bible, but I think I am going to memorize the verses for parenting from this resource, Wise Words for Moms.
Once I am done with that I think I will start with memorizing Philippians since I have so many verses from it memorized and it is only 4 chapters.
What have you all been memorizing and how do you decide what to memorize?
I have learned a lot about praying in the last few years more than any other time in my life. One of the many things is praying Scripture. It is aligning your prayers with God’s will. It is praying Romans 8:26-27 when you don’t know God’s will:
26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
Here is the next part of my Prayer Binder after “Adoration”:
Ps. 96:1-4 – 1 Oh, sing to the LORD a new song!
Sing to the LORD, all the earth.
2 Sing to the LORD, bless His name;
Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.
3 Declare His glory among the nations,
His wonders among all peoples.
4 For the LORD is great and greatly to be praised;
He is to be feared above all gods.
Col. 3:16 – 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
I Thes. 5:16-18 –16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
a. God – Ps. 34:8 – Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
Numbers 23:19 – 19 “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?
Ps. 18:2 – 2 The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Ps. 40:3-5 – 3 He has put a new song in my mouth— Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, And will trust in the LORD.
4 Blessed is that man who makes the LORD his trust, And does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies. 5 Many, O LORD my God, are Your wonderful works
Which You have done; And Your thoughts toward us Cannot be recounted to You in order; If I would declare and speak of them, They are more than can be numbered.
b. Jesus Christ – Ephesians 1:18 – the eyes of your understanding[a] being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,; Titus 3:5 – not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,; Acts 15:11 – But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ[a] we shall be saved in the same manner as they.”; Romans 8:1 – There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.; 2 Corinthians 4:5 – For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake. Hebrews 3:3 – For this One has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as He who built the house has more honor than the house.
c. The Holy Spirit – Romans 7:6 – But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.; Galatians 5:16 – I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.; Galatians 5:26 – Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.; Galatians 6:8 – For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.; Romans 6:6 – knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.; Romans 6:16-17 – Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? 17 But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered.; 2 Corinthians 2:12 – Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ’s gospel, and a door was opened to me by the Lord,
d. The Word of God – Psalm 119:105 – Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.; Isaiah 55:11 – So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.; 2 Timothy 3:16 –All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,; Joshua 1:8 – This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
And I said that I would let you know what tabs that I had. Here they are:
Monday – Family
Tuesday -Friends, Church Family, Body of Christ
Wednesday -Leadership – Church, Country and Government
Thursday -Missionaries, local public schools, orphans and widows
Friday -Specific requests (includes prayer chain requests) for myself, others and salvation
Saturday – Myself and my character
Sunday – Church – Services; Fellowship groups; Nursery; Children’s classes; Word of Life (Wednesday night children’s program); Visitors; Music
So those are my tabs for now. I reserve the right to change things at any time. I am working on adding verses to pray for in each tab/category. I know it may seem odd to plan out your prayers, but I find that if it is planned out I will do it and I won’t say meaningless prayers.
5 “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 6 But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.[b] 7 And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.
8 “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.
*verses from Biblegateway.com
*Ideas for categories/tabs from here
Last week I talked about having a prayer binder. As I said my prayer binder is a work in progress. It is not pretty. I have to work on that but right now I am more about content than prettiness.
Here is how mine is set up.
My front folder holds miscellaneous stuff. The beginning of the binder holds notes about prayer and Bible Study.
Then I have an “everyday” tab and then a tab for each day of the week.
As far as what I pray for –
“Everyday” – my husband, my children
Here’s a sample of what I pray for:
This is a sheet of paper that I got from a friend that has several verses to pray for your husband. It is really good.
For my children I have a few things I pray for:
The paper above has several things to pray for on certain days. I also have a monthly calendar with 31 days and there is a verse and topic to pray for my children. I got it from this free Ebook. And since we are going through the “Power of a Praying Parent”, when we get done we are going to type up each prayer at the end of each section and pray that on a certain day since there are 30 lessons.
But here is what I start with (I plan on making a Thanksgiving/Adoration tab):
Praise God – The Attributes of God – I got the following from my own study and from Arthur Pink’s book The Attributes of God.
- Solitariness of God – “God is solitary in His Excellency” Ex. 15:11; Eph. 1:11; Neh. 9:5; I Tim. 6:21
- Sovereignty of God – “the exercise of His Supremacy”; Is. 46:10; Ps. 115:3; 2 Tim. 1:19; Rom. 9:18
- Holiness of God – “The sum of all moral Excellency is a found in Him” Is. 6:3; Ps. 30:4-5; Ps. 103:1; Ps. 99:5
- The Faithfulness of God – Deut. 7:9; 2 Tim. 2:13; Ps. 89:8; Is. 11:5; Ps. 36:5; Num. 23:19; Lam. 3:22-23; I Cor. 1:9; I Thess. 5:24
- The Grace of God – Eph. 2:8,9; 2 Tim. 1:9; Rom. 3:24; Rom. 5:21; Heb. 4:16; Ex. 33:19; Jn. 1:17; Acts 20:24; Zech. 12:10
- Goodness of God – Ps. 52:1; Ps. 119:68; Ps. 33:5; Ps. 107:8; Matt. 20:15; Nahum 1:7; Ps. 27 – goodness of the Lord
- Patience of God – Ps. 145:8; Nah. 1:3; Num. 14:17; Rom. 9:22; Rom. 15:5; Eph. 5:2
- Mercy of God – Ps. 136:1; Ps. 103:17; Luke 1:78; I Pet. 1:3; Ps. 59:16; Ex. 33:19; Ps. 145:9; Titus 3:5; Ps. 57:10
- The Love of God – I Jn. 4:8; Deut. 7:7,8; I Jn. 4:19; Eph. 1:4,5; Jn. 3:16; Rom. 8:35-39
- Wrath of God – Deut. 32:39-41; Ps. 7:11; Rom. 9:12; Rom. 1:18; Ps. 95:11; Deut. 32:43; Luke 12:5; 2 Cor. 5:11
This post is getting kind of long so I think I will try to share a little bit more each Thursday. And I also am planning to make a “Notes” section because (Tracye) I also read a book and then I go back through it and make notes and I haven’t been keeping these in the same place until now.
I know this seems organized (Or maybe it doesn’t) but if I have verses written down it helps me.
How about you all – have you started to make one?