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It's a Time To Be Faithful in Prayer

News--Prayer

"The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much." (James 5:16)

"If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land." (II Chronicles 7:14)

If there was ever a time to pray, it's NOW. There are so many things that need prayer coverage that it's hard to know where to start.

First of all, it's vital that you start by enriching your own prayer life. During this time when we are quarantined at home, perhaps you can increase your dedicated time with Him in prayer.

Why is a personal prayer life important?

Prayer draws us into a personal and intimate relationship with Christ. We pray because we want to know Him, not just know about Him. Your personal prayer life is the foundation that everything evolves from.

Here are some tips that may be helpful:

1. Find a designated quiet place to meet with Him daily. (Matthew 6:6)

2. Use ACTS as a guideline: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication (requests)

3. Have a good study Bible on hand and a daily devotion.

4. Keep a journal of requests and answers.

5. Listen for His voice and guidance. (John 10:27)

Suggested prayers:

1. Your family: that everyone stays well and for peace in your home. Make this time count for quality time together. Pray for the individual needs of each member.

2. Our clergy: especially that the video efforts for Sunday services are successful. Pray for their families and good health.

3. Our bishop, the Rt. Mark J. Lawrence, and all the churches in our diocese.

4. Our city: for our mayor and for wisdom for City Council.

Why is it important to pray for our nation?

II Chronicles 7:14-16 tells us what God will do when we pray according to His instructions. If you have been listening to the coronavirus reports that Vice President Mike Pence has been giving, you've heard him end each one with the phrase "heal our land."

"Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place." (II Chronicles 7:15)

There are four things that He will do, according to Scripture: hear, see, forgive, and heal. 

Suggested prayers:

1. For our President, and for God to surround him with wise counsel.

2. For Congress and all those in authority to have Godly wisdom.

3. For governors and mayors all across our land to have Godly wisdom.

4. For the doctors and nurses who are taking care of the sick. Keep them well and supply them with every bit of equipment and all the medicines that they need.

5. For a vaccine to be discovered soon.

6. For special protection for the elderly.

7. For those who are unemployed and for small and big businesses that are being affected by this virus.

Be encouraged by His Word and make this time in our country a time where we are found faithful in prayer.

Romans 8:31 says, "What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?"

John 14:13-14 says, "And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son," and then, "If you ask anything in My name, I will do it."