A Prayer for our Veterans

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery

Prince of Peace,1 you see those who are burdened by the emotional and physical scars of war. We are grateful for the soldiers who’ve sacrificed their lives defending freedom, but let us not forget the men and women who live among us as veterans. You have commanded us to honor those who came before us:

Remember the days of old; consider the generations long past. Ask your father and he will tell you, your elders, and they will explain to you. (Deuteronomy 32:7)

Yet there are many veterans whose stories have not been told. There are soldiers of sacrifice who suffer in silence with bodies no longer responding to their command. There are veterans plagued by the chaos of trauma and nightmares, but you have formed their hearts and seen them.2 Deliver these men and women from their trials, for you are not a God of disorder, but of peace.3 Send the Holy Spirit to comfort and draw them toward you. For you have promised to carry our burdens:

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

May the households of our veterans be blessed today, and may our nation recognize the importance and severity of their sacrifice. May their lives be honored and their history remembered.  I am grateful for the soldiers who serve away from their families so I might live in liberty with mine. Bless them with prosperity and peace.
AMEN.

(1) Isaiah 9:6, (2) Psalm 33:13-15, (3) 1 Cor. 14:33

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omb of the Unknown: Tony Fischer

A Prayer for our Freedom

“[Independence Day] ought to be commemorated, as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty”
-John Adams 

Praying for America

Praying for America.

Father God,
You have granted freedom to our land and you are worthy of praise.1 You placed in the hearts of our forefathers a desire to seek Your will through independence and freedom.

I pray for our continued independence and sovereignty as we look toward You. For the gifts our Declaration of Independence speak of, “life. liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” are granted by you alone.

May we be secure in our freedom,
but never take it for granted.
May we be free from slavery,
but be a servant to Your will.
May we be protected from oppression
as we extend the provision of liberty to others,
And may we speak with honor as we honor your Word.

May we, as Christian Patriots, heed the words of Paul, who wrote:
You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. (Galatians 5:13)

Bless those who serve our nation and have protected her shores.
Bring protection, honor and blessings to their households.

May we be a people whose freedom is a beacon to the world of Your grace,
and may we be forever reminded of Your hand in our deliverance.
AMEN.

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1 Psalm 145:3

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A Prayer for Memorial Day

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery

Comforter and Councilor,1
We turn to you in our time of grief; our help comes from the Lord, maker of heaven and earth.2 Since the Civil War, we have set aside a day for remembrance, and our hearts are broken for the men and women who have been lost while serving our country.

Fallen HeroesNeither national liberty nor eternal freedom comes without a price. You paid for our eternal salvation with your own son,3 and you feel the suffering4 of parents who’ve lost their children defending America’s freedom. You have heard the cries of spouses, children, siblings and friends. You have collected their tears5 and will be their comfort:

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
(2 Corinthians 1:3-4)

I am grateful for those who have died defending my freedom. Do not allow me to become complacent toward their sacrifice, but exercise my freedom to benefit my country and your Kingdom. Remind me daily that my freedom in both life and eternity came at a price someone else paid.

For hundreds of years, men and women have sacrificed themselves for my right to pursue happiness. They have shown the true meaning of love, for:

Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
(John 15:13)

I am grateful to those individuals, and my heart turns toward the family members who are left behind. This day is a reminder of their sacrifice and I pray the Holy Spirit would comfort them.
AMEN.

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1 John 14:26
2 Psalm 121:3
3 1 Corinthians 6:20
4 Hebrews 4:15
5 Psalm 56:8

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American Psalms Interview – 405 Radio

Did you miss author Joshua J Masters’ interview on The 405 Radio’s Tami Jackson Show last week? In the full hour interview Josh discusses his life, acting, our book, American Psalms: Prayers for the Christian Patriot and the National Day of Prayer. The interview also discusses the importance of praying for our leaders and how to pray for the politicians you don’t agree with. You can get the 405 Radio podcast on iTunes or listen to the recording here:

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Segment 1: Josh’s life and acting history.
Segment 2: Our book, American Psalms: Prayers for the Christian Patriot
Segment 3: The National Day of Prayer and Praying for our Leaders.
Segment 4: More about the book and prayer.
American Psalms is available in Print, Kindle and Nook formats.
We’d love to hear what you thought of the interview and how you’re praying for the nation.

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Praying on the National Day of Prayer (Thoughts from American Presidents)

“The Prayer at Valley Forge” by Arnold Friberg

Today is the National Day of Prayer, and it is important to remember the role prayer has played in American History. As we consider the Patriot Quotes below, be sure to find a National Day of Prayer event near you and participate. Also, be sure to read A Prayer for America and download our FREE Prayer Guide. Also, today is the last day for the special offer on Kindle and Nook editions of American Psalms: Prayers for the Christian Patriot (also available in print edition). Check it out here.

The National Day of Prayer is unique because it’s the one day that our government asks us to pray. It is the one day that the highest authority in our land gives specific prayer requests. What a great witness to the world (and to our government officials) it would be if they see God respond to the prayer requests of our president because Christian Patriots were willing to humble themselves to the authority of our nation and the authority of Heaven on the same day! In his 2013 National Day of Prayer Proclamation  President Obama has made some very specific prayer requests for the nation:

“On this day, let us remember in our thoughts and prayers all those affected by recent events, such as the Boston Marathon bombings, the Newtown, Connecticut shootings, and the explosion in West, Texas. Let us pray for the police officers, firefighters, and other first responders who put themselves in harm’s way to protect their fellow Americans. Let us also pray for the safety of our brave men and women in uniform and their families who serve and sacrifice for our country. Let us come together to pray for peace and goodwill today and in the days ahead as we work to meet the great challenges of our time.”  [Read President Obama's full NDOP Proclomation]

Although the National Day of Prayer did not become an annual event until 1952 when President Truman signed a joint resolution of Congress, the idea of a National Day of Prayer and Fasting has actually existed longer than the nation itself. In 1775 the Continental Congress petitioned the people to pray as we formed our new country. Since then, many presidents have called the people of America to pray for the nation.

Here are a few Patriot Quotes to inspire you during today’s National Day of Prayer gatherings:

The Prayer at Valley Forge

Washington’s Prayer at Valley Forge, 
engraving by John C. McRae

There’s a great deal we can learn from George Washington’s personal prayer life, but he also made several declarations of national prayer and thanksgiving including this proclamation on January 1, 1795:

“It is in an especial manner our duty as a people, with devout reverence and affectionate gratitude, to acknowledge our many and great obligations to Almighty God, and to implore Him to continue and confirm the blessings we experienced.”

John Adams also called for a national day of prayer and fasting March 6, 1799:

“I have thought proper to recommend, and I hereby recommend accordingly, that Thursday, the twenty-fifth day of April next, be observed throughout the United States of America as a day of solemn humiliation, fasting and prayer; that the citizens on that day abstain, as far as may be, from their secular occupation, and devote the time to the sacred duties of religion, in public and in private; that they call to mind our numerous offenses against the most high God, confess them before Him with the sincerest penitence, implore his pardoning mercy, through the Great Mediator and Redeemer, for our past transgressions, and that through the grace of His Holy Spirit, we may be disposed and enabled to yield a more suitable obedience to his righteous requisitions in time to come; that He would interpose to arrest the progress of that impiety and licentiousness in principle and practice so offensive to Himself and so ruinous to mankind; that He would make us deeply sensible that ‘righteousness exalteth a nation but sin is a reproach to any people’ (Proverbs 14:34)”

After the Union Army was defeated at the Battle of Bull Run, President Lincoln declared a National Day of Prayer and Fasting September 26, 1861, saying:

“It is fit and becoming in all people, at all times, to acknowledge and revere the Supreme Government of God; to bow in humble submission to his chastisement; to confess and deplore their sins and transgressions in the full conviction that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; and to pray, with all fervency and contrition, for the pardon of their past offenses, and for a blessing upon their present and prospective action…”

Two months after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, Abraham Lincoln called for another day of national prayer. His proclamation began:

“Whereas, the Senate of the United States devoutly recognizing the Supreme Authority and just government of Almighty God in all the affairs of men and of nations, has, by resolution, requested the President to designate and set apart a day for national prayer and humiliation…”

There are many more examples of our forefathers petitioning the nation for prayer. What’s important to remember from these brief examples is the importance prayer has played in the blessing of our nation. As we prepare to call out to God in one Christian voice tomorrow, pray for the healing of our nation and the wisdom of our leaders.

What activities do you have planned for the National Day of Prayer? How will you be praying for our nation?

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Quotes Source: America’s God and Country Encyclopedia of Quotations by William J. Federer, 
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A Prayer For America – National Day of Prayer 2013

On this National Day of Prayer, please join American Psalms in praying for the nation. The prayer below is also included in our FREE Prayer Guide, which is perfect to print for use with your small group, NDOP gathering, Prayer Ministry or personal devotions.

We also have a wonderful offer on the Kindle and Nook editions of our devotional book, American Psalms: Prayers for the Christian Patriot. Bulk discounts are also available for the print edition. Click Here for more information.
To learn more about the National Day of Prayer and read quotes by American Presidents, Click Here.

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The Praying Eagle

The Praying Eagle

A PRAYER FOR AMERICA
by Joshua J Masters

Father God,
You are great and worthy of praise.1 You have
promised to heal our land if we humble ourselves
before you,2 and today we do so in a special day of
prayer. You have blessed this nation and bestowed
freedom upon America. But we recognize that true
freedom, eternal freedom, cannot be granted by any
government, but by the Lamb of God alone:

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand
firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened
again by a yoke of slavery.3

I thank you for the liberty and freedom you have
bestowed on the United States. I lift up my president
and his staff to you. May the Holy Spirit give them
the gifts of both leadership and servitude.4
I pray for them to be encouraged and strengthened through a
relationship with you. I also ask your blessing on
American troops serving away from their loved ones,
and for your comforting hand to be on the families
awaiting their safe return.

Give us the strength to stand with our allies, but the
will to stand alone with You when necessary.
Through seeking your will, may our sovereignty be a
light to other nations and a hope to those in need.
Above all, teach us to be a nation dedicated to your
Word. Teach us to pray for our leaders5
and seek your face. Teach us to pray for repentance as our
forefathers did, and may we never be a Christian
nation by mere proclamation, but through our
actions, mercy and compassion.
AMEN.

(1) Psalm 145:3 2  (2) Chronicles 7:14 (3) Galatians 5:1
(4) Romans 12:5-8 (5) 1 Timothy 2:1-2

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URGENT PRAYER needed for those in Boston

URGENT PRAYER REQUEST: Please join American Psalms in prayer. There is very little information right now, but there have been two explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon with dozens of serious injuries. We do not have any additional information as to the cause or injuries, but clearly prayer is needed at this hour. 

Prayer Needed Today for Continued Tensions with North Korea

Prayer Point: Tensions on a North Korean Holiday

North Korean troops pay tribute to the Kim statues in Pyongyang, April 2012.

North Korean troops pay tribute to the Kim statues in Pyongyang, April 2012.

With tensions continuing to rise between North Korea and the Republic of Korea in the South, we especially need to be in prayer today. For those who have followed North Korea’s M.O. in the past, you know they have a tendency to make aggressive military moves on days of historical importance to them. Since today is the birthday of Kim Jong Un’s grandfather (who they consider their “eternal president” and a diety) their actions will be unpredictable. This could be a difficult day, and we want to be sure we keep our allies in prayer. The United States has sent ships and planes to the area. You may remember at the end of March North Korean state-run media released information indicating that Kim Jong Un had placed his nation’s missiles on combat-ready status in response to the United States cooperating with South Korea on military training. Their government-run television station also showed a U.S. Strike Plan in which they threaten to attack Hawaii, Los Angeles, Austin and Washington. As tensions continue to rise between North and South Korea, and Kim Jong Un threatens to “settle accounts with the U.S.”, we must be in prayer for our Administration and specifically for our Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel. We should also be in prayer for Secretary of State John Kerry as he meets with our allies in the Republic of Korea as well as surrounding countries like China. Pray also for our friends in the Republic of Korea and their president, Park Geun-hye.

For those using our weekly devotional, American Psalms: Prayers for the Christian Patriot, there’s a prayer for the Secretary of Defense on page 63 and for the Secretary of State on page 61 (Also available on Kindle).

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Praying for our Military Chaplains as a Hero is Recognized

Prayer Point: Praying for our Chaplains

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Chaplain Kapaun (right) helps pull an injured soldier off the battlefield.

Later today President Obama will posthumously award the Medal of Honor to an incredible man of selflessness named Chaplain (Capt.) Emil Joseph Kapaun.    The brave Army Chaplain served in both World War II and Korea. Chaplain Kapaun exemplified what it meant to serve—he served his God, his country and especially his fellow soldiers. In November 1950, Kapaun was taken as a prisoner of war along with hundreds of other soldiers. The Chaplain put himself at great personal risk, but  moved under the cover of night to offer prayer and encouragement to the his fellow POW inmates. He also organized able-bodied soldiers to sneak out of the camp to steal food and firewood at night, saving many of the captives. Before he died in the POW camp, the men he had saved watched Chaplain Kapaun bless and forgive his captors. Mike Dowe, a young Lieutenant at the time, reported that when he began to cry at the Chaplain’s side Kapaun said,  “Hey, Mike, don’t worry about me. I’m going to where I always wanted to go and I’ll say a prayer for all of you.”

We often talk about praying for our soldiers; we even talk about praying for our pastors. Let us not forget that there are men and women out there serving as both. Our military chaplains put themselves in harms way to bring the gospel of peace to men who only see war. They bring hope into areas surrounded by hopelessness, and they bring comfort where there is only fear. Please consider adding our chaplains to your prayer list.  Here is a list of the current commanding chaplains:

Chaplain (Captain) Emil Kapaun

Chaplain (Captain) Emil Kapaun

Executive Director,
Armed Forces Chaplain Board:
Chaplain Colonel Jerry P. Pitts
Army Chief of Chaplains: 
Chaplain Maj. Gen. Donald L. Rutherford
Air Force Chief of Chaplains: 
Chaplain Maj. Gen. Howard Stendahl
Navy Chief of Chaplains:  
Chaplain Rear Admiral Mark Tidd
Marine Corps Chaplain:
Chaplain Rear Admiral Margaret Kibben
Coast Guard Chaplain:
Chaplain Captain Gary P. Weeden

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For those using our weekly devotional, American Psalms: Prayers for the Christian Patriot, you may also want to consider A Prayer for America’s Pastors on page 49 and A Call to Workers in the Harvest on page 53 (Also for  Kindle and NOOK).

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Free Prayer Guide from American Psalms

Free Prayer Guide from American PsalmsThe countdown to the National Day of Prayer has started. Are you ready to start praying for the leaders of our country?

I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.  (1 Timothy 2:1-2)

Regardless of your political views, God calls each of us to pray for those in authority over us.  American Psalms and Kingdom Knight Productions believe it’s important to pray for our leaders by name. That’s why—in addition to our devotional book on praying for the nation, American Psalms: Prayers for the Christian Patriot (Available in PrintKindle and Nook formats)—Kingdom Knight Productions offers a free Prayer Guide for use in your Prayer Ministry, National Day of Prayer gathering, small group or personal devotions. It includes Prayer Points, Scriptures and the names of individuals you can be praying for in our nation. As positions change in our government this guide will be updated, so check back when you need new copies. Please contact us if your organization has questions or would like bulk discounts on copies of our book for your National Day of Prayer event.

VISIT THE FREE PRAYER GUIDE DOWNLOAD PAGE

Please be sure to share this guide with your church leaders and friends.
Read the full Conditions of Use on the download page and thank you for your willingness to pray for our nation.

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