In addition to posts on Spiritual Formation, History and Prayer, American Psalms offers this weekly update with relevant Prayer Points, a featured American leader to pray for, and tips on growing in your Christian walk as you pray for America. Please join us in praying for the nation.
The Praying Patriot Tip:
When praying for our nation, it’s easy to be swayed by politics. There are pundits on both sides of the aisle who make a living causing divides. It is right to have an opinion, but the integrity with which we share those opinions is a testimony to our relationship with God. Scripture warns us about the way we talk, saying:
With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. (James 3:9-10, NIV)
Since God has appointed those in authority (Romans 13:1), how can we speak with disrespect toward them? What good is it to pray for the President in the morning then laugh at degrading e-mails about him at work? It’s fine to debate policy, but we must be respectful of our leaders. This week’s action point is to increase the use of prayer while guarding our tongues.
Prayer Points for the Week of April 01-07, 2012:
- Share your Declaration of Prayer for the nation with someone else. If you’re not sure how to get started, visit “The First Prayer” posted on this blog.
- During the month of April, Susan Rice will represent America as the president of the U.N. Security Council (a responsibility that rotates among member nations). Pray the United States is well represented in the political world of foreign relations.
- Yesterday Secretary Clinton pledged $12 million in additional humanitarian aid to the people of Syria. The opposition against the Assad regime has promised civil rights and religious freedom in the country. Pray for the wisdom of our leaders in their relationship with Syria and pray that the Gospel is brought to their people.
- In the area of health, a report released last week indicated that cases of Autism in America has increased 78% in only ten years—that’s about 1 in 88 American children now being diagnosed.
- This week marks the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination. Pray for his family and that his love for God is highlighted in the media coverage. Pray also that we’re granted the same courage to stand up for the oppressed.
- Continue to pray for President Obama and his family. In this election season, the president is traveling even more than usual. Pray for his safety and the safety of those who are traveling with him.
“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. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:1-4, NIV)
This week’s featured Authority is Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta:
Name: Leon E. Panetta
Birthdate: June 28, 1938
Position: Secretary of Defense
Duties Include: Authority over the Department of Defense, serving as a member of the President’s Cabinet and the National Security Council, Advising the President and developing national defense policy.
Spouse: Sylvia Panetta
Children: Secretary Panetta has three sons and six grandchildren.
You can learn more about Secretary Panetta and his duties by visiting the Department of Defense website. Remember to pray for the secretary and his family throughout this week.
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