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:
One of the things that used to really bother me about politicians (and there are plenty of them) was when they would use the term, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims.”
Take, for example, the terrible tornadoes that ravaged the Midwest this weekend–this is the type of catastrophe when local and national politicians scramble to use that ever popular phrase. I confess that I had a very negative attitude every time I heard those words. I’d role my eyes and say, “Yeah… I’m sure they’re hitting their knees.” I think we create a defense mechanism when it comes to politicians–we assume they’re not telling the truth.
Then the Lord tapped me on the shoulder and pointed something out to me. First, I don’t know whether or not they’re actually praying, but more importantly, I wasn’t really listening to the phrase I was being so judgmental about. The elected officials always say, “OUR thoughts and prayers…” not, “MY thoughts and prayers”. These authorities are making a promise that we, as a nation, as a community, will pray. So the honesty of the politician’s statement is not based on what he’s doing, but what I do with his promise. We always say we want honest politicians–well here’s our chance to help them. The next time we hear a politician say, “Our thoughts and prayers are with you,” let’s stop whatever we’re doing and pray.
Prayer Points for the Week of April 15-21, 2012:
- If you’ve not already done so, write out your Declaration of Prayer for America. If you’re not sure how to get started, visit “The First Prayer” posted on this blog.
- With North Korea’s failed missile launch last week, we are reminded how dangerous a nation can become. Pray for Secretary of State Clinton and the American diplomats who are working to prevent expanded nuclear weapon acquisitions by North Korea and Iran.
- There were more than 100 reports of tornadoes in five states over the weekend. Pray for the families who’ve lost their homes or need resources to repair the damage.
- Pray for American Missionaries who are working to spread the Gospel both here and abroad.
- Remember to pray for our president. Even if you don’t agree with him politically, we are called to pray for those who are in authority. President Obama is this week’s featured authority, but we should be praying for him daily.
- Continue praying for Susan Rice who is representing America as the president of the U.N. Security Council for the month of April (a responsibility that rotates among member nations). Pray the United States is well represented in the political world of foreign relations.
“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 President Barack Obama:
Name: Barack Obama
Birth date: August 4, 1961
Position: President of the United Sates
Duties Include: Head of the Executive Branch in the United States, has the power to sign legislation into law or veto bills from Congress, Diplomacy and treaties with other nations.
Spouse: Michelle Obama
Children: Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7.
You can learn more about the President and his duties by visiting the White House website. Remember to pray for President Obama and his family throughout this week. If you’re not sure how to get started, read A Prayer for the President by American Psalms.
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© Joshua J. Masters and American Psalms, 2012.
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