We are dedicated to helping you become a Praying Patriot. 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. Join us in praying for the nation.
Prayer Points for the Week of March 25-31, 2012:
- If you’ve not already done so, take a moment to write your Declaration of Prayer for the nation. If you’re not sure how to get started, visit “The First Prayer” posted on this blog.
- Pray for President Obama and his family. He faces decisions and adversities we never hear about. Pray for his leadership, wisdom and discernment. May he seek the wisdom of God’s Word above his own with each step he takes.
- News agencies reported last night that Former Vice President Dick Cheney underwent a heart transplant Saturday. He is perhaps the most polarizing vice president in American history, but whether you consider yourself a liberal, conservative or moderate, let’s recognize his role as a father and grandfather who served our nation. You don’t have to agree with someone to pray for them. In fact, scripture challenges you to do just that.
- Pray for God’s compassion on the family and friends of Trayvon Martin, a Florida teen who was shot and killed by a neighbor patrolling the neighborhood. This story has gripped the nation and caught the attention of the president.
- Pray for the jobless and the homeless of America throughout the week. The unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in three years, currently 8.3%. Pray for continued recovery of the American job market.
- Staff Sgt. Robert Bales was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder on Friday. This followed the shooting of Afghan civilians by the U.S.soldier. First, pray for the families of those who were killed in Afghanistan. Pray also for the friends and family of Robert Bales; behind every American tragedy there are real families who are hurting. Finally, ask God to grant wisdom to the American and Afghan diplomats working to keep both our troops and civilians safe after this terrible event.
- Finally, the Supreme Court takes up the issue of President Obama’s signature healthcare law this week. I know Christians on both sides of this issue, each of them sure God is on their side of the argument. Abraham Lincoln once made the point to a Union soldier that we should be more concerned about whether we’re on God’s side rather than the other way around. Pray for the wisdom of our justices, and that God’s will prevails.
The Praying Patriot Tip:
The difficulty we face in praying for those in authority over us is that we so often disagree with them. It’s important to remember, however, that God expects us to submit to those authorities:
Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. (Romans 13:1, NIV)
Whether we like it or not, God has a purpose for those he’s placed in leadership. This week, let’s (Yes, I’m talking to myself as well) try to leave our partisanship outside the prayer closet and concentrate on God’s blessings.
The Right Direction:
The law President Obama called for during his State of the Union address banning insider trading by members of Congress passed the Senate last week and is making its way to the president’s desk. Pray for continued moral reformation among the leaders of our nation.
“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 State Hillary Rodham Clinton:
Name: Hillary Rodham Clinton
Birth-date: October 26, 1947
Position: Secretary of State
Duties Include: Conducting negotiations relating to U.S. foreign affairs, Negotiating, interpreting, and terminating treaties and agreements, Administering the Department of State, Ensuring the protection of the U.S. Government to American citizens, property, and interests in foreign countries.
Living Parents: Dorothy Rodham
Spouse: Former President Bill Clinton
Children: Chelsea Clinton
You can learn more about Secretary Clinton and her duties by visiting the State Department website. Remember to pray for the secretary and her family throughout this week.
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© Joshua J. Masters and American Psalms, 2012.