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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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, 
Photo Credit: Wikimedia Public Domain Collection

National Day of Prayer – Special Offers

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This prayer guide is perfect for your Prayer Ministry, National Day of Prayer gathering, Small Group or Personal devotions.

Steeped in American history with a strong biblical foundation, American Psalms takes the reader on a one-year journey of spiritual growth with weekly prayers for the nation, psalms for special days of prayers, relevant teachings to enhance your perspective and PDF worksheet downloads designed to promote prayer for America’s leaders. With prayers spanning subjects from our troops to the presidency, from NASA to the fishing industry, and from the economy to our children’s teachers, American Psalms covers nearly every aspect of American society with scripture-based prayer while teaching the reader how to regularly pray for our nation without political bias. This book will renew your heart for the nation that gives personal liberty and the God who gives eternal freedom.

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In addition to our devotional book offer below, American Psalms also offers a FREE PRAYER GUIDE for use by your church, prayer ministry or in your personal devotions. Click here to learn more.

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“…American Psalms, is tremendous! It is an uplifting, faith-filled treasury of inspiring prayers, solidly based in Scripture—‘an answer to prayer’ for our country at this critical time.”  [more]
-William J. Federer, nationally known speaker, best selling author of America‘s God and Country Encyclopedia of Quotations

American Psalms is a concise prayer guide for those who are new to intercession as well as those who are seasoned prayer leaders. In addition to motivating readers to pray for all aspects of our nation, this resource provides strategic prayer points and handy worksheets. This is a useful tool for all prayer leaders.”
-Mary Bruce, National Day of Prayer Northeast National Area Leader

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Prayer Points: Anti-American Demonstrations Around the World

President Obama and Secretary Clinton honor those who were killed in Libya as their remains are brought home.

Since the first anti-American demonstrations started in Cairo, Egypt last week, the situation has escalated to violent protests against the United States and Israel in more than twenty countries including Australia.

Four embassy workers have been murdered including the US ambassador to Libya, and the protests continue to grow in number and violence. This is a critical moment for our country and it is vital that Christian patriots come together in prayer. Please join American Psalms in praying for the families of those who were lost in the attacks and for the safety of those still serving at our embassies across the Middle East and around the world.

AS WE PRAY TOGETHER, CONSIDER THESE PRAYER POINTS:

  • Pray for the families of those who have been killed in the attacks, and that the Holy Spirit would be sent to comfort them. Be sure to pray for them by name:
    Sean Smith, retired Air force. He leaves behind his wife, Heather and two children.
    Tyrone “Rone” Woods, former Navy Seal. Rone is survived by his wife Dorothy and three sons.
    -Glen “Bub” Doherty, former Navy Seal. He leaves behind his parents, Barbara and Bernard, along with his sister and brother.
    -J. Christopher Stevens, US Ambassador to Libya. The Ambassador is survived by friends, family and co-workers.
  • Pray for the safety of Americans and Israeli citizens and embassy workers who are in countries seeing violent protests.
  • Pray for Secretary of State Clinton as she addresses the tensions and unrest in the Middle East toward the United States.
  • Pray for President Obama, that he might seek God’s wisdom above his own and be granted discernment when the difficult decisions, which are sure to come, are placed before him.
  • Pray that America might be seen as a light of compassion and forgiveness, but with unwavering strength.
  • In these difficult days, pray for the American church to rise up and represent Christianity with the true will of God, not our own.
  • Pray also for Israel as the anti-Jewish sentiment rises in these protests.

Please post your prayer points and prayers in the comments below.

 

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Free Kindle Book on Praying for America

FREE KINDLE BOOK

The events of September 11 remind us that life, liberty and freedom are more fragile than we’d like to imagine. We at Kingdom Knight Productions believe praying for the nation is vital for our future as a country and for the spiritual development of the church.

In memory of those who were lost on that day, and to inspire Christian Patriots to pray for America, we have posted a special prayer on this site, and are giving away full copies of our book, American Psalms: Prayers for the Christian Patriot for the Kindle today.

Both the softcover and Kindle editions are regularly available for sale, but the e-book is free for download September 11, 2012. Simply follow this link to download the book for any Kindle device or App. Please consider making a commitment to praying for America over the next year on this Patriot Day and joining American Psalms in remembering those who are suffering the memory of lost loved ones today. Praying for the nation is important and a passion for this ministry, so please help spread the word.

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In Honor of September 11: A Free Kindle Book on Praying for America

As next week approaches, the events of September 11 remind us that life, liberty and freedom are more fragile than we’d like to imagine. We at Kingdom Knight Productions believe praying for the nation is vital for our future as a country and for the spiritual development of the church. In memory of those who were lost on that day, and to inspire Christian Patriots to pray for America, we will be posting a special prayer on this site, and we’ll also be giving away full copies of our book, American Psalms: Prayers for the Christian Patriot for the Kindle on Sept. 11, 2012.

Both the softcover and Kindle editions are available for sale now, but the e-book will be free for download on Sept. 11. Simply follow this link on that day to download the book for any Kindle device or App. Also, please remember to join us on this blog for a special prayer. Praying for the nation is important and a passion for this ministry, so please help spread the word.

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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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Photo Credits:
Original Prayer Photo by: khrawlings
Original Flag Photo and editing by: Joshua J Masters