America’s Weekly Prayer List (xi)

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.

Prayer Points for the Week of June 10 – June 16, 2012:

  • If you’ve not already done so, visit The First Prayer page on this blog and make a commitment to pray for our nation on a regular basis.
  • U.S. Secretary of Commerce John Bryson was found unconscious behind the wheel of his car after hitting two vehicles on Sunday. The incident seems to have been precipitated by a medical condition. Because of this incident, Secretary Bryson is our featured authority for prayer this week; please see his information below and pray for him throughout the week.
  • Pray for the diplomats and military leaders of our nation dealing with atrocities in Syria. Western diplomats are now being forced to leave Damascus.
  • More than 20,000 acres have been destroyed by a fierce wild fire in Colorado. As of Monday morning, 18 structures have been destroyed with hundreds of homes in jeopardy. Pray for the safety of the fire fighters and National Guard members fighting the blaze.  Pray also for the families who are in danger.
  •  Continue to pray for the wisdom and discernment of our anti-terrorist agents after it was revealed that the United States was involved in a cyber attack against Iran’s nuclear weapons program; pray for the safety of our facilities. There is no doubt Iran and its allies will attempt counter attacks.. Regardless of your political persuasion, let us give thanks that their nuclear program was stunted without the loss of American or Iranian lives.
  • Attorney General Eric Holder has assigned investigators to uncover the source of National Security leaks in the administration. It is vital for the safety of our troops and agents that the leak is stopped. Pray that political agendas do not interfere with the safety of our nation.
  • Pray for a revitalization of faith in America. May we not be complacent in our lives, but be Christians of compassion-based action.
  • As always, remember to pray for our president and his family (1 Timothy 2:1-3). Even if you disagree with his policies, you are called to pray for him without bias. A sample prayer for the President is available here.
For additional inspiration, visit our Prayers for America page.
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Praying Patriot Tip:
As the election season ramps up, be careful to protect your heart from becoming hardened toward one candidate or the other. Scripture tells us to be respectful of those in authority and both Mitt Romney and the President have a national platform right now. Try praying for both men without bias. You can certainly have your political opinions; it is your responsibility to bring those beliefs into the voting booth, but it’s best to keep them out of the prayer closet.
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Featured Authority:

“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 U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson:

Name: John Bryson
Birthdate: July 24, 1943
Position: Secretary of Commerce
Duties Include: Serving as a member of the President’s Cabinet, has authority over the Department of Commerce, Charged with the creation of jobs and economy growth, Advises the President on matters of the economy.
Spouse: Louise
Children: Secretary Bryson and his wife have four daughters.

You can learn more about Secretary Bryson and his duties by visiting the Department of Commerce website. Remember to pray for the secretary and his family throughout this week.

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© Joshua J. Masters and American Psalms, 2012.
Praying Hands Photo Credit: Jasper Noer

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America’s Weekly Prayer List

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:
We are called to pray for those in authority over us (1 Timothy 2:1-3), but is praying for the nation enough? I would suggest that God wants us to do more—he wants us to be engaged. Scripture tells us that the way we treat others is a direct reflection of how God feels we’re treating him:

“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’” (Matthew 25:40)

Yes, we should pray for the nation, but one of those petitions should be for God to change our own hearts. We should be asking him to open our eyes to the needs of those around us; we should be asking God to reveal opportunities for us to serve our community. We should be praying that we become the change we want to see in America.

Prayer Points for the Week of April 08-13, 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.
  • According to the Congressional Budget Office, the government ran a deficit of $780 Billion in the first half of the fiscal year. That’s how much money was spent without the income to pay for it. We must pray for financial stewardship in America. Remember, “the borrower is the slave of the lender” (Proverbs 22:7 ESV)
  • Nearly 350 homes were destroyed and another 750 damaged when tornadoes swept through the Dallas,Texas area last week. Pray for the families who’ve lost their homes or need resources to repair the damage.
  • A Navy Jet crashed into an apartment complex outside Virginia Beach last Friday. Praise God that there were so few injuries and lift up the families who will need support.
  • 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.
  • President Obama signed a law banning Congress from participating in insider trading last week. Pray for continued moral reform in Washington and remember to pray daily for the President and his family.

Featured Authority:

“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 Attorney General Eric H. Holder:

Attorney General Eric Holder

Name: Eric H. Holder, Jr.
Birth date: January 21, 1951
Position: Attorney General
Duties Include: Authority over the Department of Justice, serving as a member of the President’s Cabinet, Advising the President, representing the United States in legal matters, appearing before the Supreme Court.
Spouse: Dr. Sharon Malone
Children: The Attorney General has three sons living at home with him.You can learn more about Attorney General Holder and his duties by visiting the Department of Justice website. Remember to pray for the Mr. Holder and his family throughout this week.

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© Joshua J. Masters and American Psalms, 2012.
Praying Hands Photo Credit: Jasper Noer