America’s Weekly Prayer List (xii)

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 July 01 – July 07, 2012:

  • The week of Independence Day is a great time to start praying for the country. 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.
  • Praise God for our independence this week! We too easily take our freedom for granted and should be reminded that our liberties come at a price. Remember to pray for the families of our fallen soldiers this Independence Day.
  • Devastating storms have left more than a dozen people dead on the east coast and millions without power or air conditioning in the sweltering heat. Pray for the families who have lost loved ones, the workers trying to restore power and those who are still in danger, particularly the elderly and young children.
  • Nearly 350 homes were destroyed in the Colorado wildfires last week. Pray for the families who have lost their homes and so much more.
  • 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 or our weekly devotional book, American Psalms: Prayers for the Christian Patriot.
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Praying Patriot Tip:
Independence Day is about remembering the cost of freedom and the courage it takes to stand against the rule of oppression. The further our freedom takes us from that oppression, though, the more difficult it becomes to remember the price that someone else paid for our liberties. That’s true for us as American Patriots, but also as Christians. As we pray this week, let’s try to reconnect to the heart of gratitude we so often neglect. Let us remember the cost of national liberty and eternal freedom in our prayers.
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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 Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta:

Secretary Leon PanettaName: 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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© Joshua J. Masters and American Psalms, 2012.
Fireworks Photo Credit:  U.S. Army Flickr Stream

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America’s Weekly Prayer List (x)

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 03 – June 09, 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.
  • As world tensions continue to rise over atrocities in Syria, pray for the diplomats and military leaders of our nation.
  • Praise God for the agreement made between The US and Vietnamese governments this week. Vietnam will open three sites in their country for the United States to search for the remains of American soldiers missing in action since the war. Pray this expedition will bring closure and peace to the families of our fallen soldiers.
  • The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth’s reign is a perfect time to pray for relations between America and England. We should never take such relationships for granted.
  • 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. Pray for the wisdom and discernment of our anti-terrorist agents. Regardless of your political persuasion, let us give thanks that their nuclear program was stunted without the loss of American or Iranian lives.
  • 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:
We sometimes feel our prayers for America must share the eloquence of our forefathers or a Shakespearean sonnet, but God is more concerned with the sincerity of your heart than the eloquence of your words. God uses our inabilities as the vessel of His greatness because it makes clear that it is through His power that we succeed. Do not stumble in your prayer life because you fear a lack of eloquence. Come before the Lord with simple direct prayers for our nations and your words will be accepted as a child of God.
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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 Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta:

Secretary Leon PanettaName: 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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Please see the Condition of Use for this blog.
© Joshua J. Masters and American Psalms, 2012.
Praying Hands Photo Credit: Jasper Noer

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:
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.

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 Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta:

Secretary Leon Panetta

Secretary of Defense Leon 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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Please see the Condition of Use for this blog.
© Joshua J. Masters and American Psalms, 2012.