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 National Day of Prayer:
This Thursday is the National Day of Prayer. It’s important that we pray for our nation and its leaders on a daily basis, but the National Day of Prayer is of particular importance for several reasons. First, it is a day when the nation actually requests prayer—there will be a proclamation from the President asking the American people to pray for the United States. Secondly, the National Day of Prayer is a day when American Christians can cry out to God in one voice. We see many examples in Scripture proving that a nation prospers when they, as a people, turn toward God. Let’s be sure we take time on Thursday to lift this nation up in prayer. Here’s a few tips if you need help getting started:
-Return to this blog throughout the week. I will be posting some quotes from our founding fathers to inspire your prayer time on Wednesday and an original prayer for the nation on Thursday. Will you join me in praying for the United States?
-Praying with other Christian Patriots will lift your spirits and allow the Holy Spirit to strengthen your faith in both God and our country. I encourage you to find a local National Day of Prayer event and join in. Visit TheNationalDayofPrayer.org to find a location near you.
-The fact that the President is asking us to pray is significant. Although I plan to post his proclamation on American Psalms upon its release, take time to visit the White House website and read President Obama’s official proclamation for the National Day of Prayer .
Prayer Points for the Week of April 29-May 5, 2012:
- The National Day of Prayer is a great time for you to commit to praying for the nation on a regular basis. If you’re not sure how to get started, visit The First Prayer page on this blog.
- This Wednesday marks one year since Osama Bin Laden was killed by American forces. Pray for the protection of America on this anniversary, and though we do not know their names, pray for the troops who were involved in the raid along with their families.
- Last week the Pentagon announced the deployment of several F22 jets (our most advanced Fighter Jets) to within 200 miles of Iran’s border. As the United States continues to seek diplomatic solutions to Iran’s nuclear program, please pray for the wisdom of Secretary Clinton, her staff and the other diplomats involved.
- During this National Day of Prayer, please pray for a reclaiming of active faith in America. If you need help getting started, check out A Prayer for America’s Faith.
- 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 (1 Timothy 2:1-3). A sample prayer for the President is available here.
“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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