America’s Weekly Prayer List (National Day of Prayer Week)

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.

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 President Barack Obama:

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama - Official Portrait, 2009.

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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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:
One of the things that used to really bother me about politicians (and there are plenty of them) was when they would use the term, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims.”

Take, for example, the terrible tornadoes that ravaged the Midwest this weekend–this is the type of catastrophe when local and national politicians scramble to use that ever popular phrase. I confess that I had a very negative attitude every time I heard those words. I’d role my eyes and say, “Yeah… I’m sure they’re hitting their knees.” I think we create a defense mechanism when it comes to politicians–we assume they’re not telling the truth.

Then the Lord tapped me on the shoulder and pointed something out to me. First, I don’t know whether or not they’re actually praying, but more importantly, I wasn’t really listening to the phrase I was being so judgmental about. The elected officials always say, “OUR thoughts and prayers…” not, “MY thoughts and prayers”. These authorities are making a promise that we, as a nation, as a community, will pray. So the honesty of the politician’s statement is not based on what he’s doing, but what I do with his promise. We always say we want honest politicians–well here’s our chance to help them. The next time we hear a politician say, “Our thoughts and prayers are with you,” let’s stop whatever we’re doing and pray.

Prayer Points for the Week of April 15-21, 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.
  • With North Korea’s failed missile launch last week, we are reminded how dangerous a nation can become. Pray for Secretary of State Clinton and the American diplomats who are working to prevent expanded nuclear weapon acquisitions by North Korea and Iran.
  • There were more than 100 reports of tornadoes in five states over the weekend. Pray for the families who’ve lost their homes or need resources to repair the damage.
  • Pray for American Missionaries who are working to spread the Gospel both here and abroad.
  • 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. President Obama is this week’s featured authority, but we should be praying for him daily.
  • 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.

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 President Barack Obama:

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama - Official Portrait, 2009.

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.
Praying Hands Photo Credit: Jasper Noer

A Prayer for the President

Cassius M. Clay Battalion Defending White House, April 1861.

Cassius M. Clay Battalion Defending White House, April 1861.

Father God,
You are the God of Wisdom and the desire of nations.1 You are the King of kings and the Lord of lords;2 it is through your grace alone that our nation has been established.3 May your name be praised throughout the United States. You have commanded me to pray for those in authority, saying:

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.4

To fulfill your purpose, I lift up the President of the United States in prayer. I ask for your hand of protection to be upon President Obama, his wife, Michelle, and their children. Place Your heavenly armies, like Clay’s Battalion, around the White House and our nation.

May the President have access to Your wisdom through prayer, and be strengthened by a desire to serve You. Send the Holy Spirit to be his comforter and chief advisor,5 for the President faces daily trials I’m incapable of appreciating. Grant him the gifts of leadership6 and wisdom,7 but above all, turn his heart toward you.

Reveal my own unrighteous mind-set toward our leaders, and give me a conviction to pray for them without bias. May President Obama seek your favor and be blessed; may he serve as an ambassador of your Kingdom as he leads our nation. Above all, may your name be glorified in America.
Amen.

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1. Haggai 2:7
2. Revelation 19:16
3. Romans 13:1
4. 1 Timothy 2:1-3
5. John 14:16
6. Romans 12:6-8
7. 1 Corinthians 12:8

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