Prayer

 

prayer - October 9, 2017

Special Forces
Lord, we lift up the families and teammates of the four Green Berets who lost their lives in Niger, Africa last week: SSG Dustin Wright, SSG Bryan Black, SSG Jeremiah Johnson, and Sgt La David Johnson.

God, please bring your comfort to the families, friends, and teammates of the fallen. Bring them comfort in these current days, and in the weeks and months to come. Help each spouse, parent, sibling, and friend to move toward life. Guide them in their grief and please give them the courage to grieve.

Lord, we lift up the Green Berets who were injured in this Niger operation. Strengthen and encourage them. Shoulder their burdens. Lighten their loads. Help them to heal well and to heal as quickly as possible. Allow those who are able to speedily return to their unit. If any should not remain in service, we ask that you shepherd their way into a thriving civilian life.

Please raise up leaders in the armed forces who will train up ample numbers of skilled infantrymen. We ask that these honed soldiers would be able to shoulder responsibilities that are often assigned to special forces.(1) We ask for this initiative to begin immediately. We ask that this initiative be sustained.

Lord, your word says in Proverbs 24:5-6 that wisdom and knowledge are needed for power and strength - that guidance and the advice of many are crucial to the military. Please bless our military leaders with good, solid guidance and a wisdom that comes from you. Please instill in this generation of military leadership the necessity to learn from history, to do the hard work to incorporate the lessons learned in WWI and WWII. (1)

We ask also, God, for your supernatural protection for every single troop in the field.

National Security
Lord, thank you for the men and women who have served to protect our country through counterintelligence. We especially thank you for those who have lost their lives and who have suffered in their sacrifice for our country.

We come to you now to request that you correct and change the NSA(2) from within and without. Please augment reform so that it happens soon and is done well. We ask that you would set in place changes that would eliminate the leaks due to contractors or other affiliated personnel.

We ask that Congress would get involved(2) soon to investigate NSA leadership, to push for speedy, quality reforms, and to uncover the extent of our exposure to Russia.

Reportedly, we know that one or more moles exist within the ranks of the NSA.(2) Please bring your action to bear on circumstances and people so that it becomes abundantly clear who is jeopardizing our national security. Please remove those who have infiltrated our government swiftly and without delay.

Lord, though Kapersky anti-virus software has been recently banned from use in the US government, we ask for you to eliminate any move toward purchase of any software that has been examined by Russian intelligence.(2)

God, we know that the stakes are high - that if we enter into war at this point, we are likely to lose because of the security breaches we've suffered over the last 3-5 years.(2) Lord, please keep us from war. Please bring good strong reformers to/within the NSA who will be able to rebuild our security tools and protocols.

We thank you for how you have blessed our country and for the opportunities you have given us to lead not only in democracy, but also in security we humbly ask that you would have mercy on us as we weather our vulnerabilities as a nation. We ask for your protection and for your powerful work on our behalf to rebuild.

Journalists
Father God, thank you for all those working to uncover and report the truth. We ask that you would give them not a second wind, but a 20th one. Lord, the pace of the news, the hard work each has been doing, the schedules, the delayed time off - God all of this seems exhausting. We ask that a special measure of peace and comfort would fall on each one working in news, whether our front or behind the scenes.

Please bring refreshment even in the midst of busy days. Please give each the will to take necessary time off. Help each to pace themselves for the long haul; caring for their bodies and minds, their relationships and loved ones. We also pray that you would give each one a break on a story or a new contact or a new thread to pull on. We pray for grace and favor to be theirs with management and with one another.

Truth
Lord, we continue to pray for the truth to be protected, valued, and elevated. Please bless the righting of lies. Please help us to acknowledge the truth no matter how uncomfortable it makes us feel.

we ask that you help us all to re-establish truth as an unwavering standard, necessary for a viable democracy. Help us to continue to invest in fighting for and protecting this foundational aspect of our free society.

Mueller Investigation
Please continue to work among those who are investigating ties to Russia. Give them strength and clarity to work the long hours and weekends until the investigation is completed. We thank you for their service to our country and ask that you protect and strengthen them - Lord, bless the work of their hands.

Where there is a shorter way to get from point A to point B, please reveal that. Where a break in each case is needed, please provide that. Lord, help those who know you lean into you - being more daring to ask for your guidance when roadblocks emerge.

We ask that you would be with their families, especially as the holiday season approaches. Please give each family unit an extra measure of buffer to handle the loss of time with their loved one. We ask that this investigative season would bring families closer together rather than strain their connection.

Lord, thank you for your kind and gracious regard for us. Who are we that you would bless us? Who are we that you would call us by name? You are God, the Almighty; the Rock on whom many of us stand. May we see your movement among us as we work to protect our country, bring truth to light, serve justice to those who have betrayed us, and rebuild what has been torn apart. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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Details for prayer have come from the following sources. Prayers and worldview are my own.
1. Connolly, G. (2017, October 8). Twitter. @GrayConnolly.
2. Schindler, J.R. (2017, October 6). Reports Reveal Sorry State of Security at
          the National InSecurity Agency.
Retrieved October 7, 2017, from
          http://observer.com/2017/10/string-of-breaches-at-nsa-reveal-security-
          issues-plague-agency/

 

 

prayer - September 11, 2017

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains quake at its swelling pride." -- Ps 46:1-3

God, thank you for your very present help when we face troubles. Thank you that you help is not just present, but that it is very present.

Lord, please work to protect and comfort those recovering in Florida after hurricane Irma. Please protect and bring aid to those who have medical issues or need imminent attention. Please bring aid to those who need supplies and who need help in re-starting their lives. Please bring aid to both Houston and Florida in the coming months for help and encouragement as those who have suffered rebuild their lives.

Lord, we ask that you would continue to aid the work being done by Special Counsel Mueller and NY Attorney General Schneiderman. Please bless and speed along their investigations and the building of their cases. Please bring connections and scheduling and developments in their cases. Please bring to light the truth about Russia's impact on our sovereignty and any associated crimes.

God, we ask that you continue to work in our country to restore truth to its rightful place. God, please firmly establish truth, justice and the rule of law as fundamental principles in our society.

Lord, please protect our democracy and please help us to build it up. Please help us to make a more perfect union. Please bring us through the lies and propaganda and knit us as states united with one another in truth, patriotism, and service.

Lord, help us each to find comfort and strength in you.
In Jesus' name, Amen.

 

prayer - September 3, 2017

"The floods have lifted up, O Lord, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their pounding waves.
More than the sounds of many waters, than the mighty breakers of the sea, the Lord on high is mighty." -- Ps. 93:3-4

Lord, thank you for being the God of the seas, the winds, the sands. Thank you that you are mightier than the mightiest of hurricanes; than the mightiest of storms.
We ask that you would be with all those displaced from hurricane Harvey. Lord, bring them help, help them to persevere and mobilize. Lord restore their lives. Please bring them very practical help and the finances to rebuild. Where they have lost, may they see you working for their gain.
And Lord, please return double to the first responders who sacrificed (and continue to sacrifice) to help out in TX and LA. Please bring comfort to the loved once of those who lost their lives. Please minister to them today and throughout the coming months as they grieve their loss.

God, we ask that you continue to work in our country to restore truth to its rightful place. God, please firmly establish truth, justice and the rule of law as fundamental principles in our society. Please remove skewed news sources and propaganda from their influence in our country. Increase in us a valuing of truth and character.

Lord, we ask that you continue to be with Generals Mattis, McMaster, and Kelly. We ask that you bless the work of their hands and give that work permanence. (Ps 90:17b) Lord, we ask that you encourage them, strengthen them, and bring them favor. We ask that they be instruments of your light to bring goodness and order and stability to our government in this season.

And Lord, we ask that you bless and protect all those who are working on behalf of justice and rightness in our democracy. Please build them up and encourage them. Please help them to cling unreservedly to truth and not fall into any trap of lies.

We ask that you bless the Mueller investigations. Please bring them clarity and help them to sew up evidence and prosecutions in a speedier fashion than they could do in their own strength.

And please protect our country; our democracy and our citizens as we move into a fuller understanding of the Russian interference into our sovereignty. God, the potential for volatility will be great. We ask that we, as a nation, would handle the coming truths with maturity, stability, and respect for one another - with a willingness to consider others as more important than ourselves. Philippians 2:3

Lord, we commit our lives, our energy, our prayer and our purposes to you - thanking you for your light and your life.

In Jesus' name, Amen.

 

prayer - august 21, 2017

Lord, thank you for our country. Thank you for the United States of America. Lord, we ask that we, as a nation, might reflect you. Please work among us to bring unity, truth, and justice.

God, we lift up the families of Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates of the Virginia State Police and Charlottesville resident Heather Heyer. Please be a strong presence among their family members. Bring them comfort and peace. And please teach them how to grieve such harsh losses.

Lord, please guide our country in the matters of racism. Please bring healing and reconciliation. Please bring justice and significant improvements to the systems that perpetuate racial inequality.

God, thank you for removing Steve Bannon from the White House. We ask that you would render him ineffective in any of his efforts that would not be good for our country. Lord, we bind him in the name of Jesus from spreading lies and disinformation. Lord, we bind his negative influence via Breitbart or any other means, in Jesus' name.

Lord, we ask that you would remove two more persons from the White House who have ties to either Nazism or white supremacy: Seb Gorka & Steven Miller. Lord, move quickly to replace them with qualified people of good character.

And God, we continue to ask that your hand of blessing be upon those who are investigating and preparing prosecution for the Russian interference in our election and that they continue to this day. We ask for these same blessings on the other areas of investigation and prosecutorial preparation. Lord, we ask that you would bring justice and help restore our national sovereignty.

God, please raise up people throughout the country to work on ways we can become more united, rather than divided. Please elevate truth to its rightful place, that we might value and protect it. Please bless our democracy and help us to make it stronger.

And finally, God, please increase in us the capacity for love, kindness, and kind action - that we might be lights in the world, reflecting your personhood and bringing you glory. In Jesus' name, Amen.

 

prayer - august 14, 2017

You have shown us, O God what is good. May we do what you require of us: to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with You.

Have mercy on us, Lord. Have mercy on your Church, the Church who remains too silent in the wake of moral challenge. Please raise up balanced Evangelical leadership to speak against what is ugly and awful in our country in these days.

Please raise up clean Evangelical voices who show the unchurched who Jesus is. Lord, they know who Jesus isn't. Please raise up people who communicate in word and deed the person of Jesus Christ.

Please raise up healthy Evangelical voices to show the unchurched what healthy worship of God looks like. Lord, help them to understand more fully who you are. And diminish their false understanding that the fringe, radical Christians are not the bulk of who Evangelicals are. Help people see You through us.

Lord we ask that you pick off the weaker white supremacist who showed their faces this weekend. Pick them off like a wolf picks off sheep. But pick them off for life, instead of for death.

We bind, in the name of Jesus, the efforts of those organizing white supremacists activities. Interrupt them, slow them down, make their efforts too difficult to accomplish.

Lord, please bring steadiness to our nation and to our relations with other countries. Please resolve conflicts with North Korea and other countries that we might remain in productive peace.

And God, we ask that you bless, protect, and encourage Generals McMaster, Mattis and Kelly. Lord, please give them wisdom and strength and give success to the work of their hands. Lord, please help them to lean on your strength and your work and help them to figure out how to partner with you in their plans and works this week. Please make them immune to the pressures surrounding them.

Lastly, Lord, we ask that you help us to process the events of this week. Help us to incorporate what seems overwhelming so that we are less tempted to bury our heads in the sand and ignore what is going on. Remind us to ask you each day - "What would you have me do today, Lord." And when you show us, please help us to say "Yes."

In Jesus' name, Amen.

 

 prayer - august 7, 2017

Generals
Lord, thank you for working in and through Generals Kelly, McMaster, and Mattis. Please continue to strengthen and encourage them and bless the work of their hands.

Father God, we thank you for the movement forward that McMaster has seen in removing unqualified people from the National Security Council. Please continue to bless the work of his hands. Please protect him and make his plans succeed. Please work through H.R. McMaster to keep our country safe. And may he know satisfaction in his work for as long as You allow him to be a part of this administration.

Lord, we lift up General Kelly to you and ask that you give him wisdom in his communications with the president. Please direct his steps and make his plans succeed. We ask that you would continue to work through him to bring steadiness and order to the White House. Please remove the forces of chaos and replace them with peace.

God, we ask that you minister to General Mattis this week. Give him wisdom and support as he strives to implement wise strategy through the armed forces throughout the world. We ask that you would bless his health, his sleep, his exercise and that you would continue to give him clear thinking. Please help him to continue to develop leaders among his ranks. And we ask that you return to him 10 fold the measure that he has sacrificed for our country.

US Democracy
Lord, please protect and strengthen our democracy. Please protect our free press and keep them from undue pressure. Please help those in the media to report and provide analysis with accuracy and fairness without fear or favor.

Please re-establish democratic norms. Please bring back ethical norms and protect the rule of law in our country.

We ask that your hand and your protection be over the special prosecutor's work and the work of Attorney General Schneiderman in NY. Please give them breaks in their cases and help them to gather their information quickly. Please work through them to hold people accountable for wrong-doing and to free up those for whom prosecution is not appropriate. And please help us to quickly mobilize to effectively keep Russia and other countries from interfering with our elections.

Truth
We ask, O God, that you would be with all of us in each state to convict of us lies and of following after what is untrue. Please work in our hearts so that we protect and honor truth and value it appropriately. Please elevate truth as a standard and protect us from deception. For you O Lord, are the God of truth. You are the God of truth.

 

prayer - july 31, 2017

Steadfastness
Lord, please bring steadiness to our country now and in the months to come. Please remove chaos and replace it with steadiness and strength. 

Generals
Lord, we ask that you give wisdom and strength to Gen Kelly, Gen Mattis, and Gen McMaster as they serve our country in their various posts. Please encourage them and make straight their paths.

Executive Branch
Lord, we ask that you give the president wisdom in his decision making. Please give him clarity in his day to day service. Please bring steadiness to his staff.

God's Movement
Lord, we ask that you move. We ask that you elevate truth to its rightful place. Please diminish the lies-for-hire culture we endure today. Please do a work in our country to restore your values in our nation. Please open our eyes to truth and change our hearts. Please work to keep peace in our land and to draw all people to you, that they might have peace personally.

In Jesus' name,
Amen

 

prayer - july 16, 2017

Lord, please tear down the lies in our country. Please remove any foothold for lies and deception. Please open our eyes to what is true. Please establish truth as a standard along with the rule of law.

Please bless the investigations and investigators into Russian interference in our democracy. Please speed along prosecution. Please provide peaceful transition as people are held to account.

Lord, we lift up H.R. McMaster to you and ask that you strengthen and encourage him. We pray for him wisdom and effectiveness. We ask that you would allow his plans to succeed.

We lift up to you Jim Mattis to you Lord. Thank you that when given the opportunity, he praised his troops in front of his Commander in Chief. Lord, please lead and direct Mattis in his decisions. Make his plans succeed. Please give him a steady, strong, and wise hand in leadership.

Lord, for those in the executive branch, we ask that you give them wisdom for all of the daily decisions that are before them.

God, please direct the hand of those who are deciding on healthcare in the coming days. Please give the wisdom and give them a heart to do what is right for the American people, rather than what is right politically or personally.

Lord, we ask that the legislative branch would put country over party - that the welfare of our democracy would be the north star for their decision making rather than their desire to be reelected.

God, we ask that you would raise up Christ followers in every neighborhood, to be light and salt to those around them.

Have mercy on us, O God, as Americans. In your kindness, please rend the heavens and come down. Please show yourself to us. Please work among us. Please transform us. Please make us to more fully reflect you. Please draw those lost in our country to you. Give us all a hunger and thirst for what is right. May those who do not know you long for the peace in which we dwell.

Thank you for what you are doing, even though we cannot see the fullness of your activity in our temporal world. Lord we thank you that you will accomplish your will. Help us to lay down our agendas and seek you. Help us to surrender our selves, our faith, the writing of the stories of our lives to you and you work and your will. Help us to not get in the way. Help us to follow behind the road you clear for us - that we might sing and rejoice that you, O God, are ours.

Show your mightiness. Show your power. Show your kindness. Show your attention to detail in our individual lives.

We ask for a season of healing and deliverance to usher in your work of change among us. Rend the heavens and come down, that we might more fully experience you - that we might more fully reflect you.

O Lord, how we ask that all would know we are Christ followers by our love.

In Jesus' name, Amen.

 

prayer - july 3, 2017

Lord, the truth seems under attack in America. You, O Lord, are a God of truth. Please open our eyes, as a nation, to what is true. Please re-assert your truth here in this land. Please work to elevate truth in our society. Increase our ability to call out lies and to see them for what they are – tools of the enemy.

Lord, there is a systemic deception that is continuing to develop. Please cut this off at its roots. Stir in our hearts – in the hearts of believers across this nation, to walk in truth and freedom. Give us hearts to seek the truth, uncover the truth, yield to the truth, and proclaim Your truth.

In Jesus' name, Amen.

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prayer - June 19, 2017

Lord, thank you for telling us in your word that we can come boldly into your throne room, without shrinking back, to ask you to move in our world according to your will. Tonight we ask that you work in our government.

Best Practices:
God, we ask that both the House and the Senate would work in a bipartisan way to craft legislation. Lord, please work in the crafting of each piece of legislation – that it would go through the established best practices for each chamber.

Removal of Footholds:
God, as we take up the armor of God (pray through each piece….) we ask that you would identify for us the footholds for the enemy in both the Republican and Democrat parties.

As you bring these to mind, help us share these with one another that we might pray as one in removing them. If you would have us to bind them or remove them at this time, Lord….

Priority of Service:
Lord, we ask that you give our elected officials a heart to serve those who elected them in their districts or states. Lord, please give them a clear vision of what would serve us best. Please help them to grow more consistent in choosing what is good for America and what is good for the American people over what will allow them to survive another term. Please establish character norms that seem so impossible to reach for on their own.

Thank you for this time to seek you and to ask. Please be glorified in our prayers, in our individual service, in our words and in our hearts. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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prayer: Eyes open to truth
              June 12, 2017

Lord, thank you for this day and for the fellowship of your Holy Spirit. Thank you for this day to worship you in spirit and in truth.

God we ask that you would work in us and that through us you might be glorified this week; that we might lift you up in our lives and in our actions – at home and at work and at play.

Lord, we bring to you our concerns about our country. We ask you to work in our country to elevate truth to its rightful place. Please open our eyes, each of us in this country, to see what is true. We ask that you would help us to see what is true in our world, in our country, in ourselves. We also ask that you would reveal to us your truth – the truth of Who You are. Reveal yourself in new ways – significant and personal to each of us in this country. Move among us to show us your ways.

Thank you for your sovereignty. Thank you for your omniscience. Thank you for being involved in the very details of our lives, not with a detached duty, but with loving, kind, and gentle care. May we reflect your work in our lives.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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prayer: Integrity & justice
              may 29, 2017 / June 5, 2017

Truth
== Remove the foothold for Deception from our country.
== Help us to discern what is true from what are lies.
== Diminish profits from disseminating lies.
== Help us to elevate and value truth.

Public Justice
== Ensure justice at all levels throughout our country.

Integrity
== Build in our country a renewed integrity within individuals & institutions.

General McMaster
== Encourage H.R. in his work.
== Make effective H.R.'s plans & decisions.
== Protect & defend him.
== Instill in him wisdom & peace.

Removal of Steve Bannon & White Supremacists from the White House
== Please remove Steve Bannon & Stephen Miller & other white supremacists from the White House.
== Once gone from the White House, we ask that Steve Bannon be kept from influencing our culture and our country in negative ways.

The Press and Media
== Give the members of the media/press wisdom to report fairly.
== Uncover more truths through investigation and sources.
== Work to protect and maintain our First Amendment rights.

Democracy
== Help us to regain our sovereignty.
== Protect our country from chaos and crises.
== Help us to invest in those things that make and keep our democracy strong.

Jesus
== Change us by your presence.

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prayer: May 15 & May 21, 2017

Truth
== Reveal what is true in your world.
== Help us to discerns what is true from what are lies.
== Bless and protect the discovery of truth in the investigations into the Russian hacking of our country.
== Bless and protect the discovery of truth in any unlawful connections between Americans and Russians.
== Augment the protection of our elections from future interference from hacking.
== Bless and protect the discovery of truth in the data collection and analysis of the 2016 election results in precincts throughout the US.
== Work in us to value truth over our side winning.
== Diminish profits to outlets that disseminate lies.
== Weigh down those who purposely lie for personal gain, making the lies too heavy to tell.
== Remove the foothold for Deception from our country.

Government in Service of the People
== Convict our civil servants to put service to our country over personal gain.
== Apply peer pressure on our congressional members of Congress to act with integrity and courage.
== Give our legislators compassion for the most needy, the elderly, and the infirm.
== Keep our legislators from being driven by greed.

Corruption
== Where there is corruption, please root it out and make a way for it to be prosecuted.
== Hold to account those who are involved in unethical dealings.

Character
== Make us a nation that values character.
== Show us how to build character into our lives and the lives of the next generation.
== Clearly show us the consequences when we do not act out of good character.
== Show us why building character is worth investing time and energy to develop and maintain.

Removal of Steve Bannon & White Supremacists from the White House
== Please remove Steve Bannon & Stephen Miller & other white supremacists from the White House.
== Once gone from the White House, we ask that Steve Bannon be kept from influencing our culture and our country in negative ways.

The Press and Media
== Give the members of the media/press wisdom to report fairly.
== Uncover more truths through investigation and sources.
== Work to protect and maintain our First Amendment rights.

Democracy
== Help us to understand those things that make our democracy strong.
== Help us to invest in those things that make and keep our democracy strong.
== Protect our democracy.
== Protect our country from chaos and crises.

Palpable Presence of Jesus
== Come into our daily lives. Walk among us and stir our hearts. Convict us. Comfort us. Encourage us.
== Change us by your presence.
== Change us by your interactions with us.
== May your light more fully shine in us because of our experience of you.

Increase our faith to pray – You act!
== Remind us that you and your angels are ready to act when we shoot up even the smallest of prayers.
== Remind us that responding to our prayers makes you happy.
== Help us to connect the dots from prayer to answered prayer.
== Gather us together to encourage one another to pray so that your glory might be more fully revealed.
== Remind us to pray. Coax us to pray. Build in us a discipline and joy to pray.
== Raise up an army of prayers for you.

 

prayer: may 1 & 8, 2017

Truth
== Help us to value truth.
== Help us to discern what is true from what are lies.
== Diminish profits to outlets that disseminate lies.
== Weigh down those who purposely lie for personal gain, making the lies too heavy to tell.

Government in Service of the People
== Realign the hearts & minds of government officials toward serving the American people.
== Convict those in local, state & federal government to put service before personal gain.
== Make the culture of elected officials to reflect service and make personal gain from elected office gauche and very uncomfortable.

Corruption
== Where there is corruption, please root it out and make a way for it to be prosecuted.
== Hold those who are involved in unethical dealings to account.

Character
== Make us a nation that values character.
== Show us how to build character into our lives and the lives of the next generation.
== Show us clearly the consequences of having a lack of character.
== Show us why building character is worth investing time and energy to develop and maintain.

Russian Influence
== Protect the investigations into the Russian hacking and influence in our sovereign affairs.
== Enable us to protect ourselves from any further infiltration by a foreign government.
== Bless the investigations with ‘breaks’ that uncover more truth about ties to Russia.

Palpable Presence of Jesus
== Come into our daily lives. Walk among us and stir our hearts. Convict us. Comfort us. Encourage us.
== Change us by your presence.
== Change us by your interactions with us.
== May your light more fully shine by our experience of you.

Increase our faith to pray – You act!
== Remind us that you and your angels are ready to act when we shoot up even the smallest of prayers.
== Remind us that responding to our prayers makes you happy.
== Help us to connect the dots from prayer to answered prayer.
== Gather us together to encourage one another to pray so that your glory might be more fully revealed.
== Remind us to pray. Coax us to pray. Build in us a discipline and joy to pray.

Removal of Steve Bannon & White Supremacists from the White House
== Please remove Steve Bannon & white supremacists from the White House.
== Make untenable the sympathizing with, or lack of condemnation of, white supremacy/white nationalism/neo-nazis.
== Once gone from the White House, we ask that Steve Bannon be kept from influencing our culture and our country in negative ways.

The Press and Media
== Give the members of the media/press wisdom to report fairly.
== Uncover more truths through investigation and sources.
== Help those in the media to rest and maintain good health throughout the year.
== Maintain safety for journalists, editors, opinion writers, reporters, etc.
== Work to protect and maintain our First Amendment rights.

Democracy
== Help us to understand those things that make our democracy strong.
== Help us to invest in those things that make and keep our democracy strong.

 

prayer: april 23, 2017

Lord, thank you for this day and for the peace that we enjoy. Lord, thank you for being kind and loving. Thank you that with you we have the ability to change. Thank you that with you we can find comfort, acceptance, security, and worth. Thank you for your hand on our lives. Thank you that your heart is toward us. Thank you for investing in each of our lives for your glory. Thank you for the rest you give to our souls.

Lord, teach us your ways. Make us more like your son. Show us what you would have us do each day. Give us our schedules, or lack thereof. Teach us to rest in you, to yield to you, to trust in you.

Father God, please give our nation a hunger and thirst for righteousness. Help us to shed ourselves of all encumbrances. Help us to identify the untruth associated with each encumbrance so that we might more fully be willing to lay them down. Help us to run the race that is before each of us. May we know your pleasure as we place one foot in front of the other. Be our strength. Be our joy. Be our goal.

Lord, please de-escalate the military tensions between the US and N. Korea. Please give our generals wisdom to navigate these tense waters. Please keep us from unnecessary conflict. Please protect the US and the nations near North Korea. Please frustrate the nuclear plans of North Korea.

God, please continue to do a work of conviction and repentance in America.

Please show us clearly that if we have to lie, cheat, steal, or act dishonorably to achieve an objective, that the objective is not one we should be pursuing.

Please restore truth as a standard in this country. Please diminish the rewards that anyone receives from disseminating lies and propaganda. Please divide for us the lies from the truth. Please come against those who profit from not only lying, but from getting others to believe those lies.

Lord, we ask that you would work in our country to re-establish the bedrockfoundation of democracy that you birthed over 240 years ago. Please help us to understand and appreciate those founding principles that have allowed us to have the freedom and prosperity you have blessed us with.

Lord, please use us for your glory this week. Help us to seek you and to shine you. Help us to be your hands and feet. Help us to be guided by your Holy Spirit in the details of our days. And help us to foster a song in our heart that reflects your love for us.

Praise be to God, the Creator and giver of life. And to his son Jesus Christ, through whom we have eternal life. And to the Holy Spirit who works in and through us unto His glory. Amen.

Prayer: April 17, 2017

Lord, thank you for this time to come together and enjoy your presence. Thank you that we can come boldly to your throne and that you welcome us here. Thank you that you have our world in your hands. Thank you that you are immeasurably big. Thank you that you care about the details in our lives that are infinitely small.

Father God, we need you tonite. We need you to intervene in our world to bring about change for good.

Please cover us and protect our world. Lord, please de-escalate nuclear tensions. Please keep us in peace. Please thwart any need to go to war. Please thwart any craving to go to war. Please remove aggression from our borders and allow us to remain in peaceful times.

Lord, we ask that you would increase justice and rightness within the United States.

Please quicken our hearts and minds to serve one another instead of serving self.

We ask that you would elevate truth in our society. Just as you parted the seas, separating one side from the other so the Israelites could walk through, please separate what is true from what is false. Please make clear to us what is true and help us to recognize what are lies. Lord, please take from us the desire to create falsehood and the desire to listen to it.

God please bring honor to our journalists who are hard at work to report what is going on from day to day. And bless them in their investigative reporting, as well. We ask that you would grow their contacts and sources. Please help them to get the rest that they need. Please help them to persevere when things feel tough and when things really are tough. Please restore in us a trust in what they do for a living. Help us to navigate the differences between fake news and news with bias.

Lord, it seems like our country is in the middle of a crisis of character. Please help all of us value character. Help us to see what character brings to the table in the circumstances of our lives and in the lives of our leaders. Help us to be a nation that seeks to build character among our youth and in ourselves.

God, we ask that we don’t grow numb to corruption. Instead, help us to stand for what is right. Help us to influence, where we can, to hold each other accountable. Lord, please usher in a season where we understand how corruption hurts our democracy and where we can be successful in upholding laws when ethical norms are disregarded.

God, though in many ways this is a post-Christian America, we thank you for birthing this country. Thank you for the values that you wove throughout the foundation of our governing principles. Thank you that those who do not call you Lord are aware of who Jesus is not. Thank you that they have a sense of who you are and how you would have us behave as those who call Jesus Lord.

Father God, we ask that in kindness, you would bring conviction. Please show us what is cluttering our souls, what is captivating our minds. Please reach to each Christ follower in our nation and highlight what you would have each of us rid ourselves of. Help us to believe in your power to allow us to cast off that which is not pleasing to you and to take up relationship and connection with you, instead. Cleanse us from all unrighteousness so that we are free to boldly speak of you – so that those who don’t know you begin a relationship with you.

We ask that you would increase the light that shines from us. Teach us to walk increasingly close to you this week. Please allow us to experience the shelter of the Father, the fellowship of the Son, and the conviction of the Holy Spirit. And help us to have a greater understanding and a greater ability to walk in the power that raised Jesus from the dead – for that power dwells in us. And above all, Lord, help us to walk in love, in kindness, in patience, and in peace.

In the name of our risen Lord, Jesus Christ, Amen.

Prayer: april 10, 2017

Lord, thank you for being you. Thank you for your presence in our lives. Thank you for reaching us through your word. And thank you that your word became flesh and dwelt among us.

We invite you into this time of prayer, asking for your eyes and your heart, that we might pray according to your will. Please work on our behalf and on the behalf of our country. Please show us what you are doing that we might come along side your work with prayer.

God, we ask that you would forgive us for the ways we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed. Please forgive us for the things we have done and the things we have left undone. Create in us a clean heart, O God, and take not your Holy Spirit from us. Restore unto us, the joy of your salvation, and uphold us with your free spirit. Do these things so that we might, per Psalm 51:13, “teach transgressors your ways and sinners will turn back to you.”

Lord, in Ps 51:6a you say: “Thou dost desire truth in our innermost being.” We ask that you would continue to elevate truth in our lives. In Eph 6:14, you tell us to “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around” our waist. Lord, I’ve always considered this your word of truth, but in these days, the very nature of truth is under attack. Thank you for being the God of truth. Thank you for creating a world that has principles and laws of existence. Thank you that your word cuts to the heart of a matter; is discerning and revealing. Holy Spirit, we ask that you would show us what is true. We ask that you would open the eyes of all Christ followers in our country to what is true. Not just about your word, but also about the very truth of truth itself. Lord we ask that you would restore truth to its original authority and that we would no longer be susceptible to lies and deception.

Lord, in cleansing us from all unrighteousness, we ask that you would wipe our plates clean of the garbage we hold onto from our last meal. Convict us, Lord, that we might give you what is not from you and what is not for you.

Let us take off selfishness and idolatry and put on Christ. Please do this not only for ourselves, but also for our entire country.

Give us a hunger and a thirst for righteousness.

Work in us to be content with what is true, rather than to seek after what is secret, unknown, or untrue.

Show us how to allow our light to shine more brightly – that by doing what is right, we push away the darkness.

Have mercy on us Lord, as a country. Be merciful and make us right again. Please show us, ever increasingly, who you are. And help us to be ready for what you choose to do in our lives each day.

We thank you that you are loving. We thank you that you are kind. We thank you that you are a God of action. We thank you that you are a God of comfort and strength. Thank you that you are mighty and strong, sovereign and holy. Thank you that you allow us to ‘sing in the shadow of your wings.’

We praise you and lift you up. We ask that you do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Prayer: March 28, 2017

Lord, thank you for bringing us together to pray again this week. Thank you for being God. Thank you for being sovereign, strong and good.

Lord, we ask that your truth would rule, where lies seek to usurp.
We ask for your love to heal where hate bruises and beats down.
Lord, bring your light to shine where darkness threatens to overtake.

Jesus, please come to walk among us. Please work among us the way you did when you were a man in this world.
Father, we ask that your glory not only shine upon us but that your glory would also shine among us.
Jesus come walk with us, as on the road to Emmaus. Though we not see you, please come and heal the sick, make quick the lame, give sight to the blind, and feed the multitudes. Call us each down from the tree and come into our homes. Love on us and each us your ways.

Lord, have mercy on us. Walk among us and change us. Help us enjoy your presence and to bring others into your light.

For all that we do not know and for all that we cannot know, Lord, we know one thing. We know who You are.
You are mighty and just.
You are loving and kind.
You are Healer, Provider, Redeemer.
You pursue us, love us, and protect us.
You are worthy to be praised.

In light of who you are, O God, we trust you to act exceeding abundantly beyond all that we can ask or imagine.

 

Prayer: March 13, 2017 

Truth & Conviction
Lord, thank you for being our God. Thank you for leading each of us every day. Thank you for being bigger than the confusion and complexity of this world. God, in these current circumstances, thank you for being enough. Regardless of what we do not know, of what we cannot know, there is one thing that we do know – we know You. We know that you are sovereign, omnipotent, and omniscient. We know that you are kind, and good, and loving. Thank you that in these times we can rest in the knowledge that you are working. You are working on our behalf and we ask you today to work on behalf of our country.

Lord, we ask that you work to protect and strengthen our democracy. Please be with our press and media; protect them, help them to produce good work each day. Please be with our politicians. Guide them to do what is right, to work on behalf of those who elected them, and give them wisdom. Please give them wisdom to make good choices and to know where to spend their energy. And Lord, for those politicians who know you, but who may have grown dull to your voice, please work sharply and with precision to wake them up to be attentive to what you want to do in their lives. Help each to yield to your Lordship in their lives. Make the encumbrances they cling to, in lieu of trusting you, so heavy that they no longer can hold onto them. Help each to let go of their own will and surrender to yours.

Lord, we ask that you would increase Truth in our country. That truth would be restored to its rightful place in terms of our value of it, our protection of it, and our understanding of it. Lord, please work on behalf of truth to restore it in our nation. Please do immeasurably beyond all that we can ask or imagine regarding the reestablishment of truth.

God, in John 16 Jesus tells his disciples that he is going away. And by going away, he will be able to send the Counselor to them, the Holy Spirit. In verse 8 and following Jesus says: “When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: in regard to sin because men do not believe in me; in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and in regard to judgment, because the ruler of this world now stands condemned.” (NIV)

Holy Spirit, please convict us in the United States. Please convict us all in terms of our sin, that we might know you as our bridge beyond sin to the Father. Holy Spirit, please palpably show us who Jesus is and convict us to grow more like him every day. Make us uneasy until we grow and change. And Holy Spirit, show us how to walk daily in the truth that the enemy is fully condemned by the work of the cross. Help us to walk with confidence to take back truth and rightness in this world – in our country. Please show us how to walk rightly and powerfully and kindly. Descend upon us, that none would escape your activity in our lives, that we might more fully know who Jesus is and how he would have each of us conduct ourselves moment to moment, day to day – in all circumstances and will all people.

Have mercy on us, O Lord. Descend upon us. Rend the heavens and come down. That we might fully respond to your work in our lives and  right what is so terribly wrong in our county today. In Jesus' name, Amen.

“He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8 (NASB)

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Feb 13, 2017 - 7pm-8pm rolling time zones.
Praying for:  Truth & Courage
For a prayer you can pray or use as a reference point, click here.

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Feb 6, 2017 - 7pm-8pm rolling time zones
We are switching things up for this week.
Praying against:  Love of Power
Praying for:         Humility

Power & politics or surrender to Christ - which yields better, more lasting fruit?
Only by humility will we be willing to set aside our own striving and exercise the faith that pleases God. This rock, our Jesus, is the solid Rock from whom real change comes.

"On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand. All other ground is sinking sand." - hymn, Edward Mote

Pray for 5 minutes or pray the whole hour - this schedule is just to coordinate our prayers throughout the US. Pray however you feel led.

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Each Monday from 7pm - 8pm, rolling time zones, we'll be praying against Deception until further notice.

Don't worry about praying the whole hour, just use this timeframe as a schedule to pray every week, if only for a few minutes.

As we grow, we may organize so more of us can pray together, either on the phone or in person!

We welcome your feedback. Let us know what might help you out. ContactUs@TruthInNumbers.info // @Truth_InNumbers

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Bible verses - a reference for praying against deception

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12 (NIV)

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Ephesians 6:13 (NIV)

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 (NASB)

Buy truth, and do not sell it, get wisdom and instruction and understanding. Proverbs 23:23 (NASB)

Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit. Psalms 34:14 (NASB)

Let no one deceive you with empty words.... Ephesians 5:6a (NASB)

Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices. Colossians 3:9 (NASB)

Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. Ephesians 6:13-18a (NIV)