2 Chronicles 7:14
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
THIS MONTH'S PRAYER FOCUS
July’s prayer focus is:
Praying for the leaders of our nation and state
Spiritual freedom from those in spiritual bondage
I love the freedom of summer, the change of pace from the school routine, vacations, family time, significant events going on around here with camps, missions’ trips, and VBS. I love summer!
July specifically holds a particular spot in my heart from all those years growing up in a military family. The military knows how to honor the freedom we have. This freedom is the very same freedom that Americans across the nation feel on Juneteenth, the day freedom which started on July 4 finally reached all people.
This month we want to focus our prayer on freedom. First, we want to pray for our government and the leaders that have been elected to serve us. We, as Christians, are called to pray for our leaders in positions of authority.
"I urge you, first, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity." 1Timothy 2:1-2 (NLT)
When we pray for our leaders, we take part in advancing God's kingdom on this earth. We pray for our leaders' salvation or heart change. We pray for wisdom in making good decisions according to God's leading. We pray that their decisions and influence positively impact our families, cities, churches, laws, schools, and more. In praying for our leaders, we include the following:
President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, our two Michigan Senators, Debbie Stabenow, and Gary Peters, our 14 Representatives for the State of Michigan, Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II, our 9 Supreme Court Justices, as well as our state and local judges.
Prayer knows no political boundaries, so we pray as Christ commanded us. Today, we have freedom as a nation, Freedom in Christ, and Freedom to Pray! Let us never take this for granted, but in prayer, express our gratitude.
"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV).
Secondly, let us pray for spiritual freedom to be found for all people. Will you join me in specifically praying for those that are walking in spiritual bondage? Let us pray that they choose to walk in the freedom that Jesus provided for us upon his death on the cross. Freedom from sin, the law, and an eternity separate from him.
"So, Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don't get tied up again in slavery to the law." Galatians 5:1 NLT
Joining with you in Prayer,
Pastor Jamie Kjos, Senior Pastor
Aubrey Woodfolk, 24-Hour Prayer in Place Coordinator