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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

Lift Up the Word, Light Up the World.

National Day of Prayer is May 2 and Mother’s Day is May 12. How spiritually fitting that they are divinely placed in the same month? We all understand the power of our prayers. We have seen the miraculous and the touch of God in our personal lives and in the lives of those around us. When we pray, we surrender to the illusion of being in control. Praying signifies a surrender of one’s own desires, wishes and plans to align with what we believe is God’s divine will or plan for our life.

From 2 Samuel 22:29-31,

“For you are my lamp, O Lord,

and my God lightens my darkness.

For by you I can run against a troop,

and by my God I can lead over a wall.

This God – his way is perfect;

the word of the Lord proves true;

He is a shield for all those who take refuge in Him.”

 

Did you know the National Day of Prayer (NDP) began in 1775, when the Continental Congress designated a time for prayer in forming a new nation? In 1863, Abraham Lincoln called for such a day. Officially, the NDP was established as an annual event by an act of Congress in 1952 and was signed into law by President Truman. President Reagan amended the law in 1988, designating the first Thursday of May each year as the NDP.

 

Also, later this month, we will celebrate our moms on Mother’s Day. Mothers have incredible demands, schedules, and responsibilities on a daily basis. Mothers completely understand the many verses in the Bible where is states, “Your will be done” (Matthew 6:9-10, Matthew 26:39, Genesis 1:3, Ephesians 4:15). Mothers are the ultimate examples of faithfulness even in challenging times. When Jesus looked for an analogy of anguish followed “by JOY”, He did not hesitate to point directly to women (mothers) in John 16:21 ESV.

 

So let us come together on May 1 and pray as a church for the following two focuses:

The Nation -

·      Pray for the well-being of America and for those in leadership on all levels of national, church, and educational areas of influence.

·      Pray for the President and the members of Congress. Pray they may seek the way of peace, with wisdom and strength.

·      Pray to love your neighbors.

Our Mothers -

·      Pray our mom’s embrace and understand surrendering is not giving up, but it is yielding and offering our burdens to Him, in prayer, accepting in faith, “Your will be done.”

·      Pray for our mom’s that their labor in Christ is not in vain (1 Corinthians 15:58), so they cast their anxieties at the throne knowing that His power and His presence will enter all situations.

·      Pray for our moms to have the Holy Spirit come alongside them to bear their burdens, defend them, and give them strength and courage. In Hebrews 13:6, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear, what can man do to me?”

 

Hebrews says that because of Jesus, we can come to the throne of grace with confidence, to receive the help we need (Hebrews 4:16).

 

 

Pastor Jamie Kjos, Lead Pastor

Aubrey Woodfolk, 24 Hour Prayer in Place Coordinator 

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