Words are formed first in the heart.
Isaiah 29:13 – People draw near with their mouth and honor me with their lips, while their hearts are far from me.
An elderly and wise rabbi said the problem he had with many Christians was that their “collars and cuffs don’t match.” When quizzed, he elaborated: What comes out of their mouths doesn’t match what their hands are doing. Today’s verse might give an inkling into the reason the rabbi said what he did. They talk the talk but don’t walk the walk.
Worshipers in Israel were not short on their praise for the Lord. They would meet in assemblies, sing and chant, dance and feast, but away from their places of worship, daily life took over. They really weren’t any different from many people today who claim to love Jesus with all of their hearts, but live inconsistently, making their purported devotion hollow.
God longs for a sincere devotion from His children. While man looks on the outward appearance, God looks on the heart (1 Samuel 16:7). “The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good; and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45). As you prepare to vote, are you considering what God sees in your heart? If your devotion to Him is true, then your actions will fall in line with His Word.
PRAY WITH US
Merciful God, I long for the meditations of my heart as well as the words of my mouth to be always approved by You, to honor You, and to be consistent as I live out my life. Direct me when my path takes a different turn, and guide my footsteps according to Your plans for me. I surrender to You with absolute trust and devotion
AS THE LORD LEADS, PRAY FOR
* For God to be at work through the president as he speaks to voters in New Hampshire.
* For safety and encouragement for the president as he travels to New Hampshire and back to the White House today.
* For good health, protection, and enjoyment for the president, first lady, and all attendees of the White House Halloween event.
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Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God. – 1 Peter 5:6
Moses continually reminded the people of Israel of the mighty hand of God which they first witnessed as they were led from captivity out of Egypt. “To you it was shown, that you might know that the Lord is God; there is no other besides him” (Deuteronomy 4:35). Hundreds of years later, Daniel turned his face to the Lord and pleaded for this same nation which was again in captivity because of its sins and rebelliousness.
Today many pray that the Lord would be merciful to this nation; its sins are great and a large number of its people have turned from God to follow their own desires rather than heed His voice. The evil of men’s hearts, and the working of Satan, is evident in the destruction of people’s property and the vitriol that comes from the mouths of those who seek to agitate and destroy a country once proud of the good it can do and people it can help.
The United States was and is a nation formed under God’s mighty hand – its Founding Fathers knew that they had a duty to establish a nation with rights given by the Creator, truths that were self-evident. But the Creator God demands a humble nation, one that knows its capabilities but also understands from whom they are derived.
This country needs your prayers. Plead for discernment to make proper choices for those who will determine the direction this country will take. Individuals that think more of others than themselves, respect the opinions of others, carry forth the ideals of those pioneers of this unique government. May God’s mighty hand shine forth.
AS THE LORD LEADS, PRAY…
- For safety and good health for the president as he travels.
- For God to be at work through the efforts of the president and Congressional leaders as they look to pass this new legislation.
- For guidance for the president as he tackles the many issues facing the nation in the midst of his campaign travel.
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1 Peter 5:1-11
So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: 2 shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; 3 not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. 5 Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. 10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 11 To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
What should we be praying for amidst the chaos, the lies, and the evil which we are seeing? The greatest prayer is also the simplest: “God, may Your will be done on Earth.” While no one knows exactly what God has in store for America, we can have peace and assurance in knowing that He is fully in control and He works out His perfect plan to our eternal benefit.
Dear Heavenly Father, we thank you, Lord, that in this world where there are powers that strive against You, organizations of great wealth that dismiss Your Word, that You hear us as individuals, that our voice is raised up to You and You have the power to break the chains of darkness over this land. We pray, Lord, that Your Spirit would empower each believer. Strengthen us in faith. Give us clear minds. Give us persuasive voices. We ask that You would please bless this country and the people who call upon You.
Lord, our president carries an enormous burden. The decisions made by the President of the United States affect the lives of people not just in our nation, but all over the world, and he especially needs your touch to lead. Strengthen him, Lord. Give him wisdom and grace. Let him speak and act with honesty and integrity in all situations. Give him a glimpse of how much you love him and how much you love the world you created. Draw him to yourself, Jesus, into an ever-closer relationship with you. Anoint him with your Holy Spirit. Speak to him in the quiet moments as well as amid the chaos. Soften his heart and make him a true servant leader.
Bring strong, wise, and spiritually mature people to surround him. Speak truth to him through the voices of those he trusts. Give him wisdom to reject the voices of those who would urge him to seek only personal power, vengeance, or glory. Let him know, deep in his soul, that only with and through YOU is the victory won. Only through your power is our country and our world made whole.
And finally Lord, we tell you how grateful we are that you hear the prayers of your children and we give you the glory for all victories last night during the debate. We know that it is by your hand that we are saved, that we are guided, and that we are corrected. Each victory can be laid at your feet and we praise You for your goodness towards us. May you continue to bless the conservative movement and direct us in YOUR plan. (Rev 7:12) “Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever!”
“I will go before you and make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze. And cut the bars of iron. I will give you the treasures of darkness. And hidden riches of secret places, That you may know that I, the Lord, who call you by your name, am the God of Israel.” Isaiah 45
AS THE LORD LEADS, PRAY FOR
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It is imperative that we pray faithfully for the upcoming elections, yet our hope and trust is not in the results of elections! That may sound strange but the reality is that the spiritual and moral issues facing this nation will not be resolved in the White House, Congress, or the Supreme Court. What the United States desperately needs is another Great Awakening! The Church must experience a revival that awakens her to the life-changing power of Jesus Christ in her midst. Such a spiritual awakening within the people of God has the power to bring about true cultural transformation in this nation. Meanwhile…
-The Bible commands us to pray for those who are in leadership. This includes those who are vying to become leaders.
(I Timothy 2:1-4).
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
-Godly leaders can help slow the erosion of religious liberties in our land. This can provide an increased window of opportunity for the Church to pray and evangelize.
-According to your Scripture, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people” (Proverbs 14:34). The selection of leaders who understand and lead according to God’s righteous standards can bring great blessing to a nation.
-Your Holy Word also says in Proverbs 11:14, “For lack of guidance a nation falls, but many advisors make victory sure.” The determination of who leads our nation will also determine who advises that leader and how we are guided.
SPECIAL DEBATE PRAYER:
Lord God, We come together, in agreement, everyone who is praying for our President Trump right now. Please protect him as he prepares for the debate tonight. Extinguish ALL the flaming arrows from the evil one. We pray the COMPLETE armor of God surround President Trump, your promise in Ephesians 6:10-17. Silence the powers of the dark world. Give him the exact words that we all need to hear. Make people’s hearts receptive to the message you intend. Have us ALL respond and act in accordance to your Will. We pray the presence of the Holy Spirit would REIGN in that debate room. And that you would give him NOW and the remaining time, a peace that surpasses ALL understanding, Phil 4:7. Romans 8:28 you state that “And we know that in ALL things, God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose”. May he rest in You & not depend on self. Let his responses tonight be an example of 2 Timothy 1:7, For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and sound mind. Thank you Lord. In your HOLY, precious and POWERFUL name. Amen.
AS THE LORD LEADS, PRAY FOR
WEEKLY PRESIDENTIAL PRAYER FOCUS:
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Behold, God is my helper, the Lord is the upholder of my life. – Psalm 54:4
Dear heavenly Father we pray for the world and all its leaders. May leaders of nations have the courage to walk the path of peace together so that the most vulnerable in our lands may live with dignity and hope.
Father we pray for our nation in this time of discernment, election, and transition. May all citizens cast their vote in a spirit of reverence for what is right, charity for those they disagree with, and concern for the good of all as we strive for a more perfect and peaceful union.
Father we pray for all Christians and people of faith and goodwill. May the Father of all grant us through Christ a spirit of wisdom and understanding, counsel and knowledge, fortitude, right judgment, patience, and kindness, as we discern what is good and just and follow our conscience.
Father we pray for all candidates who desire to serve in our national and local government. May all seeking election commit themselves to the common good and encourage a peaceful response so that our nation may be faithful to its pledge of liberty and justice for all.
Father we pray for our President. May he who seeks the immense responsibility of the highest office of the United States know the peace that comes from God alone. May he and his family be protected from harm, the hearts of his opponents be softened by mercy, and may God forgive him and each of us our faults.
Father we pray for reconciliation among families and friends divided. May we learn to love each other despite our differences and focus on the work that continues beyond this election: the work of unity, respect for one another and for all life, and peace in our land.
Father we pray for the ones most affected by the choices we make. In all we do, may we keep the merciful face of Christ ever before us who is seen in those who are poor, those who are sick or without homes, those without food or meaningful work, those unborn, and those whose lives are unvalued.
AS THE LORD LEADS, PRAY FOR
“A political party cannot be all things to all people. It must represent certain fundamental beliefs which must not be compromised to political expediency or simply to swell its numbers.” – Ronald Reagan
Exodus 14:14 The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.
2 Chronicles 7:14 Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.
Exodus 17:15-16a And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovah-nissi (The Lord is my banner)…For hands were lifted up to the throne of the Lord...
A Prayer for Those Who Are Battle Weary
Some days get hard. We feel exhausted. Worn. Tired of fighting. About ready to give up. Feeling like we can’t go on. Struggling through defeat. The enemy seems to be hot on our trail. And we wonder if we’ve been left on our own.
For those who are battle-weary, His Truth over us for this day is…
We’re not alone. Not ever. God won’t let go, though we may struggle with the lies that He’s left us fending for ourselves in hard times. His Word is filled with reminders that He fights for us still today. It never says this life will be easy. He never promises that we won’t get weary, or that we won’t face an enemy or a giant. But He does say we can come to Him and He will give us rest (Matt 11:28). He does promise to fill us with the power of His Spirit and that His joy will be our strength (Neh 8:10). He does remind us that the battle is not ours but the Lord’s (2 Chron 20:15). He does say that we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against the spiritual forces of darkness in this life (Eph 6:12).
None of us are immune. Life is hard some days. And often there’s not even just one “big” thing, but just lots of little battles that can drain us dry. Parenting, marriage, job, relationships, fears, worries about the future, experiencing loss, discouragement, illness, money problems – it all can leave us beaten down and worn. But, praise God, He gives us one another to help in times when we just feel like, “I can’t anymore…”
We’re all in this together; let’s help each other today. Give an encouraging word, smile at someone, write a note, send a text, buy someone a coffee, pray for another soul and let them know that you’re praying, anything, just to remind a fellow believer that you’re holding up their battle-weary arms. And that you’re with them.
And God is with us.
The battle feels intense some days. We get tired and weak, weary and worn. It’s hard to keep going in the face of defeat. But help us to remember that you will never leave us, that you’re our Refuge and our Strength, an ever-present help in trouble (Psalm 46). We know that the enemy wouldn’t be fighting so hard against us, if we weren’t making a difference for your Kingdom. He wouldn’t be trying so hard to stop us, if he didn’t think you had so much good still in store. Remind us that the battle belongs to you, and whatever we’re up against can be taken down in one fail swoop by your Mighty Hand. Help us to trust you more, to never waste time spinning our wheels and wrestling or fighting in our own strength. Please forgive us Lord for the times we’ve failed to lift our hands to you, for the days we’ve forgotten to come to you first. Fill us with the Power of your Holy Spirit this day. Fill us with your joy, fill us with your wisdom and discernment, fill us with constant reminders that Your Presence will go with us, and you will give us rest.
Let us also pray as the spirit leads for:
-First Lady, Melania Trump, protection and healing.
-For safety as the President travels today
-For the negotiations between the speaker of the House and Trump’s admin on the coronavirus aid
-For God’s will to be accomplished through U.S. government proceedings
“My hope is that when I die, all of hell rejoices that I am out of the fight.”
– C.S. Lewis
Every election has its challenges as imperfect men and women seek to convince us that they are the best leaders to guide our nation for the next four years (or 2 or 6) in their various govt roles. We just thought after the last election that things could not get worse or more contentious but indeed they have.
It is tempting for Christians to sit out the election. But instead we are called to not only engage but to do more than we think we can. Prayer is at the forefront of what we can do.
“God wants it to be our first line of defense. We pray when there's nothing else we can do, but God wants us to pray before we do anything at all”. – Oswald Chambers
So let us pray for:
Truth to dominate. Pray for truth and transparency to be held in high regard. And ask the Lord to expose spin, cover ups, and falsehood. Pray for these imperfect candidates (which includes all men and women) to acknowledge their lies and falsehood, seek forgiveness for their sinful choices, and choose to speak truth and live in truth.
The Hearts of all candidates. Pray for the grace of God to be poured out on the hearts of all of our potential leaders, knowing that God’s kindness leads men and women to repentance (Romans 2:4). Pray for the Holy Spirit to reveal the Good News of Jesus Christ to their hearts.
Esthers and Daniels. Regardless of who wins the presidential race and other elections, much of the governing will be handled by secondary appointed leaders. Scripture shows us the power of courageous secondary leaders such as Esther and Daniel, who will have tremendous opportunities to influence the future course of our nation. Ask God to raise up many Esthers and Daniels to serve under those who are elected in November.
Humility. “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6).” Pray for our future leaders to humble themselves before the Lord and not be found arrogantly setting themselves up against the Lord, publically or privately (Psalm 2:1-2). Pray for God use each leader to “do justice, and to love kindness, and walk humbly with God (Micah 6:8).”
Wisdom. Ask the Lord to give wisdom to our nation as we go to the polls and choose thousands of leaders at many levels of government. Pray for God to give supernatural wisdom to our future leaders as they prepare to face many highly complex issues, both internationally and domestically.
Military veterans and families. Ask the Lord to cause our newly elected leaders and those they appoint to fully care for our military veterans and their families, especially those emotionally and physically scarred as a result of their courageous service on behalf of our country.
Spiritual healing. Ask for God to give us leaders who can grasp the precarious spiritual condition of our nation. Pray for these leaders to turn to God as the source of hope in broken communities, simmering racial divisions, and the political atmosphere of antagonism. Pray for our nation to see Christ as the hope for healing and lasting peace.
May God use us to be a source of hope and grace in our nation as we seek God’s face in prayer this election season.
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Our Father in heaven…
-God, this is not my prayer alone. I pray with and for my brothers and sisters in Christ who live in the United States.
-Remind our hearts of your true character: our good Father who is above all and over all.
Hallowed be your name.
-Renew our reverence for your name. Help us to understand, at this time, if we are promoting a particular name over yours.
-God, we pray that in and through this election season, your name may be honored and glorified above all.
Your kingdom come.
-God, we acknowledge that our primary citizenship is in your kingdom.
-Help us to recognize when the values of our political system oppose the authority that you call us to live by.
-God, may your kingdom values be upheld in the hearts of your people and may your kingdom be lived out through the spiritual and political leaders present in our country and beyond.
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
-Help us, God, to desire your will over our own desires, our political agendas and over the will of our American society. Humble our hearts.
-God, we ask for your will to be done in the coming election, and that the leaders of our country will discern, seek and surrender to your will in all things.
Give us this day our daily bread.
-We confess where we have tried to meet our needs in our own strength or by depending on the political system in our country.
-God, we seek to depend on you for our needs. Meet our needs, the needs of our leaders and the needs of our nation in your wisdom and provision.
And forgive us our debts…
-We confess where we have erred and sinned against others and against you.
-In Christ’s name, God, have mercy on us and forgive us for what we can never repay.
…as we also have forgiven our debtors.
-We confess any instance where we are holding people who have sinned against us in our debt, particularly any person in our political system.
-God, help us to forgive and release others from any obligation to us, through Christ’s atoning work.
And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
-Help us to recognize where our hearts, our society and our political system tempts us to act against your values and kingdom.
-In your great power, please deliver us and our nation from forces that war against your will and are too great for us.
For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.
-God, may we and our leaders remember and trust in your sovereign rule and your supreme power.
-May you be glorified in this election season and may we rest in the knowledge that you are God for all time.
-God, with our sisters and brothers in Christ, we stand together as your people.
-We ask that you would answer our prayers in your wisdom and love.
Amen and Amen
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“Be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”
—1 Corinthians 16:13, NKJV
Let us pray for guidance for the president as he makes decisions and that each decision would be honoring to God and be in the best interest of the nation.
PRAYING FOR THE ELECTION PROCESS:
*Pray for wisdom for voters and a safe and fair election. "My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion; they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck. Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble" (Prov. 3:21–23).
*Ask the Lord to remove those who might try to unjustly and illegally change the outcome of the voting. "I will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the plumb line; hail will sweep away your refuge, the lie, and water will overflow your hiding place" (Isa. 28:17).
*Pray for a huge turnout of voters who use wisdom in their decisions. "Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them. Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you" (Prov. 4:5–6).
*Pray for protection from any attacks from enemies that would prevent or delay the election. "Do not be afraid of them; the Lord your God himself will fight for you" (Deut. 3:22).
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*Pray for the judges of this nation, that they will seek the wisdom that comes from above. "But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere" (James 3:17).
Baby Tinslee’s case has set a precedent that will move mountains-political and legal mountains. So many lives will be saved based on this one case. The fight is not over but we are closer to victory!
*Ask the Lord to thwart the efforts of those who would remove religious freedom from our nation. "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery" (Gal. 5:1).
*Pray for truth to become valued again in American society. "Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free" (John 8:32).
“You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say.” – Martin Luther
“Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight.” Proverbs 12:33
“Do not bear false witness against your neighbor.” Commandment #9
This commandment covers a lot more waterfront than just “do not tell a lie.” It goes to the heart of what we say, what we communicate, and what we are attempting to make our neighbor hear.
This is where context matters. Facts, when presented out of context, can create a lie.
*Pray that our nation will increasingly see that God is our only refuge in the midst of the troubles of this world. "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble" (Ps. 46:1).
Being prepared for battle – we talked yesterday about putting on the whole armor of God. We must do that every morning because we do not know what battles the day may bring.
Fighting evil without fear
“Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid” - Ronald Reagan
Thank you God that you have not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7) Help us to remember this daily and to walk in the confidence of your power.
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Lifting our elections up to the Lord helps all of us keep the focus on the most important topics as well as softens our hearts to love everyone, even those with whom we may disagree. Believing differently shouldn't stop us from sharing God's love and His Word with others.