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Praying for mid-term elections (pt. 4)

As we head to the polls today to vote in the mid-term elections, here are a few final thoughts for prayer:

 

Thank God for the process

  • Thank God for the blessing of free elections and the democratic process.  Thank him for giving us the right and the means to vote and determine our leadership.

 

Pray for the elections

  • Ask God to protect each voting place from all harm; to protect our elections from outside influences…
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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on November 6, 2018 at 6:23am — No Comments

Praying for mid-term elections (pt. 3)

Pray for the candidates

As the midterm campaigns enter their final couple of days, one way we can impact the races for God's glory is to pray specifically for the candidates and those who are campaigning on their behalf.  This may be the hardest part of prayer for the elections, because it can be difficult to separate our own preferences from God's leading.  But there are some Scriptural principles that we can use to pray God's will into…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on November 4, 2018 at 5:04pm — No Comments

Praying for mid-term elections (pt. 2)

Contrary to what some may say or believe, the mid-term elections will not determine the future of the United States.  To be sure, the elected officials will have a significant impact.  But God is ultimately in control. 

 A large part of how God controls the affairs of men is through the prayers of his people.  In fact, God has repeatedly called his people to prayer for their country:

 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:

“May those who love you be…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on November 3, 2018 at 9:12pm — 1 Comment

The Waiting is the Hardest Part (Praying in Crisis, pt. 6)

Why doesn't God answer prayer immediately?  Why does he seem at times to hold back, to keep us in difficult circumstances when he could bring healing, relief, finances, reconciliation, and more - all with just a word?

There is no "one-size-fits-all" answer to this question.  First and foremost, we must acknowledge and agree with God that His ways and His thoughts are higher than ours, and we're not going to understand them all the time (Isaiah 55:9).  With Paul, we cry out, "Oh, the…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on October 1, 2018 at 7:28am — 1 Comment

Does God See? Does He Hear? (Praying in Crisis, pt. 5)

Crisis situations often make us wonder if God sees our suffering or hears our cries.  God can seem distant and unconcerned with our troubles.  But Scripture shows us over and over that nothing could be further from the truth.

Joseph must have wondered if God cared about his ordeals as he was carried off into slavery and again as he languished in prison.  He must have questioned why God would allow his brothers to sell him into slavery, why the lies of Potiphar's wife could land him in…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on September 12, 2018 at 7:39pm — 1 Comment

Why? (Praying in Crisis, Pt. 4)

Perhaps the most famous cry of "Why" in the Bible came from the mouth of our Savior as he was dying on the cross.  "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" (Matthew 27:46)

Jesus was quoting the beginning to Psalm 22, which we looked at previously.  In Jesus' case, of course, he had known in advance the agony he would suffer; in fact, he had prayed earnestly that he could be spared that agony (Matthew 26:36-42) - not just the physical agony of torture and crucifixion, but I suspect…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on August 6, 2018 at 4:45pm — 2 Comments

Praying for mid-term elections (pt. 1)

The Presidential Prayer Team daily prayer page today mentions that it's 100 days to the mid-term elections.  With division in our country running so high and questions still surrounding alleged attempts to interfere with the 2016 elections, we need God's intervention both to protect our election process and to put in place leaders who will honor him.  How should we then pray?  This is the first of a series of posts with thoughts on how to pray for our upcoming…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on July 29, 2018 at 9:04am — 1 Comment

Why? (Praying in Crisis, Pt. 3)

David suffered much in his life - some of it the result of the sinfulness of others (as in King Saul's pursuit of him) and some of it the result of his own sin (for example, in the episode with Bathsheba or the counting of the army).  Sometimes David understood why he suffered; at other times he cried out in desperation and confusion to God.  Psalm 22 is one of these latter occasions.

"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?", he begins.  (We'll discuss Jesus' similar prayer in the…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on July 25, 2018 at 7:34am — No Comments

P.N Tip: Try Google Chrome!

If you're in the habit of pasting information and prayer requests here at Pray.Network (as I am), here's a tip:  Use Google Chrome rather than Internet Explorer or Edge browsers.  I have found that with IE/Edge, pasted copy often gets cut off on the right-hand side, reformatted in ways I don't expect, and pictures often don't come out well.

I've noticed since switching over to Chrome that none of these problems are present in that browser.  Chrome does do a little reformatting, but…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on July 17, 2018 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Why? (Praying in Crisis, pt. 2)

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on July 1, 2018 at 7:30am — No Comments

Lord, Don't You Care? (Praying in Crisis, pt. 1)

The wind and the waves threatened to capsize the fishing boat. Though seasoned on the water, the men…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on June 20, 2018 at 9:29pm — No Comments

Lord, Don't You Care? (Praying in Crisis, pt. 1)

The wind and the waves threatened to capsize the fishing boat. Though seasoned on the water, the men…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on June 20, 2018 at 9:24pm — No Comments

P.N tip: Encourage responses to your blog posts!

Did you know that in the Privacy settings of your profile, there are options for determining how people can respond to your blog posts?  You can set your blog to immediately publish responses from other members of Pray.Network, or to wait for your approval before publishing each response.  

Use the "publish immediately" setting if you want to encourage discussion on your blog and are not concerned about moderating the discussion.  Use the "wait for my approval" option if you want to…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on May 28, 2018 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Day 1 Prayer: A Prayer of Confession for the National Day of Prayer

Father, please forgive us your church for the ways in which we have failed to honor you in our country.  We  pay so little attention to you in our lives and then we decry when our country wanders far from you.  We allow our teaching to be more influenced by the culture around us than by your word, substituting the "wisdom" of men for the timeless truths of Scripture.  We fix our eyes on things of this world rather than on things above, living lifestyles indistinguishable from the world in…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on May 3, 2018 at 7:01am — 1 Comment

Day 1 Prayer: Hasten the Day

"But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.

Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God." -- 2 Peter…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on March 1, 2018 at 7:37am — 1 Comment

Day 1 Prayer: Bearing Fruit in Prayer

If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. -- John 15:7-8

 

Books about prayer promises are popular. "Ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you." Who wouldn't buy into that?

 

But like all promises in the Bible, this one has a context - and the context of this promise is fruitfulness. Six times in…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on February 1, 2018 at 9:15pm — 1 Comment

Day 1 Prayer: Giving Thanks for what God has done.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 tells us to give thanks in all circumstances. Although scripture instructs us to live with thankful hearts, some times of the year tend to turn our minds more than usual toward thanksgiving. For me, the start of a new year is such a time.

 

I enjoy looking over the previous year, recalling what God has done that I'm thankful for - kind of like how Joshua had 12 men take stones from the middle of the dried-up Jordan riverbed to create a memorial to what God…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on January 1, 2018 at 2:17pm — 2 Comments

Book Review: Simple Prayer (Charlie Dawes)

"My name's Andrew, and I'm a list-prayer."  OK, list praying is not really an addiction (though some of the more mystical among us might make us feel like we need to confess it).  God wired many intercessors - including me - this way.  But most of us would admit that there are times when the lists get exhausting. We tire ourselves out with our own words, and our sense of God's nearness dims as we concentrate on the details of our lists.

 

Enter a book like…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on September 10, 2017 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

Watchful and Thankful - In Such a Time as This

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. -- Colossians 4:2

 

If you're paying attention at all to events in our country these days, you may be struggling as I am with being thankful.  Our country has been polarized - not in an instant, but over time.  The polarization surfaced with the election of President Trump, which unleashed a level of hatred and violence that I have not seen in my lifetime.  I am  astonished and saddened to see…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on February 4, 2017 at 10:37am — 1 Comment

A Post-Election prayer

Father, we acknowledge that the hearts of presidents, kings, and all leaders are in your hands.  You are the one who brings people into positions of leadership and you are the one who moves them out of these positions.  The times of nations are in your hands also.  You are sovereign over all.

Lord, what we see in our country disturbs us - the division, the self-centeredness, the moral drift, the challenges to the very foundations on which this country was built.  We see the…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on November 16, 2016 at 7:40am — No Comments

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