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Adding a new discussion to feature 40 days of prayer using the Grace for America prayer guide promoted by Fast Forward America and Pray as One.  This guide was produced by Dick Eastman and Every Home for America and is used by permission, with the following credit:

Grace for America © 2016 by Dick Eastman,
International President, Every Home for Christ
(www.ehc.org) and is reprinted by permission of the
author and Every Home for Christ International.

I will publish each day's brief prayer from the guide in this discussion and invite responses and prayers from the community.  I agree with so many who have said that America is in desperate need of revival and that the current election cycle may be a tipping point - not just in terms of who is elected and the ramifications of that, but also in terms of the divisiveness that seems to be growing in our country.  May God gain glory for himself in our country in this time of prayer!  May he forgive and cleanse our sins, and may he turn our hearts back to him!

--Andrew

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Day 1: Mercy

Titus 3:4-7 (NKJV)

“But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward
man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have
done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the
washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,
whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ
our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should
become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”


PRAY: Merciful Father, today I pray that you would make
the leaders of this nation men and women of mercy. I pray
that those who are elected or re-elected this November would
be people who have tasted of your mercy—your grace, your
salvation—and who will extend that mercy to those they
lead. May power be given only to those who will use it in
accordance with your righteous mercy.

Day 2: Forgiveness

Psalm 103:1-5 (NKJV)


“Bless the Lord, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”


PRAY: Lord Jesus, I thank you today for the forgiveness
you have extended to me, a sinner redeemed by your love. I
ask for your forgiveness over our nation; may your restoring
love run swiftly through our people and our land. I pray that
the hearts of the American people would be convicted of all
unrighteousness and turned toward you for forgiveness as we
pursue a more perfect union in this upcoming election. May
your healing and redemption come quickly to America.

Day 3: Pardon

Jeremiah 33:7-8 (NKJV)

“And I will cause the captives of Judah and the captives of
Israel to return, and will rebuild those places as at the first. I
will cleanse them from all their iniquity by which they have
sinned against Me, and I will pardon all their iniquities by
which they have sinned and by which they have transgressed
against Me.”


PRAY: I thank you today, God, for the gift of your pardon.
I repent of all the ways I have sinned against you and pray
that you would cleanse my heart of all iniquity. As I consider
this year’s election, Lord, I pray that you would pardon your
people in America. Cleanse our hearts of iniquity, and rebuild
us as a unified Body known by our love in this nation today.

For further reading: Jeremiah 33

Day 4: Honor

Deuteronomy 26:18-19 (NIV)
“And the Lord has declared this day that you are his people,
his treasured possession as he promised, and that you are to
keep all his commands. He has declared that he will set you in
praise, fame and honor high above all the nations he has made
and that you will be a people holy to the Lord your God, as
he promised.”

PRAY: Father, I come before you as one among your people—
your Church—your chosen and treasured possession. I pray
today that you would guide the hearts of your people in
America during this election season to walk in the honor and
holiness to which you have called us. Give us wisdom, Lord,
to bring honor to your name as we participate in this election.

For further reading: 1 Chronicles 29

Day 5: Consideration

Malachi 3:16-18 (MSG)
“Then those whose lives honored God got together and talked
it over. God saw what they were doing and listened in. A
book was opened in God’s presence and minutes were taken
of the meeting, with the names of the God-fearers written
down, all the names of those who honored God’s name.
God-of-the-Angel-Armies said, ‘They’re mine, all mine.
They’ll get special treatment when I go into action. I treat
them with the same consideration and kindness that parents
give the child who honors them. Once more you’ll see the
difference it makes between being a person who does the
right thing and one who doesn’t, between serving God and
not serving him.’”


PRAY: I know, Lord God, the difference it makes to be a
person who serves you. I know you give consideration to
those who honor you, those who choose the right thing. I pray
that your people in America would choose you through this
election, and that you would pour out your consideration and
kindness on us in response. I pray also that you would lead
my heart in giving careful consideration to the votes I cast in
the coming days.

For further reading: 1 Peter 2

Day 6: Devotion

1 John 3:16 (NIV)
“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down
his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our
brothers and sisters.”


PRAY: Thank you, Jesus, for your sacrifice and devotion to
me. I pray that as I approach this election, you would show me
how to demonstrate your love and devotion to the lost through
my vote. Reveal to me, Lord, how I can lay my life down for
the sake of others as I consider issues and candidates on the
ballot. May my heart be devoted to you and to my “neighbors”
in America as I vote this year.

For further reading: Acts 10

Day 7: Delight

Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV)
“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who
saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no
longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”


PRAY: Today, Lord, I receive with gratitude your rejoicing
over me. I serve you in joy and desire to bring you delight
through my thoughts and actions—and especially through
the exercise of power that is the opportunity to vote in this
election. I pray that in this election season and through this
upcoming vote, you would shape America to be a nation of
people who bring you delight.


For further reading: Psalm 37

Day 8: Gentleness

Matthew 11:29 (NKJV)
“Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle
and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”


PRAY: Father, as I participate and vote in this election season,
I pray that you would make me Christ-like in gentleness. May
my heart, my thoughts, my words and my actions be gentle in
spirit and bring others into your rest. I pray that, in the midst
of what can be a harsh and vitriolic political process, your
people in America would be known by our gentleness.


For further reading: James 3

Day 9: Kindness

Psalm 117:2 (NKJV)
“For His merciful kindness is great toward us, And the truth of
the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord!”


PRAY: I thank you, Lord, for your kindness to me. I praise
you for the kindness you have shown to our nation in the past.
I pray today that you would work through me, especially
through my votes and my participation in the political process,
to show kindness to your people and to the lost in America.
Give me a kind heart, God, and reveal to me your kindness for
the American people.

For further reading: Luke 10

Day 10: Value

Matthew 6:26-27 (NKJV)
“Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor
gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are
you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying
can add one cubit to his stature?”


PRAY: God, I come to you today in humble gratitude that you
value me. I pray, Lord, that you would reveal to me the things
that you value in this election, and that you would lead me to
cast my ballot in accordance with your heart. I pray that you
would show me how to value my neighbors—in the same way
you value them—through my votes. Use my votes, Lord, to
demonstrate care for those you value.


For further reading: Haggai 2

Day 11: Compassion

Matthew 9:35-36 (NKJV)
“Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching
in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom,
and healing every sickness and every disease among the
people. But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with
compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered,
like sheep having no shepherd.”


PRAY: Jesus, I pray that in this election season, you would
open my eyes in compassion to those who are weary and
scattered, to the lost who are like sheep without a shepherd.
May my vote be a compassionate vote—a vote of concern for
those who need your healing. May the voice of your people in
America today be one of compassion in response to the great
needs facing our country at this time, and may the leaders we
elect be compassionate as well.


For further reading: Psalm 103

 Day 12: Forbearance

Psalm 106:21-23 (NKJV)
“They forgot God their Savior, Who had done great things in
Egypt, Wondrous works in the land of Ham, Awesome things
by the Red Sea. Therefore He said that He would destroy
them, Had not Moses His chosen one stood before Him in the
breach, To turn away His wrath, lest He destroy them.”


PRAY: Father God, today I stand before you “in the breach,”
asking for your forbearance in America during this election
season. In this time, we need your patience. We are ever grateful
that you deal with us, even when we are difficult,
without becoming angry. I pray that you would give us, your
people in America, your heart of forbearance as we participate
in the political process this year.


For further reading: 2 Corinthians 4

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