Prayers & Praise
Let our Prayer Requests be made to God with Thanksgiving!
Why Not Use the Power of Crying Out to the Living God in Your Day of Trouble?
The Power of Prayer in Your Hour of Need!
Over and over, throughout history and in the Bible, we see God’s active involvement triggered by the cry of His people.
Moments of immediate, fearful need, hours of crisis, and days of trouble come to us all eventually. And they too often seem to show up unexpectedly, like a thief in the night.
The Power of Crying Out to God in Your Storms of Life
Have you ever found yourself in similar storms of life, or do you find yourself in a trial today? Then stop what you are doing right now and cry aloud to the Almighty God in your trouble.
“Call upon Me in the day of trouble: I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.”
— Psalm 50:15
God is expecting us to call upon Him. So we should be ready to cry out loud to the Lord for His saving help; as soon as a need arises. God says He will deliver us, so we should boldly expect His deliverance. And the great thing is; we then have one more reason to glorify Him.
Humility Required to Cry Aloud to God in Your Distress
God makes it clear and simple that He wants us to cry out to Him, that He will deliver us, and third that we are to glorify Him for it.
Are you one that prefers to be an independent, self-sufficient type? Would you rather suffer through the storm without asking for help, and then with pride say ‘Look what I did?’
Crying out to God allows us to recognize our weakness and at the same time experience His strength.
“For when I am weak, then am I strong.”
— 2 Corinthians 12:10
Keep in mind it takes a lot of humility to cry out loud to God in our desperate moments. But that is what He tells us to do, regardless of our thoughts about the situation. God wants us to clearly see in the end that He is our deliverer and that He deserves the thanks. We should glorify Him by saying ‘Look what God did!’
A Desperate Cry to Calm the Storm in Your Life
Consider Jesus’ disciples during the storm on the Sea of Galilee. They were feeling overwhelmed by trouble during this terrible storm and the boat was filling up with water. The disciples were in a panic and overwhelmed; worried they were going to drown. And even though Jesus was in the boat with them, He somehow remained sound asleep.
As the disciples reached total desperation, they cried out loud to Jesus saying ‘Lord, save us!’ It wasn’t until they cried out to Jesus in desperation that He took action and calmed the storm in their lives.
The simple fact of the matter is this: God is totally serious about hearing from those who cry out to Him in their day of trouble. Know this and believe it. God delights in showing Himself strong on behalf of anyone who is facing a desperate situation and will cry out for His deliverance.
May you use the power of crying out to the Lord in your day of trouble and be delivered into a life of growing prosperity!
God bless you always,
National Day of Prayer 2010 – America’s People Crying Out to God!
The People of the United States Pray to God in One Accord!
Below is the official proclamation from the President for the 2010 National Day of Prayer:
THE WHITE HOUSE
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER, 2010
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Throughout our history, whether in times of great joy and thanksgiving, or in times of great challenge and uncertainty, Americans have turned to prayer. In prayer, we have expressed gratitude and humility, sought guidance and forgiveness, and received inspiration and assistance, both in good times and in bad.
On this day, let us give thanks for the many blessings God has bestowed upon our Nation. Let us rejoice for the blessing of freedom both to believe and to live our beliefs, and for the many other freedoms and opportunities that bring us together as one Nation. Let us ask for wisdom, compassion, and discernment of justice as we address the great challenges of our time.
We are blessed to live in a Nation that counts freedom of conscience and free exercise of religion among its most fundamental principles, thereby ensuring that all people of goodwill may hold and practice their beliefs according to the dictates of their consciences. Prayer has been a sustaining way for many Americans of diverse faiths to express their most cherished beliefs, and thus we have long deemed it fitting and proper to publicly recognize the importance of prayer on this day across the Nation.
Let us remember in our thoughts and prayers those suffering from natural disasters in Haiti, Chile, and elsewhere, and the people from those countries and from around the world who have worked tirelessly and selflessly to render aid. Let us pray for the families of the West Virginia miners, and the people of Poland who so recently and unexpectedly lost many of their beloved leaders. Let us pray for the safety and success of those who have left home to serve in our Armed Forces, putting their lives at risk in order to make the world a safer place. As we remember them, let us not forget their families and the substantial sacrifices that they make every day. Let us remember the unsung heroes who struggle to build their communities, raise their families, and help their neighbors, for they are the wellspring of our greatness. Finally, let us remember in our thoughts and prayers those people everywhere who join us in the aspiration for a world that is just, peaceful, free, and respectful of the dignity of every human being.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 6, 2010, as a National Day of Prayer. I call upon the citizens of our Nation to pray, or otherwise give thanks, in accordance with their own faiths and consciences, for our many freedoms and blessings, and I invite all people of faith to join me in asking for God’s continued guidance, grace, and protection as we meet the challenges before us.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirtieth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.
[Source: http://nationaldayofprayer.org/news/2010-presidential-proclamation/ ]
When the First Continental Congress convened in 1774, Thomas Cushing encouraged the delegates to begin their proceedings with prayer. Prayer has always been a foundational and important part of the USA.
You can read more about this history in an article at the TheChristianPost called America’s Founders on Prayer and the National Day of Prayer
Be sure and take time to pray to God today with thanks!
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God bless you,
P.S. Feel free to leave your prayers or comments below.
Revival Hymn Redux Video – Christians Awake
Are YOU A Sleeping Christian or A Waking Christian?
This video is challenging but also uplifting…be sure to watch the full 10 minutes.
Awake sleeping Christians and examine your ways. A message every Christian needs to hear today.
WE TRULY NEED TO WAKE UP!!
“Take head, watch and pray: for you know not when the time is…
Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.
And what I say to you I say to all, WATCH.”
— Mark 13:33,35-37
The Power of Prayer is real. Let us join with others in praying for revival and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
God is good and up to something good – wake up and see… as God begins to move in your life it will overflow on to others.
May we allow the Spirit of God in our Lives and to Awaken the Body of Christ!
God bless you,
P.S. What do you think? Feel free to share your comments on this video…
A Beautiful Thing and Priceless Experience!
Surprise Blessings: You Gotta Lov’m!
I have to tell you about an unexpected surprise blessing I experienced recently…
Early this month, I had a stretch of being a full-time nanny for a little over a week.
It was for a really great family I’d also worked part-time for last school year – and they asked me if I could help them out some again. The dad is an author of several books and in full-time ministry. So he had some speaking engagements that was going to take him out of town.
All their children are extremely talented and gifted. It’s always fun to spend time with them just to have some of their energy and creativity wash off on me.
(Her parents have a very encouraging and heartfelt story of their daughter’s birth and life. Her father wrote a book on their experience and why they chose life and did not take the doctors offer to terminate the pregnancy.)
A little more background…last school year when I was there the little girl had a cast on almost the whole time. It went from her chest down to her toes! So obviously she was very limited in her activity and unable to get around and play.
I would think having a little more than half your body in a cast might dampen your spirit? It would mine!
But No: Not this little girl! She always had the sweetest smile and the ability to light up a room.
It was so humbling for me to know her and spend time with her (and still is). I had such a difficult year last year and was battling a number of challenges…
but every time I would go to their house, and see this little girl in her cast, and she’d still have the sweetest smile and happiest spirit…I would have to instantly reconsider what I was allowing myself to stress over and be unhappy over.
Okay, well fast forward to this month…
She now has most the surgeries complete on her hips, legs and knees. So no more cast. She has freedom to get around and it is amazing how well she does! She has leg braces to help her while she’s learning to walk.
The other thing she is learning to do is talk. She would say “ma” & “da” along with a number of other sounds and jabbering, but not really on demand words yet.
Well – I was blessed to have her start saying some words on demand while I was with her this month!
We just had a fun time during the week playing and being silly. I also got to hear more of the sounds and jabberings she was doing and I would copy her all the time. I would also act like her baby doll was talking and copying my words – and she thought that was pretty funny…
Anyway, the one day I was trying to get her to say “up” it sounded like she did. And then later in the day I was almost positive she started to say another word.
The next morning when getting her out of the crib I asked her to say “up” and this time she for sure did! And later she put her finger to her mouth and said “li” for light when she wanted to flip the light switch.
The BEST PART was getting her up after her nap time. She said “up” and then sat back down in her crib and started laughing…
and she kept laughing…
and would open her mouth like she was going to say “up” but couldn’t even talk because she was laughing so hard. That kind of deep belly laugh that makes your stomach hurt. 🙂 🙂 🙂
It was just the Most Beautiful, Precious thing!
For a good 3-5 minutes we just kept laughing. We were looking at each other through the crib bars and we would lean toward each other and open our mouths like we were going to say “up” and then bust out laughing again, unable to say a word…
And I can’t say for sure why she was laughing so hard, but I really think it was from a new level of understanding of the power she had to be able to speak and control what she was saying.
I wish I could describe the situation better, but it was one of those “you had to be there” times.
I’ll never forget it – I feel privileged to have been there that week and it was such a beautiful experience and blessing for me! Thanks for letting me share it with you.
And I thank God that He is helping this little girl grow and develop by leaps and bounds! If you would pray for her also it would be appreciated, as she still has some upcoming surgeries… Thank you.
P.S. You can read this family’s story of facing the reality of having a child with spina bifida and choosing life. “We Chose Life: Why You Should Too” by Anthony Horvath is available now at Amazon.
Prayer Requests & Praises to God
Do you have a prayer request or a praise report you’d like to share?
Well I’ve added a new page on the site for you to post these on.
Go here to leave your Prayer Requests.
James 5:16 says “… pray for one another … the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”
I will be in prayer with you and ask that you also pray for others as you leave your requests. Feel free to also leave your praise reports and thanks to God for answered prayers…
The power of prayer is real and may we all strive to be prayer warriors!