If Christians really understood the full extent of the power we have available through prayer, we would be speechless. It is quite evident, both in the teaching of Jesus and in the life which He lived, that He believed in prayer. The people whom Jesus left behind believed in prayer. Midway in the ministry of Jesus, an incident occurred of which we read about, “And it came to pass as He was praying in a certain place, that when He ceased, one of the disciples said unto Him, Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1). Jesus gave them the model prayer in Matthew 6:9-13.
There is now a group of Christians organizing a time to pray every evening at 8:00 P.M., Central time, from one to five minutes, and pray especially for the safety of the United States, our troops, our citizens, and for a return to a Godly nation.
From a biblical standpoint, the scriptures teach us that prayer should be addressed to God and offered through the name of Christ (John 14:14). Our prayers should contain praise for God, include thanksgiving, confession of sins, request for those four things mentioned above (which are underlined).
In order for our prayers to be heard, they must be prayed in faith (Matt. 21:22). A faith in God’s promise that He will hear our prayers. For without faith, our prayers have no assurance of being heard. A second basic requirement is that the one who prays must be living a life of humble obedience to God (John 15:7). “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatsoever ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” Notice how big an “IF” is involved. If ye abide in Christ and if His teaching abides in us, He promises to answer our prayers.
There is also a passage in the final chapter of the book of James which has instructions concerning prayer (James 5:13-18). While it may not be possible to prove conclusively to a person who is a skeptic or a doubter that prayers are answered, when you turn to those who know, to Christ, the apostles, and others mentioned in God’s word, we have the assurance that prayers will be answered. God has promised that when faithful Christians pray, He will cause things to happen that would not have happened otherwise. God has promised to hear and to respond, according to His infinite wisdom, to the petitions of His children. God doesn’t always say yes, but He does give an answer to every Christian’s prayer.
Would you join me in prayer at this time. Heavenly Father, in whom we live, move and have our very being, we thank thee for all the many blessings of life, both temporal and spiritual. We humbly ask that You look into our hearts and forgive us of any sin that we have committed, both omission and commission. We pray at this time if it be in accordance to thy will that you will keep America safe from the enemies who are trying to destroy her. We pray that you will continue to bless America. We know that You can save a nation through one person, Esther, and spare a multitude through the prayers of Moses. Help us as Christians to cry out against the evils going on in our society – the evils of abortion, homosexuality, transgenderism, corruption in government, adversity against Christians, killing the innocent babies, and the horrible abuse of children put into the sex industry. We pray for our troops that you will look over them, guard and guide them safely. We pray for our citizens that they may come to realize that righteousness exalts a nation and sin is a reproach to any people. We pray for a return to a Godly nation and realize that America’s hope lies in these words, “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 you will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sins, and will heal their land.” We close by praying for our president, his safety and his ability to defeat the evil powers working against us, our nation, and everything that is moral and decent. In the name of Christ, we pray, Amen.