A Time for Hope

Unfortunately, some people have taken the focus off of Christmas and God’s great gift to the world. Instead of pointing people to the amazing love of God, our eyes and ears are fixed upon the sins of the world. Instead of focusing on hope, the articles direct readers and the media towards what is wrong in America. There is a time for that. This is not the time. This is the time to offer more than what this world has to give.

The Christmas season is a time to encourage men and women to consider the love that caused Jesus to shed His glory that He enjoyed in heaven to enter the world through the womb of a peasant girl.

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6 Prayer Requests for America

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Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name in America. Father, I pray that America would return to You and make You Lord and Shepherd. I pray that we would revere Your name and honor who You are.

Your Kingdom come.

Father, we ask that Your kingdom would reign in our hearts and in the heart of America as she reels in the midst of this great evil. Give Your people a boldness to proclaim You as King and Lord in their lives and in their actions. Cause America to turn to You.

Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Your will is perfect, holy, and true. Cause America to learn Your will and to desire Your will in this nation.

Give us this day our daily bread.

Father, You know what America needs this day. We need comfort. Give us comfort. Give us a resolve to follow You. We lift up those who have suffered injury, those who have lost a loved one, and the first responders and other heroes who pushed through the horror to save lives and help. Father, America needs comfort today. America needs the Bread of Life today, Jesus! Holy Spirit, quicken America and make her receptive to the true Bread of Life.

Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

Father, America has sinned. We have forsaken Your Word. We have walked away from You. Forgive us. Thank You that Jesus has paid the price of our debt. He took our debts upon Himself on the cross. Thank you, Jesus. We choose to forgive those who have wronged us. Help us, Lord. Have mercy, Father.

Lead us not into temptation (testing), but deliver us from evil.

Father, we mourn this tragedy as well as the hurricane tragedies in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico and the earthquake in Mexico. Deliver America from additional evil. Carry us through these trials and use them to bring us back to You.

For Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

Our Father, You reign in Your people’s lives with power. We honor You and give You glory. Cause America to bow her knee to You, and reign in this great land with power, and we will glorify You.

In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen

 

 

 

 

Memorial Day … A reminder of America’s values

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“We do not know one promise these men made, one pledge they gave, one word they spoke; but we do know they summed up and perfected, by one supreme act, the highest virtues of men and citizens. For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.”

James A. Garfield
May 30, 1868 Arlington National Cemetery

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Let Freedom Reign in America

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My Prayer

Jesus, You preached and set the captives free. Holy Spirit, You set us on the right path of liberty. Father, in You, we live, and move and have our being in freedom and truth. We need an awakening in America, Lord. Holy Spirit breathe on America and fill us with a burning desire to return to Jesus with an urgency. Make America great in Your eyes. We want to please You. Lord, quicken Your people to remember Your words: “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” We call upon You Lord, heal our land, for Your name’s sake. Amen

Thank You for freedom

Greater love has no man than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13

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Liberty Bell

Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
2 Corinthians 3:17

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We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us;
and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 1 John 3:16

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16

Thank you, active duty military members, veterans,
and families for your service!

My prayer

Jesus, thank You for these men and women who have laid aside their lives and their dreams for a season to preserve America’s freedom and to lift up the downtrodden. Thank You for the sacrifices of their families as they endured not knowing how their loved ones were. Thank You for the many sacrifices You made for us. Thank You.

Please thank a military member, a veteran, and their family members today!

Shout Liberty in America!

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Tradition says that on July 8, 1776, the Liberty Bell rang from the tower of Independence Hall, drawing Philadelphians to hear the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence by Colonel John Nixon.

In 1751, the Pennsylvania Assembly ordered the Bell to mark the 50th anniversary of William Penn’s 1701 Charter of Privileges that gave religious liberties and political self-government to the people of Pennsylvania.

The Bell’s inscription is from Leviticus 25:10: “Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land Unto All the Inhabitants thereof.”

God commanded the Israelites to proclaim a Jubilee Year every 50 years. This verse instructs the Israelites to return to the property of their ancestors. At the beginning of the Jubilee Year, debts were wiped clean, and slaves were freed. The year marked a new beginning in the Promised Land, a new beginning free of debt, free of bondage. It was also a year that was holy and of rest. The people were free to eat what the land yielded spontaneously.

The Jubilee Year was an Old Testament look at the freedom that Jesus provides to those who trust in Him. He wipes away the debt they owe for their sins, death, and frees them from their bondage to this world. They are now free to rest in His saving work because Jesus paid for their sins.

In the 1800s, the Bell reached iconic status as the “Liberty Bell” and was used as the symbol for the abolitionist movement. In 1959, Dr. Martin Luther King participated in a wreath laying at the Liberty Bell.

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty 2 Corinthians 3:17

As we celebrate America’s Independence today, may we reflect on the message that the Liberty Bell sends–Liberty to worship as we please, Liberty to self-govern, Liberty from slavery.

My prayer:

Father of Liberty, thank You for Your redeeming love, a love that provides for a new beginning through Jesus. Thank you that we live in a land of liberty founded upon Your principles. Father, we repent of our sins, and we ask for Your forgiveness. May Your people humble ourselves, repent, and call upon Your name. Heal America, Father. Restore Your land.

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