Thursday, September 22, 2011

What To Pray For

Following the morning service, a deacon was sitting quietly reading his Bible when the janitor approached him asking if he had enough light.

“Yes, thank you, I do. But what did you think of our new pastor's prayer this morning?” he asked.

“It was great,” came the answer. And he continued, “He prays for things the other pastors didn't know God was concerned about.”

A good way to learn about the things that concern God is to carefully read a local newspaper. Its content provides many things for us to be concerned about and pray for. Examples include:

Our nation: we need to pray for our leaders and the issues of America and the world

Our Armed Forces: their protection and their families

Our cities: the unemployed, the homeless, the sick

Our newborns: that parents will show God's love

Our schools: that students will learn the truth

Our merchants: that they will treat people fairly

Our neighbors: the lost, the grieving, the hopeless

Our churches: their faithfulness to God and His Word

Our firemen, policemen, EMS personnel, health care providers

Our local governments, judges and legal system

Our families: that they will be strong and God honoring

Prayer: Father, help us to be aware of and concerned about everything in Your world that is important to You and to pray earnestly for Your will in all things. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Scripture for Today: Luke 18:1-8 Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, (Read more...)

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