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Prayer Corner: Praying as Citizens of the Kingdom of God and the USA
“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for everyone-for kings, and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” 1 Timothy 2:1-5
The 2016 Presidential election brought us a new president and division in our nation and church. How can we unify as a nation and as God’s Church?
During President Trump’s Inauguration, Franklin Graham read 1st Timothy 2:1-5 and prayed. Graham reminded us of our commitment to God and to country through prayer.
MVPC member Cheryl Evans has been an active prayer warrior for our nation for years. She prays for our President and each cabinet member by name. She says, “I pray for our nation because God asks us to. Also, we are told to ‘Cast your anxieties on Him because He cares for you…and the peace that transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.’ No one has all the answers, but prayer unleashes power to protect and guide our leaders and bring hope to the hopeless. I’m not in the seat that makes big decisions, nor do I have connections to those who are on the front lines of power, but I do have access to the throne of the One who sits on the greatest throne with the greatest power of all. There are many ways citizens get involved in bringing hope to our nation. Prayer is the way I participate.”
Listen to God’s Voice in His Word
There have been many voices speaking these last months—truthful and false, hopeful and fearful, peaceful and angry voices. To whom are we to listen?
God has given us His Word. He wants us to read it. He wants us to believe it. He wants us to live our lives in conformity to it. In the midst of all the voices, listen to God first. He will speak truth, hope and peace and show us His character and how to respond to the other voices as His disciples, with love, grace and truth. This glorifies and pleases God and helps others listen to our voice as we share our faith stories and the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Let’s challenge ourselves to read through the Bible again this year. Especially this year. Let’s listen for God’s voice which will lead us in following Jesus as citizens of the Kingdom of God and as citizens of the USA. His Word in us and His Holy Spirit acting according to His Word in us will bring peace and unify us, promote godliness and holiness and bring others into the Kingdom. As God’s children, we of all people are people of hope and have the blessed opportunity to offer that hope to others.
Prayer Guide from the Billy Graham Evangelical Association How to Pray.
Listen to US Senate Chaplain Rev. Dr. Barry Black’s National Prayer Breakfast remarks here.
A guide to daily prayer for our President can be found in the information carousels.
Bible Reading Resources:
Our Daily Bread devotionals (available free in the Narthex) include a daily Read through the Bible format.
Use The One Year Bible online (also has chronological reading option) or purchase one in the Resource Center: oneyearbibleonline.com
MVPC’s website includes a reading plan: Bible Reading Plans
Areas of Focus for our prayers:
The global church and our mission partners as they minister and often suffer for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Families in crisis. Those who are sick. The lonely. The poor. The oppressed. The discouraged. The fearful. The anxious. The grieving.
For the encouragement and empowering by the Holy Spirit of all our staff and leaders and church family.
The many opportunities and potential changes ahead of us can create a season of potent spiritual growth for us. Pray that we take hold of God as we proceed and grow in maturity and are found faithful.
Thank you for praying.
Do you need prayer?
- Come to the Prayer Corner after worship.
- Fill out the Prayer and Care Requests card in the pew rack.
- Request that your name be listed in the Together in Prayer section of the bulletin.
- Call your deacon for prayer and care for any need.
- Ask to be put on the Prayer Chain.
- Ask to pray with anyone wearing a Prayer Ministry name tag.
- Request a Stephen Minister.
- Participate in any of the prayer gatherings listed below.
- Monthly Prayer Guide
- For June and July, our prayer focus will be the Global Day of Prayer
- Prayer before Worship
- Sundays, one half hour before the worship service, Bride’s Room
Pray for our MVPC family, community, and our weekly worship gatherings.
- A.M. Prayer
- Wednesdays, 8:00-9:15am, the Resource Center
Pray for each other and our church family and ministry, and pray confidentially for requests on the Sunday Prayer and Care Requests cards.
- ePrayer Team
- Receive periodic e-mails of prayer inspiration and information on specific prayer needs for MVPC. Sign up by sending a request to Chris Bratton.
- Prayer Chain
- The prayer chain prays for unexpected or urgent prayer needs. Call Cynthia Stoutamore (283-1242) to join this team; call the church office to add your prayer request.
- National Day of Prayer
- First Thursday in May
- Global Day of Prayer
- Pentecost Sunday, Spring – More information on Global Day of Prayer