Give Thanks And Pray

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  1. Revmitchell

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    GIVE THANKS AND PRAY … ...FOR GOD’S ANSWERS TO PRAYER, FOR OUR NATION,
    AND FOR OUR CHURCHES

    We have much for which to be thankful this Thanksgiving Season. We have spent numerous hours and days in prayer for our nation. We prayed for and have seen the passage of the Marriage Protection Amendment in Florida and similar measures in Arizona and California. We can Give Thanks!!!

    We can Give Thanks for the Freedom we still have and for the Families that will be touched because of this stand for Traditional and Biblical Marriage.

    We must continue to Pray for Our Nation. We are divided over ideas and policies. Some say with the weather, the economy, the moral decline, and many related issues that we are facing more and more of the Judgment of God. How then should we pray?

    Even, when God sent His people captive into Babylon, He called them to PRAY for every place they went—Note—Even in an idolatrous land like Babylon. We find in Jeremiah 29:7 these instructive words…

    “And seek the peace [shalom—“well-being”] of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf; for in its peace you will have peace [shalom].” The word for “pray” refers to interceding and is often used of intense prayer for a deeply felt need, such as Hannah for a son (1 Samuel 1:10-12) or Hezekiah for protection and later for healing (2 Kings 19:15-19; 20:2). We need to continue seeking God for Spiritual Awakening in our land. There are mercy drops. There are sparks here and there. We must continue to pray.

    Continue to PrayerWalk your community—the neighborhoods around your church, the schools, businesses, government buildings, anywhere people live, work, and play.

    Continue to Pray for a SURGE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS in our land.
    Proverbs 14:34—“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.”
    Proverbs 11:10—“When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices…” [Remember to Pray for YOUR City]

    Pray for all our Current and Newly Elected and Appointed Officials at every level—
    National—the President and the President-elect, his new cabinet, the Senate, the House of Representatives
    State—Every Governor and Staff, as well as State Legislators and Judges
    Local—Every Mayor, County Officials, City Council members
    In Your Community… All need prayer!

    Regardless of the differing opinions of political parties, etc, Paul’s words are still applicable. When Paul wrote to Timothy, pastor of the church in the very secular and idolatrous city of Ephesus, he told him the first priority—“first of all … I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgiving, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, in order that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity” (1 Timothy 2:1-2) That kind of praying is foundational to effective evangelism and discipleship (2:3-8).

    Remember, Scripture reveals that 1) God is in charge. He raises up kings and puts down kings (Daniel 4:17). “It is Heaven that rules” (4:26). Let us humble ourselves and pray (2 Chronicles 7:13-14; Isaiah 30:18).

    2) Secondly, remember that we have a responsibility to our neighbor to do that which benefits him or her (Romans 15:2; Mark 12:31). “Seek the peace of the city [and nation] where [God] has sent you” [Jeremiah 29:7]. Isaiah 30:18; Romans 13:1-7; 1 Peter 2:13-17



    The Department of Prayer and Spiritual Awakening—Florida Baptist Convention
     
  2. Palatka51

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    Amen, RevMitchell.
     
  3. Dr. Bob

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    Amen. (But sad that we need a "department" to tell us to pray)
     
  4. TrustingInHim

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    Great post, thank you! We have much to keep in prayer and much to be thankful for. And what about giving thanks for what God will be doing in the future?
     

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