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Presidential Prayer Team; J.R. – Boot Camp Blessings

If you decide to become one of “The Few, The Proud, The Marines,” it is not a matter of signing some forms and then shipping off for the battlefront. First, you will go to boot camp – and it’s not likely to be enjoyable. For three months, you will be subjected to all manner of physical duress, mental torment, sleep deprivation, mind games, seemingly pointless procedures and rugged routines. None of this is done out of hatred, but rather to make you a successful Marine and give you the best chance of surviving in combat.

I will turn to you and make you fruitful and multiply you and will confirm my covenant with you.

Leviticus 26:9

Leviticus is a book of rules, many of them unfathomable to the modern mind. But the Israelites were living in a world filled with pagan, demonic practices that saturated everyday life. God wanted to reorient them to a proper worldview so that they could worship Him in holiness. In return for their obedience, He promised life and unparalleled blessings.

The key themes in Leviticus from the Lord: “be holy for I am holy,” and “love your neighbor as yourself.” Today, pray that America’s citizens and leaders will embrace those commands…so that God might pour out His unprecedented blessings on the nation.

Recommended Reading: Psalm 112:1-10  Click to Read or Listen

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Ray Stedman -The True Basis for Social Concern

Read: Leviticus 25

Throughout the land that you hold as a possession, you must provide for the redemption of the land. If one of your fellow Israelites becomes poor and sells some of their property, their nearest relative is to come and redeem what they have sold. Lev 25:24-25

As you read this chapter you can see that these are God’s instructions on how to deal with poverty. This is an issue which seethes and throbs beneath the surface in every land on earth today. What is causing the sense of injustice and inequity among peoples all over the world? It is the fact that they face a system which, at least in their view, does not permit them to recover out of poverty. They have no way of breaking the stranglehold upon them and of improving their economic lot. God says, You must do something about that. You must help your brother.

The passage goes on to outline specific circumstances: First, in verses 25-34 God says you must give a person the right to redeem his own land. The next division, Verses 39-46, takes up the case of slavery. No Israelite was to be a slave. Finally, Verses 47-55, there must be the right to redeem slaves, to buy a person back and restore him to his dignity as a human being.

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Presidential Prayer Team; C.P. – Bad To Good

Some say that we should thank God for all things – including broken legs, burning homes, or even war. Yet there’s a difference between thanking God for bad things and thanking God in bad things. God isn’t out to get you with all the negative events that happen in your life; instead, you can be assured that He can turn all bad circumstances for the good.

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

I Thessalonians 5:18

Job was plagued by Satan after God had given the devil permission to afflict the man. Job did not blame God, but stayed faithful…and the Lord ultimately turned Job’s situation for the good (Job 42:10-17). Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery in Egypt…but later he told them, “You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good.” (Genesis 50:20) The apostle Paul underwent many physical trials…but he said, “When I am weak, then I am strong.” (II Corinthians 12:10)

Ask God to rise up in your problems. Trust Him to turn them around for the good. Thank Him amidst all your circumstances. Then intercede for the nation that God will use all of the turmoil that’s going on in the world to turn people toward Him.

Recommended Reading: Romans 8:26-39  Click to Read or Listen

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Presidential Prayer Team; J.K. – Guidelines for Life

John Quincy Adams, sixth president of the United States, frequently wrote letters to his family when he was away from home. Adams penned this to his son in 1811: “So great is my veneration for the Bible, and so strong my belief, that when duly read and meditated on, it is of all books in the world that which contributes most to make men good, wise and happy.”

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you.

Ephesians 4:31

Scripture can be very specific about what makes men good and wise, or what defines them as evil and foolish. If tempers rise, men may react in anger, maligning one another with passionate outbursts of rage or sarcasm. Filthy words “grieve the Holy Spirit of God.” (Ephesians 4:30) You have a duty as a Christian, whose heart is tender to the Lord, to be an example – by your word and action – of what is right and pleasing in God’s eyes.

“Do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” (Ephesians 5:17) Apply His guidelines to your life. Then pray for those who lead this nation that they may seek to live in obedience to the will of God, tenderhearted and kind in word and deed.

Recommended Reading: Ephesians 4:1-3, 11-16

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Presidential Prayer Team; J.R. – Sow Sorry

Depending on what you believe, he was shot by a hired killer at a house in Detroit and his remains cremated – or he was dispatched with a hunting knife and then buried in a 55-gallon drum…which was then placed in an old car, crushed in a compactor and sent to Japan as scrap metal. Or he was buried under a residential driveway. Or he was interred in a shallow grave in a field near a restaurant. Or he was entombed in concrete beneath the end zone at the stadium in Meadowlands, New Jersey.

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.

Galatians 6:7

Whatever you believe, no one has been able to prove what happened to Jimmy Hoffa, the infamous Teamsters boss and mafia figure who disappeared in 1975. What is almost certain is that somebody did to him what he had very likely ordered done to others.

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Presidential Prayer Team; J.R.- Sow Sorry

Depending on what you believe, he was shot by a hired killer at a house in Detroit and his remains cremated – or he was dispatched with a hunting knife and then buried in a 55-gallon drum…which was then placed in an old car, crushed in a compactor and sent to Japan as scrap metal. Or he was buried under a residential driveway. Or he was interred in a shallow grave in a field near a restaurant. Or he was entombed in concrete beneath the end zone at the stadium in Meadowlands, New Jersey.

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.

Galatians 6:7

Whatever you believe, no one has been able to prove what happened to Jimmy Hoffa, the infamous Teamsters boss and mafia figure who disappeared in 1975. What is almost certain is that somebody did to him what he had very likely ordered done to others.

You can believe God will forgive your sin when you repent, but that doesn’t mean you will always be free from sorrowful consequences. That’s why it’s so important to be intentional about how you “sow.” Don’t deliver evil for evil. Instead, sow your time, talent, treasure and prayers wisely in ways that will reap goodness – for you, and for America.

Recommended Reading: Matthew 13:3-8, 18-23

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Presidential Prayer Team; H.L.M.- Wondrous Works

When Brian Barcelona was 16, he thought he didn’t need God. But a friend had been inviting Barcelona to church for months. He finally consented when he was promised a free smoothie! But when Barcelona got to church, he dared God to touch him and prove He was real…and He did. “I felt so overwhelmed with love that I’ve never felt before,” he said. “I just started weeping and in that moment I encountered this God that everyone had talked about, and for once in my life it was actually becoming real to me.”

Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!

II Corinthians 9:15

Two years later Barcelona had a vision that God was going to save the high school students of America. He started preaching in a Bible club of about six students; it quickly grew to 600 teens a month. Then Barcelona started an organization that now helps students start Christian clubs on their campus.

Thank the Lord today…and then daily seek opportunities to express to others the inexpressible gift of His love to you. When you do, pray that, like Barcelona, they would find their life purpose through a personal, genuine experience with the Lord. Then ask God to do the same in the lives of the presidential candidates.

Recommended Reading: I Chronicles 16:8-15

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Presidential Prayer Team; G.C. – Faith Struggle

Last man standing was an early American game of endurance. It usually involved a test like standing in freezing water or holding your hand over hot coals. The idea was to tolerate the pain longer than anyone else.

We endure anything rather than put an obstacle in the way of the gospel of Christ.

I Corinthians 9:12

The apostle Paul set a high mark in the area of enduring hardship in the Christian life. In seeking to share the gospel of Christ, he was beaten, stoned, and left for dead, whipped within a lash of his life, shipwrecked, and attacked by an angry mob. Yet after asking God to relieve him of one personal and miserable affliction, the answer was “no.” Instead, God said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (II Corinthians 12:9)

Today you may be facing a significant difficulty in your faith. How are you handling it? Are you gritting your teeth hoping to be acknowledged for your strength, or have you humbly released your will in recognition that God may have a greater purpose at work? Pray for others struggling in their faith in this nation – and especially for those who are in service to America. Ask that they may patiently endure and bear evidence of God’s grace.

Recommended Reading: Hebrews 10:19-25

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Presidential Prayer Team; C.H. God Thing

Have you ever been so focused on the road that you forget where you are going? Sometimes that happens when following God. Bible teacher and pastor Charles Swindoll once said, “You and I can become so dedicated to the will of God, we can be so driven by a false sense of purpose, that we might inadvertently take matters into our own hands and leave God completely out of the loop.”

They attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them.

Acts 16:7

In today’s verse, Paul, Silas and Timothy were following God and not a predetermined path. They had a thriving ministry and wanted to take it to Bithynia, but God prevented them from going. Thankfully, the disciples listened and moved on when they could’ve just as easily had said, “We’re doing a good thing and these people need to hear the Good News.” They could have left God out of the loop.

But they did not – and nor should you. Don’t get so focused on a good thing that you forget to ask if it’s a God thing. Ask your Heavenly Father to lead you and the leaders of this great nation in His will, and to seek His enlightening Word to illuminate the road ahead.

Recommended Reading: Psalm 119:105-112  Click to Read or Listen

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Ray Stedman – Handling Life

Read: Leviticus 17

This is so the Israelites will bring to the Lord the sacrifices they are now making in the open fields. They must bring them to the priest, that is, to the Lord, at the entrance to the tent of meeting and sacrifice them as fellowship offerings…. They must no longer offer any of their sacrifices to the goat idols to whom they prostitute themselves. This is to be a lasting ordinance for them and for the generations to come. Lev 17:5, 7

The object of this whole requirement is to teach that all life belongs to God and that he alone is capable of handling it rightly. Only God understands life. That is the basis for all proper behavior. If you don’t understand this fact you are not going to behave properly. You can’t. You must understand that your life belongs to God, and that all other life around you, even animal life, must be brought before God and related to him, with the understanding that life is a mystery which we cannot handle ourselves, in which man is incapable of properly directing his own affairs.

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Presidential Prayer Team; JK – Genuine and Unifying

An American walking one evening in Warsaw passed a Polish man walking the other direction. Struck by the Christian hymn he was whistling, the English-speaking gentleman turned and whistled the same tune. The Polish man abruptly faced him and the two embraced. Unable to speak the other’s language, they were unified in their common belief in the Lord.

Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.

John 17:11

In Jesus’ high priestly prayer found in John 17, He prayed for the disciples who knew and believed in Him that God would guard and keep them in the truth they had learned. Then He prayed for you and all future believers, “that they may all be one…in us.” (John 17:21) It is fellowship with the Lord – likened to the unity of the Father and Son – that gives you deep joy. It is also relational link between other believers…a bond of peace giving singleness of mind and judgment.

God desires that you be a witness to those around you. Live your faith – one that is genuine, lasting and unifying. Intercede for this nation and its leaders that they may be convinced of His truth and seek to know Him and do His will.

Recommended Reading: John 17:6-8, 17-23

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Presidential Prayer Team; J.K.- Genuine and Unifying

An American walking one evening in Warsaw passed a Polish man walking the other direction. Struck by the Christian hymn he was whistling, the English-speaking gentleman turned and whistled the same tune. The Polish man abruptly faced him and the two embraced. Unable to speak the other’s language, they were unified in their common belief in the Lord.

Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.

John 17:11

In Jesus’ high priestly prayer found in John 17, He prayed for the disciples who knew and believed in Him that God would guard and keep them in the truth they had learned. Then He prayed for you and all future believers, “that they may all be one…in us.” (John 17:21) It is fellowship with the Lord – likened to the unity of the Father and Son – that gives you deep joy. It is also relational link between other believers…a bond of peace giving singleness of mind and judgment.

God desires that you be a witness to those around you. Live your faith – one that is genuine, lasting and unifying. Intercede for this nation and its leaders that they may be convinced of His truth and seek to know Him and do His will.

Recommended Reading: John 17:6-8, 17-23  Click to Read or Listen

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Presidential Prayer Team; J.R.- Ballpark Variety

At a grand dedication ceremony on the afternoon of April 16, 1964, New York City’s Mayor Robert Wagner praised William Shea, a lawyer who had helped bring a National League baseball team back to the city and was now having the brand new, state-of-the-art ballpark named in his honor. The mayor proclaimed it the “world’s greatest stadium” and said that with his name on it, Shea was now “practically an immortal.”

His disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings!”

Mark 13:1

To paraphrase baseball great Yogi Berra, immortality ain’t what it used to be: Shea Stadium, old and outdated, was demolished in 2009 and replaced with a parking lot the city needed for the newer, adjacent Citi Field. Last year, the new park hosted the World Series.

Jesus understood, better than the disciples, that “wonderful buildings” have limited and distinctly short-term utility. “Do you see these great buildings?” He responded, “There will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.” (Mark 13:2) What are you building today? As you pray for America’s leaders, may you be focused on immortality – not the ballpark variety, but that offered by the eternal and loving God who offers those who love Him a hope and a future.

Recommended Reading: II Corinthians 4:13-18  Click to Read or Listen

 

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Presidential Prayer Team;  J.R. – Ballpark Variety

At a grand dedication ceremony on the afternoon of April 16, 1964, New York City’s Mayor Robert Wagner praised William Shea, a lawyer who had helped bring a National League baseball team back to the city and was now having the brand new, state-of-the-art ballpark named in his honor. The mayor proclaimed it the “world’s greatest stadium” and said that with his name on it, Shea was now “practically an immortal.”

His disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings!”

Mark 13:1

To paraphrase baseball great Yogi Berra, immortality ain’t what it used to be: Shea Stadium, old and outdated, was demolished in 2009 and replaced with a parking lot the city needed for the newer, adjacent Citi Field. Last year, the new park hosted the World Series.

Jesus understood, better than the disciples, that “wonderful buildings” have limited and distinctly short-term utility. “Do you see these great buildings?” He responded, “There will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.” (Mark 13:2) What are you building today? As you pray for America’s leaders, may you be focused on immortality – not the ballpark variety, but that offered by the eternal and loving God who offers those who love Him a hope and a future.

Recommended Reading: II Corinthians 4:13-18  Click to Read or Listen

 

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Presidential Prayer Team; A.W. – Tomorrow Talk

Do you ever wonder what the future holds? Many do – so it’s not surprising that one of the most widely read sections of any newspaper is the horoscope section. Several folks make their decisions based on the information they read. Because people fear the unknown, they look for ways to figure out what will happen next.

Write therefore the things that you have seen, those that are and those that are to take place after this.

Revelation 1:19

For Christians, there should be no fear of the future. Corrie Ten Boom said “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” Today’s verse is from the book of the Bible that tells the future. Jesus provided a vision to the apostle John as a message to give to His followers about what would one day happen. Some are confused or frightened by the descriptions and imagery of Revelation, but because God has a purpose for everything, you can trust His plan for the future.

If you are concerned about what tomorrow holds – don’t be. Trust God to work everything that happens into His perfect will. Ask for His direction for your part of His plan, and then pray for the nation’s citizens and leaders to turn to Him for guidance.

Recommended Reading: Jeremiah 29:4-14

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Presidential Prayer Team; – Immigrant Love

A look back into history reveals America has always been a land of immigration. From those crossing over the ice bridge connecting Asia to North America, to Europeans crossing oceans in fifteenth-century sailing vessels, to the French and Spanish settlements eventually being bumped for the English and Dutch. Just prior to the American Revolution, this great land was already a medley of those willing to risk it all to stake a claim of freedom.

That our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good.

II Thessalonians 1:11

Today, the United States remains a land filled with people from different cultures and varied backgrounds – but all have the same need. Jesus is the only One who can bring them freedom from their sin and place them on course to fulfill God’s purposes for their lives…and His will for you is to give them every opportunity to know Him.

Ask the Lord to use you, as an ambassador compelled by the exhortation of today’s verse, to share His truth with individuals and families around you of every race and creed. Pray for the nation’s leaders to know Him as well…and for the country’s future immigrants to encounter God’s people and know His love.

Recommended Reading: Matthew 25:34-40

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Presidential Prayer Team; G.C.- Immigrant Love

A look back into history reveals America has always been a land of immigration. From those crossing over the ice bridge connecting Asia to North America, to Europeans crossing oceans in fifteenth-century sailing vessels, to the French and Spanish settlements eventually being bumped for the English and Dutch. Just prior to the American Revolution, this great land was already a medley of those willing to risk it all to stake a claim of freedom.

That our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good.

II Thessalonians 1:11

Today, the United States remains a land filled with people from different cultures and varied backgrounds – but all have the same need. Jesus is the only One who can bring them freedom from their sin and place them on course to fulfill God’s purposes for their lives…and His will for you is to give them every opportunity to know Him.

Ask the Lord to use you, as an ambassador compelled by the exhortation of today’s verse, to share His truth with individuals and families around you of every race and creed. Pray for the nation’s leaders to know Him as well…and for the country’s future immigrants to encounter God’s people and know His love.

Recommended Reading: Matthew 25:34-40  Click to Read or Listen

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Presidential Prayer Team; C.H.- Much More

If you were granted one wish, what would it be? Better health? More money? World peace? King Solomon was given one wish from God Himself – and he didn’t ask for health, wealth or possessions. He asked for wisdom. God recognized the pure motivation of Solomon’s response and granted his request…and much more.

Be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.

Colossians 1:9

Wisdom is important for all mankind, but not many ask for it. Many search for answers instead, asking God, “Which way do I go?” or “What is your plan for my life?” But when you simply ask for wisdom alone, today’s verse shows that it grants you knowledge and understanding of God’s will. Like Solomon, you get His wisdom for your specific request…and much more.

So what are you waiting for? Ask God to grant you wisdom as you seek to follow His will. Listen and respond as He leads. Pray, too, for the presidential candidates to be given the wisdom required to run this country and make changes to better this great nation. As He always has, the Lord will honor your faithful prayers for America.

Recommended Reading: II Chronicles 1:7-13

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Presidential Prayer Team; J.R.- Rotten Resume Removal

Suppose you want to become president. The first thing that will look good on your resume is an appointment to West Point. Unfortunately, you’re rejected because you can’t pass the eye exam, legally blind in one eye. You can’t afford a prestigious university like Harvard, so you enroll in a modest local business school named Spalding’s Commercial College. You quit after one semester (and the school must not have been that good anyway; it went out of business). You end up in the Army, but narrowly avoid a court-martial for failing to follow orders. You then start a business, and it promptly goes bankrupt.

Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham.

Galatians 3:7

At this point, it doesn’t look like you have any chance of being elected dog catcher, let alone president. Yet what you’ve just read is the biography of young Harry Truman, America’s thirty-third Chief Executive.

Maybe your resume has some rough spots. So what? “Forgetting what lies behind …” wrote Paul to the Philippians, and he reminded the Galatians in today’s verse that faith looks forward, not back. As you pray for your leaders today, thank God that as an American, and as a Christian, your future doesn’t have to be determined by your past.

Recommended Reading: Philippians 3:12-21

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Presidential Prayer Team; G.C.- Refreshing Energy

Narcissa Prentiss Whitman was among the first Anglo women to cross the Rocky Mountains. She and her husband braved a rugged road as missionaries sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ in the Oregon Country of what would later become the state of Washington. As they trekked, Prentiss penciled down their progress and her feelings, affirming her confidence in God’s calling yet many days confessing a difficult homesickness saying, “O how comforting is this to the missionary, we love to think and talk of home.”

The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ…and God of all comfort.

II Corinthians 1:3

God indeed left a written word, the Bible, to comfort and guide His followers, and although you may feel sure of His call like Mrs. Whitman, it’s likely there will be days when your service is complicated and life is tough. In those moments, thoughts of God’s mercy through Jesus will bring a new energy to your heart and soul fueled by His holy presence.

Do you know someone struggling in their good work on Earth? Take time and pray for them and all believers in service to America. Pray they will be refreshed in their minds and reflect upon God’s purposes and His promises to accomplish all He intends through them.

Recommended Reading: Psalm 46:1-7

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