7 Days of Prayer

SUNDAY

A Heart Free From Pride

MONDAY

Prayer for Expressing Gratitude

TUESDAY

Prayer for Strength

WEDNESDAY

A Prayer for My Wife

THURSDAY

Prayer for a Worthy Family

FRIDAY

Praise to the Father

SATURDAY

The General Thanksgiving

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Praise to the Father

Praise to You, Father, because You are a God who loves to answer prayer and who begins to answer even before I pray. (Isaiah 65:24).

Praise to You, Father, for You made the heavens and all their starry host, even the highest heavens, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you. (Nehemiah 9:6)

Praise to You, Father, because You are a loving God, Your very nature is love. (1 John 4:16)

Praise to You, Father, because You are a faithful God, keeping Your covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love You and keep Your commands. (Deuteronomy 7:9)

Praise to You, Father, for Your great mercy, You are a gracious and merciful God (Nehemiah 9:31)

Praise to You, Father, because You are a generous God, who gave even Your own Son. (John 3:16)

Praise to You, Father, for You have always been and forever will be; the ‘Ancient of Days’, the ‘Everlasting Father’, who lives forever and ever. (Daniel 7:9, Isaiah 9:6)

Amen.

The Power of Prayer: A Politicians Perspective

Thanksgiving Proclamation: Kennedy

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“It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord.”

More than three centuries ago, the Pilgrims, after a year of hardship and peril, humbly and reverently set aside a special day upon which to give thanks to God for their preservation and for the good harvest from the virgin soil upon which they had labored. Grave and unknown dangers remained. Yet by their faith and by their toil they had survived the rigors of the harsh New England winter. Hence they paused in their labors to give thanks for the blessings that had been bestowed upon them by Divine Providence.


This year, as the harvest draws near its close and the year approaches its end, awesome perils again remain to be faced. Yet we have, as in the past, ample reason to be thankful for the abundance of our blessings. We are grateful for the blessings of faith and health and strength and for the imperishable spiritual gifts of love and hope. We give thanks, too, for our freedom as a nation; for the strength of our arms and the faith of our friends; for the beliefs and confidence we share; for our determination to stand firmly for what we believe to be right and to resist mightily what we believe to be base; and for the heritage of liberty bequeathed by our ancestors which we are privileged to preserve for our children and our children’s children.


It is right that we should be grateful for the plenty amidst which we live; the productivity of our farms, the output of our factories, the skill of our artisans, and the ingenuity of our investors. But in the midst of our thanksgiving, let us not be unmindful of the plight of those in many parts of the world to whom hunger is no stranger and the plight of those millions more who live without the blessings of liberty and freedom. With some we are able to share our material abundance through our Food-for-Peace Program and through our support of the United Nations Freedom-from-Hunger Campaign. To all we can offer the sustenance of hope that we shall not fail in our unceasing efforts to make this a peaceful and prosperous world for all mankind.


NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOHN F. KENNEDY, President of the United States of America, in consonance with the joint resolution of Congress approved December 26, 1941, which designates the fourth Thursday in November of each year as Thanksgiving Day, do hereby proclaim Thursday, the twenty-third day of November of this year, as a day of national thanksgiving.


I urge all citizens to make this Thanksgiving not merely a holiday from their labors, but rather a day of contemplation. I ask the head of each family to recount to his children the story of the first New England thanksgiving, thus to impress upon future generations the heritage of this nation born in toil, in danger, in purpose, and in the conviction that right and justice and freedom can through man’s efforts persevere and come to fruition with the blessing of God.


Let us observe this day with reverence and with prayer that will rekindle in us the will and show us the way not only to preserve our blessings, but also to extend them to the four corners of the earth. Let us by our example, as well as by our material aid, assist all peoples of all nations who are striving to achieve a better life in freedom.


IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States of America to be affixed.
DONE at the City of Washington this twenty-seventh day of October in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and sixty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and eighty-sixth.

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JOHN F. KENNEDY

The Power of Prayer

The power of prayer should not be underestimated. God most definitely listens to prayers, answers prayers, and moves in response to prayers.

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him.”

~~ 1 John 5:14-15

I stumbled upon the following video by a young man from the UK (nickgulliver). It is a short presentation about prayer using bible verses and references, set to the music ‘Surrender’ by Marc James.

How to Spend Thirty Minutes with God

Rachael Ray promises that her dazzling dishes will never take more than 30 minutes to make, while the exercise DVDs guarantee an effective workout, in that same half of an hour.

This post encourages you to allocate 30 minutes to get “bread for the soul”, with a “spiritual workout” that will strengthen every area of your life.

How to Spend Thirty Minutes with God

Preparation
(5 minutes)

Spend a few minutes quieting yourself and relaxing, settling into a comfortable, prayerful position. As you begin, ask God to grant you openness, generosity and courage during your time together.

Gracious God, open my heart so that I can hear your Word . . . your Word of Great Possibility and Wonder.
Gracious God, help me to be generous in spirit so that in silence I may be able to embrace your Word of Possibility and Wonder.
Gracious God, grant me a courageous heart to open myself to your Word of Possibility and Wonder.

Adoration
(5 minutes)

I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.
~~Psalm 9:2

Tell God how great, wonderful and amazing He is. Let Him know all the ways that you see Him as God. Take 1 minute with the scripture, 1 minute to make a list and 3 minutes to express.

Confession
(5 minutes)

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
~~1 John 1:9

Admit that you’ve done some things wrong and ask God to forgive you. Tell Him how bad it made you feel when you did the wrong thing. Let Him know why you know what you did is wrong. Take 1 minute with the scripture, 1 minute to gather your thoughts and 3 minutes to express.

Thanksgiving
(5 minutes)

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
~~1 Thessalonians 5:18

Just start thanking God for all the things you can think of. There is nothing too big or too small to thank Him for. Take 1 minute with the scripture, 1 minute to make a list and 3 minutes to give thanks.

Supplication
(5 minutes)

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
~~Ephesians 6:18

This is where you ask God to help you. To increase your faith, to help you in your prayer life, to be more giving or whatever is on your heart.

Listening
(5 minutes)

End your time with God by listening. Sit quietly before the Lord and let Him speak to you.

Thirty minutes well spent. In the time it takes to watch a Seinfeld rerun or 1/6 of a football game, we have been filled and energized with the Spirit.

Mini Manna: By Grace Through Living Faith

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.
~~ Ephesians 2:8-9

You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.
~~ James 2:24

Are these two passages contradictory?

The two passages are not really in conflict, because James and Paul were each talking about two different kinds of works and emphasizing different aspects of salvation.

Paul emphasized that the grace of God saves, and man cannot earn his salvation by merit. The fact that God’s grace saves, does not relieve us of the responsibility to obey God in order to receive the benefits of that grace.

We are saved by many things:

  • “For in this hope we were saved” (Romans 8:24).
  • “…he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.” (Hebrews 5:9)
  • “… the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).
  • “and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also…” (1 Peter 3:21).

All of these save because salvation is “by grace through faith” . That faith is a Living Faith.

A living faith is a faith that works, that obeys the commands of Christ. When we let God’s love flow around us, cover us and support us it leads us to a living faith. A living faith manifested through the “fruit of the spirit“: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.