Program for National Day of Prayer

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National Day of Prayer
May 7, 2009

Prayer…America’s Hope!

“Prayer is the easiest and the hardest of all things; the simplest and the sublimest; the weakest and the most powerful; its results lie outside the range of human possibilities – they are limited only by the omnipotence of God. Few Christians have anything but a vague idea of the power of prayer; fewer still have any experience of that power. The Church seems almost wholly unaware of the power God puts into her hand; this power is rarely, if ever, used – never used to the full measure of honoring God. It is astounding how poor the use, how little the benefits. Prayer is our most formidable weapon, but the one in which we are the least skilled, the most averse to its use. We do everything else for the heathen save the thing God wants us to do; the only thing which does any good – makes all else we do efficient.”

E.M. Bounds

Adoration:

“Who among the gods is like you, O Lord? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?”

Exodus 15:11

“Let all of us, Wherever we are, In every place, At every hour, At every time of day, Every day and continually…love, honor, adore, serve, praise and bless, Glorify and exalt, magnify…The Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, Creator of all, Savior of all who believe in him, And hope in him, And love him; Who is without beginning and without end, Unchangeable and invisible, Incomprehensible, unfathomable, Blessed, worthy of praise, Glorious, exalted on high, sublime, Most high, gentle, lovable, Delectable and totally desirable above all else forever. AMEN.”

St. Francis of Assissi

Confession:

“Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the LORD’— and you forgave the guilt of my sin.”

Psalm 32:5

“Confession to God is not merely admitting our sin as real but also rejecting our sin as repulsive. There is deceit in the spirit of the person who admits with his mind that he sins but feels no revulsion in his heart at those sins.”

John Piper

Thanksgiving:

“Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men.”

Psalm 107:31

“Let us thank God heartily as often as we pray that we have His Spirit in us to teach us to pray. Thanksgiving will draw our hearts out to God and keep us engaged with Him; it will take our attention from ourselves and give the Spirit room in our hearts.”

Andrew Murray

Supplication:

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:6-7

“God does nothing except in response to believing prayer.”

John Wesley

“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 the knowledge of the truth.”

1 Tim 2:1-4

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