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National Day of Prayer May 6, 2021

National Day of Prayer May 6, 2021

 

The theme of the 2021 National Day of Prayer, is “Lord pour out your love, life and liberty.”

2 Corinthians 3:17 says, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”

In Christ Jesus, we encounter the love of God, eternal life by the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit, and liberty or freedom from sin, death and spiritual oppression because of the death and resurrection of Jesus. When we come into the presence of people, they come into the presence of God because they are in a believer’s presence, and the Holy Spirit dwells in each believer.

We have come through a year where hatred, death, and oppression and corruption have been prevalent. Some have shifted away from the practice of corporate worship because of cultural shifts leading to fear, lock downs, restrictions, sickness, death, discouragement, politics, etc. As so many people are looking for answers, restoration, and hope, we can pray for them to receive the love, life and liberty that is known in Christ Jesus; and before or as we carry the Name of Jesus to people, we can carry the names of people to Jesus in prayer

The apostle Paul recounts his calling to salvation and ministry from Jesus in Acts 26:18. This verse can be a prayer for someone that you know who is lost, hurting or has fallen away from God. “Holy Spirit, please open the eyes of ______. Turn them from darkness to light. And from the power of Satan to God, So they may receive forgiveness of sins, And a place among those who are sanctified by faith in [Jesus].” (18)

As you pray over the topics provided in the NDP brochure, please pray over the list of current government leaders asking God to help them to walk in His wisdom and virtue and to strengthen them in courage and faithfulness for the challenges they face. Pray that godly leaders will be elected in future elections, as well.  Pray, especially, for the endurance, encouragement and safety of believers who are being persecuted around the world as never before.

Pray for America that the Holy Spirit will bring revival, repentance and holy, faithful living in the church. Pray that He will deepen relationships with Himself through a greater knowledge, understanding and intentional application of the Word of God. Pray for families to be renewed with strong marriages and Biblical principles. Pray for effective, Spirit-filled, preaching of the Bible and for a bold and loving sharing of the faith. Pray that the government and culture would be impacted and redeemed through the prayers, witness, lifestyle and activity of believers in Christ.

As you encounter people on the National Day of Prayer, I would like to encourage you to say to each of them, “Today is the National Day of Prayer. May I pray for you?”

Then take them boldly to the throne of Grace in prayer. It may become the first time some people encounter God in such a way!

You will want to be a part of a special National Day of Prayer Breakfast, May 6 at 7:00 a.m. with Ken Boa, the author of the Handbook to Prayer, which was mailed out to households at this time last year.  Register at idlewild.org/register

I hope that you will each prepare your heart and that you will pray during this crucial season in  America.

 

Greg Murphy – Minister, Family Care