Will you commit to pray for God’s “will to be done here on earth as it is in heaven?”
Do you realize how dangerous a prayer that actually is? It starts with learning to pray effectively, with the authority of Jesus, overcoming and conquering the impossible. God invites us to partner with Him in the greatest rescue operation of all time by first being partners with Him in prayer.
Read Matthew 12:21. It says, “in His name the nations will put their hope.” It is part of a Messianic reference to Jesus that comes from the Old Testament prophet Isaiah (42:1-4). God answers believing prayer and wants us to pray intelligently for His purposes to be accomplished.
One approach to prayer is to intercede each week for godly hope in the seven critical areas of any society listed below. Below is a sample approach you might start out with. Add more specific information you gather and compile, in order to pray more specifically and with more focus.
Government: Pray for your local, state, and national leaders. Ask God to give them wisdom, discernment and courage to lead well, and hearts that are open to His leading.
Church: Pray for the churches and church leaders in your local congregation, your community, and the rest of the country. Ask God to strengthen, preserve, and protect clergy, even as He inspires, empowers, and equips them for Jesus-honoring and equipping-the-saints ministry.
Military: Pray for our military and its leaders. Ask God to give courage, protection, and strength to our service men and women and their families.
Family: Pray for families in your neighborhood, your community, your church, your state, and the rest of the country. Pray for married couples to maintain their vows to one another, and for parents to love their children even as they raise them to know God and rest in His care. Ask God to protect and strengthen marriages, encourage parents to help their children know what they believe and why, and to bring healing to relationships.
Education: Pray for God’s presence in children and teachers who are following Jesus to be salt and light in their schools. Ask God to identify and promote God-honoring teachers and administrators in public schools and local colleges who honor His statutes, protect our children, and inspire them to discover their God-given calling. Pray for young men and women to pursue higher education and seek to work as professors in the academy in the next 25 years.
Media: Pray for Christian influence in the media from movies, music, television, radio, social media, newspaper and magazines. Pray for young men and women to pursue media-related positions and seek to work in the media in the next 25 years.
Business: Pray for divine intervention in local, state, and national economies. Ask God to raise up godly business leaders who can create industry to provide honest employment and generous provision for individuals and families in each community.
Serve globally. Prayer leads us into the presence of God. He then gives us an opportunity to be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit in order to be His ambassadors of hope to the nations.
Love is a verb,
©2017 by Mike Olejarz