Beginning Monday and all throughout the month of October, Christian Endeavor International is calling on Christians in America to pray for our nation (all 50 states and our five territories) with their movement PRAY31.
My church is participating, using the prepared Daily Prayer Plan as a guide to pray for America in unison with other believers. The Plan includes an atlas along with Scriptures and quotes to go along with the prayer suggestions.
Each week, I will post what the coming week’s prayer requests are, including the quotes. If you want the extra info, you will need to visit the above links to either view the Atlas online or order one from CEI. I will try to post these sometime on Sunday so that they are available to any of you early morning pray-ers who wish to participate.
P.S. I have reviewed the booklet and there isn’t any propagandizing or Dem/Rep bashing. It’s really just a non-partisan effort to pray for our leaders, our people, and our defenders, which I truly appreciate.
Here is Monday through Sunday.
- Day One:
~Pray for a great outpouring of God’s Spirit on America. (Joel 2:28; Acts 2:17)
~Pray for the President and Vice-President, that their hearts would be guided by God, that their decisions would be wise and that their leadership would be principled. [And I’m going to interject here that we should clarify “principled” as meaning “by biblical principle,” because there are plenty of principles that will do our nation no good at all.]
“Prayer penetrates doors we will never enter. Prayer breaks hearts that have been hardened by the most ruthless pursuit of position. Prayer bridges the gap between the modest den of the meek and the highest places of government, where laws are made and bills are signed and officials wrestle against impossible odds.” –Beth Moore
- Day 2:
~Pray for the leaders, churches, and Christians of Alabama and Alaska.
~Pray that Christian leaders across America would seek God’s heart for vision, wisdom, and direction. (Jeremiah 33:3)
“Beware in your prayers, above everything else, of limiting God; not only by unbelief, but by thinking that you know what He* can do. Expect unexpected things ‘above all that we ask or think.'” –Andrew Murray
- Day 3:
~Pray for the leaders, churches, and Christians of Arizona and Arkansas.
~Pray for all of our Representatives and Senators who serve in the U.S. Congress, that they will govern with God-honoring discernment and preserve the freedoms we enjoy as Americans.
“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself* intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.” –Romans 8:26
- Day 4:
~Pray for the leaders, churches, and Christians of California and Colorado.
~Pray for the Holy Spirit to bring conviction of sin and draw people to faith in Christ. (John 16:8)
“Since the days of Pentecost, has the whole Church* ever put aside every other work and waited upon Him* for ten days, that the Spirit’s power might be manifested? We give too much attention to method and machinery and resources, and too little to the source of power.” –J. Hudson Taylor
- Day 5:
~Pray for the leaders, churches, and Christians of Connecticut and Delaware.
~Pray for those who serve as police officers, prosecutors, defenders, judges, and Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, that they would be vigilant in service and wise in judgement. [Here I will interject a quote from an officer I recently interviewed. “When was the last time you actually prayed for your police officers? I mean, who else actually goes toe-to-toe with the devil every day?”]
“The battle of prayer is against two things–wandering thoughts and lack of intimacy with God’s character as revealed in His* Word. Neither can be cured at once, but both can be cured by discipline.” –Oswald Chambers [Love me some OC! Can’t wait to meet this dude in heaven! For real! Sorry, geek-out moment…]
- Day 6:
~Pray for the leaders, churches, and Christians of Florida and Georgia. [Two of my favorite preachers, Ravi Zacharias and Charles Stanley, are based in GA. Lift up these great leaders.]
~Pray that the Church will deepen its commitment to prayer and never cease to call upon God. (Psalm 5:3; 55:17; Isaiah 62:6; Luke 18:1)
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” –Philippians 4:6
- Day 7:
~Pray for the leaders, churches, and Christians of Hawaii and Idaho.
~Pray for the soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen/women and guardsmen/women of our Armed Forces, thanking God for their service and asking Him* to bless them with strength and protection [Mental and emotional as well as physical. Gunfire and bomb aren’t the only dangers and difficulties they face.]
“Time spent alone with God is not wasted. It changes us; it changes our surroundings; and every Christian who would live the life that counts and have power for service must take time to pray.” –M.E. Andross