National Day of Prayer taskforce
August has always been an exciting month as we prepared to go back to school. Newness filled the air with great anticipation: new teachers, classmates, school supplies, and maybe even something new to wear on the first day of school. As a teacher for 10 years I was excited to have new students, lesson plans, classroom supplies, volunteers, decorations and more. For 17 years I wrote weekly devotionals for educators to meet and pray each week for their schools and for one another. Yes, schools and education are near and dear to my heart, which is why I am asking you to take time to pray for schools.
Students and teachers have been apart for many months and decisions on whether to meet virtually, in-person, or both, differs from district to district and is changing every day. Our superintendents, school boards, principals and other decision-makers need our prayers! They are seeking all the information they can get to make the best decisions for their students, teachers and staff in regard to education and health. There are so many needs that must be met, and it seems that all decisions come at a great cost. I know that many of these decision-makers are praying and would deeply appreciate your prayers as they prepare and begin this new academic year. Please pray for the teachers, students, and parents to continue to work together. As we continue in our 52 days of prayer in our “Nehemiah Response,” please consider posting at least one prayer for our schools.
Throughout the Bible we hear God tell His people to remember all that He has taught and all the wonders He has done. As we remember these words and works, we are to tell them to others, especially the next generation so that they will know and worship God all of their years. There has certainly been plenty of time at home for parents to pray and read the Bible with their family over the past several months.
If you have not started this special time with your family, we encourage you to begin now and make it a part of your new school year routine. Take time to pray together for their classmates, teachers, coaches and more. This is also a great way for children to open up about their day at school. The greatest thing we can teach our children is how to know and follow Jesus through His Word and prayer. This year may begin with a few fears and tears but let it be FILLED with prayer.
Psalm 78:1-4 Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old: Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.
Please join in praying for our schools: Lord Jesus, we come to You now to lift up all of our schools to You; public, private, home, and Christian schools across America. Please give the school officials wisdom in their discisions on where to each as well as what to teach. We ask that You guide and guard the hearts, minds, eyes, and ears of our students as they open their books and hear the lessons in their classrooms from pre-K through college. Let them be filled with Truth and Light. Give students Christian friends to encourage their walk with You and allow them to be bold in sharing Your Word and love with others. In Your Son's name we pray. Amen and Amen
Kathy Branzell, President of the National Day of Prayer Task Force; PO Box 64225, Colorado Springs, CO 80965 http://www.nationaldayofprayer.org/
Our Nation needs your Prayers
As our nation convulses with pain, anger and hatred, this is a moment for Christians to shine for our Lord, who is the Prince of Peace. The Bible says, "Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath." [Ephesians 4:26], yet each sundown is bringing with it the darkness of more violence and destruction in more cities. Scripture also tells us, "Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good." [Romans 12:21] This means doing what we personally can do to right wrongs and help the hurting. It also means praying fervently to our Heavenly Father for Him to change hearts and heal our land. The One "who is in you--Christ--is greater than he who is in the world." [1 John 4:4]
Because this is true, I am calling on all churches across our nation to make this Pentecost Sunday a time for special intercession for our nation. Will you pray for our nation?
We need to pray for PEACE, because "the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God" [James 1:20].
Pray for PATIENCE, because of God's "goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance" [Romans 2:4. And pray for an OUTPOURING of His wisdom and direction for our leaders and officials who are dealing with this crisis. Ask God to change hearts and heal this divide in our nation.
Today is Pentecost Sunday, which marks the day the Holy Spirit filled Christ's followers after He ascended back to the Father. There is no better time for us to seek a fresh visitation from God upon our lives, homes, churches, communities, and our country.
May God Bless you, Franklin Graham, President and CEO, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
Peace with God
For further information on finding peace with God, please refer to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website: https://billygraham.org
- God loves each one of us and He has a plan for our lives.
- Man is sinful and is seperated from God.
- God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins.
- Would you like to receive God's forgiveness?
"Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and ask for your forgiveness. I believe that Jesus Christ is your Son. I believe that He died for my sins and that You raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Saviour and follow Him as my Lord, from this day forward. Please guide my life and help me to do Your will."
I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Giving You Jesus
"Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints." Ephesians 6:18
As I write this newsletter, we are still under lockdown due to Covid-19 and under a curfew due to rioting in our streets. Our circumstances seem to be out of control with angry, frustrated rhetoric coming at us from all sides. Our perspective can be distorted if we give in to fear and feelings of hopelessness and helplessness. yet could it be that what the enemy has intended for evil, God is using for good? And could the good coming out of these terrible times be God's people turning to Jesus in repentance of sin, crying out for Him to return to us in order that once again, we would receive His blessing? May it be so!
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