Pray for Waseca Police Officer Arik Matson
A Waseca, MN police officer was injured in a shooting Monday, January 7, 2020. The Minnesota BCA confirmed that 32-year-old Arik Matson was involved in a shooting incident after 8pm that evening.
Through the efforts of medical staff and personnel, the love and support of friends and family, and continued prayers being lifted up to Almighty God, Officer Matson has been making progress in his recovery. We thank God for His intervention and healing hands being upon Arik Matson and his family. Please continue to lift up the Matson family before our heavenly Father.
A GoFundMe account has been created for Officer Matson and his family.
Will You Join and Pray for the Family
Matthew 19:4-6 And He answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that He which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
This month, we are focusing our prayers on the FAMILY. As Jesus Himself taught us, the nucleus of a new family begins when God joins a man and woman, and they become “one flesh”, husband and wife. When a husband and wife start their family, they add the titles of father and mother, and are charged by God to bring their children up in “the training and instruction of the Lord.” This may all seem very elementary to many of us, but to our culture this truth has been hidden, and God’s original design, which is from “the beginning” is now seemingly new revelation to many. We pray fervently Acts 26:18, for the Lord, “to open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.”
When we watch television or see movies, it appears as if everything, but God’s model is portrayed as modern, acceptable and attractive. Because of this, we pray fiercely that we would not be fooled or lulled asleep by a culture continually trying to redefine and redesign truth. We pray passionately that the Lord guards our hearts and minds as husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, grandpas and grandmas, and aunts and uncles so that we can be good examples to the younger members of our families who are watching and following us. We pray faithfully that we would, “be an example…in word, in conducts, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” [1 Timothy 4:12] Afterall, the saying, “more is caught that taught”, holds much truth.
We pray earnestly for families led by single parents, grandparents who are parenting again, adoptive and stepparents and older siblings--- that God would give them abundant grace to prevail amid the unique challenges that they face from day to day. We pray zealously for the family, the place where foundations are poured, faith is forged, and beliefs are passed on. Where most of what we carry into and through life, whether positive or negative, is imparted to us as our family unit interacts and develops together through the days, months and years. We pray sincerely Galatians 5:22-23, “but the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”, in our immediate family, extended family, and in all of the families that we personally know and interact with.
And we pray wholeheartedly for you and your family…that the Lord Bless you and keep you and make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you all the days of your lives. May He be your defense, your peace, your provider, protector, and healer who will never leave nor forsake you. And may you and your family experience His love, joy, peace, and presence in a very real and tangible way today…and until He returns.
In Jesus’ name we pray, amen! Standing with you in prayer,
Dion Elmore, Vice President, Marketing and Public Relations at The National Day of Prayer
May 7, 2020
During this year of 2020, let us pray God's glory across the Earth.
It is our eternal circumstance, today and forever, that we are happy, we are blessed because “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son…” and that is why we must slow down and choose to celebrate with heavenly hosts. Pray and spread His glory throughout the year.
Serving God with Gladness,
Kathy Branzell, President
National Day of Prayer Task Force, PO Box 64225, Colorado Springs, CO 80962-4225
The National Day of Prayer tradition predates the founding of the United States of America, evidenced by the Continental Congress’ proclamation in 1775 setting aside a day of prayer. In 1952, Congress established an annual day of prayer and, in 1988, that law was amended, designating the National Day of Prayer as the first Thursday in May.
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Peace with God
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- 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.
Jesus calls us to prayer
Jesus prayed that His followers would be one as He and the Father are one. We are called to pray and act in unity. Jesus said His followers would be known by our love. He commanded us to “love one another.” We don’t just pray for America to love and be unified as “One Nation under God,” it begins with each of us living a lifestyle of love, obedience, and unity. One act does not equate to a habit or lifestyle, and one day of prayer cannot possibly demonstrate the awe-filled, loving and dependent relationship that we have with Jesus. We must pray and show love every day.
If you struggle to know how to pray for America each day, just begin with one prayer each day. You can pray over a news story, a leader, or one of the seven mountains each day. In case you are not familiar with the “Seven Mountains,” numerous ministries will add or combine them in various ways but NDP includes, Church, Business, Education, Family, Government, Military, and Arts, Entertainment and Media. We will be sharing how you can pray for each of these mountains in specific ways in upcoming articles but for now pick a person, need, or situation you are aware of and ask God to glorify Himself and move to bring His love and will to that person, place, or problem.
Thank you for praying for us and with us.
Kathy, President, National Day of Prayer Task Force