A PRAYER LIST: Do You Have One?

I pray you’ll be our eyes
And watch us where we go
And help us to be wise
In times when we don’t know

Let this be our prayer
As we go our way
Lead us to a place
Guide us with your Grace
To a place where we’ll be safe

La luce che tu dai
I pray we’ll find your light
Nel cuore restera
And hold it in our hearts
A ricordarci che
When stars go out each night
L’eterna stella sei

Nella mia preghiera
Let this be our prayer
Quanta fede c’e
When shadows fill our day
Lead us to a place
Guide us with your grace
Give us faith so we’ll be safe.

Sogniamo un mondo senza piu violenza
Un mondo di giustizia e di speranza
Ognuno dia la mano al suo vicino
Simbolo di pace e di fraternita

La forza che ci dai
We ask that life be kind
E’il desiderio che
And watch us from above
Ognuno trovi amore
We hope each soul will find
Intorno e dentro a se
Another soul to love

Let this be our prayer
Just like every child
Needs to find a place,
Guide us with your grace
Give us faith so we’ll be safe

By David Foster and Carole Bayer Sager  

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A Prayer List Might Look Like This

friends and familyPray for one another:  We all have said from time to time “Our thoughts and prayers are with you” when we learn of someone’s hardships or the passing of loved ones.  Why do we leave our prayers for others for just those times?  If we love others as God wants us to, we would be praying for others all the time.  Our husbands, wives, children, other family members, neighbours, friends far and wide.  We pray that they will be safe throughout their day at work and school, that no harm will come to them.  We pray that their health is good and they don’t get sick.  We pray they will have every success in all their endeavours.

teacher 2Pray for teachers:  In today’s society the morals of our children are at stake.  Many parents rely on teachers not only to teach a child their ABC’s but to help build them into upstanding adults.  There are so many variables in today’s society that can turn a child’s thoughts into something detrimental.  Sometimes teachers are the ones children are with for most of their day.  Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”   Pray that teachers make the right decisions for the children in their care.

pastorsPray for our ministers and pastors:  Ministers and pastors teach us about God.  They help give us direction in showing us God’s plan for us through God’s Word.  They help nourish our souls. Missionaries through the world bring the gospel, the good news, to far reaching places that might never learn about God’s love for them.  Mark 16:15, “And He said unto them, ‘Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature’“.  Matthew 28: 19-20  Jesus said “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

politicsPray for the political leaders of our country The leaders of our country, provinces, cities and towns who run the government side of life need our prayers that they might make good and wholesome choices for our livelihoods and not that of their own agendas.  Matthew 22:21 Jesus said “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”  We are responsible to respect and obey governments as well as God.  All governments are in power by the authority of God and should be obeyed unless their edicts contradict the Word of God.  Countries are blessed by God when their leaders look to Him for guidance…when countries start to fall away from the principles upon which their country was founded, God takes away His blessings.    

persecuted church 1Pray for persecuted Christians:  In more than 40 nations around the world today Christians are being persecuted for their faith. In some of these nations it is illegal to own a Bible, to share your faith in Christ, change your faith or teach your children about Jesus. Those who boldly follow Christ—in spite of government edict or radical opposition—can face harassment, arrest, torture and even death. Yet Christians continue to meet for worship and to witness for Christ, and the Church in restricted nations is growing. They need our prayers. 

Afghanistan, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bhutan, Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Chiapas, Mexico, China, Colombia, Comoros, Cuba, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gaza and the West Bank, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Maldives, Mindanao, Philippines, Mauritania, Morocco, Nepal, Nigeria, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tibet (China), Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen.

As much as various other countries are trying to help some of the afflicted as they travel abroad, there are many who can’t escape and need our prayers even more.  2 Corinthians 4:8-9,  “We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.”  Being a Christian does not mean trouble ends; indeed, trouble will intensify. But God faithfully preserves His own from ultimate defeat, securing them in eternal salvation through Christ.

IsraelPray for Israel:  Although Israel is a tiny country God is not finished with the nation of Israel for she will one day become the chief of the nations.  Israel stands at centre stage in the end-times drama.  People are living in the midst of terrible turmoil and violence and they will be in more in the days ahead.  From Jerusalem the word of the Lord will go forth to the nations and the knowledge of the Lord will cover the earth. Israel’s and our Messiah, Jesus, will reign in righteousness; He will rule the nations with a rod of iron and nations will not learn war anymore.  Jeremiah 31:36; Isaiah 2:2-4.  In short God ties the existence of Israel to the existence and stability of the universe.

So as Christians we support the Jewish people’s return to the land and the rebuilding of their nation. Now as throughout history, Israel’s enemies seek to destroy the Jewish state and wipe it off the face of the earth but we will stand with Israel and will not be silent.  Isaiah 62:6says “I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; They shall never hold their peace (keep quiet) day or night.  You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent.”

We as Christians must comfort Israel.  “Comfort, yes, comfort My people! Says your God.” Isaiah 40:1.  Bless her.  “I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:3.  Pray for her.  “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: may they prosper who love you.” Psalm 122:6.  Encourage her with God’s precious eternal Word and our prayers.

bowed head in prayerEveryone’s prayer list is different.  Prayer is simply conversation with God.  It’s asking Him to meet your need or someone else’s.  It’s praising Him and thanking Him.  It’s about committing things to Him and consecrating things to Him.  We need to pray about everything and anything.  In matters of our lives, large and small, we need to consider the consequences of our decisions and choices – pray over your choices and make the best possible ones for your life.  Make good choices today and you won’t have regrets tomorrow.   

The Bible teaches us in James 5:16 that “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”  Earnest, heartfelt, continued prayer of a Christian makes tremendous power available and is dynamic in its working.  Prayer is passionate.  It’s about sincerity of heart and putting your whole heart into it.

Prayer doesn’t have to be eloquent or long.  And prayer isn’t better if it’s loud or if you’re on your knees, folding your hands or bowing your head.  It’s good to humble yourself, but it’s not your posture or how long you pray that makes it effective.  Talking to Him sincerely and honestly about whatever, is what He really wants.

A call to prayer isn’t necessarily to “stop what you’re doing, face east, put out your mat and pray – five times a day” — It’s whatever you’re doing – wherever you are – it could be a whisper, it could be a thought not spoken – Jesus hears it all.  You’ll never get a busy signal on the prayer line to Heaven.  

Take it to Him and He will take it from there.

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