July 6th ~ Prayer Challenge for America


pray for America

1 Timothy 2:1-2

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.”

Dear Heavenly Father,

You created us for relationships, so we lift up our family, friends, and neighbors, and leaders to You and give You thanks for them. Help us all to live peaceably with all people and to behave in a godly way with everyone we interact with. We lift up sincere prayers and intercessions for all people to live a dignified life that is pleasing to You. We pray with emphasis for divine guidance and wisdom for our national and local leaders so that their decisions and actions are just and benefit all our citizens.

Amen.

 

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Scripture: American Standard Version

July 5th ~ Prayer Challenge for America


pray for America

Jeremiah 29:7

But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.”

Mighty God,

We lift up to You the community where You have placed us with your sovereign hand. We ask you to protect this city and all its citizens. We pray for the welfare of this city and a vibrant economy so that everyone may be provided for. Grant us wise leaders who will have a beneficial vision for this city, and nation, to benefit the population in a godly way. Keep this community safe. Let everyone here be blessed and come to know you.

Amen.

 

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Scripture: English Standard Version

July 3 ~ Prayer Challenge for America


pray for America

Proverbs 11:14

Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.”

Heavenly Father,

We lift up all this nation’s leaders to You and ask You to give them Your great wisdom. Surround our leaders with wise people with great integrity so they can give appropriate counsel to our leaders. Open their hearts and minds to receive Your guidance and to act and lead honorably. Help them to guide this nation justly, making appropriate laws. Guide them to create policies and opportunities that will allow all citizens to become all You created them to be. Allow us to prosper and keep this nation safe. Guide our leaders to protect this nation and our freedoms.

Amen.

July 2 ~ Prayer Challenge for America


pray for America

1 Peter 2:17

Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.”

Father God,

We thank You for the gift of this nation. Thank You for Your Word and reminder to love everyone, just as You love us all. Help us to honor and respect all people and their positions, and treat each other with dignity and respect. Help us to be helpful and generous to others. Remind us to honor and give respect to those in authority over us. Help us to be people of integrity, and generous, and obey every law from our leaders, that does not conflict with Your Word.

Amen.

 

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Scripture: English Standard Version

July 1 ~ Prayer Challenge for America


pray for America

Psalm 33:12

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!”

Lord God,

We thank You for creating this nation where we have the freedom and right to worship You openly, and we give You praises for all Your gifts and goodness. We thank You for your many, many blessings upon this nation as evidenced by our prosperity. We ask Your forgiveness for ignoring You and Your Word and taking You for granted. Help us Lord to repent and honor You as a nation and call You our God. We ask You to bless us with Your wisdom and guide us as a nation. We are in awe of You and give You the love and respect You so rightfully deserve.  Help us to be a blessing to others.

Amen.

 

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Scripture: English Standard Version

Prayer Challenge for July


pray for America

The Great American Experiment was founded by people with Christian ideals (The Heritage Foundation). Those ideals influenced the creation of our nation and founding documents. Our prosperity is evidence that God has greatly blessed America. We are often the envy of other nations. However, our world is constantly changing and the state of our country is often discouraging. Natural disasters, violence, and disobedience are on the increase. Those in authority often violate God’s Word, even mocking our Heavenly Father. In other areas, our founding documents are usually ignored, or taken to mean something entirely different than intended. This world frequently makes no sense. But we are called to trust God, and pray for our nation and those in authority. For the next month, as we celebrate our freedoms, will you join me in praying for America, your community, and our national and local leaders?

Daily, for the next month, I will post a verse and short prayer to guide us as we pray for The United States of America and our leaders.

2 Chronicles 7:14

“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

 

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Scripture: English Standard Version

 

 

The Precious Gift of Sight


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Psalm 146:8

The Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous.

Saying, “The gift of sight is precious” sounds cliche, and it is an over-used phrase, but it is true. I recently learned how wonderful the gift of sight is and how much I have taken my vision for granted.

I woke up from a nap one lazy Sunday afternoon, to discover darkness over a part of my field of vision. Fortunately, my ophthalmologist had warned me I was susceptible to a detached retina and instructed me on the warning signs. My husband took me to the emergency room where, after numerous tests to confirm I was not having a stroke, I was sent to an eye specialist. That specialist sent me to a retina specialist where I had emergency retina surgery on a holiday weekend.

The recovery from surgery required that I not drive, read, text, type, or anything else that required the use of my eyes. My vision was also very blurry and my eye was swollen. Using one eye meant my depth perception was incorrect and I needed help to get around. I was dependent on someone else for a few days. It’s very hard to not be able to be rely on yourself for routine tasks.

Of the five senses, I believe sight is the most precious. The sense of smell, taste, hearing, and touch are very helpful and allow us to enjoy God’s creation. However, the ability to see allows us to be more independent, to read, and take in the beauty of landscapes, sunsets, and the faces of those we love. In fact, sight is responsible for four-fifths of the information our brain receives (Sightsavers.org). Sight is possible because of the complex way light enters your eyes, touches the retina, and sends enormous amounts of information to your brain, instantly. The ability to see should point us to God and remind us how fearfully and wonderfully we are made (Psalm 139:14).

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Please join me in praising and thanking God for the gift of sight, and how he made each of us with so many ways to enjoy Him and His Creation.

Blessings on your day!