Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Observing National Day of Prayer in Sioux Falls
Praise our Father, our Foundation
Praise - draws us to the God who is enthroned. He is The Creator of the heavens and earth; The Sovereign King - Nothing is too difficult for Him.
"When the foundations are being destroyed what can the righteous do?" Psalm 11:3
"Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm." Psalm 20:7
"The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe" Pro 18:10
We cannot stand firm in our own strength and power. But through the word of God and prayer we can. I know of no greater work, no greater joy, no greater investment in the lives of my children than to stand united in prayer, partnering with God in crying out for the children. For Him to rain down His righteousness, salvation and protection.
"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: if one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up. Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Ecc. 4:10-13
We gather together united with the same passion - that our children love God and follow His ways. Desperate that God will protect them in the environments they face.
Against Persecution for Prayer: A year ago, a three-judge panel ruled the prayer observation (Nat'l Day of Prayer) caused no harm to the Freedom From Religion Foundation and that the Madison, Wisc.-based organization had no legal standing to sue.
Every year, children are orphaned or left with scarcely enough provision to survive when their fathers and mothers are imprisoned. Other children live in communities where they are forced to live as second and third class citizens because their families are Christian.
We are a nation divided, fragile and in dyer need of true hope.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” – Ephesians 6:12
Pray for one another: The Lord is ______'s strength and shield. (Equip) ______ (to) trust You with all her heart. You help her and her heart is filled with joy. She burst out in songs of thanksgiving (Psalm 28:7).
“By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me— a prayer to the God of my life.” Psalm 42:8