Get up and pray!

Today is the first Thursday in May… which is also the National Day of Prayer it’s a wonderful time where people all over the nation come together to pray for our nation and cities. The focus is on the seven major areas of influence in our country (in no particular order) Government, Media, Education, Business, Church, Family and Military. Usually I go into the importance of each one but instead I am just going to encourage you all to get up and pray… even if it’s just you praying through these seven areas in whatever way God leads you to pray. If you only have 15 minutes take 15 minutes if you’re city is having a corporate gathering find it and attend… and if it’s just you and a friend that’s fine too; just pray. I had the wonderful opportunity to start my day this morning with praying for these areas and then attending a corporate gathering in my city of Clarksville, TN and it was so refreshing to see everyone coming together to lift our city up! There wasn’t any egos involved and the focus was Jesus moving in our city! What better reason to unite?!

Be Blessed and pray.

Terri

 

National Day of Prayer Recap

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Yesterday was the National Day of Prayer and I had the honor of taking part in a community gathering in Clarksville, TN. It was so refreshing to see the community come together to take part in this special occasion and challenge each person to pray not just on that day but everyday! They had predetermined people from the community pray for each of the seven influences of power: military, media, business, family, government, church, and education as well as praise and worship and passages from the Bible.

It really was a great time of communion with brothers and sisters in Christ and with The Lord. My favorite part of the whole experience was seeing everyone come together to pray for our city and for our nation. There were pastors and business men and women, there were government officials and moms with preschoolers, young and old all together for a single purpose and it was magnificent to behold. Not to mention a great way to jump start anyone in a lifestyle of prayer! I’m glad I was able to participate and was reminded to pray everyday for my city and our nation.

What was your favorite part of National Day of Prayer?

National Day Of Prayer Prep

The National Day of Prayer is coming up this Thursday May 2nd… it happens every year the first thursday in May to be exact and this year is no different. There are many different ways you can get involved to include day of prayer meetings around your town and even watching a simulcast. There are numerous ways to prepare for thursday some started last year, some started 50 days ago some started 21 days ago and some just start with preparing yourself with the points in order to effectively pray on Thursday.

I didn’t want to just write about The National Day of Prayer on Thursday instead I wanted to provide a couple of days notice so you all could gather the necessary information and participate even if it’s just going over the 7×7 prayers which are the 7 centers of power 7 days a week it sounds difficult but really can be done literally anywhere; in your car, while you’re in line, or right before you go to bed. I wrote about it in my prayer challenge a few months ago. For those of you who have no idea what the seven centers of power are, they are  the most influential parts of our lives, military, government, education, business, media, church and family.

If you can even commit to pray through them now until the end of the week that would be a great start. Also check out the official website to find other great things you can look forward to on Thursday and how you can prepare for next years day of prayer now. I encourage you all to not let this day of prayer come and go without any action taken! Challenge yourself and pray…

Prayer Challenge

I was recently convicted by God about my prayer life. It’s not that I wasn’t praying because I was. But I wasn’t allowing myself to pray what God wanted me to pray. See I wanted to pray for specific people, intercede on their behalf. Lift them up and cover them. Which is all find and dandy, but God wanted me to take it one step further and pray through the seven key areas of our nation. For those of you who have no idea what the seven key areas are, they are the areas that have the most influence on our nation as a whole: Family, Government, Education, Media, Church, Business, Military. They are usually brought to the forefront during the National Day of Prayer which is always the first Thursday in May.

I always pray about all of those things on that day… and some of those things more often than others the rest of the time… but God wants me to pray for all of those areas ALL of the time NOT just one day a year… so I was challenged to pray through all of those areas everyday for a week. and it was amazing! I started off praying for how these areas effected me, The next day I prayed for my city and how these things effected it, the next day I ended up praying for the city of Chicago… and every day I was reminded to pray through these areas because our nation needs to be changed.

That’s were the challenge comes in… I challenge you my wonderful readers, subscribers, and random passer-byers, to pray through those seven areas: Family, Government, Education, Media, Church, Business and Military for one week… each day pray through those seven things just to show a unity like never before. Listen to what God is asking you to pray about concerning each of those areas and watch your hunger to see change and pray grow abundantly…

During the challenge and after I would love to hear from you, about what you’re praying for, what God wants you to pray concerning these areas, what you thought of the challenge, and what you got out of it… The challenge officially ends Next Monday (but of course you can do it longer) and I’ll write a follow-up blog post which may include some of your responses to these questions next week. Are you ready? Set. Go…

National Day of Prayer

Today is the National Day of Prayer (it’s always the first Thursday in May) and you are never too young or too old to pray for our nation… I remember when my husband and I were teaching youth group a few years ago and we participated in this day by simply praying for one another and prayer for the seven areas of influence. It was quite remarkable to watch 9-12 year old boys and girls seek the Lord on our nation’s behalf.

I would encourage everyone whether you have a corporate event to attend or not to take some time out of your day and pray for the following areas:

  1. Government– your local and state government as well as the President of the United States and his cabinet
  2. Military– the men and women who are serving in the armed force and the military family members
  3. Media– the influence of the media and the distribution of good, solid, moral materials
  4. Business– small and large business owners, and CEO’s of corporations
  5. Education– for your local school system,  the board of education in your area, students that you know
  6. Church– your pastor, pastors of other churches, unity between churches, the true word would be preached
  7. Family– your family, other people’s, family, that more families would stay together, that divorce would NOT be an option

These are just some ideas that you can pray for regarding these seven areas of influence… by all means seek the Lord and pray what He would have you pray. If you have time stop by the National Day of Prayer website and just remember you can pray every day not just today for these specific areas. Many blessings to you today and every day.