By Daniel Woo
Christians know the importance and power of prayer, but how many Christians are faithful in their daily prayer life? Prayer is direct communication with God, an extension of trust, an exercise of faith, in Christ. Just like healthy communication is vital to any marriage, prayer is essential to our walk with God.
St. Paul knew the importance and power of prayer. Prayer kept Paul’s spiritual life sharp. Again and again he prayed for others and requested others to pray for him (Col.1:9; 4:3). It’s as if he didn’t dare to live without prayer. Contact with God through prayer was continual. Everything he did, said, and felt sprang from his fellowship with Christ, which he kept alive through constant contact of prayer with God the Father.
Dear friends in Christ, I urge you all to lift up your hearts to God and pray with me as Christ our Lord has taught us and freely promised to hear us.
Gracious God, look upon us with mercy and grant us that your holy name be hallowed by us and all the world through the pure and true teaching of your Word and the fervent love shown forth in our lives. Graciously turn from us all false doctrine and evil living whereby your precious name is blasphemed and profaned.
Lord God, we acknowledge to you that we have sinned against you in thought, word and deed, and we ask for your forgiveness through your Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Lord God, have mercy upon this nation. We pray for a spiritual revival upon this land we call “America,” for America’s spiritual health is on life support. Without your intervention, we will self-destruct. As a nation, we have chosen to walk away from you, from the truth which laid the foundation of this country. We ask that you send the Holy Spirit to bring forth conviction upon the heart of every soul in this country, that people of every State turn away from their evil, selfish ways to the way of life and truth. We recall before you our President Obama, our Governor Brown, our local mayor, and all those who serve us in the kingdom of the left, that everywhere your people may know peace, may use wisely your gift of freedom and liberty, and may love our neighbors as you have loved us, especially through the Cross. Into your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy, through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.