Prayer for the Peace Efforts of President Trump and Jerod Kushner

Prayer for Trump and Country

President Donald J. Trump spoke [on the phone] today [6/21/17] with Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia to congratulate him on his recent elevation. The President and the Crown Prince committed to close cooperation to advance our shared goals of security, stability, and prosperity across the Middle East and beyond. The two leaders discussed the priority of cutting off all support for terrorists and extremists, as well as how to resolve the ongoing dispute with Qatar. They discussed efforts to achieve a lasting peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians. And they discussed ways to further deepen economic cooperation between the United States and Saudi Arabia.

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Please continue to pray for our President, that his effort in his conversation with the Prince at establishing peace and security will pay off. Pray also for Jerod Kushner as he is in Israel making peace efforts. Pray that his efforts…

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7 Ways to Pray With Sincerity – Part 2

 

Sincere prayer is without hypocrisy, or without putting on a show for others and without pretending to be something we are not (Matt. 6:5). Sincere prayer is honest, open, authentic, and transparent.  This kind of prayer is so important if we want to grow in our relationship with God. I have put together seven ways we can practice being sincere in prayer. Here is the second installment, which is the third and fourth point.

 3. Bring desires into full bloom. When God gives you desire in prayer, don’t squelch it by filling your mind with other things. Keep at the work of prayer; keep thinking about what God is showing you; keep at the conversation. Don’t look away or change the subject.  Stay in tune with Him; stay alert with Him.  When He loves you, love Him back.  If we don’t, love is lost and sincerity in prayer is lost.  True, sincere prayer always demands reciprocation.  And if there is none, then prayer becomes nothing more than unheeded speech or a one-way conversation.

If our heart is not totally for God and if we do not return the desires He has for us—that is, if our desire is divided, desiring Him a little and something else a little—then it is impossible to be sincere with God in prayer, because in fact we are not honest with Him. Our desire for other things makes us disloyal to God and a hypocrite in prayer.  And when we pray in this state, our sight and understanding of God is foggy and we can’t have real passion for Him.

If you want to have true, sincere prayer; if you want to really get to know God and have a clear vision of Him, you must keep the fire of desire burning and the beauty of desire growing. Just as a rose starts as a small bud and blooms into a beautiful flower, we must allow desire to grow into its full bloom. Only then will we be able to experience the fullness of God in prayer (Eph. 3:19).

4. Submit to God and resist the devil. The answer to wrong desires and divided desires is humility. If we find pride in ourselves and that we have given ourselves more to the world and to our pleasures then we must turn ourselves around and submit to God. If we don’t, we will never find Him or experience sincere prayer—for “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (Ja. 4:6).

At the same time we must also resist the devil and the lure sin. We can’t submit to what is good unless we resist what is evil.

So how do we do this? What are the actions of humility and resisting?  Pray?  Yes!  But more than pray.  Our prayers must be accompanied by some actions of humility that will purify our hearts.  I suggest long periods of prayer with fasting and reflection.  During this time, read and study the Bible much, and set your heart and mind to obey the Spirit in everything.  He will no doubt lead you to confess your sins to Him and to others you have wronged.  And when you make your confessions, make sure your heart is right.  True confession and humility must be without a trace of frivolity or hypocrisy.  James says, “Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.  Lament and mourn and weep!  Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.  Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up” (Ja. 4:8-10).

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Can there be Permanent Peace? Should We Continue To Pray For It?

Prayer for Trump and Country

These questions may have come up by some as President Trump issued the Memorial Day Proclamation—to pray for permanent peace on the earth.

Since congress first requested that the President issue this proclamation every year on Memorial Day (on May 11, 1950), this United States has been praying for permanent peace. But it doesn’t seem to be working!  There is war and terror everywhere.  And there seems to be more wars every year.  Indeed, there is no peace in sight.

Some would suggest that things will eventually get better, that peace deals will be made, and that nations will come together to make peace. And so we should pray toward that end.  We should pray that peace makers will step up to make peace deals everywhere between nations. Yes, they say, we should pray for the United Nations and the Paris Accord, and other such groups to give us peace. …

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7 Ways to Pray With Sincerity – Part 1

 

The right way to pray is with sincerity—that is, without hypocrisy, or without putting on a show for others and pretending to be something we are not (Matt. 6:5). There are other terms we can use to describe this kind of prayer, such as: honest, open, authentic, and transparent.  When I am honest and authentic in prayer I will open up my heart and pray as I really feel.  I will hold nothing back.  When I am open and transparent in prayer I will not hide anything; I will not try to cover up my sins and make excuses.  This kind of prayer is so important if we want to grow in our relationship with God.  If we are sincere in our prayers and will open ourselves up to God, so as to hide nothing from Him, then He will open Himself up to us and be real to us.

I have put together seven ways we can practice being sincere in prayer, and have broken it down into three parts. In this first part, I want to share the first two ways to pray with sincerity.

 

1. Forgive Others Regularly

If we don’t forgive others, God won’t forgive us (Matt. 6:5). And if He doesn’t forgive us, then there can be no true prayer; our prayers will be empty words.

If you are holding a grudge against someone, you won’t even want to pray; your unforgiveness will cut off your relationship with God faster than any other sin—because God loves the person you have not forgiven and He is grieved. Moreover, in addition to severing your relationship with God, unforgiveness sets in motion a process of putting up walls of denial, to further distance yourself from God (and others).  Therefore, when we have unforgiveness in our heart we can’t be real with anyone, especially with God.  We can’t open up in prayer with Him and be sincere.  We are bitter, tight in the stomach, fighting everything.  We are full of self-pity and always trying to defend ourselves and make excuses.  Until we give up our sin of unforgiveness we will never be able to pray with sincerity.

 

2. Appropriate God’s Forgiveness

There is no reason for any Christian to be burdened down with his own sin and guilt; for God has given us the remedy for our sin in the person and work of Jesus Christ. He has suffered and died for our sins.  His blood has paid the penalty of our sins.

If you have failed to forgive someone, and if you are carrying around sin (that is, if you have sin that you have not confessed and repented of), those sins will keep you from honest and true prayer. But if you come to God boldly and confess your sins, God will forgive you and clean up your heart (1 Jn. 1:9).  He will wipe all your sins away so that you will feel bold to keep coming to Him—to His throne—to make any requests.

So we need boldness at two different times. First, we need boldness to come to Him with our sin and ask forgiveness.  Then, after He forgives us and cleanses us, we need boldness again to pray and keep praying over other things.  And at both times God helps us to be bold to come to Him.  And when we come to Him we will obtain mercy and find all the grace we need (Heb. 4:16).

Now, as I see it, the boldness that He gives us to keep coming to Him in prayer is a boldness that we get by His grace when He forgives us and cleanses us of sin. Therefore, since we seem to be constantly sinning, if we want to keep receiving this prayer boldness, we must keep asking for His forgiveness and cleansing—as often as we sin.

The nature of this boldness is like a new freedom, a freedom to be transparent (open) before Him. With this new freedom we find that we have a new love for prayer—so that we want to talk about everything before Him: about the easy stuff and the hard stuff.  And of course the more we open up to Him in sincere prayer the more we grow in our love for Him.

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Pray for President Trump and Country – There Are Evil Spirits at Work

Prayer for Trump and Country

In the last couple of weeks there has been incredible undue pressure on President Trump. Many in the media and on the Democratic side, and a few Republicans, are constantly at odds with him for such little things—like his tweeting.  And they are constantly suspicious of him about things that there is no proof of. And now many are even calling for his impeachment. It is obvious that many just don’t like him.  And it is also obvious that there are evil spirits at work, working to stir such evil hatred against him.

Please, I call on all true Christians to pray.

Let us pray for President Trump: that he would humble himself and seek God; that he would call on Him and trust Him for help. Then pray that indeed our Father would grant him help, comfort, strength, wisdom, and great courage in these trying days.

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Hollywood Shows its Evil Side in Cancelling ‘Last Man Standing’

Prayer for Trump and Country

The recent canning of ‘Last Man Standing’ shows all Americans what Hollywood is up to—what their values are. Why would they dismiss a show that has such high ratings and is making Hollywood tons of money? It makes no sense—unless Hollywood has an even bigger agenda than money.

The answer is that Hollywood’s true agenda is to form the culture of America. And the culture they want is something other than what ‘Last Man Standing’ is offering.

The show is all about the last manly man trying to survive in this overly feminized world, staring a Christian conservative Tim Allen. Understandably, Tim Allen is very upset…and so should all Americans be. This world is going to the Devil and Hollywood is playing a big part in it.

Christian, watch what you watch on TV! Many things are programed by the Devil to destroy you and your Christian witness.

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Trump: Doing what God has Prepared him to Do – Genesis 50:20

Prayer for Trump and Country

I thought Donald Trump’s book, The Art of the Deal, was fascinating.

In the last few lines he wrote, “The biggest challenge I see over the next twenty years is to figure out some creative ways to give back some of what I’ve gotten…In my life, there are two things I’ve found I’m very good at: overcoming obstacles and motivating good people to do their best work.

I see this all happening now. His service as president is what he has been preparing for his whole life. And don’t we see that he is so good at overcoming many obstacles and also motivating good people to do their best work. We can give praise to God for preparing this man to serve in such an evil time as this.

Though many people are against him, I believe God has been preparing him for this job as president; and he…

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