Prayers Needed Regarding Syria

 

There are multiple things we could pray about regarding Syria. Here are three key requests:

President Trump and Secretary Mattis.  Thank God for the brilliant strategy, with our allies, in striking Syrian targets. Now pray for wisdom and courage in dealing with Syria down the road. Pray that these leaders will keep the pressure on Syria, Russia, and Iran. Pray that they will be steadfast in their efforts—despite many that will disagree.

For President Trump. That God would give President Trump wisdom in how to further deal with Syria and whether he should involve congress.

Nikki Haley.  For her continued strength, endurance and protection as she boldly speaks at the UN in the midst of many enemies.

 

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5 Reasons Why Christians Should Pray for Our President and Our Country

 

Sometimes I get the feeling that my brothers and sisters in Christ are not doing their rightful duty to pray for our President and for our country.  God wants to bless our country, but that won’t happen if we don’t pray. Here are five reasons why Christians should pray for our President and our country:

 

1. Prayers Works

In Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, in Matthew 7:7-11, Jesus instructed His disciples on asking and receiving.  He told them that if they will just ask, He will give to them, if they seek they will find, and if they knock the door will be opened to them.

In John 14:13-14 Jesus states, “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”  In John 16:24 Jesus says, “Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.”  Last, in John 15:7 Jesus says, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.”

 

2. Prayer Works Only for Christians

Why would an unbeliever bother to pray? If he doesn’t believe in God he will not pray, nor will God hear his prayers. Listen to what the bible says regarding the prayers of unbelievers.  In John 9:31 we read, “Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him.”  Also in Proverbs 15:29 it says, “The Lord is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayer of the righteous.”

Therefore, prayer is a work only for believers. We have that task, that mission and we must be faithful in it!

 

3. We Christians Are Commanded To Pray For Our Leaders

1 Timothy 2:1-2 says,

First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, in order that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.

 

4. Our President And Our Country Has Real Specific Needs

God wants us to pray specifically for those needs, one at a time. If we don’t pray we can’t expect God to bring positive changes to our country, “to heal our land” (2 Chron. 7:14).

 

5. If We Pray We Can Expect The President (And Anyone We Pray For) To Be Encouraged And Strengthened

Yes, there has been many testimonies where someone has been helped by the prayers of others. In 2 Corinthians 1:8-11, Paul wrote that he and his companions were helped by the “prayers of many.”

For we do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our affliction which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life; 9 indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves in order that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead; 10 who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us, He on whom we have set our hope. And He will yet deliver us, 11 you also joining in helping us through your prayers, that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the favor bestowed upon us through the prayers of many.

 

 

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 Emergency Prayer Needed for Trump and Country – 5 Key Requests

 

There are so many important things that Christians should be praying about regarding President Trump and the country. Here are 5 issues that are critical that we need to pray about immediately.

  1. Pray that God would give wisdom to Jeff Sessions as to whether there should be a Special Counsel or not to look into issues involving the FBI, DOJ, the Clinton Foundation, Uranium one, abuses of the FICA court, and many other crimes committed by Hillary Clinton and all those who tried to stop Donald Trump from being elected President.
  2. Pray that God would do His will with the Mueller investigations, and if there was no collusion to just put a stop to the investigations.
  3. Pray that the Sanctuary City battle would soon end in victory according to what is right and constitutional, and that ICE police would be safe and allowed to do their job without interference.
  4. Pray that President Trump would get all the money needed immediately to build and complete the southern boarder wall.
  5. Pray that there would be a fair and quick agreement between President Trump and the two women who are coming after him with complaints over things that happened many years ago. Pray for God’s will in this whole mess. Pray God would give wisdom to the lawyers (Ja. 1:5).
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Trump Fine Tunes His Cabinet

President Trump will continue to fine tunes his leader positions for the good of the country.

*Please pray for President Trump and for all those undergoing changes.

State Department:  Rex Tillerson out, Mike Pompeo in.

CIA:  Mike Pompeo out, Gina Haspel in.

*Pray that the media and our country would let Trump be Trump.

*Pray that President Trump will not give in to pressure, that he would run the country as he sees best.

*Pray that those undergoing change would be confirmed without a problem. Some in Congress see problems with  both Pompeo and with Haspel, but most think they are good choices.

*Also pray over the McCabe firing, that the entire truth would be revealed and justice will prevail.

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Pray for Trump’s Safety as He Meets with the North Korean Dictator

 

There is a lot on the Presidents table. He needs our constant prayers—for safety, strength, and endurance. Here are a few of the more important issues on his agenda.

  1. To keep our country safe from those who want to shoot up our schools and kill our kids.
  2. To bring back steel and aluminum factories and jobs into our country, as he pursues fair trade practices.
  3. To keep our boarders safe. To work with the AG, to be rid of illegals and gangs and to disband all sanctuary cities and states.
  4. The President is getting ready to meet with the North Korean dictator. Pray for his safety and pray that he will be able to discern what Rocket Man is up to.
  5. Continue to pray that leaders will root out all sources of correction in our government, and pray that all criminals will soon be prosecuted.
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Looking Back at Billy Graham’s Life from His Autobiography – Part 7

 

To celebrate Billy Graham’s life I am re-posting these articles I wrote back in 2013, having to do with his prayer life. Enjoy.

 50 Prayer Experiences: from Billy Graham’s Autobiography, Just As I Am – Part 7

Posted on March 1, 2013 by Stephen Nielsen

In this seventh and last part we will review Billy Graham’s autobiography in terms of his prayers in the later years of his life. He was still going strong as he preached in 55 Crusades (from 1985 to 1996), and he went to places that he may have never thought possible.

Part 7
1985 – 1996

  1. In 1959, when Billy Graham and Grady Wilson went to Moscow as tourists, they visited Lenin Stadium, and being greatly impressed by its vastness, Billy Graham prayed that someday God would open the door for him and his team to go there and preach the gospel. Thirty years later God answered that prayer. Billy Graham was invited by Russian church leaders to hold a full-scale evangelism crusade in Moscow and other cities in October of 1992. (pp. 380, 556)
  2. I think one of the highlights of Billy Graham’s ministry was the two Amsterdam’s (in 1983 and 1986) in Holland. They were gatherings of over 5,000 itinerant evangelists from all over the world with the objective of training, helping and encouragement. Billy recalled that the corporate prayer times were especially moving. I can imagine that it was a little chaotic since there were so many different languages spoken in prayer, but Billy said that it was “thrilling to realize that God could understand them all.” (p. 576).
  3. In 1991, on the day that the Gulf War started, Billy Graham was in the White House with President George Bush and Barbara. As they watched what was happening on CNN on TV Billy suggested that they pray. They prayed that the war would be short and with few casualties. Well as we know the war was very short, with only a few casualties (at least on our side). (p. 585)
  4. Billy Graham’s two trips to North Korea, in 1992 and 1994, was something he never expected to experience. Foreigners, much less Christian evangelists have not been permitted in that country. But he had a growing desire to go and speak there. God had put it in his heart, mainly, he thought, because it was where Ruth grew up as a missionary in the 30’s, and also because he knew that in that time (the 30’s) Korea (north and south) had a very large Christian population. But sadly, now only a few old Christians remain; the rest have fled, and many have been martyred.

At first, all their efforts to get into Korea turned out to be dead ends. But with continued prayer, a way finally opened up through Dr. Stephen Linton who knew several diplomats. As a result of a one year’s worth of discussion in both New York and Pyongyang, North Korea, an official invitation finally arrived from the Korean Protestant Federation.

Well, as you can imagine Billy Graham was not allowed to preach the gospel as usual to try to bring others to Christ. There were only two churches that he was allowed to preach in—a Protestant church and a Catholic church. He was also invited to speak to students and political leaders—not to preach, but to give academic lectures. In his first visit in 1992 he recounted that to his surprise Kim Il Sung University invited him to deliver a lecture to 400 students. He spoke on “The Influence of Religion on American Society.” On his second visit in 1994, to a much larger group in the same university, he spoke on the major problems facing the world. He recounted, “I pointed out that as a Christian, I was convinced that the root of all our problems came from the human heart, and that our greatest need was spiritual in nature.”

At another time Billy was given the great opportunity to speak to about 1000 political and economic leaders. They were apparently selected to come and hear him and to spy him out—so as to get an advantage on us as Americans. But as we know, what others mean for evil, God can turn it around for good. I have no doubt that the speaking and the friendships Billy made there will come to great good. Possibly many hearts have come to Christ because of those two visits. (pp. 616-632)

  1. Billy Graham got to know many people in his travels and ministry, and I can imagine that he cherished their friendships. But when they died he also experienced great loss. Billy recalled that in 1968 when Dr. Marten Luther King Jr. died, he lost a great friend. At the time of his death he was playing gulf in Australia. And immediately, when he heard the sad news he had all the journalists and others gather around for prayer. They prayed for the family, for the United States, and for the healing of racial divisions in the world. (p. 696)

 

 

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President Trump Honors Billy Graham with Tweets

President Trump honors Billy Graham with these tweets:

 

Feb 28, 2018 12:10:22 PM – Today, in the center of this great Chamber lies Billy Graham – an Ambassador for Christ who reminded the world of the power of prayer and the gift of God’s grace. https://t.co/5aMh8nFPJW

Feb 28, 2018 01:36:53 PM – Starting at a small Bible School in Florida, Billy Graham soon led a nationwide revival. From a large tent in Los Angeles, to one hundred thousand people in a single day at Yankee Stadium, to more than two million people at Madison Square Garden over sixteen weeks in 1957… https://t.co/z1vvAemlBP

Feb 28, 2018 02:01:34 PM Today we honor Billy Graham as only three private citizens before him have been honored. We say a prayer for our country: that all across this land, the Lord will raise up men and women like Billy Graham to spread a message of love and hope to every precious child of God. https://t.co/EM4lZUZpX9

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Looking Back at Billy Graham’s Life from His Autobiography – Part 6

 

To commemorate Billy Graham’s life I am re-posting these articles I wrote back in 2013, having to do with his prayer life. Enjoy.

 50 Prayer Experiences: from Billy Graham’s Autobiography, Just As I Am – Part 6

Posted on February 25, 2013 by Stephen Nielsen

In this sixth part we will review Billy Graham’s prayers with four key American presidents—Johnson, Nixon, Ford, and Reagan. We will also see how Billy’s preaching came to Russia—a very exciting time in history!

 

Part 6
1961 – 1984

 

  1. Though Billy Graham didn’t agree with all of his policies, he made a great friend of LBJ. He saw a side of him that most people didn’t see; he had a deep, sincere spiritual dimension. Billy said he was beside him many times as he knelt by his bedside in his pajamas. (p. 404)
  2. In 1970 an amazing thing happened. Billy recounted that when he and LBJ (out of office at the time) were driving all over his ranch, raising dust as they drove, LBJ jokingly asked him to pray for a little rain. Well, Billy took him seriously and offered up a short prayer. In minutes it was pouring!! (P. 417)
  3. Billy also became a great friend to Nixon. He often read scriptures to him, counseled him, and prayed with him. Nixon considered him a great aid and called him often for prayers. (pp. 444-450)
  4. The Watergate scandal was a great strain on America, and it left a deep scar. President Gerald Ford did a good job as a healer and peace keeper. And Billy Graham was there beside him. They spent much time together in prayer (p. 466)
  5. In 1982 God worked in a wonderful way to bring the gospel to Russia. As it happened, the Russian Orthodox Church had planned a peace conference in Moscow, and would include several hundred representatives from all major world religions. Billy Graham was invited and would be allowed to preach in two Moscow churches, one Baptist and one Orthodox. Well, as you can imagine, many did not think he should go, because he would most likely be a tool of Communist propaganda. For weeks Ruth and Billy prayed about whether they should go. Well, in the end Billy gained confidence in God that his propaganda for Christ would prove stronger then their propaganda. As it turned out, the gospel was presented in Moscow, and also opened doors to other Communist countries! Henceforth, invitations to preach soon arrived from East Germany and Czechoslovakia. God was working! (499-512)
  6. Billy Graham’s friendship with Ronald Reagan I think was extra special. He seemed to admire Ron (as most of his friends called him) as much as Ron admired him. Billy recalled that he had a certain charm and wit that could win over people easily. I’m sure as a preacher Billy admired this quality about him. For all that Ronald Reagan did for the United Stated and for the world, I’m sure Billy Graham’s friendship and prayers were a big part of it. Ronald Reagan thought so. On February 23, 1983 he presented Billy Graham with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor for service to the nation. (pp. 529-539)

 

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Looking Back at Billy Graham’s Life from His Autobiography – Part 5

 

To commemorate Billy Graham’s life I am re-posting these articles I wrote back in 2013, having to do with his prayer life. Enjoy.

 

50 Prayer Experiences: from Billy Graham’s Autobiography, Just As I Am – Part 5

 

Posted on February 25, 2013 by Stephen Nielsen

This is my review of Billy Graham’s autobiography in terms of his prayers. In this fifth part we will see why Billy had to stay on his knees in prayer, and how he grew in faith.

 

Part 5
1957 – 1960

 

  1. As you can imagine, being as popular as he was, the media was always hounding Billy Graham. But Billy was careful to be patient with them—and prayerful. When he was preaching in New York for the 1957 crusade he recalled, “I stayed on my knees about the media more than about any other single thing, including my sermons. Far more people would read the newspaper and magazine stories than would hear me preach in person. My prayer was that the Holy Spirit would guard our statements to the press and use the coverage to glorify Christ.” (p. 308)
  2. Billy Graham was no superman. Sometimes after preaching for a number of days his strength would run out. This was the case when he preached in the New York crusades in 1957. As it happened, since the meetings ran at full capacity (and beyond) every night, the crusade committee decided to extend them from six weeks to nine weeks. Billy recalled that at the end of the six weeks he was physically depleted, plus he had run out of sermons! He wrote in His autobiography, “Some nights during those later weeks, I sat on the platform and prayed silently, ‘O God, You have to do it, I can’t do it. I just can’t do it.’ And yet when I stood up, all of a sudden the words would begin to come—God giving strength and spiritual power in a way that could not be explained in human terms.” (pp. 318-319)
  3. Billy Graham was not always received well. When he was in Paraguay, South America, there was strong opposition to the crusade—in which a counterdemonstration was organized consisting of a parade of 15,000 students and a music festival. But it was quite obvious that God was all for the crusades and against those who apposed it. In response to their prayers God ordered a violent storm that hit the city, scattered the parade and destroyed preparations at the festival site. But wouldn’t you know: the crusade took place as scheduled—right on time! (pp. 373-374)
  4. Billy Graham knew many political figures, but always thought it wise not to endorse them publically. In 1960, after writing an article about Nixon the Man that was going to appear in Life Magazine, for some reason Billy had second thoughts about it, as did Ruth and a number of other people. So he and Ruth got on their knees on the night it went to the press and asked God to stop the publication if it was not His will. God answered. The next morning Henry Luce, the publisher, phoned and said that he pulled the article. (p. 393)
  5. If one is a regular, faithful intercessor, he will no doubt be in touch with what God is doing in the world, and is connected to the spiritual realm—both with angels and demons. And if this be the case, he will receive massages and warnings in the form of burdens. This was the case with Billy Graham in 1964 when Kennedy was president. He had received a strong burden that there was danger ahead for the president. He tried to contact him to warn him, but was unable to get through to him. He wanted to tell him, “Don’t go to Texas!” (p. 400)

 

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Honoring Billy Graham’s Life from His Autobiography – Part 4

 

To pay tribute to Billy Graham’s life I am reposting these articles I wrote back in 2013, having to do with his prayer life. Enjoy.

 

50 Prayer Experiences: from Billy Graham’s Autobiography, Just As I Am – Part 4

Posted on February 21, 2013 by Stephen Nielsen

This is my review of Billy Graham’s autobiography in terms of his prayers. In this fourth part we will review some points of prayer while Billy was in Europe and India, while at the same time getting sharp criticism from some in America.

Part 4
1955 – 1957

  1. On his way to Glasgow by train, Billy Graham recounted that photographers and reporters were a nuisance. Before he went to bed he got on his knees and prayed about the press conference the next day, and also about the upcoming meetings in Glasgow. (p. 248)
  2. When Billy Graham preached at Glasgow’s Kelvin Hall in 1955, he felt a strong closeness with the audience, which he felt was the Holy Spirit. At the same time he didn’t have his hopes up too high that people would respond well to an invitation. Scottish church leaders actually had advised him not to give an invitation, since they said the Scots were far too reserved to publicly come forward. Well, as it happened, when the invitation was given, as Billy put it, “not a soul moved.” Billy bowed his head in prayer, and, as he said, “When I looked up, people were streaming down the aisles, some with tears in their eyes.” The Holy Spirit had broken through to them—with the help of Billy’s prayers. (p. 249)
  3. While in Great Britain in 1955 Billy Graham spoke at a number of colleges and universities. When he spoke at Cambridge he felt especially inadequate, sensing that he lacked the intellect needed to present the gospel to the students there. But, with encouragement from Professor C. S. Lewis, and with much praying on his knees the meeting went well. Hundreds of students committed their lives to Christ. (pp. 258-259)
  4. As Billy Graham was traveling to India to preach he began praying that God would show him how to approach a people who knew nothing about God or the Bible. As they flew over Israel it came to him. When he spoke to them he said, “I am not here to tell you about an American or a Britain or a European…I am here to tell you about a Man who was born right here in your part of the world, in Asia.” (p. 265)
  5. One of the things that has deeply saddened Billy Graham is the hurtful criticisms of leading fundamentalists. Billy recalled that he and Ruth prayed over it frequently. This critical spirit of the fundamentalists (they would say, of Billy’s compromises with the world) to me is particularly sad because it shows not their holiness but their lack of love and their hypocritical self-righteousness. I think God is grieved. (p. 303)

 

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