Week of Prayer

National Day of Prayer Week 2017

OVERVIEW OF THE SIX DAYS OF FOCUS

DAY ONE: Marriage & Family

We believe the family unit is designed by God. Genesis 2: 1-25, Matthew 19:4-9

The Biblical definition of a marriage between one man and one woman is being redefined in our society. Same-sex marriage, divorce, pre-marital sex and co-habitation are eroding the Biblical Foundation of what the Lord intends.

Because the lawgivers of today are not following God’s law, this is the result:

Romans 1:21-32

DAY TWO: Unity

We believe that God never intended for His body to be divided. We believe the Church universal should be united in order to fulfill His commands. We promote relational unity in the Body of Christ-through the manner prescribed in Ephesians 4: 1-6.

We believe that we are to love one another if we are to be salt and light to the world. John 13: 34-35

DAY THREE Ten Commandments

Have you ever noticed how God introduced the Ten Commandments? He spoke His laws to the people in Exodus 20. He took time to remind them of three vital truths:

1. The love He had for them

2. The victories He’s won for them

3. The future He planned for them.

God spoke about how he intended to bless Israel as His children, and He warned them of the boundaries to keep-how to survive His fiery presence on Mount Sinai. Only then did He give them His commandments to obey. Do you see the genius of the sequence?

Leaders touch a heart before they ask for a hand. Before God demanded His people keep His rules, He reminded them of His relationship and blessings. That gave them all the incentive they needed to follow through on the commitment!

Exodus 20:1-20

Proverbs 1:8-9

DAY FOUR Prayer

We believe that our country is continuing on a rapid down-hill slope that began in June of 1963 when the Supreme Court upheld the argument of the atheist Madelyn Murray O’Hare. Prayer has been outlawed, God’s very name has been declared anathema to the United States Constitution, and forbidden to be mentioned in any federal, state, county, city or municipal context.

Further decrees have revealed the depths of the ouster that initial edict has fostered. Not just prayer is forbidden in the public forum. Display of the cross is forbidden. The Ten Commandments are forbidden. The Bible is forbidden. Nativity plays are forbidden. Even the mere mentions of the names “God” or “Jesus” in schools are forbidden. More than that, anything even suggestive of those names is forbidden.

James tells us in James 5:13-18 that we should pray. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 tells us to pray without ceasing.

God tells us in 2 Chronicles 7:14 that if we turn from our evil ways he will hear our prayers.

We believe that prayer is our most powerful weapon against the darkness of this world.

DAY FIVE Abortion

Ephesians 5:11-15

Ephesians 5:8 tells us to ”Walk as children of the light.” Verse 11 goes on to explain that walking in the light means not doing works of darkness and it means exposing the works of darkness that others do. Therefore we learn from this text that Christians who walk in the light should be involved in exposing the dark and fruitless work of abortion. It is a dark and barren work, and we are called to expose it.

The word “expose” is used again in verse 13 where you get a clear idea of what’s involved: “when anything is exposed by the light it becomes visible.” The idea is that when we “walk as children of the light.” Or to use the words of Jesus, “when we let our light shine before men the dark works of men become shown for what they really are”

We must also keep in mind that God knows all of his children, even before they are born. Who are we to allow man to destroy what He created. Jeremiah 1:5

DAY SIX God’s Charge, God’s Provision

We believe that God has given His Church, His people, specific commands. Yet, we continually disobey.  Isaiah 1 takes this issue head on.

Hosea 4 echoes the charges against us. We need to return to the basic of our faith, what God has taught us, if we have any hope in turning our country and our world around.