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“And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” Matthew 21:22

  • August 12th – Question

    Nevada allows casino-style gambling statewide. In what other state is statewide casino gambling legal? 

    1.  New Jersey 
    2. Idaho 
    3. Louisiana 
    4. Arkansas 
    5. Alaska 
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    Answer:  3 – Louisiana is the only other state where both state and local governments allow statewide gambling, although there are zoning restrictions and licensing requirements in both. 

  • August 12 – Our Families: Gambling

    What Will You Wager? 

    Vital Sign Religious Freedom

    The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines gambling as “the practice or activity of betting: the practice of risking money or other stakes in a game or bet.” In the United States, it takes many forms: lotteries, parimutuel wagering, card rooms both public and private, commercial and tribal casinos, legal bookmaking, advance-deposit wagering, and charitable games and Bingo. Playing the lottery was by far the largest single form of gambling just a few years ago; but with the introduction of online sports betting, opportunities for wagering have greatly expanded—especially as casinos were closed during the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown. 

    Approximately 85 percent of Americans have gambled at least once in their lifetime; 60 percent have gambled in the past year. Around 2 million Americans (1 percent) are considered pathological or problem gamblers. 

    Curiously, the World Financial Review has listed advantages to games of chance and risk, particularly at casinos, among them a recreational value and social interactivity. But there are consequences for the gambler—even the one who claims he is being financially responsible. A player may have some wins in the short term but, over the long haul, the edge that the house has will eventually grind the gambler down into unprofitability. Available spending money is reduced, savings are often tapped and, in days of recession, families cannot afford any losses. 

    No matter how happy the player may feel while winning, losses can bring on feelings of stress, guilt, annoyance, or general depression. The one who gambles can develop problems. When gambling behavior interferes with finances, relationships at home, and at the workplace, a serious problem already exists. Many people who are viewed as responsible and strong by those who care about them, who are not seen as irresponsible or weak-willed people, can quickly fall prey to a gambling addiction. They can find themselves in the midst of the same emotional and physical highs and lows as someone addicted to drugs or alcohol. They discover they are less and less able to resist the craving to gamble—and it grows in intensity and frequency. 

    When gambling goes beyond a recreational or social activity, not only is the individual affected, there are significant negative physical, psychological, and social consequences for the family and community at large. A number of studies have identified negative effects of problem gambling on the family that include relationship problems, conflicts, financial hardship, and intimate partner violence. Approximately one in five problem gamblers attempts suicide, a rate far higher than any other addictive disorder. 

    Children of problem gambling parents are at a much higher risk of developing gambling problems themselves, including associated family violence, than the children of non-problem gambling parents. 

    For a compulsive gambler, treatment can be challenging. Gamblers Anonymous has a 12-step program of self-help similar to that of Alcoholics Anonymous. For the deeply addicted, behavioral therapy may be helpful. Mayo Clinic suggests antidepressants and mood stabilizers may help. But treatment might also involve an outpatient program, inpatient program, or residential treatment program, depending on needs and resources. The gambler may have also developed additional addictions in order to cope, such as drugs or alcohol. Those need to be part of treatment as well. 

    State and local governments continue to support lotteries, casinos, sports betting, and other types of gambling, collecting roughly $30 billion on various forms of gambling for fiscal year 2020. That amounts to about 1 percent of state and local government revenue for that year. It does not include revenues from tribal casinos, which typically are not regulated or taxed by state and local governments, although some governments do have revenue-sharing agreements with operating tribes. 

    The Bible encourages wise stewardship of one’s possessions, regardless of financial status. The apostle Paul also cautioned his protégé Timothy, “Those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. But as for you, O man of God, flee these things” (1 Timothy 6:9-11). 

    How then should we pray? 

    • That individuals who are prone to problem gambling will seek counsel, a self-help group, or professional therapy. 
    • For families who have a problem gambler among them to secure wise counsel also. 
    • That governing authorities would seriously consider whether receiving 1 percent of their annual revenue is worth the costs to families. 
    • That God would help you be a wise steward of all that He has given you, whether or not you are a gaming risk-taker. 

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Today’s Audio Prayer Guide

  • Pray 7 – August 12th

    Praying for the States: New Jersey

    Heavenly Father, we pray for voters in New Jersey as they elect their Congressional representatives. Help guide them to choose candidates who align with your great plan. We pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Daily Audio Prayer

  • Pray 7 – August 12th

    Praying for the States: New Jersey

    Heavenly Father, we pray for voters in New Jersey as they elect their Congressional representatives. Help guide them to choose candidates who align with your great plan. We pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.


COMMIT TO PRAY 7

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Share Your Prayer

Write a short prayer for today’s topic to encourage other members. Prayers will be shared here next week to match the same topic.


Member Prayers

Be encouraged by prayers from fellow faithful prayer warriors!

God you are in total control. May we all continue to pray for our country. May you comfort us and gives us peace beyond our control. Amen.

Taylor S.

Michigan

God, you are sovereign and want no man to perish. Thank you for giving us freedom to choose you. I pray for salvation for the lost in our country, especially our leaders, and for a reawakening in America and across the globe.

Suzanne G.

California

I cast my concerns for America upon you, Lord. Our freedoms and constitution are under attack. I pray that you surround our leaders in Washington, that they might seek your will. I pray for America and our leaders so that righteousness and justice can prevail In the United States of America.

John M.

New Jersey

FURTHER READING AND PRAYER TOPICS



ABOUT PRAY SEVEN

PRAY 7:  Spend just SEVEN minutes a day with us, in each of the SEVEN days a week between now and the midterm elections as we pray over SEVEN key topics that you have said concern you most this year. IT IS ALL ABOUT PRAYING for this nation, for our families and communities, our churches and our government and leaders. Together, our prayers will flood the Throne Room of Heaven. God will hear and He will answer!

Key Issues Identified by Members

In June 2022, The Presidential Prayer Team conducted a survey of its members. With more than double the response of most national surveys, this strong representation of America’s praying community identified the two most important issues facing America today as the nation’s “Moral decline and changing values” and “Religious freedom.” In fact, seven of the top twenty identified issues all relate to morality, religion, and family. Each generation, a country will see cultural and social shifts in society–but the dramatic attention to many of these issues that are at the core of who and what America was founded upon is an urgent indicator to why need to be praying today.

Over the weeks leading toward the midterm elections, Pray Seven will be covering these key issues that matter most to you, to better help guide you in prayer.

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