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  • Issue 474 – Verse of the Week

    January 21st – January 27th, 2021


    VERSE OF THE WEEK

    Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”John 8:12

    Let your light shine!

    A recent Christmas catalog included a tactical flashlight with a beam that could be seen five nautical miles away (5.75 miles).  Light from lighthouses is visible over 20 miles away.  A study conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said the human eye could see the light of a candle 10 miles away, appearing as bright as a star. When you are in spiritual darkness, Jesus is the only One who can illuminate your soul. And just as He is the Light of the World, he has called you to also be light to those around you. How far does your light shine? Draw nearer to Him as you pray for the things that concern you, and as you pray with us for the nation, the issues we face, and those who lead us. Then watch your own light gleam a little brighter as you reflect the light of Jesus.


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Prayer Focus: January 2021

This month will be highly active in Washington, D.C. and across state capitals. It is a critical time for leaders in America. Pray with us:

Heavenly Father,

You are the Source of our confidence in all things. You have set a plan in place for this nation and You alone know its future. We watch in awe as You work through people and events.

As we witness the many things that are happening, we ask for Your mercy upon our nation. Be the Guide for Your people and keep hearts open to Your leading as decisions are made that will impact our lives and country.

Imprint Your will upon us as we pray for our leaders, over the pandemic, about jobs, about divisions within our government, and more. Holy Spirit, intercede for us when we don’t have any more words and we open ourselves to Your will. Thank you for hearing us and never forsaking us as we ask in Jesus’ Holy Name, Amen.

It is important that America’s prayer warriors remain vigilant in prayer, trusting that God is in control.

CONTINUE WITH US IN PRAYER:

  • Pray for the president and his administration.
  • Pray for all elected officials in Congress.
  • Pray for God’s continued protection and blessing upon the United States of America.
  • Pray for your neighbors and fellow Americans.

  • Pray for peace and understanding with our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.

  • First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
    1 Timothy 2:1-4

    Happy New Year!

    Our 2020 matching challenge has been met! God is good. Thank you for your prayers and your support!

    As we begin 2021 we praise God for His graces and faithfulness. This new year also marks our twentieth anniversary! We know that God has big things planned for this ministry and our country in the new year and you are a part of making this happen.

    May God’s love shine bright in America and His blessings overflow. Thank you from all of us here at The Presidential Prayer Team.


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    Pray the Vote 2020

    The Presidential Prayer Team remains firmly committed to prayer and the biblical values upon which this great nation was founded as we seek truth and discernment throughout the official process of electing a president and leaders of the United States of America.

    Due to member request, we will be keeping our Inner Prayer Room open at this time.


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    Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at The Presidential Prayer Team. Thank you for your faithfulness, support, and praying alongside us and the many others within this great nation. United we accomplish much as we raise our hearts and voices to almighty God. Please pray with us:

    A Prayer of Thanksgiving

    Heavenly Father,

    We thank you for Your steadfastness and the grace that You bestow upon our lives. We give thanks for the freedoms we have in this nation to publicly acknowledge Your sovereignty. We are forever grateful for Your blessings upon us and our country.

    We pray for Your protection over the United States of America; we pray for wisdom and discernment for our country’s leaders and officials; we pray for strength and safety for our armed forces and first responders; and we pray for mercy and kindness over our families and loved ones.

    Bless each one of us today, so that we may show Your love and grace with others and be beacons of light within this world. May we have the opportunities to bless those who are in need with Your everlasting loving care. And may our hearts overflow with gratitude, forgiveness, and kindness.

    In Your most Holy Name, Amen.

    A Look at Thanksgiving in History

    New York
    October 3, 1789

    Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be—That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks—for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation—for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war—for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed—for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted—for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

    (Excerpt from George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation)

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    100 DAYS OF PRAYER

    First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” – 1 Timothy 2:1-2

    Every 4 years, beginning on Inauguration Day, we commit to 100 days of prayer over the president’s administration. These first 100 days are often crucial as new Cabinet-level positions are appointed and confirmed, new policies are set into motion, and work alongside the new Congress begins.

    TODAY’S PRAYER

    • Day 6 – Our Confidence in God

      Day 6 – Our Confidence in God

      Dear Lord, we have confidence in You that You hold the heart of the nation’s leaders in Your hand. Therefore, we pray for the president as he faces the enormous challenge of maintaining the world’s largest economy. As part of the president’s effort to meet the needs of the nation in this area, he must carefully choose a Secretary of the Treasury Department to advise and guide him. We pray for the president as he makes this selection and for the appointee as they go before the Senate as part of the confirmation process. May You give the Senate discernment in their decision and may the nominee look to You for wisdom, balance, and a godly perspective on how to best work for the American people. Thank You, in Jesus Name, Amen.

    • Issue 474 – Federal Branches

      Praying for Our Leaders in Government

      Executive Branch: Pray for the President and his Administration

      President Joe Biden and his administration are beginning with a Cabinet made up mostly of acting officials. They will be working closely with the Senate in order to review and confirm any of his top choices for key positions. Hearings have begun for Treasury and Defense Secretaries.

      Vice President Kamala Harris said the administration work to take a “humane” approach to immigration. The administration’s plan includes a path to citizenship for millions living in the U.S. illegally, the granting of automatic green cards to immigrants with Temporary Protected Status and DACA recipients, and the addition of more immigration judges to alleviate the backlog at the border.

      Pray God to be at work in and through President Biden and Vice President Harris as they begin their term of office.

      Legislative Branch: Pray for Senators and Representatives of Congress

      Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont will chair the Senate Budget Committee. In an interview, he said, “I believe that the crisis is of economic severity and we’ve got to move as rapidly as we can.” He is expected to work to take issues regarding taxes, health care, climate change, and other domestic issues.

      Incoming vice president Kamala Harris submitted her resignation from her seat in the U.S. Senate Monday. California Governor Gavin Newsom has selected California Secretary of State Alex Padilla to serve the rest of Harris’ term, which ends in 2022.

      Pray for the New Congress, and for the change in leadership in the Senate, to be wise and deliberative in their roles.

      Judicial Branch: Pray for Supreme Court and Federal Judges

      For more than three decades, the Federal Trade Commission has been able to use America’s courts to require companies that defraud consumers to refund their money. Currently, the agency’s restitution authority is being challenged in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

      Supreme Court justices heard oral arguments on a key case involving free speech and religious liberty rights on college campuses. The case involves a Georgia student who says he sought to share Christian pamphlets on campus in a peaceful manner when he was stopped by campus officials. Those officials directed him to use one of two “speech zones,” but these zones made up less than 1 percent of the entire campus.

      Pray for the nine Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court as they hear and rule on cases that involve protections and freedoms of America’s citizens.

    Featured Leaders For Prayer


    Starting on January 3rd with the swearing-in of the 117th United States Congress, we will highlight one elected freshman senator or representative each day. Pray with us for each of them as they take on their new responsibilities and fulfill their oaths of office.

    TODAY’S NEWLY ELECTED LEADER FOR PRAYER

    • Kathy Manning, Representative for North Carolina

      Kathy Manning, Representative for North Carolina


      • Born – December 1956  in Detroit, Michigan
      • Education – B.A., Harvard University; J.D., University of Michigan Law School
      • Military Service –  None
      • Profession – Attorney, small business owner
      • Political Experience – None
      • Family – Married to Randall, 3 children
      • Religious Affiliation – Jewish

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    AMERICA’S HISTORY OF FAITH AND PRAYER

    • Issue 474 – Faith and Prayer History

      We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown.

      But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.  …. We have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace; too proud to pray to the God that made us.

      All this being done in sincerity and truth, let us then rest humbly in the hope authorized by the divine teachings; that the united cry of the nation will be heard on high, and answered with blessings no less than the pardon of our national sins, and the restoration of our now divided and suffering country to its former happy condition of unity and peace.

      President Abraham Lincoln, April 30, 1863

    • Issue 474 – National Prayer Needs

      Additional National Prayer Needs

      Pray for our Military

      Huntsville, Alabama, has been named as the headquarters for the U.S. Space Command, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey announced. Colorado, New Mexico, Nebraska, Texas and Florida had also been considered as possible headquarters sites. The Air Force said Huntsville checked off all the requirements for the Air Force: proximity to military bases involved with space, high security, and communications capabilities.

      The Pentagon is moving forward with plans to rename several U.S. military bases. Half of the panel charged with leading the effort is filled, but the remaining members of the eight-person panel will be appointed by the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees.

      The number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan has been reduced to 2,500, the lowest level of American forces since 2001, the Pentagon reported.

      Pray for America’s troops and those who lead them.

      Pray for AMERICA’S FREEDOMS

      Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York said that she would like to “figure out how we rein in our media environment” so misinformation and disinformation are not so easily spread. She believes Congress should discuss a plan for “federal truth and reconciliation” or “media literacy initiatives to help with healing.”

      Pray for members of Congress as they are work to guard the freedoms outlined in the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

      Pray for AMERICA’S FOREIGN RELATIONS

      The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says Iran has taken a new step toward possible atomic weapons production by starting work on an assembly line to manufacture key material at the core of nuclear warheads, intending to produce more advanced fuel, and saying it “would make uranium metal to make an advanced fuel for the Tehran reactor”

      Kim Jong Un has vowed to improve North Korea’s ties to the outside world as economic problems persist. Additionally, North Korea is preparing to increase the production of nuclear weapons, citing hostility from the U.S.

      Pray for U.S. and foreign officials as they address the increase of nuclear weapons in the hands of hostile nations.

      Pray For AMERICA’S HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

      Results of early trials of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine are promising, and if Phase 3 trials are successful, there could soon be another tool with which to fight against the virus.

      Statistics show that the confirmed number of worldwide deaths from COVID-19 approached 1 million as of January 14. But experts say the actual number of casualties caused by the pandemic may be closer to 3 million. Experts also say that, while two-thirds of the excess deaths recorded were attributable to COVID-19, many of those had compounding health conditions that caused complications in their ability to fight off the virus.

      Pray for health officials as they work to accurately address the COVID pandemic. Pray for the manufacturers of the various vaccines as they manufacture massive quantities of doses.

      Pray for AMERICA’S RELATIONSHIP WITH ISRAEL

      Israel has been stepping up airstrikes against Iranian targets in Syria, launching an air attack near the main border crossing between Syria and Iraq, one of the biggest strikes yet in its escalating campaign against the regime in Tehran.

      The Iranian parliament introduced a bill setting a twenty-year time frame for the destruction of Israel. The bill lists Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, and groups in the Gaza Strip as potential allies in its goal to eliminate Israel by 2041.

      Pray for peace in the region and for God to be at work through the Abraham Accords that were signed last year. Pray for Israel as it faces ongoing threats by Iran and its allies.

      Pray for THE AMERICAN ECONOMY

      Initial claims for unemployment benefits jumped to nearly one million in mid-January as the coronavirus surge resulted in more layoffs. Claims are now at their highest level since mid-August, as is a sign that the economic recovery may not yet be on solid footing.

      Consumer prices increased solidly last month amid a surge in the cost of gasoline, although underlying inflation remained tame as the economy continues battling the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Pray for administration leaders who will be setting economic policies for the future of America.

      Pray for AMERICA’S JUSTICE System

      New York State Attorney General filed a lawsuit against the New York City Police Department seeking to install a federal monitor to oversee the department. The suit stems from protests over the summer, where the Attorney General’s office found widespread civil rights abuses by police against protesters.

      Pray for federal prosecutors arguing cases regarding equality and justice according to America’s laws.

      Pray for America’s Media

      The CEO of Twitter said the decision to ban 45th President Donald Trump was necessary, but he raises questions about the power of social media companies and Twitter’s failure to promote healthy conversation. “I feel a ban is a failure of ours ultimately to promote healthy conversation. And a time for us to reflect on our operations and the environment around us,” said Jack Dorsey in a tweet.

      Pray for Congress as they consider the balance of responsibilities of social media platforms, the freedom of enterprise to deny services, and the freedom of speech and expression.

      Pray for Goodness in America

      Representatives Michael Waltz of Florida and Vicky Hartzler of Missouri showed their appreciation for the National Guard troops protecting the Capitol Building by sending in pizzas. Waltz is a former U.S. Army Green Beret and Hartzler is a member of the House Armed Services Committee. Representative Hartzler said, “Our National Guardsmen and Capitol Police are the true heroes and patriots. Let’s keep them in our prayers.”

      Pray for the protection of our National Guard and law enforcement officers in Washington, D.C. this week.

      Pray for Needs ACROSS the STATES

      Montana’s House of Representatives is considering a bill that would expand permission for the carrying of both permitted and permitless concealed firearms, including on college campuses and in government buildings, in some cases.

      Governor Mike DeWine of Ohio signed a new bill into law mandating that a physician be present when a woman takes the first of two pills during a chemical abortion. This measure will prevent the practice of “telemedicine abortions” throughout the state.

      Pray for the nation’s governors and state legislators and about the new proposed bills they are introducing.


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