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Pray for the European Union Leaders & Countries September 17, 2009

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The European Union leaders are meeting today, September 17, to try to come up with common positions ahead of the G20 summit in Pittsburgh. The European Commission (EC) put forward the points that it believes the EU should make at the summit. For more info, you can read THIS ARTICLE.

But let’s take some time today to pray again for the four KEY LEADERS listed below.

  1. France: President Nicolas Sarkozy
  2. Germany: Chancellor Angela Merkel
  3. Italy: Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi
  4. United Kingdom: Prime Minister Gordon Brown

Pray for CLARITY, WISDOM and UNDERSTANDING. Declare the following scriptures over their lives.

1 Corinthians 13:12
Now we see things imperfectly as in a cloudy mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.

God, we ask that today, You would release to the European Union leaders a DIVINE CLARITY in their meetings throughout today. Give them a measure of Your Grace to see everything with perfect clarity. Remove the cloudiness from their eyes.

1 Kings 4:29
God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore.

Lord, just as you gave King Solomon UNCOMMON WISDOM, we ask for You to release GREAT INSIGHT and a breadth of understanding that is MEASURELESS. Jesus, draw these men and women to Yourself. You are TRUE WISDOM. Give them hearts that LOVE You.

Deuteronomy 1:13
Choose some wise, understanding and respected men from each of your tribes, and I will set them over you.

Lord, you commanded us to choose wise and UNDERSTANDING LEADERS — people of RESPECT. I declare today, that the European Union leaders will walk in GREAT UNDERSTANDING as they govern their people and countries.

PRAYER FOCUS: So God we ask that these leaders would be endued with supernatural wisdom.   We pray that you would remove the cloudiness from their eyes.   Help them see past their own personal and political agendas.   Give them courage to make decisions for the benefit of those that they lead.   Provide clarity of mind, strength of character, and integrity of heart in all these matters.

And may the decisions made in the G20 Summit provide fertile soil for economic growth, but even more than that for the growth of the Kingdom of God on the earth. We pray this in Jesus name, Amen.

This post was written by Chris Griffin [chriskategriffin.wordpress.com] of Allison Park Church

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Day Of Fasting – Three Days Of 24/7 Prayer September 16, 2009

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Next Wednesday, we are encouraging as many as possible to join in on a DAY OF FASTING AND PRAYER for the G20 SUMMIT events that will begin on Thursday and Friday that follow.    This day of fasting should be a time to set aside meals to focus prayer during those ‘meal moments’ to agree together for God’s purposes to prevail during this gathering of global leaders here in Pittsburgh.

Here’s how you can participate:

  • Eat Dinner On Tuesday Night:   Spend a few minutes that evening, after dinner, to seek God in prayer.
  • Fast Breakfast (drink liquids) – Spend that breakfast moment in prayer.
  • Fast Lunch (drink liquids) – Make prayer declarations regarding the Summit.
  • Eat Dinner on Wednesday Night.

During that DAY OF FASTING we will have posts on this blog to help you focus your prayers.

Allison Park Church is also launched a 72 hour emphasis in the 24/7 Prayer Room. The goal is to have someone praying around the clock, every hour, during those three days (Wed – Thur – Fri).  You can sign up or get more information by contacting Chris Griffin (chrisg@allisonparkchurch.com)

TODAY’S PRAYER FOCUS: God, we again ask for your constant PROTECTION around our city.  As people begin to arrive in this region, keep them safe in your care.  Protect these national leaders and their staff.  Be a hedge of safe keeping for all public safety workers.  May our streets and our region be marked by peace and by your presence.  In Jesus name, amen!

Day Twenty-Three: Refocus & Review September 15, 2009

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On this day, we come back to some previous posts and the prayers provided.  Let’s pray for these three things today.

PRAYER FOCUS #1: I come to you today Lord, and confess that You are the God of the impossible. You are the God who authored and initiated the miracle of the virgin birth. O God, do it again! Send the Messiah into impossible situations! For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders! We long for the day of Your perfect government; but until that Day comes, we declare You as our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and our Prince of Peace.

We confess that Your Kingdom upon this earth is increasing among us! There will be no end to Your rule and reign! Establish and uphold Your Kingdom with justice and righteousness for those in our world who are helpless, defenseless and hopeless. Your PASSIONATE COMMITMENT, O Lord Almighty will accomplish this!

PRAYER FOCUS #2: Lord, we confess that we are often so earthly and politically minded, that we of no heavenly good. We pray that you will entrust us with a discernment of what is going on in the heavenlies, so that we can be in alignment with your purposes. We ask that you will give us further discernment to be able to sort through the chaff in this arena.

So many things that are said by our brothers and sisters are well-intentioned, but often immature, off-base and, therefore, misleading.  You promised in your word that your sheep would hear your voice (John 10:27).  Speak to us in this hour.  Speak to the leaders and prophets whom you’ve raised up in Pennsylvania.  Show us what we need to see in this hour so that we can see the armies of heaven about us.

And may we do so with peace-filled hearts.  Keep us from the panic of this world. May we be shining lights in a dark world, because, as a result of your light, we are people of the light (1 Thess. 5:5).

As the disciples once said, “Lord, teach us to pray…” (Luke 11:1); to pray with more precision and power in this season before us.  We pray this in Jesus name, Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS #3: So God we ask that these leaders would be endued with supernatural wisdom.   We pray that you would remove the cloudiness from their eyes.   Help them see past their own personal and political agendas.   Give them courage to make decisions for the benefit of those that they lead.   Provide clarity of mind, strength of character, and integrity of heart in all these matters.

And may the decisions made in the G20 Summit provide fertile soil for economic growth, but even more than that for the growth of the Kingdom of God on the earth. We pray this in Jesus name, Amen.

Day Twenty-Two: Praying For Spiritual Awakening September 14, 2009

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The following post is written by Jeff Leake, Lead Pastor at Allison Park Church.

Focus Verse:  Repent, then, and turn to God, that you sins might be wiped out and times of refreshing might come from the Lord.  Acts 3:19

Application: There is a process described by Peter in his sermon here in Acts chapter three, that results in a season of awakening or refreshing.

  • Repent – to change your thinking or direction.
  • Turn to God – not just turning away from wrong doing or wrong thinking, but turning toward alignment with God.
  • Sins Wiped Out – this involves cleansing and real change.
  • Times Of Refreshing – awakening, fresh life, revelation of truth, reconnection to the Almighty.

One of the benefits of the G20 Summit being in Pittsburgh is the awareness that is raised in churches and among believers throughout the city. This past week, I spoke with several people from various churches and each of them had some type of plan for special prayer emphasis leading up to/or during these Summit days.

Just the fact that so many believers are being challenged to think about praying for their region, their nation, and the world will in itself have a positive impact on the Pittsburgh area.  This can be one of our focus points for prayer.  The G20 Summit is only two days.  It will come and go.  But an awareness of the need to PRAY FOR OUR CITY and FOR OUR WORLD should hopefully remain.

Prayer: God, use these days of special prayer to AWAKEN YOUR PEOPLE all throughout the Pittsburgh Region.  Birth moments of true and genuine REPENTANCE in the hearts of your church.  Cause many to TURN TO GOD and turn away from fear, anger, prejudice, compromise, and greed.  Cause SINS TO BE WIPED OUT and send a true season of REFRESHING into this area.  We declare our dependence on you O God and ask for a mighty move of God in the city of Pittsburgh and in our world.

Day Twenty & TwentyOne: Praying For Presidents September 12, 2009

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This post is written by Pastor Chris Griffin.  Chris oversees the 24/7 Prayer Ministry at Allison Park Church.

FOCUS VERSE: Matthew 8:9 – For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

APPLICATION: In this biblical passage, Jesus is talking with a centurion (a man who led a company of 100 soldiers). The centurion asks Jesus to heal his suffering paralyzed servant. Jesus answers “I will go and heal him.” Remarkably, the centurion says “That is unnecessary Jesus, simply SAY THE WORD and my servant will be healed.”

  1. This passage of Scripture reveals to us the POWER OF ONE WORD from God. His spoken Word can totally change every circumstance.
  2. In a prophetic sense, the world’s economic state could be compared to this suffering, paralyzed servant who needs healed by a spoken WORD from Christ.
  3. Ultimately, verse 9 speaks of AUTHORITY. This Centurion was aware of Jesus’ authority — heavenly authority, spiritual authority, physical authority and earthly authority. Could you imagine if the key leaders of the G20 nations received this same revelation of authority? Our entire world would be transformed.

PRAYER FOCUS: Take some time today and pray, by name for these leaders listed below. Your 10 minutes of prayer could radically transform our entire world. Pray for God to release to these men and women a Spirit of revelation to know Christ better. Pray this apostolic prayer for them:

Eph 1:15-23: For this reason…I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

  1. Argentina: President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner
  2. Australia: Prime Minister Kevin Rudd
  3. Brazil: President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
  4. Canada: Prime Minister Stephen Harper
  5. China: President Hu Jintao
  6. France: President Nicolas Sarkozy
  7. Germany: Chancellor Angela Merkel
  8. India: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
  9. Indonesia: President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
  10. Italy: Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi
  11. Japan: Prime Minister Taro Aso
  12. Mexico: President Felipe Calderón
  13. Russia: President Dmitry Medvedev
  14. Saudi Arabia: King Abdullah
  15. South Africa: President Jacob Zuma
  16. South Korea: President Lee Myung-bak
  17. Turkey: Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
  18. United Kingdom: Prime Minister Gordon Brown
  19. United States: President Barack Obama
  20. European Union: rotates leadership

Day Nineteen: Remembering 9/11 September 11, 2009

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The following devotional/prayer was posted on the Insight For Living Devotional page. It is excerpted from Why, God? Calming Words for Chaotic Times, a book written by Charles R. Swindoll in response to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on America.

O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come
Be Thou our guide while life shall last,
And our eternal home!
—Isaac Watts

Time, like an ever-rolling stream, takes all its sons away. As never before in this generation, we realize that we are dependent upon God for protection and strength. Though the mountains quake, though bridges fall, though tunnels are destroyed, though ships sink, though lives will be lost, though war threatens to invade, though there may even be terrorists and enemies in our midst, we will not fear. Our resolve is firm because our refuge is based on the eternal foundation of the living God.

In the fourth volume of his immortal work, Lincoln in the War Years, author Carl Sandburg addressed the events that not only led up to our nation’s sixteenth president’s assassination but also, of course, the events that followed. It’s a magnificent account written by Sandburg, a true wordsmith. All who love history know that the assassination of Lincoln took place on the fourteenth of April, 1865. You may not remember that it was Good Friday. The president was officially pronounced dead the following day, the fifteenth of April, the day before Easter.

When Sandburg picked up his pen to write the seventy-fifth chapter, he was searching for a title that would say it best as he attempted to summarize the life of Lincoln in an appropriate way. In doing so, he went to an old, plain proverb that was often used among woodsmen as he titled the chapter “A Tree Is Best Measured When It’s Down.” As Sandburg measured the tree, he wrote not only of the now-dead president, he also wrote of preachers on that Easter Sunday following the death of Lincoln. He wrote,

On the Saturday following Good Friday, thousands of sermons were laid away as of no use for Easter Sunday. A new sermon had to be written or extemporized after the news arrived on Saturday forenoon or afternoon that the President was dead. The pastor who failed to deal with the national grief heard from his flock.

In great stone cathedrals of the cities, in modest framed churches of small towns, in little cabin churches at country crossroads, in hospital chapels and in at least one state prison, on Navy ships and in outdoor army-camp services, there were Easter Sunday sermons memorializing the dead President.¹

There was an outpouring from thousands of pulpits; pulpits from coast to coast rather uniformly dealt with varied aspects of their grief.

I thought as I recently reread that account, It is amazing how history repeats itself. It was not on a Saturday that the tragic events transpired which brought us to our knees. And the Sunday that followed was not Easter Sunday, but I can assure you that preachers all over the world scrambled to change their sermons for Sunday, September 16, 2001. The series that I was presenting at the time on the life of the apostle Paul seemed strangely irrelevant in light of our times. Like all other pastors around the globe, I changed directions and immediately began to pursue the events in which we found ourselves in hopes of finding some calming words for our chaotic times. I found them in the Book of Psalms.

1. Carl Sandburg, Lincoln in the War Years. Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1939.

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A Prayer for Calm

God be gracious to us and bless us,
And cause His face to shine upon us—Selah.
(Psalm 67:1)

Lord, we are gathered around our Standard. We are bowed before our great God who offers His peace when so many panic. You are our refuge, our chasah. Rivet that into our minds. Show us how to pause, and let it sink in.

Remind us of Your power and presence when the songs in the evening change into the fearful tears of the night. Remind us of that when the shrill ring of the phone awakens us.

Remind us of that when we sit down and read the morning headlines. Remind us, oh great God, that You are our refuge and strength.

Remind us, even when we don’t understand the why of what’s happening, that we have no reason to fear, that we need not be moved, and that our future is never uncertain with You.

In the strong name of Christ, our Almighty Lord, Amen.

Day Eighteen: Start The Work In Us! September 10, 2009

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The following prayer was provided on the Awakening America Alliance site.

GOD WE ASK YOU TO BEGIN THE WORK, NOT AROUND US, BUT IN US.

Dear God, as we see the darkness around us deepen, forgive us that we excuse ourselves from responsibility. Forgive us that we have fashioned for ourselves a nurturing, rather than transforming faith; a God who serves us, rather than being a people who serve God and others. Forgive us, for making faith about us.

Forgive us, O God, and change us.

Dear God, forgive us for our pride. You resist the proud and give grace to the humble. We have been a proud church, proud Christians.

Forgive us, we humble ourselves before you. Break our hearts. Wet our eyes over our national need for you.

O God, may we not lean to our own understanding in these times. We declare, that unless you build the house, we labor in vain. Unless you watch the city, the watchmen watch in vain. You alone are our salvation.

Forgive us, O God, and increase our trust in you.

When we are tempted, in our personal lives to race through the day without pausing to invoke your guidance, without intentionally seeking your face, without ‘praying without ceasing,”

Forgive our independence, O God, and lead us into a state of constant contact with you, of walking in the spirit.

A time of silence for personal confession

Merciful God, save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.
Forgive us our sins and those of our nation. Assure us of peace. May we walk in the security of your grace. Save us, O God.

This we pray in the name of Jesus.  Amen

Day Seventeen: Praying With Grace & Truth September 9, 2009

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The post below is based on an article/interview with Pastor Dutch Sheets.

“Our message (to the world) should be of grace and truth,” explains Dutch. This message however need not leave out the consequences of sin, but as it is shared, it must be laced with hope and mercy. Dutch reminds us that the heart of our message should be, Return to Me and I will return to you (Mal. 3:7).

And rather than have a harsh, judgmental attitude, we should have one of both compassion and mourning. We must be able to explain the results of sin through heartfelt tears. “Too often the world perceives our attitude toward the consequences of other’s sins as callous or even smug gladness,” cautions Dutch.

How can we effectively pray for the nation? Dutch says we should:

1. Pray that many in the church sense the need for humility and repentance

2. Pray that the church is able to respond to the (global and) national (situations) with great wisdom

3. Ask for a turning of our nation back to God

4. Ask for God’s mercy to triumph over judgment

5. Pray that our president and other government leaders move with great wisdom

6. Pray for comfort in our nation and that each person recognize his/her great spiritual need

7. Forgive those who have wronged us and pray for justice to evildoers.

8. Continue to pray for the salvation of the Muslim world.

Day Sixteen: Do It Again Lord! September 8, 2009

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Yesterday, we passed the half-way point in this 30 Day Journey of prayer for the G20 Summit.  This coming Friday also marks the 8th Anniversary of the events of 9/11.  There is a portion of a prayer that Max Lucado wrote as a way to unite people in prayer just following the tragic events 8 years ago.  These words I think can still be prayed for our nation today.

DO IT AGAIN LORD!

And so we come to you. We don’t ask you for help; we beg you for it. We don’t request it; we implore it. We know what you can do. We’ve read the accounts. We’ve pondered the stories and now we plead, “Do it again, Lord. Do it again.”

Remember Joseph? You rescued him from the pit. You can do the same for us. Do it again, Lord.

Remember the Hebrews in Egypt? You protected their children from the angel of death. We have children too, Lord. Do it again.

And Sarah? Remember her prayers? You heard them. Joshua? Remember his fears? You inspired him. The women at the tomb? You resurrected their hope. The doubts of Thomas? You took them away. Do it again, Lord. Do it again.

You changed Daniel from a captive into a king’s counselor. You took Peter the fisherman and made him Peter an apostle. Because of you, David went from leading sheep to leading armies. Do it again, Lord, for we need counselors today, Lord. We need apostles. We need leaders. Do it again, dear Lord.

Most of all, do again what you did at Calvary. What we saw here (in September 2001), you saw there that Friday. Innocence slaughtered. Goodness murdered. Mothers weeping. Evil dancing. Just as the smoke eclipsed our morning, so the darkness fell on your Son. Just as our towers were shattered, the very Tower of Eternity was pierced.

And by dusk, heaven’s sweetest song was silent, buried behind a rock.

But you did not waver, O Lord. You did not waver. After three days in a dark hole, you rolled the rock and rumbled the earth and turned the darkest Friday into the brightest Sunday. Do it again, Lord. Grant us a (new) Easter.

We thank you, dear Father, for these hours of unity. Christians are praying with Jews. Republicans are standing with Democrats. Skin colors have been covered by the ash of burning buildings. We thank you for these hours of unity.

And we thank you for these hours of prayer. The Enemy sought to bring us to our knees and succeeded. He had no idea, however, that we would kneel before you. And he has no idea what you can do.

Let your mercy be upon our President, Vice President, and their families. Grant to those who lead us wisdom beyond their years and experience. Have mercy upon the souls who have departed and the wounded who remain. Give us grace that we might forgive and faith that we might believe.

And look kindly upon your church. For two thousand years you’ve used her to heal a hurting world.

Do it again, Lord. Do it again.

Through Christ, Amen.

Day Fifteen: Refocus + Review September 7, 2009

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Jeff Leake is the author of the post below:

sample01On Saturday, I took some extra time to concentrate my prayer time on this upcoming G20 Summit in Pittsburgh.  What really helped expand and focus my prayers were the previous two weeks of prayers that were written here on the blog.  I prayed through several days, and declared these prayer paragraphs as my verbal intercession.

There are just about 2 weeks left prior to this event.  So join me in praying today:

PRAYER FOCUS #1: Father, we ask for Your sovereign intervention at the G20 Summit. We pray that these leaders would see with new eyes – to corporately look to You as their only source of hope. May the convention center be filled with Your presence and grace and power. We also commit ourselves to look to You in these times, hope in your promises, and not trust in the uncertainty of earthly riches. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.

PRAYER FOCUS #2: Lord, we confess that we are incapable of producing peace on our own. Jesus, we look to You as our Prince of Peace. We stand upon Your words “My peace I give to you.” As we pray for the G20 Summit, we receive Your Peace upon these historic meetings. God we ask that these leaders would be filled with the Spirit’s peace.   We release YOUR PEACE upon the entire city of Pittsburgh. We declare that September 24th & 25th will be marked by supernatural peace within the city. God, Your Peace conquers all riots, violence and unrest.

And may the decisions made in the G20 Summit provide economic peace, but more importantly, use this event to draw people to You. God, give us a revelation that a strong economy cannot provide ultimate peace; Spirit of Peace, draw men and women to Christ. We pray this in Jesus name, Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS #3: God we ask you to guard the city of Pittsburgh in a similar way during the days leading up to the G20 Summit (Sept 24-25) and during this important event. Be a FIRE around us and the GLORY with this place.  Protect all attendees, participants, and guests of this event.  Guard all public safety workers (police officers, fire fighters, health officials) who will serve this city in these moments.

We pray for safety for every world leader and all of their advisers. We pray against any physical or spiritual attack against this great city.  Most of all, we ask that your presence would be evident to all.  May You, O Lord, be glorified in all these events.  In Jesus name, amen!