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Dear Dayspring Family,

As many of you know, our country has often observed special days of prayer - especially during times when our nation has been at war or when other national tragedies have taken place.  On these occasions, we have been encouraged to seek the LORD for His help. 

But we must not only look to God in times of dire trouble.  We must seek Him at all times.  And so in 1952 a National Day of Prayer was established for each year.  We observed that this first week of May.  

Now the day was officially observed this past Thursday, May 3.  But it would be good and wise for us to continue that prayer for our country throughout the month - and the rest of the year.  We have elections coming up this fall.   The Supreme Court is now weighing cases that will have a great affect on Christians.  There are judges that have been appointed, whom the Senate must approve.  And our president and his administration must make important decisions each day with regard to problems facing our country.  So a multiple days of prayer are certainly in order.

In fact, long before any National Day of Prayer in America, Paul gave instructions to Timothy, Pastor of the Ephesian Church, regarding prayer.  They are found in 1 Timothy 2:1-2

“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.”

And so we as a church must regularly pray for those in authority in our nation.  We often do this in our worship, but I would encourage each of you individually to set aside time each week this year to specifically pray for our country and its leaders.

I wrote a prayer this past week, that sums up my prayer and thanksgiving.  I hope that it may be a help to you.

Sovereign LORD, in your Word you teach your church to make “prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings” for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions” and so we come to you this morning to pray for those in our state and national government.

We begin by thanking you for the good that You have accomplished through our governmental leaders.  We thank You for those leaders who have demonstrated integrity and a concern for justice and Biblical morality.  And we thank you for those who have fought for the God-given rights of all people, from the unborn, to the elderly.

But we also intercede for our leaders this morning, who have been given a vitally important task and great responsibility from You.  As citizens of this country, we desperately need Your blessing and power.  And our leaders need this no less.  May You grant them all that is needed for governing.

We pray for our governor, Nathan Deal, and the one who will be elected our new governor this fall.  We pray for our state legislators, too many to name.

We pray for President Trump, for Vice President Pence, and for all those in the president’s cabinet.

We pray for our Congressional leaders, representative and senators, as they work to pass laws that will lead our country in the direction which You would have it to go.

We pray for the members of the Supreme Court, as they accept and listen to cases, and make decisions that will affect the future of our nation.  They desperately need guidance.

Father, we pray for what is most needed for our leaders.

First, we pray that our leaders will fear You, for the fear of You is the beginning of wisdom, and our leaders desperately need wisdom to govern such a great number of people.  For those who trust in Jesus Christ as LORD and Savior, we pray that You would strengthen their commitment to righteousness and integrity.  For those who do not know and serve Jesus Christ, we pray even this day that they will be drawn to Him, and know the forgiveness and peace with You that comes only through Him and His cross.

Second, we pray that all that is done by our leaders will serve to glorify your Great Name, and your name alone.

We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ our LORD,  Amen.

May we be a praying people, pleasing to God in every way.

Pastor Dave

 

 

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Walk and Talk - Ladies, do you need to walk? Come anytime between 7 and 8:00pm each Monday to walk the Dayspring circle. Rain plans are to walk inside the building. Invite your friends!

Vacation Bible School - Set aside the evenings of June 25-29 to join the fun of VBS. Sign-up will be coming soon.

Mission Trip - Where? When? Stay tuned for more information and make sure your passport is up to date!

HBSF/Prayer meeting will meet at the Church on Sunday nights at 6:00 PM unless otherwise stated.


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