Sunday February 1, 2015 “Pray”

Matthew 6:5 “5 “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.”
Welcome to the Sunday Night edition of We are the People. If you have been following our daily prayer blog you are aware of us using the Sermon on the Mount as a prayer guide.
Tonight as we gather on Super Bowl Game Day it is asked that you invest a minimum of 15 minutes in prayer for this land we love between the hours of 6 and 9pm (all time zones) using the following 3 Prayer focus points.
Thanks for joining us and invite family and friends to join us by using social media, email, card or phone call. Your prayers and personal involvement are making a difference. Pray first this evening that God protects people on and off the gridiron in tonight’s game.
Prayer Focus #1: This text begins by saying “when you pray.” This pre-supposes that one prays. In Jesus’ day there were times set apart for people to face the temple and pray. In today’s world we develop disciplines and times that we pray, study the Bible, etc. Let us agree in prayer tonight that Christian America develop a habit of prayer that God tells us in 2 Chronicles 7:14 will heal our land.
Prayer Focus #2: Some in Jesus’ day planned their life around being in public places at the time for prayer. Their goal was not to inspire others to pray but to proudly lift their voice in eloquent prayer that went no higher than 10 feet over their heads. Pray in agreement tonight that the motive for prayer be that God hear us and visit America with a move of the Holy Spirit and that the ways of His Kingdom find a place in the heart of America.
Prayer Focus #3: The religious of Jesus’ day loved the attention of others in their giving, acts of love and their prayers. How selfish that is and Jesus tells them, “You have any reward you might expect.” The prayers they offered were not ones that God could honor and answer. These religious leaders got what they wanted – admiration of men. Let us join our hearts in a prayer of repentance for being satisfied with just receiving attention when we pray. Then let us ask God’s help to keep the right focus and that our desire be to see America turn to God in this very pivotal time of history. Let that be the reward we seek.
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