Day of Prayer for our nation

National Days of Prayer have been called throughout American history in times of natural disasters, internal divisions and impending war. This year, two significant and respected Christian groups have called the USA Body of Christ to a National Day of Prayer and Repentance on September 26, 2020.  We are asking Eagles View Church to join in for this time of prayer over our country.


These are not political or racial protests, but a gathering of believers to pray FOR our nation.  Franklin Graham (BGEA) is leading the Washington Prayer March. See https://prayermarch2020.com/about/.  On the same day,  “The Return” group is also praying  throughout the day in Washington DC.  https://thereturn.org/about/.   

How can we participate?

While we are not going to be onsite with the people in Washington DC, we can take part in it by uniting with others in prayer and faith. Praying with other believers in the same time frame is an exciting opportunity for all of us to “do something” very positive about the difficulties in our nation. Below are some ways that you can “raise your voice in prayer” with others locally and around the country.

  •        Join with your life group, friends, or family to do a prayer walk in your neighborhood, at a school, or near government buildings.  See “Prayer Walking” below for more information.
  •        Pray together in a group meeting at a home. Set up a Zoom connection to include those who aren’t able to participate in person.  
  •        Pray with “prayer partners” on the phone at specific times during the focused period.

About this National Day of Prayer

God’s enemy is obviously growing louder and stronger in our country.  Many people have been deceived and ensnared in the steal, kill and destroy tactics as pride, hatred, lawlessness and violence ravage our land. Many of us believers have looked the other way for a while, and now we are being tempted to get caught up in the fray of who (what person or group)  has said or done the offensive or ridiculous thing today, but in reality,  “… our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12:   As the Lord’s people, we cannot out-argue the dark world and spiritual forces of evil, but oh, we are an essential part of God’s great victory as we fight the battle in the heavenlies through worship, prayer and faith in our Almighty God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 


National Days of Prayer have been called throughout American history in times of natural disasters, internal divisions and impending war. This year, two significant and respected Christian groups have called the USA Body of Christ to a National Day of Prayer and Repentance on September 26, 2020.  These are not political or racial protests, but a gathering of believers to pray FOR our nation.  Franklin Graham (BGEA) is leading the Washington Prayer March. See https://prayermarch2020.com/about/.  On the same day,  “The Return” group is also praying  throughout the day in Washington DC.  https://thereturn.org/about/.


The purpose of this National Day of Prayer is in 2 Chronicles 7:13-14  “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 


We are his people and are called by his name. He has told us in his word what to do when his people and the land is being devastated: IF we humble ourselves and pray and repent of the sins of our nation, then he will forgive us and heal this ravaged land and people. If we do not respond to this call, we may see our many precious freedoms lost to communism and the church coming under severe limitations.

 

When?

Talk with your group or prayer partners to try to schedule a time on September 26th to join in prayer with other believers.  If that day isn’t possible, your group can still join with other Christians  that are praying throughout the period of September 19 – 28 (the Jewish Holy Day period.)


What do we pray about?

Use the “Prayer Resources” document for prayer points and scriptures for the topics listed below.  Encourage people in your group to download the Prayer Resources to use as a starting point and add other prayers as God moves them on each topic. People who are reticent to “pray aloud” may be comfortable praying a scripture from the resource. Keep the focus in this prayer time on praying for our nation.  Remind people that they are praying with others in the Body of Christ across our nation. 

  • Worship – use scripture, song and praise to declare Him Lord of all you begin this prayer time.
  • Seek God for forgiveness for the sins of our nation and ask Him to cleanse and heal our people
  • Pray for our government leaders and all those in authority
  • Pray for our enemies
  • Pray for our national Issues and the coming elections
  • Pray for the Church
  • Use the Prayer Focuses on the BGEA Washington Prayer March route (in Prayer Resources)

Prayer Walking

Prayer walking is a physical and spiritual way of invoking the LORD’s power to rout out the powers of the dark world and establish our Sovereign LORD as Ruler over our land and people. Although there is not a biblical instruction for prayer walking per se, we see Dt 11:22-25 as a basis for prayer walking to cleanse an and establish an area as the Lord’s.  “If you carefully observe all these commands I am giving you to follow—to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him and to hold fast to him— then the Lord will drive out all these nations before you, and you will dispossess nations larger and stronger than you.  Every place where you set your foot will be yours: ….  No one will be able to stand against you. The Lord your God, as he promised you, will put the terror and fear of you on the whole land, wherever you go.”


We are not trying to change things by our own strength or rhetoric, but we can set our feet and pray for the people in our neighborhoods, schools, government buildings, local areas of influence and areas of sin and oppression and crime. Walking these areas enables us to see, hear and sense in the spirit things that need to be prayed for that are not known at a distance.  It is often described as “praying on site with insight.” Prayer walking is a low -profile act - a family, or small group. The purpose is not evangelism or drawing attention to the group – it is invoking the presence of the Lord and praying that He rout the enemy out of the land and set the people free to follow Him. 


Choose a place and a time to gather. If you gather at a school or near government buildings, encourage participation from everyone in the group rather than just one or two do all the praying. If you walk a neighborhood, walk in groups of 2 or 3 and each small group can use the Prayer Resources and pray. Wear a mask when standing close to others out of consideration for your prayer partners.

Encourage people to prepare ahead of time through personal prayer and to “put on the whole armor of God” before they come to the prayer walk.  

Visit our EVC Prayer Ministry page to submit personal prayer requests and for more information on our Prayer Ministry.