WEEK 3 – Devotional by Pastor Josh Kicker
Praying for my country took on a whole different meaning while I was in the military. Honestly, prior to that point I probably had not prayed for the country much… granted I was barely out of my teens when Iwas commissioned to serve, but nonetheless it had new meaning.
Sacrifice took on a new form as I went from a military brat whose dad served for over 30 years to now being in the same position he once stood learning what it meant to serve your country.
It opened my eyes to the vastness of our world and cities we live in and the needs of humanity across the world. Friends, I promise you your prayers matter. Just as people sacrifice for their country, you sacrifice each day for your family. It’s the families that make up our cities, that get elected to public office, that serve as first responders, and they covet our prayers whether they know it or not.
2 Chronicles 16:9 NIV:
“For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committedto Him…”
God is scouring the Earth searching for a people whose heart is fully devoted to His ways, His purpose, His path. That turn to Christ begins with prayer.
Cover your city in prayer… pray for our nation that people’s heart will turn towards Him… that He would watch over all those in authority and those that serve and sacrifice for our city and nation.
“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. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.”
2 Chronicles 7:14-15 NIV
Day 16 – Pray For Our Military
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Matthew 5:9 NIV
Day 17 – Pray For Our Elected Officials
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour….
1 Timothy 2:1-3 BRG
Day 18 – Pray For Your Neighbors
The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.
Mark 12:31 NIV
Day 19 – Pray For The Peace And Prosperity Of Your City
Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.
Jeremiah 29:7 NIV
Day 20 – Pray For People To Reach Out To Others And His Will To Be Done
The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.
Matthew 6:10 ESV
Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Matthew 6:10 ESV
Day 21 – Pray That We Would Once Again Be In Awe And Reverence Of God
Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the people of the world revere him.
Psalm 33:8 NIV
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance.
Psalm 33:12 NIV