James

New Testament Reference

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All Powerful God

You are the mighty God of creation…the God victorious over death…the God for whom the storms cease and the sun stands still. Our failures and our rebellion neither surprise You nor deter You.

America is on her knees before the gods of riches and celebrity and have turned our back on the cross. Declaring we have no need of Your guidance or Your forgiveness, we daily make fools of ourselves trying to be our own gods. Regardless of our egocentric view of reality, You remain our only hope for joyful and meaningful lives and peace throughout the coming eternity.

Unleash the Holy Spirit across this land…light up our darkness with Your love.

Teach me how to love as You do…and how to share it meaningfully.

AMEN

Scripture: “Whenever people are jealous or selfish, they cause trouble and do all sorts of cruel things.” James 3:16

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Father of All Logic and Truth

I know that Scripture contains all truth…and I want to walk with integrity.

Help me to rightly discern What Would Jesus Do?

I want to be loving without enabling…to be accepting without embracing. I know I should not respond intemperately or with disdain. I know I should be slow to speak and I should not react before thinking…but I fail so often. I know that love and acceptance both require speaking the unpopular truth. I know my response should be gentle and kind. I know I’m not trying to win a debate…but I fail so often.

Father, give me the wisdom and the temperament to engage the deceptions and lies without destroying souls…without closing the door on future opportunities for influence…Teach me when to silence my tongue for the sake of Your Kingdom.

AMEN

Scripture: “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.” James 3:17

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Head Master

America’s political, medical, and educational elites have destroyed the futures of our public school-aged children. The results of standardized achievement testing just reported show staggering losses in our children’s proficiency in both math and reading.

No first-world country can succeed if its adult citizens do not understand the basic principles of these two critical areas.

Perhaps worse, a population that cannot think critically when faced with the basic life choices an informed electorate routinely faces, lacks the ability to make wise decisions affecting their future.

We know that Your wisdom is much preferred to man’s knowledge. We call out to You today, if we turn back to You, please give us the wisdom to guide us into tomorrow. Please provide America wisdom from above as the enemy’s darkness threatens our future.

AMEN

Scripture: “Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God—who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly—and it will be given to him.” James 1:5

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Arbitrator of Absolute Truth

I recently heard a line from an old movie that exemplifies the moral quicksand and the biased culture we must navigate every day as Americans. “You love that boy and he loves you. Fight for him…lie for him.” True love is never anchored in a lie.

If there is no absolute truth…personal accountability and justice have no meaning and love exists only to serve the self. It is comforting to know an unchangeable mirror of truth exists against which we can measure right and wrong. A mirror of truth that leads us to seek Your forgiveness if we courageously appraise ourselves in it. Give me the courage to gaze honestly into your mirror.

May the line, “Home of the Brave” once again ring true in America as we courageously acknowledge Your truth and seek Your forgiveness.

AMEN

Scripture: “For he gazes at himself (in a mirror) and then goes out and immediately forgets what sort of person he was.” James 1:24

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God Above all Government

We face the important task of voting for the future leaders of our country soon, I come before You asking for Your wisdom in how to cast my vote.

Lord, bring to my attention the critical information I need to cast an informed vote in the upcoming election.

I know that no power in the universe can force a man or woman into a position of authority that You don’t allow. I am deeply concerned about the course of my country and my community…so, I asked for wisdom from above to guide me as I seek to responsibly fulfill my duty as a citizen to vote for the best candidate for each office.

Thank You for the security of knowing my ultimate future is in Your hands and neither party owns my destiny.

AMEN

Scripture: “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peace-loving, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial, free of hypocrisy. James 3:17

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Lord of All

It is a blessing to know You’re in charge and to see the enemy throw a temper tantrum when his freedom to kill babies may be thwarted. It thrills the hearts of Your church when You show up.

But the threats to our children continue to be ramped up. Influential voices in our society and within the AMA have publicly endorsed abuse and mutilation of children as young as pre-schoolers in the name of gender transition.

Our public schools continue to deny parents a voice concerning appropriate curriculum for their children grades K-12.

The attack on our children’s innocence is unrelenting.

Teach us how to get on our knees and fight. Show us the power that righteous prayer has before Your throne.

AMEN

Scripture: “The prayer of a righteous people is powerful and effective.” James 5:16

God is Listening; Speak Up

It is a sad truth that many (most?) believers consider prayer the last option in a crisis or life issue. All too often, we turn first to the other readily available sources; friends, TV, pop psychology, the latest trends in culture…all usually offering worldly, secular answers on finances; relationships; parenting; dependency issues…the list is endless. Somehow we’ve lost sight of the many promises in Scripture which advise us to make God our first and only option for solving life’s complex and troubling issues. Here is just a taste of what God has promised (all from the NLT):

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God everything (tell Him what’s on your mind). Tell God what you need and thank Him for all he’s done. If you do you will experience God’s peace…” (Philippians 4:6-7a)”

“The godly will rejoice in the Lord and find shelter in Him…” (Psalms 64:10a)

“The Lord is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayers of the righteous (His children)” (Proverbs 15:29)

“If any of you need wisdom—if you want to know what God wants you to do—ask Him and He will gladly tell you. He will not resent you asking. But when you ask Him, be sure you really expect Him an answer…” (James 1:5-6a)

But, He expects to be your final authority.

God hears the petitions (prayers) of His children…He desires only our best, whether its for ourselves, our families or our communities. He is better than any helpline you can call, cares more than any counselor you can find…and He is never too busy.

GOD IS LISTENING…SPEAK UP!

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