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PRAYER 101 - Teaches the basic that prayer is more than the necessary daily conversation with God – it is the recognition of His very presence with you in every circumstance. As your prayer life expands, you discover prayer is worship, getting our lives aligned with His will, making us aware of His provision and adding to our personal development.
EMPOWERED THROUGH PRAYER - Go further and deeper than ever in your practice of effective, persistent prayer through Prayer University, with lessons created especially to empower you to pray for America and her leaders during this vital time in the nation’s history.
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Honoring God’s View of Life
Extending Hope for the Preborn
By Holly Meade Rupert
Sanctity of life. Merriam Webster’s dictionary defines sanctity as “the quality of state of being holy or sacred.” Therefore, human life – whether during conception or near death –should be considered as God views it…sacred. Genesis 1:27 says, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (ESV)
Though you certainly may have grieved for those involved in recent tragedies like the Boston bombing and the Waco explosion, consider what is happening daily to those who cannot speak for themselves: the preborn.
This year marked the 40th anniversary of the Roe versus Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in all fifty states. Since then, there have been more than 55 million abortions. This means there are more than 3,300 daily and 137 per hour every hour in the United States. In fact, an unborn child is killed almost every 30 seconds in America.
A Barna study explored Americans’ views on abortion by asking if they believe “abortion should be legal in all cases, legal in most cases, illegal in most cases, or illegal in all cases.” The results revealed that 49 percent prefer keeping it legal in all or most cases versus 42 percent who would like to make it illegal in all or most instances.
Among evangelical Christians, 78 percent believe abortion should be illegal in all or most cases versus 72 percent of atheists and agnostics who support keeping the practice legal. Regarding other self-identified believers, 55 percent of
non-evangelical born-again Christians, 60 percent of active churchgoers and 58 percent of non-mainline Protestants favor making abortion illegal.
President Obama recently said, “As long as we’ve got to fight to make sure women have access to quality, affordable health care, and as long as we’ve got to fight to protect a woman’s right to make her own choices about her own health, I want you to know that you’ve also got a president who’s going to be right there with you, fighting every step of the way. Thank you, Planned Parenthood. God bless you.”
Planned Parenthood’s recent annual report reveals record revenues in 2012 and more abortions than ever in their history as the industry
leader. Last year, they performed 333,964 abortions which represents an income of at least $150.6 million.
Abortion is also becoming more accessible. WORLD magazine reports that the Food and Drug Administration recently said the so-called "morning-after" pill will now be available over-the-counter without a prescription to girls as young as 15. The drug is marketed as a method of “emergency” contraception and prevents implantation of a fertilized egg or causes an early abortion. According to the FDA ruling, drug stores can stock the drug on store shelves just like condoms and buyers will have to prove their age at the cash register.
Abortion also affects women physically and emotionally. After the procedure, a woman can become subject to many physical complications such as blood loss, infection and damage to internal organs. Deaths from abortions are usually due to heavy bleeding from complications with anesthesia. Women who have abortions increase their risk of breast cancer by fifty percent, according to a new study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Future pregnancy failure is increased by forty-five percent with just one previous procedure. There is an increased risk of other complications such as premature births, tubal pregnancy, sterility and damage to the cervix.
There are also many emotional side effects. Among these are depression, long-term grief reactions, anger, sexual dysfunction, guilt, flashbacks, memory repression, suicidal ideas, and difficulty keeping close relationships. Post-abortion researcher David Reardon found that 28 percent of women who had abortions later attempted suicide and over half did so more than once. Drug and alcohol abuse increased four times compared to those who carried their pregnancy to term. Twenty percent of post-abortive women reported a nervous breakdown and ten percent were hospitalized for psychiatric care.
Isaiah 49:16 says, “Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.” If you or someone you love has experienced the pain of abortion, know that God offers love and forgiveness and not condemnation.
Consider how you can extend God’s hope through your prayers, words and actions for this nation to overwhelmingly value and uphold life as sacred. Also pray that godly leaders will be a positive voice as they represent preborn children in policy decisions.
Holly Meade Rupert is a communications specialist/writer/speaker/teacher with a master’s degree in mass communication. She has extensive experience in creating content and producing for radio, television and the Internet.
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PRAYER 101 LESSONS
Motivate Yourself to Pray
Four things you need to know to motivate yourself to pray:
Lesson 1 – Prayer is loving communication with God
Lesson 2 – You Speak; He Speaks
Lesson 3 – God listens and responds
Lesson 4 – Lack of prayer causes problems
Sovereignty of God in Prayers
Five-part series examining the sovereignty of God and how it relates to your prayers for the nation and its leaders.
Lesson 1 – The Sovereignty of God defined
Lesson 2 – How Prayer connects Earth and Heaven
Lesson 3 – Your Prayer help wage the battle
Lesson 4 – Praying for the lost
Lesson 5 – Praying for the salvation of others
Understanding Who God Is:
Four Characteristics of God Related to Prayer
Lesson 1 – His omnipotence – He is all-powerful
Lesson 2 - His omniscience – He is all-knowing
Lesson 3 – His omnipresence – He is all-present
Lesson 4 – He is love – all the time
The ACTS Model of Prayer
Helpful tool of the ACTS model of prayer (adoration, confession, thanksgiving and supplication):
Lesson 1 – Adoration
Lesson 2 – Confession
Lesson 3 – Thanksgiving
Lesson 4 – Supplication
What Jesus Revealed Concerning Prayer
Five important concepts Jesus’ actions and teachings reveal concerning prayer and the Christian’s relationship with God:
Lesson 1 – What Christ says about prayer
Lesson 2 – How the Holy Spirit guides and comforts you
Lesson 3 – Why and How Jesus Prayed
Lesson 4 – The power of confession and forgiveness
Lesson 5 – Lessons and benefits of the Lord’s prayer
Creative Ways to Pray as a Family
Lesson 1 - Kids Included
Lesson 2 - Dynamic Duo
Worship in Prayer
Lesson 1 - Worship defined – and how it motivates prayer
Lesson 2 - Meeting With Your Creator – Prayer changes you more than you know