The Lake Oconee Presbyterian Church sanctuary will be open to the public from 8:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. for anyone who would like to participate in silent prayer. We are encouraging individuals and groups to sign up for one or more 15 minute increments in order to hopefully cover this entire time of silent prayer. You can sign up in the church narthex or on-line at the church web site (please enter the time in the comments section.)

The time of silent prayer will be followed by a corporate prayer service from Noon-12:30 p.m. led by Pastors Sam Smith and Marion Clark.

Thank you for praying on this 2017 National Day of Prayer. Listed below are prayer guides to help you pray. These are guides, not instructions for how you must pray. The beauty of individuals praying is that God brings to our individual minds a variety of whom to pray for, what to pray for, and how to pray. You may think of persons in general or particular individuals to pray for. You might focus on their public service or their personal lives. There may be particular issues that you pray about. You might pray for many items on the list or only for one individual, whatever the Holy Spirit lays upon your heart.

1 Timothy 2:1-4 gives us instruction to pray and principles:

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Note whom we are to pray for:

“all people” – all types of people, all professions. Think of individuals or types of individuals who may not be thought of typically. This especially includes people who are hostile to the gospel and biblical values. Jesus commands us, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44).

“for kings and all who are in high positions” – from the federal government down to local government. High positions can also be anyone in some kind of position of authority: teachers, school principals and superintendents, civil servants, first responders. You might draw from your personal background and focus on such positions that you know well.

Pray for all those serving in the military in their various levels of authority, especially those with the burden of making decisions that can save or cost lives.

Pray for churches, ministries, and the people serving in them.

Think of institutions that may be overlooked such as hospitals, libraries, child-care and elder-care, government agencies responsible for utilities, maintenance, etc. What comes to your mind?

Note the reasons for our prayers:

1) Common grace – “that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” The better our country and communities are governed, the greater freedom and opportunity to live peaceful and godly lives before the Lord.

2) Special grace – “This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” The best prayer that you can offer up for anyone is for them to know God our Savior. 

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